Originally Posted by alexanderjason34
This is my first post in the forum and I would like to hear your opinion/personal experiences on carrying a subcompact .45 verses a compact 9mm like a Kahr cw9. I live in Northwest Indiana and we have had an increasing number of incidents where the victim has had to use lethal force to protect his or her life and or family. I carry a Kahr cw9 and a ruger lcp .380 as backup but I've been concerned about stopping power mostly just wanting to stop the threat in the minimal amount of force as possible. I'm a small framed guy and I have a hell of a time "concealing" my firearm. I've been looking at the kimber .45 carry pro for primary carry but have never shot one before. I'm looking for advice and knowledge and opinions about whether or not to upgrade to a .45 or keep my current cc setup, which is sometimes too "heavy" for me. Thanks and I look forward to discussion this with you guys!!
I beg to respectfully differ with the opinion that the 45ACP is a better "man stopper" than a 9MM. With today's modern state-of-the-art SD ammo, the 9MM, 40S&W and 45 ACP all perform about equally well. We didn't have such good SD ammo in days gone bye. The 45ACP use to be a superior defense round. But not so much today. And that term "man stopper" is mis-leading. There is no such thing as a one incapacitating
(the assailant is instantly and physically incapable of continuing the fight) shot unless the brain or spine are hit. A hit just about anywhere from a 22 can cause an assailant to change his mind
and retreat. The same is true of a 45ACP. But unless the brain or spine is hit, the assailant will not be physically incapacitated. Now people react differently to the shock
of being shot, and this can sometimes temporarily incapacitate them. But it's not the caliber that causes this. In SD configuration, the 45ACP, 40S&W, and 9MM are all plenty good and up to the task, if they meet the FBI protocol handgun ammunition tests which call for minimum of 12" and a maximum of 18" of penetration through a very specific media with covering layers of fabric. Manufactures of standard SD ammo load to just over 12" of penetration. (see chart below) We want "enough"
power/penetration, but not to much. Rounds that exit a target with lots of kinetic energy left are inefficient and dangerous.
To the OP. Your Kahr CW9 is already a pretty light gun (15.8 oz without mag). They don't get much lighter then that. Any 45 is gonna weigh more. And loaded with modern SD ammo your CW9 is more than up to the job, as long as you do your part. It's not the gun or caliber that will save your butt. It's skill and presence of mind. Get a new gun if that's what you want. (Heck! We always want/need more guns!) But don't delude yourself in to thinking bigger is better. That money may be better spent on ammo for more practice. Perhaps a different carry rig configuration would make your CW9 more comfortable and easier to carry. (But maybe still get that 45 just because they're fun to shoot.)