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Old 01-17-2012, 09:52 PM   #11
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Being new to all this and everyone telling me it's personal preference I don't know enough to even have a personal preference, especially when it came to me picking what caliber I wanted. I know it's all about shot placement too.

I rented a few different guns, shot the Glocks and Springfield XDM the best. Calibers didn't make much difference with me hitting the target. I had my mind almost made up to get. Glock 30 which is a small .45 subcompact. However the G30 is thick and harder to conceal so I stepped it down to the G27 .40 cal.

I liked the thin Walther and some Ruggers but those where not for rent but I might just buy one just to see...can't be all that bad.

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So I am buying my first handgun and can't decide what to get. First off my primary reason for purchasing is home defense. I will eventually get a concealed carry permit but for now main concern is home defense. Of all the firearms I have looked at the Beretta 90-two .40 is my favorite and Walther PK380 comes in a close second. I am aware these are two completely different firearms. I love the reputation of both handguns, I like the style of the beretta a little more plus I know a .40 has a lot more stopping power than the 380. However the 380 is more compact and has lower price tag by about $200. Is there something in the middle of the road I should be aware of? I'm not big on plastic looking guns like glocks.
If you miss the weight of REAL guns, just carry a Glock and a pound or two of rocks with you.

380's are the bare minimum for stopping power in a carry gun. The 9mm, 40's, 357 mag or 45 are a better choice.
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The .40 is NOT one of my favored rounds (look...it's not on my list). However, the only gun out of which the .40 felt good for me was a Beretta Px4 Storm. Funky, weird-looking pistol, but it was a GREAT platform for the .40. That said, don't buy one! They just twist too much for my taste. I guess I'm in the hate-it camp.
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Why are so many LEO's using .40
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Mdrums, since we don't know each other, I just want to make sure I understand. Is your question sarcastic, like, "If LEO's use .40, how can you be so stupid to not like it, yourself?" Or are you actually asking, "Why do LE agencies prefer .40 so often?"

Two very different answers. And I'm a nice guy...I really hope it is an honest question. Cuz there are really good answers.

I'll assume the best...

I'm no expert, but here is the (very) layman's answer. 9mm wasn't proving effective enough in getting through barriers like auto glass and still be effective in stopping threats. 45acp was a little too large to be able to carry enough rounds. And 10mm (a more powerful .40 that was created before the .40S&W) was a little too powerful in the hand, as well as having cases a little too long for handguns that fit well. The .40S&W was basically invented as a good mix of the benefits of the 9mm and 45acp.

Those that know the long and TRUE story...how did I do in 100 words or less?
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Nope just asking ...I'm new at this....rented a bunch of guns at my local range....really liked the G30 .45 but it's a little thick to conceal so I went with a G27 .40 cal. It seems a little more snappy but I shot it fine. This won't be my last gun as I'm enjoying this new hobby. Just looking for people's opinions...cool? Thanks for the quick reply...I'm on a plane flying to west coast enjoying the wifi

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I hope you're not carrying a gun to Commiefornia.....
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LOL nope...I just took my CCW class waiting for license.
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I conceal carry a Glocks 21 or an M&P45 just about every day and to be totally honest, proper concealment is as much about the gun you carry as how you carry yourself when packing. A quality belt made for bearing a load and a quality holster that holds the gun in tight against the body is a must. Altering you wardrobe helps a great deal as well. The biggest thing in concealed carry is to carry and not fidget or fuss with the gun; basically there are 'tells' just like in poker where you somebody can read your body language and sense that your are nervous or under stress... You act like you are doing wrong and people notice. You could CC a bazooka in a Walmart and 99% of the people there are too engrossed on their own thing to notice what you are doing. Don't be too quick to dismiss the G30, it can be carried all day with the right gear and it is an awesome gun!

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I prefer a nice .45 myself, but if you like the .40,go with it. The .40 has a big variety of bullet weights to accomodate what you are wanting and they are effective.maybe check out the S&W M&P too.

And its heard that the feds had some say so that contributed to the creation of the .40..something like......."waaaaaaaa! We dont like the 9mm but this 10mm kicks to hard making our vaginas hurt"
It may actually be word for word what was said,pretty close though. :-)
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