Concealed carry caliber choice?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by noobcrusher21, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. noobcrusher21

    noobcrusher21 New Member

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    Hey, I'm new, so please correct me if I'm doing ANYTHING wrong [with my profile, thread introduction, etc.]. I'm sorry if I am, but like I said, I'm new, so PLEASE correct me if I am doing anything incorrectly, but...

    I was wondering, what is the SMALLEST caliber concealed-carry ammunition caliber which provides at least reasonable stopping power [i.e- can be relied upon to stop a criminal at close range, assuming the criminal isn't on drugs, adrenaline, or is huge and/or extremely musclebound- since these things can improve someone's ability to withstand firearms fire], if it is an expanding bullet [i.e- ballistic tip or black talon]?
     
  2. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Well, you said correct you, so how about swinging by here Introductions and telling us a little about yourself and your firearm interests, so the forum members can say howdy.

    9mm Speer Gold Dot 124 gr JHP + P, smallest caliber round I would carry, if forced too.

    Jack
     

  3. jbd

    jbd New Member

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    i carry 38 with +p ammo with no worries.
     
  4. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Wife carries .38 + P in her Ruger LCR, as well. :cool:

    Jack
     
  5. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Whatever you can reasonably expect to hole a BG with. There is no perfect round/platform. Arguments can be made for everything from .22 to 500. "Concealed" is relative.
     
  6. russ

    russ New Member

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    I carry .40 S&w as it is what I'm used to shooting anyway.
     
  7. noobcrusher21

    noobcrusher21 New Member

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    So, I was wondering, would a .32 ACP round be useful in a last resort scenario? How often would a FMJ .32 ACP round, aimed DIRECTLY at the center mass, take down an opponent [assuming the opponent is NOT on drugs, adrenaline, or is extremely musclebound] within a few [2 or 3] shots?
     
  8. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I've never shot anything with a .32, but it's too puny for me to bet my life on. I carry either a 9mm or a .45acp and still shot placement is most important.

    The .32 rates very low for self defense on any chart.
     
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    The smallest I would personally carry is 38 +p. I carry a 45 daily but arm my wife with a 38. If I wouldn't trust my life with it, I wouldn't trust hers either.
     
  10. MotorG20

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    My brother has a Ruger LCP in 380acp. It's a nice, reliable little gun, and easy to conceal. Remington 102gr. 380acp Golden Sabers are supposed to be pretty good. I know when it comes to concealed carry, some people will choose maximum comfort over more effective (larger caliber) guns. Personally, I wouldn't go smaller than 380acp with premium ammo. And you can get a 380acp pistol that isn't appreciably bigger than a 32acp. But when it comes down to it, anything is better than nothing.

    MotorG20
     
  11. NGIB

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    I routinely carry a .380 with Gold Dots and that's about as low as I'd go. Any gun is better than a pointy stick but if you're going to carry a little one - practice a bunch so you can put the shots on target...
     
  12. canebrake

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    Regular carry is .44 sp in a S&W model 696. If weather/clothing is an issue, then a Kel-Tec P-32. As I age, the .44 sp seems to get heavier and am quite serious about getting a Ruger LCR .38 sp.

    oldhunter
     
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Try it, you'll like it!

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    < 1 pound loaded w/clip draw!
     
  15. Esteban

    Esteban New Member

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    .32 is better than nothing,, but I would want at least a .38 with good loads.
     
  16. planenut

    planenut New Member

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    I also carry a 380 acp with Hydra-shok ammo. I know it is on the small end of the spectrum but I am more apt to carry it than leave it at home....
     
  17. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    The smallest gun I carry is my backup gun to my .45-a Ruger LCP .380 loaded with Hornady Critical Defense HP. It never leaves my pocket.
     
  18. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    The person at our gunshop claims you need at least a .380 and up for protection.
     
  19. bigdaddy

    bigdaddy New Member

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    A carry gun is just personal choice . It is what the indivdual feels cofident carring and can shoot proficiently. After all Ronald Reagan was shot with a 22 caliber handgun .
     
  20. Viking

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    I try to take into consideration that under great stress and a huge injection of adenaline into my system, what weapon would do the job where I might not be able to place my shots exactly where I can during target practice. I have a .380 but my carry is .40 and would prefer it to be .45, I can't say that for me I would feel confident that the .380 would do the job on a BG, especially a large angry or drugged up BG. If my Redhawk wasn't such a large hard to conceal weapon, for a skinny guy like me, I'd carry it. But hey, I'm just an old fart so I need some advantages you younger bucks don't need to worry too much about.