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Old 09-09-2013, 06:04 AM   #11
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Any of common polymer pistols will do, and since you said camping I'd recommend the .45.
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I'd go with a 9mm and as many rounds as possible..

I went with a .45 because I'm in Crapifornia and they limit me to 10 rounds. So I might as well have the biggest rounds possible.

But if you aren't restricted they way I am, then 9mm with twice the capacity would be a better choice
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Camping? Bear spray, and if that fails, 10mm Glock with 20 round magazines.
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I mean... They are two very different calibers. You might as well say "what should I eat right now, an apple or an orange?"


If its only those two calibers, I guess .45 ACP. But neither round was really designed to be a camping or hiking round.

I would honestly recommend a .357 Magnum or a .44 Magnum. I know you said capacity, but those are what I would personally choose. The only auto-caliber I would consider, for that purpose, is 10mm.

But if you're talking more for CCW work, well... Honestly just get whatever you shoot the best. If you aren't quite comfortable with the recoil of the .45, there's nothing wrong with 9mm. And if you're truly going for capacity, it wouldn't even be a question. You're gonna get about 7 more rounds of 9mm than you will .45.

My response is kinda all over the place. But that's because its such an open ended question that it merits an open ended answer.
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Camping? Bear spray, and if that fails, 10mm Glock with 20 round magazines.
Agreed.
However I'd skip the bear spray and go straight to the Glock though. If you're close enough to use bear spray you're in deep spit.
But I agree that the 10mm would be a superior round for that.

But if you're strictly trying to decide between the 9mm and the .45 then if go with the 9 since you can usually have much more capacity.

But like I said, I use .45 because I'm in CA
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Any of common polymer pistols will do, and since you said camping I'd recommend the .45.
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I mean... They are two very different calibers. You might as well say "what should I eat right now, an apple or an orange?"

If its only those two calibers, I guess .45 ACP. But neither round was really designed to be a camping or hiking round.

I would honestly recommend a .357 Magnum or a .44 Magnum. I know you said capacity, but those are what I would personally choose. The only auto-caliber I would consider, for that purpose, is 10mm.

But if you're talking more for CCW work, well... Honestly just get whatever you shoot the best. If you aren't quite comfortable with the recoil of the .45, there's nothing wrong with 9mm. And if you're truly going for capacity, it wouldn't even be a question. You're gonna get about 7 more rounds of 9mm than you will .45.

My response is kinda all over the place. But that's because its such an open ended question that it merits an open ended answer.
Yeah, what they said.
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S&W M&P 45c, or the M&P 9c. American polymer pistols at their finest.
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45 or 9mm?

yes.
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Well I don't think all have to worry about bears in southern Louisiana that much ... More for hogs and snakes
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The two are equally effective in 'stopping the fight' if:
1. You use the best available 'defense' ammo out today.
2. In the case of the 45 you need to keep the bbl length at no shorter than 4.25 inches (Commander length) for it to maintain it's ballistic equality with the other defense calibers. The 9mm is probably the most efficient short bbbl round in the world today, even as short as 3 inches it will maintain MV of over 1000 fps.
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