Which gun to use?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Thadeuce, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Ok, so in September I'm going to take a Combat Pistol course. I have both 9mm and .40S&W pistols that I can take to this course. I was thinking of taking the .40 with this logic: If I can handle it and learn with it considering it has more recoil than the 9mm, I can apply what I learn to the 9mm. If I take the 9mm, I'm afraid that I won't be able to apply what I learned to a pistol of more power. Does that make sense? Or am I just being a tard? :confused:

    Background: Both are Glocks (17 and 22). I can group well with both although my follow-up shots are slower with the 22. I feel comfortable with either.
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my opinion No then Yes. heh.

    personally i would take the one your going to use the most as your main defensive sidearm.
     

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  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    The more you practice and shoot the more experience you'll have, which will help you when shooting various calibers. The key is practice. To answer your question, choose which ever one you want. Personally I'd choose the 9mm first, because that way you'll get a little more trigger time and get a more easy shooting firearm to hone you skills on.
     
  5. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Funny Scott. I actually have an XDm 9 as well but I was trying to keep it simple.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Q. Do you have trouble making decisions?

    A. Well, yes and no. ;)



    Take the nine.
     
  7. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    I would take what ever gun you use the most, I had to take a course to get my CCL it was tough for me between my 1911, my M9, or my model 66. Finally I just thought what gun have I carried the most in the woods. Model 66 in 357 mag. It you shoot better with a 9 go with the 9 if you shoot better with a 40 go with a 40. Worst comes to worst flip a coin.
     
  8. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I think either is fine.

    After a few rds you won't notice the difference in the .40.
     
  9. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    The only reason I asked this was because when I go shoot, after taming the .40, the 9mm seems very tame. Just kinda thought of it as training with weights.
     
  10. Jpyle

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    Many people, myself included, feel the .40 S&W has a bit more snap in the recoil. Nothing that can't be trained away but if you have a limited amount of range time for the course I would recommend the 9mm so you can focus on the tactics being taught and not have to worry about taming the recoil. You can apply the tactics with the .40 on your free time, not time you are paying for. JMHO...YMMV
     
  11. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I agree. I'd go with the G17, why not use the lighter round during the class, you'll have plenty else to occupy your mind. The fewer distractions the better then later on apply what you learned to the 40S&W.
     
  12. Wambli

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    The easy answer is take the 9mm. Cheaper to shoot and more comfortable for extended shooting sessions. BUT I think you shoudl take the .40 and ask your instructor to teach you proper grip techniques to take the extra recoil out of the equation, speed up your follow-up and make you feel more comfortable with it. If you acomplish that the 9mm will feel like an airsoft in your hands when you get back.
     
  13. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    What are you hoping to get from the class?

    If you're taking the class to work more on movement, shooting around obstacles, clearing rooms, etc., you might be focusing more on those aspects than on strictly shooting. If that's the case, I'd say take the 9mm.

    If you're going to focus more on actual shooting, I'd say take the .40 and, as Wambli said, get some instructor help on managing the recoil.
     
  14. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    To be honest, I have no idea what I'm gonna get outta the class. I'm trying to go into it with an open mind. I don't want to say I just want to shoot better or I just want to learn to move and shoot. I want to keep my mind open to accept whatever is being taught. Since this is the first REAL course I'm going to take, I'm going into this like prom night...hoping to get something good. I took a defensive pistol course from a local guy and learned some fundamentals but I feel like I'm wasting myself by not giving shooting my all. I don't care about being the best, just the best that I can be.
     
  15. M14sRock

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    Only good will come from it. Go with an open mind, and enjoy yourself.

    Take away the things that apply to you, and store away the things you don't think you need. Someday you might.
     
  16. IGETEVEN

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    Well hell, there ya go. ;) Just take and utilize both the 9mm and the .40 then. :cool:
     
  17. canebrake

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    You asked, sell the g22.

    I find the .40 S&W a worthless cartridge.

    Shoot what you enjoy and forget about the marketing noise all around us.

    Practice will provide you with true "man stopping" efficacy, shot placement.
     
  18. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Can't do that. Then the wife would want me to sell my other guns.
     
  19. sweeper22

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    I find myself a bit conflicted when it comes to the OP's question, and my first instinct is to side with the "take both" contingent.

    Canebreak has made his opinions on 357sig/40sw pretty clear time and again, and I agree...somewhat. And yet I disagree to an extent. I respect his opinions and they're very well-founded from a specific perspective.

    In my opinion (with my massive 2yrs of shooting experience), 40sw is neither the perfect compromise, nor is it the "answer to a question that was never asked". The same goes for 357sig (I own one both), though I would agree wholeheartedly that 357sig owns a great deal of impractical attributes.

    Take both. 40sw is an exceptional defense caliber, and if you're going to own one you should learn to handle it well. 40sw (unlike 357sig) enjoys the benefit of being both superior in its power to 9mm and more affordable to 45acp. It's the epitome of "middle ground".

    I prefer both 45acp and 9mm to the mid-range options. I find both easier to hit follow-up shots with, and that's a critical factor. I carry mostly 9mms for this very reason. But 40sw does offer a legitmate compromise value, being more powerfull than 9mm and easier on the wallet than many other options. With countless agencies drinking the 40sw Kool-Aid, it's here to stay and abundant enough to remain affordable.
     
  20. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Thanks for all the input. I think I might just take them both.