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Old 10-02-2011, 07:15 PM   #11
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it will do the job but its not, in my opinion, one of the better rounds. i do trust it enough to let my wife use the 9mm for SD as she shoots it well and can shoot it enough for extended range sessions to get worthwhile training.

i would rather the wife use a 45acp but she can only fire 30-40 rounds before she gets tired. while she can handle it for self defense she doesnt get enough time shooting it so opted for 9mm.

i personally rank 9mm 40sw 380acp in about the same boat adequate but better is out there. when you get to 357magnum levels a 38cal bullet starts to become very effective. under that, 45 caliber is what i prefer.

it really boils down to what you shoot well. if you put a piece of lead in the boiler room of a goblin it will do the job.

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Yup...and you feel confidant that it is as well.
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Not much I can add to what others have said but to say that every caliber is lethal. Obviously larger calibers make bigger holes and can get the job done quicker but a well placed 9mm double tap is going to stop damn near every threat. Key, as always, is shot placement. Afterall, the goal is incapacitation of the bad guy not "one shot one kill."

I guess what I mean is that there is nothing to show that the 9mm is an inherently bad caliber it all boils down to personal choice. If you are uncomfortable with it then by all means upsize to a bigger round.

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The bullets in a 9mm are alittle on the LIGHT SIDE but if you aim is TRUE then it's ok if not I would get a 12 gauge with #6 or so.

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The 9 will serve you well with a quality 115 or 124 grain JHP +P. My HD gun is a 1911 but only because I was familiar with the 1911 from the Army. If I had it to do over I'd probably get a Glock 17 if I lived in a free state without mag restrictions.

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i personally rank 9mm 40sw 380acp in about the same boat
That's definitely a new one :O .
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The 9mm is a good SD round considering the high quality of today's ammo. It still comes down to the shooter's ability to control the firearm and shot placement.

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shoot what you are comfortable with. the 9mm is a good round, if you are using the proper ammo for the task at hand. fmj are good for target shooting and practice. key word here is, practice. it really doesn't matter what type or size of gun or ammo choice you make if you can't hit where you aim. if you are more capable with the 9mm and can hit accurately, then that is what would be best. if a larger caliber works for you, then use it. but whatever choice you make, practice with it, and practice with it on a regular basis. i have a 9mm handgun and i like it, but i do prefer larger calibers and that is a personal preference. yes i can hit what i aim at with the 9mm and can hit what i aim with the larger ones also, but i do a lot of shooting.

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IMO it SUX For other then putting holes in paper
try shooting some car doors and quarter panels with 124gr hp ammo! if it will go through them, it will go through a bad guy with no problem.
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The 9mm is a good round for self defense. When I carry my Glock (when I'm not carrying my 1911) I use Buffalo Bore Ammuntion's 147 grn +p+ hp. 1100 fps and 451 ft lbs muzzle energy. They're accurate as all get out and pick a pretty good punch. $25 @ midway. Wicked round.

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