Originally Posted by Cnynrat
I know others here may disagree, but I think 9mm is fine as a self defense caliber. When you look at the real world studies that have been done you see that it's really all about shot placement, not bullet size. It's even possible you may find you have better shot placement with the 9mm due to slightly less recoil and the possibility you may practice more since the ammo is a little cheaper.
Here is were I disagree when "real" studies come into play with self protection. In a real self defense scenario, you are going to be attacked some how. That means that your body is going to be pumping like a mad man and you are going be having a hard time just to analyze what is going on at the moment. Yea, a .22 can kill a person if you shoot them in the right spot, but can you do that while fighting another person whom may also have a gun that is shooting at you? I am not going to stick my head out from cover to take the time to aim for the sweat spot. I personally have a .40 cal and upgrading to a .45. In a situation, I wanna be able to hit that person anywhere and make them feel it. Maybe even to the point were they stop the engagement. In a real fight, you don't take your time for proper body alignment, sight alignment, and proper trigger pull. You get cover, tactical advantage, and shoot when needed to survive. Training does help with your shooting skills and survival instincts, but I say, the bigger the hole it makes, the less rounds you need to fire that hit target. But that's just my opinion.