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JolietGunner 02-25-2013 01:48 PM

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Hey all I have decided to get a gun to protect my family.I will be a first time owner.I am going back and forth on what to buy a 9mm or a .40 is there a big difference?

eatmydust 02-25-2013 02:13 PM

First of all, learn safe firearms handling!

There are no substantial differences between those two calibers, there will be a good deal of debate about my view, but dead is dead.

I chose to go with 9mm for home defense and concealed carry for ammo consistency and platform flexability. Virtually every firearms platform that shoots the .40 S&W, also handles the 9mm. However, many 9mm handguns have been designed to be more concealable than .40s.

FBI & LEOs like .40 S&W, Navy Seals use 9mm, they'll both work.

You won't go wrong with either choice.

Practice, practice practice & get some training.

PanBaccha 02-25-2013 03:09 PM

You made the right choice when it comes to the protection for the family to get a firearm. Learn all you can from many knowledgeable members on this forum. (I'm still learning a new trick or two from them). Then practice safety, cleaning, and shooting at indoor or outdoor range if you don't have the required acreage of property to shoot on. As for the difference in calibre, me thinks .40 is slightly more powerful than a .9mm. But then again its only my opinion. Lots of luck!

JolietGunner 02-25-2013 06:32 PM

Thanks for the feedback.I will practice and go to a safety class!I look forward to shooting it.

gearhead396 02-25-2013 06:49 PM

If you look at the numbers I'm a numbers guy the 40 has as much as much Fps as a 9mm and as much kinetic energy as a 45 best of both worlds alot of people say its a compromise round or whatever but it is my favorite round by far but to each his own.

kirbinster 02-25-2013 07:23 PM

Welcome, I too am a new gun owner. After renting several and doing some research my first purchase was a Glock G22 gen4 (.40 cal). I found I shot it just as well as a Gen17 (9mm) and since I live in No-Carry NJ small size was not an issue. I have also purchase a KKM conversion barrel so I can shoot 9mm for practice at the range. I have found that right now it is actually easier to find .40cal and at better prices than 9mm on the internet. Don't know how long that will last as the anti's in NJ are trying to make it illegal for us to buy ammo over the net.

raf66 02-25-2013 08:06 PM

Shot placement is more important than caliber. Remember, a well-placed .22 round is infinitely more productive than a bunch of misses from a 45. I've shot the Glock 22 in .40 cal. and really liked it. However, I ultimately decided on a 9mm Sig. The 9mm is a tried and true platform and, at least for me, more enjoyable to shoot than a .40. 9mm ammo used to be much easier (and cheaper) to buy, which can lead to more practice and hence more proficiency. I say used to be because 9mm ammo is now almost as expensive as .40 and is MUCH harder for me to find.

Again, choose what you can/will shoot the most as becoming proficient with a handgun is extremely important. Try to go to a range and rent a few to see what you like the best and what fits your hand the best.

GeneralPatton 02-25-2013 10:00 PM


Originally Posted by JolietGunner (Post 1153405)
Hey all I have decided to get a gun to protect my family.I will be a first time owner.I am going back and forth on what to buy a 9mm or a .40 is there a big difference?

Go to the range, rent anything and everything you would consider buying. Shoot them all (this can get expensive with the price of ammo right now, but it's better to spend a bit more upfront and get something you will enjoy, than to buy something based on reputation from others only to have to sell later because you hate it) Then, after you've test fired, narrow your selection. I can't even begin to tell you how many idiots go buy a gun with little to no knowledge other than "they heard." Of course, it does help me attain like new handguns at low prices so I can't complain to much. I keep a .45 at my bedside, and a 9mm as my EDC. I'm not really the gun snob type who is finicky about having one type of ammo, or one type of gun. I enjoy the sport fully with all the options available. I've owned just about every established well known manufacturer there is over the years, less the super high price custom stuff.

JolietGunner 02-26-2013 01:42 AM

Ya guys good advice!I will go to the range and rent a bunch to try out.As soon as Illinois gets off their dead butts and send me my FOID!

GeneralPatton 02-26-2013 04:21 AM

A little friendly free advice. Move to another state that doesn't act like Nazi's with firearms.

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