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Preferred SD handgun caliber for civilian (not LE) use

  • .380 Auto

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • .38Sp /.357 Mag

    Votes: 8 9.6%
  • 9mm x 19

    Votes: 18 21.7%
  • .44 Sp / .44 Mag

    Votes: 2 2.4%
  • .45 ACP

    Votes: 36 43.4%
  • Other (please specify)

    Votes: 17 20.5%
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What is your preferred handgun (not rifle or shotgun) caliber for primary (not backup) civilian (not LE or military) self defense? This means for a commericially available (not hand loaded) cartridge to be used in a revolver or semi-auto of your choice.
 

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1911 loaded with 230 gr Hydrashocks. Hitting a bad guy center mass with one of those puppies will take the fight right out of them.
 

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I am an avid fan of the .45 ACP.

I also really like the 9x19mm. A nice 9mm Hydra-Shock / Gold Dot / etc... will put a man down quickly. The added firepower of having more rounds available at one time is always a plus to me.

Most people will say "If you need more than 5 rounds, you aren't shooting effectively". I always say that there is not one person out there that can predict what type of defense situation he/she will face. You may face a single, bumbling BG in your home. You may also end up in a full-on firefight with some street thugs packing some serious heat.
 

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I voted 9 X 19 as this is for ALL civilians, across the board. The .45 is clearly superior, but not everyone can handle one. There is nothing wrong with a 9 for SD. Shot placement is the key. A well centered hit with a 9 is better than a periferal hit from a .45.
 

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.45 acp definitely. If i have to defend myself i want to only have for fire once.
 

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45 APC delivered by a S&W M&P is my most favorite carry.
 

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I have to go with the Makarov round. Until I can get a 1911 and see what all the fuss is about....:D
 

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45 ACP
Pick your flavor-Mines Glock21
 

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Hi guys, I'm new here, but have been a guest several times for help and general knowledge. I voted for the 9mm, because like what SGT MILLER stated, God forbid you'd ever be faced with a couple street thugs with a plethora of .32's and .380's, I want a 9mm high capacity. I have a SW9VE, and I'm glad that I have 16 shots at my disposal if something like this ever happened. Shot placement is key, and if you're not an avid shooter, the extra shots aid a normal guy protecting his family/himself.
 

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.45 acp for semi

.38 special in revolver
 

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Why mess around? That's the closest thing I have to .460 rowland at this time, got 6 mags loaded with it.
 

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Personally, I have to go with a 357 mag, sigs can suck it. I've got a 45 ACP and a 9mm but if I had to pick one, I'd go with the 357. A very close 2nd is my 45.
 

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What is your preferred handgun (not rifle or shotgun) caliber for primary (not backup) civilian (not LE or military) self defense? This means for a commericially available (not hand loaded) cartridge to be used in a revolver or semi-auto of your choice.

for home defense,a 1911 .45 acp or 10mm is pretty much what i'll add in my nightstand roster along with my G22.

1911,but i'm a bit trigged by a stainless 10mm 1911....i'd like a razorback,but i think they didn't figured it o.k yet...

in fact,my next purchase if i can find the right model i like...wich is not so easy to pin-point because i'm use to glocks :p lolol.
 

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Can't go wrong with 1911 .45 w/200 FMJ hardball ;),or the Rugar 357 ( wheel gun ) 158 SWC :rolleyes:, i prefer to use 1911 10mm 200 norma or 180 hydra-shok :eek: ( legal rounds )
 

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Ahhhhhhhhhh the 9mm....."Strong Enough for a Man, Able to be Used by a Woman" :)
 
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