Originally Posted by P_Bot
My intended use is primarily for protection. Of course ill take it to the range on occasion but I'm not trying to be a competition shooter or anything. Also I live in Georgia. Nice advice there I never thought about that
Thanks. A lot of people don't see or won't admit that several layers of heavy clothing can make a huge penetration difference, and can even stop some of the lighter hollow points before they reach skin. Unless you're up around Atlanta it shouldn't be a problem for most of the year, but it's something to keep in mind when you decide on a caliber.
A lot of people are going to tell you that a 9mm will allow you to practice more based on ammo prices. This is a valid point, providing you can find ammo. Others will tell you a 9mm has less recoil than a .40 S&W or .45 ACP. This is not a valid point unless they include something about firearms of equal weight. A heavy 1911 in .45 ACP has just about the same felt recoil as a short barreled polymer 9mm.
I can't remember if it's been posted in this thread, but try to fond a range that rents guns. Try out several and see what works for you.