Experienced caliber help!

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by NvRbanArms, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. NvRbanArms

    NvRbanArms New Member

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    Okay guys. Last gun I buy for this year at least. It boiled down to one that I wanted ever since I layed my hands on one. I'm going to go with the sig p226 or 229. Doesn't really matter which one. Whatever I can get a better deal on I guess. NOW the real question is 9mm or 40cal. I need some input on this. Shot both. Like both. Have a 22,9mm,38sp/357mag,45. I like the nine and that is my sleep next to gun for now. Would use the G21 but don't want to shoot my sleeping daughter through a wall. I will be using the sig for everything. Plinking, sleep next to gun,conceal (whenever IL gets it). I want this to be my all around defense weapon. Mainly because I'm not buying anymore for a while. So what do you guys think. SERIOUS ONLY. Should I stick with a 9mm sig sauer or go for the 40cal. Would u guys that r experienced in this stuff feel better with a 40. Thanks.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my personal opinion:

    i would choose a 9mm over a 40 any day if your not going 45acp. sig recently changed the grip on the p22x series and some folks like it some dont. im one of the folks that dont like the new grip.

    9mm or 40... i choose 9mm since there isnt a ton of diff tween the two other than a bit more muzzle flip and recoil on the 40 with very very little performance difference making the 40 a slower to get followups on. so if i would go with a higher capacity 9mm over a 40 anyday.

    that being said my preferred round is the 45acp.

    i would suggest checking out the springfield xdm i like it better than the newer sigs. in 9mm they are 19+1 and its hard to beat that much firepower in a comfy easy to use handgun
     

  3. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    Its all personal preference on the round you carry. The 9mm is smaller in size but has excellent penetration. The 40 cal is bigger and has more potential stopping power. But with proper shot placement both are fine rounds. I trust my life to either of them.
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I would get the 9mm to keep the ammunition stocks simpler.
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    There really is nothing wrong with either one, but my personal preference, between these two, would be to go with capacity. So which one holds more boolits?
     
  6. canebrake

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    Stay with the 9 mike mike, why add another caliber?

    Besides, the 40 S&W (I call it the 10mm Lite) is so 20 minutes ago.
     
  7. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    OR, you could go with the 9mm with a short temper and bad attitude...otherwise known as the .357sig
     
  8. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I actually laughed when i read "when IL gets it". Good luck! I hope they do though...
    Stick with the 9mm.
     
  9. NvRbanArms

    NvRbanArms New Member

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    I would like a 357 sig but never shot one and that ammo is expensive. I know 40 is too. How do 357sigs kick?
     
  10. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Aaah.. bout like a .40,they are a little peppy but still really controllable. I love mine, but your right, the ammo is a little pricey
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i with JonM, check out the SA XDm in 9mm. i have the XDm in 40 and love it. now whether to go 9mm or 40? either one will get the job done if you do your part. 9mm is cheaper to shoot and practice with than the 40, and you already have one 9mm, so it would be a good choice to go that route. but you already have a 9mm and wanted a different caliber, the 40 would be a good choice also. i have pistols in both calibers, and would be hard pressed to give one or the other up. final decision, if wanting to keep lower amount of different ammo, then go the 9mm.
     
  12. Werminator

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    I have my eyes on a .40 from FN that is similar in function to the Sig pistols. I have a Ruger SR9 because I felt that the ammo was more cost effective (practice ammo anyway) and the defensive loads available are more than ample for what they are designed to do. Perhaps if penetration is a concern then frangibles are perhaps an option? They are the loads designed to split apart when they contact hard surfaces. This means ample penetration in soft tissues without too much fear of pumping a round through a wall and hurting someone. I also believe a frangible bouncing off a breast bone splits up nicely putting a would be attacker in an intense amount of pain...
     
  13. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Since you say you have shot both & like shooting both, I'd suggest you go with the .40S&W, although I personally prefer the 9mm.

    Wound channel tests in gel, that I have seen, show the wound channel of the .40 being real close to that of the .45 with the 9mm being a distant 3rd. place. Of course, that will depend on the ammo selection & it's expansion, etc. so next question would be availability of ammo.

    I prefer the 9mm because I am a firm believer in practicing with my defense firearm. I have both the 9mm & .40S&W in my carry rotation. But, I don't like practicing with my .40 as much as I do with the 9mm, so I find myself leaving the .40 home more than I should. If this isn't an issue for you, get the .40.
     
  14. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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    Ballistic gelatin doesn't take into account clothing, bones and everything else that could be in between. That's why good shot placement is key I carry what I'm most accurate with.
     
  15. DallasShooter

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    Go with the 9mm. You'll shoot it more at cheaper cost and it is perfectly capable of doing the job for self defense or home defense. Practice with what you carry - if they ever let you carry in IL.