Do you guys think the 9MM round is enough for Home and Self Defense?????

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by CAMCHAMPION1988, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. CAMCHAMPION1988

    CAMCHAMPION1988 New Member

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    I know this has probably been asked before but i was just wondering i mean i have quite a few 9'S. I do keep a .44Magnum S&W for Home defense and i usually carry a Glock 20 10mm for my Carry weapon.

    But i keep seeing these ads online you guys have probably seen them especially on youtube advertisments for example one says. The 9mm won't protect you learn from the professionals or something like that. Then are these people that truly believe the 9mm is like a BB gun these people must be idiots. I mean i know 9mm is considered the small caliber but it can kill. Today's ammo is even more evidence that the 9mm Can take down the biggest most adrenaline crazed bad guy. I mean with today's +P Hollow Points yeah the 9mm can not be down talked anymore in this day and age. The Key is to have a mid weight Hollow point round like 124gr. For Faster Travel and Penetration from what gunsmiths have said The military uses it only they only use FMJ not HP that is why they don't like the 9mm Caliber.

    I know alot of you carry a 9mm everyday for your Open or Concealed carry Weapon and you feel confident. You could take down a 500 pound badguy someone High on cocaine,PCP or Adrenalin with a 9 especially if it is a HP +P round?????

    What do you guys have to say about the 9mm round for being a Primary Carry or Home Defense Caliber?????
     
  2. capnklump

    capnklump New Member

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    Personally my "go to" for home defense is a tactical shotgun, with my backup being a 40S&W. But a 9 will most definitely get the job done, especially with hollow point personal defense rounds. If your intruder is not down after 1 round to the center torso, well I'm sure you have plenty more rounds in the clip :D
     

  3. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    20% of the anecdotes you hear about 9mm failures are with military FMJs. 5% of the anecdontes are about bullets from the 80s. The other 75% is simply due to poor shot placement, which applies to any service caliber.


    I have no qualms about using a 9mm over other service-caliber handguns for SD.
     
  4. Jake15

    Jake15 New Member

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    I'm one of those guys who think that a hit with a .22 is better than a miss with a .44 mag, but the only reason I would carry a 9mm would be as a back-up to a larger caliber pistol, preferably a .45 acp. My reasoning behind that is the fact that the only benefit to carrying a 9mm I can see is magazine capacity, I've shoy plenty of 9mm and .45s, and for me there is very little difference in recoil and accuracy through most of the pistols I've shot. Now, by no means am I the type that thinks carrying a big gun makes me a big man, I just prefer a larger caliber that hits a little harder, because.... while a 9mm may expand, a .45 never shrinks! And heck, ain't no one ever accused the .45 of being to small! So I guess you could say I'm just taking the safe route.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Do I think it's enough? Yes I do with a good round like an HST, Gold Dot or similar. I would also stay with the heavier bullets, in 9mm I like 147gr although 124 isn't bad.

    Having said that, is it my HD pistol round of choice? No, it's not. My go to pistol round is 45 ACP 230gr+p followed by a 357 Magnum.
     
  6. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I think we need a sticky that just simply states

    There's nothing wrong with a 9mm.
     
  7. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    Haha!


    Oh, I forgot to add IB4P5 (In Before Page 5)!!!



    If it's worth shooting once, its worth shooting a few more times :p .
     
  8. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Personally, I think the 9mm is a very good round. Just like all others it does have its ups and downs but i believe the majority of it has to due with shot placement. I always remember the one liner in some one's signature on this board that states, A hit with a 22 is better than a miss with a 44 mag. (or something along those lines, but hey you get the idea. :D)
     
  9. lopper

    lopper New Member

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    IMO it SUX For other then putting holes in paper
     
  10. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    It's actually worse for putting holes in paper, since the holes are hardest to see. I like shooting .44 wadcutters in paper. They make nice, crisp holes that can easily be seen at even 25 yards. Doesn't mean .44 wadcutters are better for defense, though.


    :p
     
  11. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    it will do the job but its not, in my opinion, one of the better rounds. i do trust it enough to let my wife use the 9mm for SD as she shoots it well and can shoot it enough for extended range sessions to get worthwhile training.

    i would rather the wife use a 45acp but she can only fire 30-40 rounds before she gets tired. while she can handle it for self defense she doesnt get enough time shooting it so opted for 9mm.

    i personally rank 9mm 40sw 380acp in about the same boat adequate but better is out there. when you get to 357magnum levels a 38cal bullet starts to become very effective. under that, 45 caliber is what i prefer.

    it really boils down to what you shoot well. if you put a piece of lead in the boiler room of a goblin it will do the job.
     
  12. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    Yup...and you feel confidant that it is as well. ;) :)
     
  13. Jpyle

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    Not much I can add to what others have said but to say that every caliber is lethal. Obviously larger calibers make bigger holes and can get the job done quicker but a well placed 9mm double tap is going to stop damn near every threat. Key, as always, is shot placement. Afterall, the goal is incapacitation of the bad guy not "one shot one kill."

    I guess what I mean is that there is nothing to show that the 9mm is an inherently bad caliber it all boils down to personal choice. If you are uncomfortable with it then by all means upsize to a bigger round.
     
  14. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    The bullets in a 9mm are alittle on the LIGHT SIDE but if you aim is TRUE then it's ok if not I would get a 12 gauge with #6 or so.
     
  15. NickySantoro

    NickySantoro New Member

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    OP,
    The 9 will serve you well with a quality 115 or 124 grain JHP +P. My HD gun is a 1911 but only because I was familiar with the 1911 from the Army. If I had it to do over I'd probably get a Glock 17 if I lived in a free state without mag restrictions.
     
  16. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    That's definitely a new one :O .
     
  17. tommy62

    tommy62 New Member

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    The 9mm is a good SD round considering the high quality of today's ammo. It still comes down to the shooter's ability to control the firearm and shot placement.
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    shoot what you are comfortable with. the 9mm is a good round, if you are using the proper ammo for the task at hand. fmj are good for target shooting and practice. key word here is, practice. it really doesn't matter what type or size of gun or ammo choice you make if you can't hit where you aim. if you are more capable with the 9mm and can hit accurately, then that is what would be best. if a larger caliber works for you, then use it. but whatever choice you make, practice with it, and practice with it on a regular basis. i have a 9mm handgun and i like it, but i do prefer larger calibers and that is a personal preference. yes i can hit what i aim at with the 9mm and can hit what i aim with the larger ones also, but i do a lot of shooting.
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    try shooting some car doors and quarter panels with 124gr hp ammo! if it will go through them, it will go through a bad guy with no problem.
     
  20. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    The 9mm is a good round for self defense. When I carry my Glock (when I'm not carrying my 1911) I use Buffalo Bore Ammuntion's 147 grn +p+ hp. 1100 fps and 451 ft lbs muzzle energy. They're accurate as all get out and pick a pretty good punch. $25 @ midway. Wicked round.