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NOT trying to start a caliber war, just a poll!


View Poll Results: Self Defense Caliber?
.22LR 3 2.29%
.380 ACP 10 7.63%
9mm Parabellum 43 32.82%
.40 S&W 24 18.32%
.45 ACP 54 41.22%
.38 Special 12 9.16%
.357 Magnum 19 14.50%
.44 Special 3 2.29%
.44 Magnum 2 1.53%
Other 15 11.45%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 131. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #31
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Yep - it depends. I selected every cartridge that I have used for this purpose over the years. I could have checked "other" as well. My favorite is the one that I have with me when I need it most, and, in Maryland, you probably won't have it with you (yeah, other states trust me to carry my firearms but my own doesn't, go figure). If I were to only choose one, I'd probably go with the 9mm, considering factors such as, what can my wife and son shoot, what has pretty good capacity, ammunition availability, carry or in the home, defending against two legs or four, and so on.

.22LR isn't a wiseguy move, there are some great .22LR revolvers that I'd trust my life with more than some 9mm autos out there. The caliber / cartridge war isn't won or lost on the merits of the cartridge alone. Ask the question this way, which cartridge would you least like a random bad guy shooting at you with (only allow one answer) and why.
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Glad to see this hasn't degenerated into too serious a caliber war. With the exception of a .380 I've got all of the above, including a .38 Super and .41 Mag. I've carried most of them at one time or another, but most days it's either an M&P Shield 9mm or a J frame .38spl+p.
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What is your favorite self defense caliber? Not for home defense, not for plinking, not for skeet shooting. Simply personal defense, as in a CC weapon.

Please, PLEASE, do NOT start a caliber war. If you have something not listed, make a comment. If you want to discuss, fine, but just don't start a war about it!

I am allowing multiple votes, in case you can't make up your mind!

Thank you.
I carry 45,40,and 9mm depending. If I was to have to choose one it would be a 45. Mainly because I shoot them best in a hurry.
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Yep - it depends. I selected every cartridge that I have used for this purpose over the years. I could have checked "other" as well. My favorite is the one that I have with me when I need it most, and, in Maryland, you probably won't have it with you (yeah, other states trust me to carry my firearms but my own doesn't, go figure). If I were to only choose one, I'd probably go with the 9mm, considering factors such as, what can my wife and son shoot, what has pretty good capacity, ammunition availability, carry or in the home, defending against two legs or four, and so on.

.22LR isn't a wiseguy move, there are some great .22LR revolvers that I'd trust my life with more than some 9mm autos out there. The caliber / cartridge war isn't won or lost on the merits of the cartridge alone. Ask the question this way, which cartridge would you least like a random bad guy shooting at you with (only allow one answer) and why.
Good post...+1...

I was just pickin' at ya... .22 is an unusual choice but a personal one none the less. I like this quote because it's just so dang true...

"A hit with a .22 is always better than a miss with a .45"...
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I looove .44, but insane-o penetration.

So I chose .45, as someone else said, a

proven man-stopper.

But 22LR is no slouch. I carry one at home, an itty bitty pocket

thing. I like it. They just don't have massive stopping power.
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9mm or .45acp. Not a big fan of the .40 even though I carry one every day for work.

Either cartridge offers more than enough power for me. (Not that the .40 doesn't, but it's so similar to modern 9mm ammo I'd rather have a few more rounds)
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I voted "other" as my favorite is 10MM. Luv my DW CBOB.

My second choice would be 45, my Kimber Crimson Ultra Compact II is a nice piece to carry.
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I voted "other" as my favorite is 10MM. Luv my DW CBOB.

My second choice would be 45, my Kimber Crimson Ultra Compact II is a nice piece to carry.
I've been meaning to pick up a G20. I have no 10mms in my collection.
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I don't understand. Not trying to start anything, but you say you like magazine capacity, but you choose a single stack which inherently has limited capacity?
probably should have clarified...capacity with a comfortable, single stack gun. In a vehicle, an XD with 19 rounds works better
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