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Old 10-11-2011, 12:54 AM   #11
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yea im not following this, please go into further depth. to me, and its not opinion its just something by my reasoning, the .38 special would hurt more. but i guess that varies between raw power, and stopping power.
Not sure what any of this means...


But, 9mm has more energy than .38sp. That is, it has a greater capacity to do work which, in this case, is done damaging tissue. Essentially, the 9mm is capable of creating greater total wound volumes than the .38sp.

And pain has little to do with it :P .
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Wouldn't one or two minutes with a reloading manual answer the question?
9x19:
115gn: 1200-1250fps (PF~141)
124gn: 1100-1150fps (PF~140)
147gn: 950-1000fps (PF~142)

.38 Special:
110gn: 1050-1100fps (PF~118)
125gn: 1000-1050fps (PF~128)
140gn: 900-950fps (PF~129)
158gn: 800-850fps (PF~129)

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There was some good information presented in this thread. When making comparisons like this there are variables and their effect to consider. Personally I think that the 9mm is a more versatile cartridge than the .38 Special.

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Not if you want to shoot an autoloader.

Tough to compare apples and oranges;

  • .38 S & W Special = Rimmed
  • 9×19mm Parabellum = Rimless
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I guess I should clarify what I said earlier. I believe that there is a wider variety of factory ammo being produced for the 9mm as opposed to the .38 Special, which gives the shooter more choices. I think both are fine cartridges. And, as pointed out already, with these two cartridges you are pretty much talking autoloader versus revolver.

I have found this thread quite interesting because just about every time I go look at guns at Cabela's or Sportsman's Warehouse I see women there checking out handguns, and it is usually small 9mm and .380 autoloaders or .38 Special revolvers. Maybe this is what the sales people are recommending to them but almost invariably this is what they are looking at.

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I "think"alot of people will carry standard pressure 9mm as where people will generally carry +P in .38spl,in that aspect the two are pretty darn equally matched,but your .38 hold 5 rounds and a carry 9mm will hold-what,8-10 rounds?More capacity is better,but the .38's overal gun reliability is better.I say the two are a wash.

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BTW,I kind of sidetracked there for a minute,but back to your original statements-you say you feel a difference between the two,the reason you think you feel more power in that .38 is because all the recoil is going into your hand,as where the more powerful 9mm's recoil is being absorbed into the pistol's recoil spring and slide.

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BTW,I kind of sidetracked there for a minute,but back to your original statements-you say you feel a difference between the two,the reason you think you feel more power in that .38 is because all the recoil is going into your hand,as where the more powerful 9mm's recoil is being absorbed into the pistol's recoil spring and slide.
Also, the barrel sits lower in the hand than a revolver and is more "in-line" with the arm. This allows more impact to be absorbed by the arm. With the higher sitting revolver, the hand absorbs the impact.

I think physics has something to do with it.
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I think you're splitting hairs.

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I have always been a 1911 guy but wanted to get a smaller handgun for personal carry under certain circumstances. I looked at the 9mms, .380s and .38 Special revolvers. I ended up with a Beretta 92L Compact that suits me very well. It holds 13 rounds, and I have lots of different ammo to choose from.

In the end I think we all can agree on one thing. The most important consideration is being familiar with whatever weapon a person chooses. Being able to safely and effectively use a handgun is he most important factor in providing protection. The biggest question I would have is, "Can I hit the intended target with whatever weapon I have at the time?" As someone in this forum points out, a hit with a 9mm will do more than a miss with a .44 mag. Handguns can also provide some great recreation with target practice. Shooting a handgun, becoming familiar with it and getting better and better with it is fun.

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