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22 rimfire/25 acp 34 1.14%
.32 caliber (any) 29 0.97%
.380 acp 234 7.82%
9mm 1,037 34.66%
38 spl 342 11.43%
357 mag 440 14.71%
40 s&w 340 11.36%
other 43 1.44%
44 spl 27 0.90%
45 colt/acp 466 15.57%
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Old January 9th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #1
 
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What is your primary self-defense handgun caliber for concealed carry?




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Old January 9th, 2008, 05:27 PM   #2
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shouldn't it be:

22 rimfire/25 acp/BB?
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Could very well be be.

Figured there are so many mouse guns out there that some folks are bound to be carrying an old beretta jetfire or baby browning still as a primary.

There was some serious talk a few years back that the 17 hmr would make a fine SD weapon. Taurus sure jumped on the bandwagon and built a lot of snubs in it---going for cheap at cdnn ----rekon it didn't catch on....

Anyone care to predict a winner? I'll stick my neck out and say the majority will be the 38 spl.

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Cool In order to inflict the least amount of damage...

I chose the .45ACP
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Old January 9th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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I chose the .45ACP
Is there another caliber?


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This is actually hard for me to answer, due to the selection of my off duty carry guns.

I selected the 357 Magnum, as it's my favorite. For the past year however I've been carrying a 45acp revolver off duty, with a 38 Special as a BUG. Very seldom, I will carry a 9mm, with a 9mm BUG or the 38 Special as a BUG.

I just got a 3" GP100 in .357 Magnum and that will be my off duty carry gun as soon as I get it back from the gunsmith. It's a little easier to carry than the 4" N-Frame and I like having ammo "interchangeability" with my 38 Special BUG.

There's nothing wrong with the 45acp, and I'm probably going to get another one this year, I just prefer the .357 magnum for it's versatility in regards to reloading and it's proven track record against bi-pedal aggressors.

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Question .380

Does everyone think that a .380 is not effective .
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Does everyone think that a .380 is not effective .
Effective is defined by the person with the weapon. Sometimes sheer power is not an option for everybody. Be it anything from a physical concern---arthritis, stroke, injury, weakness or physical imparment where a minimal recoil or a light weight weapon is necessary,

or a cost restriction which dictated the cost of a paticular carry weapon or caliber.

Or a dress requirement and concerns that mean day to day a larger weapon or the smallest weapon possible must be carried.

I'm not looking for the most favorite caliber but the caliber that is most often carried by the person.
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I feel pretty good with the Ballistics when I have it loaded with effective Penetrating AMMO
My Gun is in My pocket as I type this reply...<:-)) Where is your Gun Right Now...???
~I have a NAA Guardian .32 BUG that is a "Always Gun"~
Because of the Low FPE of a .32 you need to go with the FBI's recommendation to make a .32 into a "Deadly Beast"... You will get Deadly results with FMJ's... You will shoot holes in Heads, holes though Lungs, Heart, and reach deep enough to to Blow Out A Splene Or Aorta... All these lead to Bleed Out and Death... Only a Head shot or Spine shot above the shoulders is a Knock Down One Shot in any Caliber...

Note: Hollow Points must be thought of as a Para shoot that opens up to slow the Bullet Down on bigger calibers that have High FPE's to keep 100% of the Bullets (no shoot through) energy in the BG... The Bigger Wound Channel is just a Bonus for Bigger Calibers that leads to faster Bleed Out and incapacitation...

Note: Always back that first shot up with a quick second shot...<:-)) Now that you have the BG's attention with the Two Holes you put in him, it is optional to empty your gun on him...<:-)) Remember, its not fare to shoot BG's in the Back...!!! That Takes Points Off Your SCORE...<:-))

~Pick Your Poison Bullet~you will see Bullets that surpass the "FBI's" recommend 12" to 14" penetration...
http://www.goldenloki.com/ammo/gel/32acp/gel32acp.htm

Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness
http://www.firearmstactical.com/pdf/fbi-hwfe.pdf

Who says one of the "Best Finished" (gold looking) and Deepest Penetrating Bullets isn't priced right...!!!
Fiocchi Ammunition 32acp 73gr FMJ (50)
http://store.dauvensfishinhole.com/2006625.html
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Although I always carried my SP101 with .357s, I am quite certain that will change within the next few months. I think either .45 or .40 will by my choice.
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Thanks SgtKnuckles.....That's some good info on the wounding factors ; will read it all latter.....
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I would carry .40 S&W if Kimber offered it in the Ultra Raptor.
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Does everyone think that a .380 is not effective .
If the question was about backup or secondary primary carry I think you would find good numbers for the .380.

My P-3AT is the backup to the SP-101 and it does duty as primary for those times when the SP-101 stays home.
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.........so far i am suprised as i really thought the 38 spl would be up there.
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