.45 or 9mm

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by dreweB, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. dreweB

    dreweB New Member

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    looking to buy a new pistol for my carry, now I don't want a tiny tiny gun but not a full sized either, I will mainly just keep this gun in the truck and carry it around the hunting camp, want something with at least 9 round magazines,would rather a 45 but open to 9m..recommendations?
     
  2. dreweB

    dreweB New Member

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    Also don't wanna spend awhile bunch would prefer 500 and less maybe 550
     

  3. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    9mm Glock 19. 15 rounds in the magazine and 9mm is half the cost of .45 ACP.
     
  4. dalefan88

    dalefan88 New Member

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    My bersa ultra compact pro 9mm. 13+1 and shots every ammo I have put in it. Even reloads. Got it for $429.

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  5. genesaika

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  6. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Oh no! Here we go again! Still, you said camping. If there are dangerous large animals, then bigger the better. Go for the .45 in what make and model fits you the best. I will not mention another caliber, because you wanted only 9mm or .45. HK45 or USP would be my choice. Tough and reliable for any environment.
     
  7. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Glock. Your done. A gen 3 sells for around 505 new here then its a matter of caliber that your confortable feed it with . 9mm 40 357 sig 45 or 10mm.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Around the hunting camp?
    With other firearms available?

    I would get a .22lr.
    Great for plinking, small game, target.
    It worked a lot better getting that mouse than my 30-30.
     
  9. therewolf

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    I'd go with a 9mm. Better penetration than a .45, small and accurate,

    for dealing with pests. I like the 92A1, but what do I know?
     
  10. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.
     
  11. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Any of common polymer pistols will do, and since you said camping I'd recommend the .45.
     
  12. icallshotgun88

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    I'd go with a 9mm and as many rounds as possible..

    I went with a .45 because I'm in Crapifornia and they limit me to 10 rounds. So I might as well have the biggest rounds possible.

    But if you aren't restricted they way I am, then 9mm with twice the capacity would be a better choice
     
  13. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    Camping? Bear spray, and if that fails, 10mm Glock with 20 round magazines.
     
  14. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I mean... They are two very different calibers. You might as well say "what should I eat right now, an apple or an orange?"


    If its only those two calibers, I guess .45 ACP. But neither round was really designed to be a camping or hiking round.

    I would honestly recommend a .357 Magnum or a .44 Magnum. I know you said capacity, but those are what I would personally choose. The only auto-caliber I would consider, for that purpose, is 10mm.

    But if you're talking more for CCW work, well... Honestly just get whatever you shoot the best. If you aren't quite comfortable with the recoil of the .45, there's nothing wrong with 9mm. And if you're truly going for capacity, it wouldn't even be a question. You're gonna get about 7 more rounds of 9mm than you will .45.

    My response is kinda all over the place. But that's because its such an open ended question that it merits an open ended answer.
     
  15. icallshotgun88

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    Agreed.
    However I'd skip the bear spray and go straight to the Glock though. If you're close enough to use bear spray you're in deep spit.
    But I agree that the 10mm would be a superior round for that.

    But if you're strictly trying to decide between the 9mm and the .45 then if go with the 9 since you can usually have much more capacity.

    But like I said, I use .45 because I'm in CA
     
  16. jjones45

    jjones45 New Member

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    Yeah, what they said.
     
  17. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    S&W M&P 45c, or the M&P 9c. American polymer pistols at their finest.
     
  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    45 or 9mm?

    yes.
     
  19. dreweB

    dreweB New Member

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    Well I don't think all have to worry about bears in southern Louisiana that much ... More for hogs and snakes
     
  20. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The two are equally effective in 'stopping the fight' if:
    1. You use the best available 'defense' ammo out today.
    2. In the case of the 45 you need to keep the bbl length at no shorter than 4.25 inches (Commander length) for it to maintain it's ballistic equality with the other defense calibers. The 9mm is probably the most efficient short bbbl round in the world today, even as short as 3 inches it will maintain MV of over 1000 fps.
    Hope this helped,
    Jim:)
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013