This is a discussion on primary self defense ccw caliber within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by jeepnik
Wrong. Lets say you use 115gr 9mm. Times 15 thats 1725 grs of lead. Now most .45's have seven round mags ...
Wrong. Lets say you use 115gr 9mm. Times 15 thats 1725 grs of lead. Now most .45's have seven round mags plus one in the chamber, that's 8. Say you're using 230 gr bullets, thats 1840 grs of lead, so really, those 15 9mm are less than 8 .45's. Then again, I carry a Glock with a total of 11 so I've got 2530 grs of lead.
Ah but, I carry 135 grain Hydra Shocks. 15 of those 2025 grs of lead. 15 holes leak more than 8 will.
Seriously, there is a lot of good ammo out there. Also there are a lot of very effective zones to put a bullet into anybody that will stop them. But if you have ever seen it with you own eyes, a 45ACP anywhere in the Center-Mass Zone, will put a man down quickly, and if not permanently, long enough for the Last Rites to be given.
Had to pick 40S&W (my 2nd carry) as .357 Sig wasn't up there. Usually carry my Sig 239 . Great gun and great size. But also carry a 40 or 45 once in awhile. When I really act my age, I go with a 38 special or 380. Chevy, Ford, Cadillac, Lexus. Everyone has their favorite and a couple facts to back it up. Comes down to how good you'll shoot and if you can be disciplined in the shots you take in a high stress ' wet your pants' situation. How many times are you going to miss? I've read alot of stories about shootings where the LEO's fire 30 or 40 rounds and only get 4 or 5 hits ( No offense to our LEO's out there ). I've also seen the 'average shooting' info, but I'm wondering where to see the actual facts on self defense shootings that have how many shots were fired, how many hits, did the bad guy run away after the first shot, did the good guy get shot, stabbed, or beaten up anyway? Just curious about what the facts say we should be more concerned with.
Capacity, caliber, energy, BUG, etc., etc.
With some, it might be more of a matter of what they have and make do.
Still others may have clothing and deep concealment considerations that limit the weapon choice.
Or recoil, weight considerations for any number of reasons.
I'm a 45 guy, still waiting for ruger to build that 44 spl. And considering a s&w 44 spl for the future if ruger won't come thru.
My left hand has been broken twice, along with both wrists on different occasions. My pinkie points off at an angle, and i'm positive i'm gonna be getting visit from arthuritis in the future which will affect my choice in weapons and caliber---till then, i like the 44, 45, and 357. But i know if i live long enough, that the 38, 32, and even possibly the .22 may become a necessary option.
Primary? All depends what you are carrying on that day...eh? One day it is .45 ACP...the next it might be .357...then you always have your 642 around with .38 special...and hey, let's not forget our bugs in .380 ACP. Now...when I really expect trouble...I'll tote my 30.06.
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