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Old 07-27-2013, 03:21 AM   #11
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If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20
Everyone has their own opinions, but I own 9mm, 40 and 45 handguns but the gun that is on my nightstand is a 9mm M9 Beretta for the following reasons...
1. My wife practices with it and the safety is reverse from every other handgun I use. She doesn't practice like I do so consistency is important.
2. It has a 15 round capacity. I have never had to use it to defend, but I have to imagine with adrenaline and maybe multiple targets, round capacity will be more likely to be useful than knockdown.
3. The weapon is less expensive than many I own so if it gets stolen, I would miss it less/replace it more easily.
4. 9mm is available in potent self defense rounds and has some of the least expensive target ammo and I place a huge premium on practice and proficiency.
5. Under normal circumstances, ammo is readily available...it will be soon again.
6. Recoil of 9mm is very manageable for all shooters, including my kids. Accuracy and practice once again. None of my family likes the recoil of the .45 except me; and even the 40 SW draws negative comments from my wife.
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Okay you put a limit on how much the gun will cost (and the ammo).
What about extra magazines?
Self defense will require holster. (But you can buy a no-name, nylon , I guess. Only replace them annually if you carry all the time.)
How about repairs? Buying a firearm that there are not too many out in distribution would have me asking "Why?"
The ball ammo (or FMJ) is great for the range as it is inexpensive, but it terrible for home or self defense. The ammo makers know this and price their ammo accordingly (cheap for range means lots of practice.)
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I chose 9mm for 3 reasons:

1) My wife handles 9mm recoil better than larger calibers.
2) Ammo is comparatively inexpensive.
3) High Magazine capacity, 17 + 1 in an SR9c.

And there is a broad spectrum of platforms to choose from.
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A .22 is also pleasant to shoot but I wouldn't choose it for SD. 9mm is great for plinking but the SD advantage goes to the .40. For 400 bucks, check out the new Bersa Thunder .40 cal Ultra Compact.
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I picked up a Ruger SR40 last year ($450) and this is simply the most accurate handgun I have shot (excluding .22 target pistols). One handed, off-handed - doesn't matter. With a 15 rd capacity, the extra ammo argument for 9mm becomes moot.
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Nice weather we're having.
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A 9mm can do just about anything that a .40S&W or .45acp can do as long as you choose your ammo correctly.
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A 9mm can do just about anything that a .40S&W or .45acp can do as long as you choose your ammo correctly.
True, but the selection of ammo slims down quite a bit when you want to pay only $20 for a box as stated in beginning post.
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