9mm or 45

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  1. Mark Koch

    Mark Koch New Member

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    Hello, brand new member and enjoying the site.
    I have a couple 9mm handguns and am looking for another. Been looking at the HK45. Question, should I have a 45 for home defense of stick with another 9mm?
     
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  2. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Oh boy.... another 9mm vs 45 debate :eek:
     

  3. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Every red blooded American needs a 1911 in 45 acp.
     
  4. austin92

    austin92 Well-Known Member

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    There’s so many ways this conversation can go. I wouldn’t get hung up on what caliber for self/home defense, a 22lr can kill, I wouldn’t volunteer to get shot by a 25acp, but my personal rule is 9mm or better, 380 in rare deep concealment cases where it’s better than nothing. I use a .40s&w for both home defense and edc. I love my 45acp 1911 and a fns9 is high on the priority list. All what you prefer, don’t over think it.
     
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  5. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    I like to practice a lot with my favorite carry/home defense gun. 9mm cost less to practice with. Thats the main reason I use the 9MM .
     
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  6. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Neither, everybody knows that 40S&W is the king of SD/HD....:p
     
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  7. Mcsorleyprobert

    Mcsorleyprobert Active Member

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    For a HD firearm.
    Whichever one you can place 2-4 rapid shots in concession.
    Stay with whichever HD firearm you shoot the best.

    End of discussion
     
  8. freefall

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  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Are you alone or do you have a partner?
    If you have a partner, how versed is your partner in the use of firearms?

    You may not be able to get the .45 and have to rely on your partner to use it.

    For protection, a handgun is used to give you enough time to get to the rifle or shotgun.

    (By the way, welcome to the forum. Stop by our introductions area and say "Hi".)
     
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  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Anything you can't stop with a 9MM, you're not going to stop with a .45.
     
  11. JimRau

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    And a John Wayne 'assault rifle'!!!:D
     
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  12. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Roger that!!!;) You beat me to it. But as Dawg said, the 45 is a must have for us RED BLOODED AMERICANS.:cool: I bought the SDS 1911A1 just for FUN!!!:)
     
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  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    And every red blooded American should have a long barrel S&W Model 29.

    "Go ahead, make my day.":cool:
     
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  14. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    38 special +P would work.....:rolleyes::p:p
     
  15. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I think most studies have shown that the "stronger" calibers do little extra damage.. and luck and skill of the shooter are much more decisive.. so keep the caliber you are most practiced with.
     
  16. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    Not again!

    I thought the 9mm- .45 wars ended in 2006 after thousands of casualties on both sides.

    Dude, shoot what youre comfortable with.
    I love my 10mm(Glock), my 9mm (SIG226) and my .45(FN)

    I say buy the HK45, because EVERYBODY should have an HK45. And continue to shoot your 9mms along wth your new .45
    (its only money, right)
    Practice practice practice.
    Run Mombasa drills until you have your muscle memory developed for each weapon.

    Fear is a gift.
     
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    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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  18. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The very first pistol I ever bought in a gun shop was a Colt's Government Model, still have it, idiot mark and all. Nice day, might go pop some caps with it.
     
  19. PANDEMIC

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    I agree with most here, alot of it is just personal preference. I carry a G17 and my brother carries a G48. There both carry and HD guns and both chambered in 9mm.

    I'd keep whichever one your comfortable with and whichever one your happy with shooting. As well as whichever one you can afford the most when it comes to ammo since .45 ACP is double in price then what it costs for 9mm.

    I was thinking about switching to .45 ACP but since I gotten so comfortable and pretty good with the 9mm I decided to just stick with it.

    But again, its all pretty much down to personal preference, which one your more comfortable with and what you practice with the most.
     
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  20. Shopfox

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    If you want to invest in another caliber of ammunition to stockpile, another set of magazines to buy, and another set of controls to learn, or another caliber to develop a load for/reload, go for it, but Caliber diversity costs $$$

    I wish someone had told me many years ago: for economy, stick with .223 (or 7.62x39), .308, .22lr, 12ga, and 9mm. Stick with 1-2 handgun families and share mags.
    Stick with only AR's or only AK's.

    Beyond these, it's just fun-factor and extra $$$ spent.