9mm or .40 for target and protection

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by rem870forever, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. rem870forever

    rem870forever New Member

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    If I am to get a 9mm I'm getting a ruger p95 but I don't know any .40s&w under $400 that are good. Suggestions for which caliber and gun with reasons please.I'm on a budget with ammo so ill be buying boxes of 50 under $20
     
  2. 308Wins

    308Wins New Member

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    For any SD purpose I'd recommend the .40 over the 9mm.
    A S&W SD40VE is a great gun, for under your budget, and it works great in general
     

  3. thufir

    thufir Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    A couple of weeks ago I picked up a Baretta PX4 Storm .40s&w for about $350 - but it was on sale. I don't remember the regular price but it was around $400. I haven't put many rounds through it (just under 100 yet) but so far I've liked it. I'd suggest at least taking a look.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I just wish you luck on buying any ammo in boxes of 50 under $20:eek:
     
  5. TankTop

    TankTop Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I had a client packing a gun I didn't recognize, SAR B6P. Admittedly I haven't shot it, but I did hold it and felt solid. They also go for about $375 so they're cheap. Actually I'm just jacking your thread because I've been curious to know if anyone knows anything about them!
     
  6. num1dude13

    num1dude13 New Member

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    40 S&W was around 18.50 for FMJ pre-mania in my area. Now i only see it for 25+....don't see it ever going below 20 again. 9mm will work just fine for creatues of the two legged variety.
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    .40 S&W has slightly snappier felt recoil, IMO. 9mm is extremely pleasant to shoot.

    When (if) prices return to normal, 9mm ammo will be quite a bit cheaper than .40. For shooters on a budget, 9mm (in normal times) can only be beat by rimfire calibers, which are usually not adequate for defensive purposes.

    I personally believe ammo prices WILL return to normal (ish) at some point. That said, .40 S&W is a good caliber, but 9mm might be better suited for you because of the budget concerns.

    For what it's worth, current prices at my local range for a box of 50 of target ammo is $18 for 9mm and (I believe) $25 for .40 S&W.
     
  8. Gvillegator

    Gvillegator New Member

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    I just picked up 100 Rnd boxes of 9mm last night for 22.97 and got lucky again this morning and got 50 Rnd boxes for 13.97 per.
     
  9. PappaJim

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    This my 9mm vs .40 story. It helped me make my decision and it might help you.

    My local range had a "Cop Public Relations Day". One shooting game was each Civilian shot against a randomy selected Cop. The game was five bowling pins on a table at 15 feet. The first to clear the table won. I hit the five pins with five shots where the Cop took 7 shots. I would have won if it was an accuracy game but my 9mm only tipped the pins over and I had to go back and hit each one again to spin it off the table. The Cops .40 threw the pins off the table when he hit them so he won on time. After this happened, I watched the rest of the day and all the 9mm's had the same trouble. The next day I sold my Beretta 92FS 9mm and bought a Beretta 96 .40.

    As for your idea of a Ruger P series, I realize its a personal preference, but I really like them. A lot of guys say they are to heavy, but they are tough, accurate pistols that I think are under appreciated. I watched a guy accidentally discharge his .40S&W when his thumb was sweaty at the range one day. At a distance of about a foot and a half, the .40 bullet hit his Ruger P-90 on the left hand side of the slide. We had to pound the slide off the frame because it cracked the slide rail and put a small dent in the slide that was binding up in the frame rail. I ended up getting him a new slide and the gun was fine.
     
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  10. Cocacola

    Cocacola New Member

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    9mm for protection. Blowback and recovery for followup shots is less than the 40. You can squeeze them off quicker. If you and your hand can adapt to the glock 17, I don't know how you can beat it.
     
  11. Mouser

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    Everyone has their own opinions, but I own 9mm, 40 and 45 handguns but the gun that is on my nightstand is a 9mm M9 Beretta for the following reasons...
    1. My wife practices with it and the safety is reverse from every other handgun I use. She doesn't practice like I do so consistency is important.
    2. It has a 15 round capacity. I have never had to use it to defend, but I have to imagine with adrenaline and maybe multiple targets, round capacity will be more likely to be useful than knockdown.
    3. The weapon is less expensive than many I own so if it gets stolen, I would miss it less/replace it more easily.
    4. 9mm is available in potent self defense rounds and has some of the least expensive target ammo and I place a huge premium on practice and proficiency.
    5. Under normal circumstances, ammo is readily available...it will be soon again.
    6. Recoil of 9mm is very manageable for all shooters, including my kids. Accuracy and practice once again. None of my family likes the recoil of the .45 except me; and even the 40 SW draws negative comments from my wife.
     
  12. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Okay you put a limit on how much the gun will cost (and the ammo).
    What about extra magazines?
    Self defense will require holster. (But you can buy a no-name, nylon , I guess. Only replace them annually if you carry all the time.)
    How about repairs? Buying a firearm that there are not too many out in distribution would have me asking "Why?"
    The ball ammo (or FMJ) is great for the range as it is inexpensive, but it terrible for home or self defense. The ammo makers know this and price their ammo accordingly (cheap for range means lots of practice.)
     
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  13. eatmydust

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    I chose 9mm for 3 reasons:

    1) My wife handles 9mm recoil better than larger calibers.
    2) Ammo is comparatively inexpensive.
    3) High Magazine capacity, 17 + 1 in an SR9c.

    And there is a broad spectrum of platforms to choose from.
     
  14. jackrich3

    jackrich3 Active Member Supporter

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    A .22 is also pleasant to shoot but I wouldn't choose it for SD. 9mm is great for plinking but the SD advantage goes to the .40. For 400 bucks, check out the new Bersa Thunder .40 cal Ultra Compact.
     
  15. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    I picked up a Ruger SR40 last year ($450) and this is simply the most accurate handgun I have shot (excluding .22 target pistols). One handed, off-handed - doesn't matter. With a 15 rd capacity, the extra ammo argument for 9mm becomes moot.
     
  16. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Nice weather we're having.
     
  17. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Rainin here but we need it :)
     
  18. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    A 9mm can do just about anything that a .40S&W or .45acp can do as long as you choose your ammo correctly.
     
  19. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Yep, We kinda got tired of the rain and sent it to ya!
     
  20. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    True, but the selection of ammo slims down quite a bit when you want to pay only $20 for a box as stated in beginning post.