9mm or 45acp

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by legitballerx24, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. legitballerx24

    legitballerx24 New Member

    I am going to be purchasing a handgun soon and I am wondering if I should go with the 9mm or 45. Please let me know which one you think I should go with.
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

    Welcome to FTF...choose whichever caliber you shoot best...

    When you get a chance, stop by the intro thread and say hi...:cool:
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012

  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    Man, there are so many variables that come into play here. Size of gun, money available, intended usage, what you shoot best...

    We need way more info to better help you.
  4. legitballerx24

    legitballerx24 New Member

    I want it to be compact, I can pay up to $500 and I don't want it to have a huge kick.
  5. legitballerx24

    legitballerx24 New Member

    And as for usage mainly target shooting and home protection.
  6. trip286

    trip286 New Member

    A medium steel frame 9 millimeter may be right up your alley. I'd recommend an older Smith and Wesson automatic.
  7. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Well-Known Member

    I would add: Experience level.

    If I were a betting man, I'd say we are dealing w/ someone one has very limited experience with handguns. Therefore, I would suggest hitting the gun ranges that rent guns and start test driving various 9 mm pistols.
    My list of pistols to look at first:

    CZ75 or CZ P07 Duty
    Stoeger Cougar
    S&W M&P
    Glock 19

    Why 9 mm? Because if I'm right 9 mm will be easier to learn with and cheaper to to practice with.
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

    Smith & Wesson 3913 - 9mm
    Great gun! Accurate, reliable, and made for many years, so parts are still easy to attain. It strips easily, cleans quickly, looks good, and has my second favorite action type DA/SA.

    Ruger SR9C - 9mm
    Awesome piece, great for a first time shooter because it comes with an extended magazine option, which holds 17 rounds for convenient target practice, and a compact magazine for concealed carry. It looks good, has short trigger for a DA pistol and feels real good in the hands.

    Glocks are great guns, hands down work horses with a proven record, but I never reccommend getting one to anyone new to firearms or anybody looking for a concealed carry piece. This is because they seem to refuse to use physical safety toggles. This is huge for me!!! Unacceptable. Sure they use other "safety features", but nothing at all comparable to an actual, manual, manipulatable safety.

    There are tons of other guns out there that would be great pieces for ya, but the top two would be what I'd consider "best bangs for the buck".

    The two I carry:

    Ruger LC9 - 9mm
    More compact than the SR9C but still a solid shooter!

    Cobra 9mm Derringer
    Only two shots, but comfort is primary concern for me. I refuse to carry these large framed, full sized 45s or 9s like the rest seem to. Two shots at the sort of range I'd use this thing is more than sufficient and with it I can carry in my summer shorts, unlike anything else.
  9. Prorebel

    Prorebel New Member

    If its you first handgun I would go with a 9mm
  10. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

    As a first gun I would also recommend a 9mm. Recoil is more manageable, gun sizes can be more compact, and ammo is more affoardable which would allow a new shooter to get more practice.

    I'm going to give a slightly different philosphy on the Glock than "BeyondTheBox". I do respect his opinion. It is true that a Glock can be discharged simply by pulling the trigger, and if someone is not careful this could lead to a negligent discharge.

    As someone with a clean slate, it can be easier to teach someone to safely shoot and carry a Glock, because you may not have habits that revolved around guns with manual safeties. Double action revolvers can be fired bu simply pulling the trigger, but the length and weight of pull is usually greater. Sig pistols don't have a safety either, but simply a decocker for after a shooter is done shooting. If someone forgets to engage their safety or decocker in the heat of stress, teh trigger travel is generally shorter and potentially more dangerous than a Glock after the trigger finger is off the trigger.

    I have taken several new shooters to the range with Glock, Sig, Beretta, Colt, Smith and Wesson, and had no issues teaching them the safety features of each platform. Most found that a Glock was pretty easy to learn to keep a straight trigger finger when not ready to fire. While they seemed more prone to forget to reengage a manual safety or activate a decocker.

    Not trying to pick a fight here, just expressing a different point of view. Many folks insist on external safeties and i won't fault them for that.

    Bottom line is, whatever pistol platform you decide to go with, learn the safety features of you gun and engrain the use of them in your range sessions and training so that you are a safer gun owner. If you are not actively shooting, engage your safety, and make it a habit you don't have to think about.

    I too, would recommend finding a range with rental pistols, or getting with friends who have different pistols and trying them out before you decide to lay your money down.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  11. rhyno13

    rhyno13 New Member

    I personally choose to carry a .45. However there is absolutely nothing wrong with a 9mm.
  12. genesis

    genesis New Member

    First lets dispel the myth about calibers. Using todays state-of-the-art self defense ammo, the 9MM 357Sig, 40S&W and 45 ACP all perform about equally well and with plenty of authority to get the job done. This is because all modern self defense ammo is loaded to FBI handgun ballistic protocols which call for a minimum of 12" and a maximum of 18" of penetration. Most manufactures load to just over 12" of penetration (see chart below). To much power and penetration is both inefficient and dangerous. That being said/settled, practice ammo for the 9 is cheapest at around $10 a box (check the internet). I shoot 40 S&W because I reload and ammo cost isn't a factor for me. I simply "prefer" the 40. Not that it's any better than the other choices. A 9MM will have the least amount of recoil, and there is a plethora of extremely fine models to choose from.

    Don <><

  13. legitballerx24

    legitballerx24 New Member

    Thanks everyone for your input. I am going to go to a shooting range a try out some different models.