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Old December 18th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #1
 
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Decisions decisions. Sr9c or Sr40c

I'm new to the forum and looking for my first real carry gun. All the handguns I own now are basically long barreled hunting guns. On the few occasions I wanted to carry it was an S/W "N" frame 357 mag. Not too easy to conceal. I have been reading about the SR seies pistol and they sound like one of the better options out there. I just can't decide on the caliber. The Sr9c, the 9mm ammo is relatively inexpensive to shoot, but is it enough for gun to opt for over the Sr40c. Is bigger always better in a carry gun. I know in a hunting situation the 44 mag always gets the nod over the 357 mag. Give me some opinions.

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I'm new to the forum and looking for my first real carry gun. All the handguns I own now are basically long barreled hunting guns. On the few occasions I wanted to carry it was an S/W "N" frame 357 mag. Not too easy to conceal. I have been reading about the SR seies pistol and they sound like one of the better options out there. I just can't decide on the caliber. The Sr9c, the 9mm ammo is relatively inexpensive to shoot, but is it enough for gun to opt for over the Sr40c. Is bigger always better in a carry gun. I know in a hunting situation the 44 mag always gets the nod over the 357 mag. Give me some opinions.

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Welcome to the forum from the Seattle area.

Get both of them!

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At a local range last week a guy had a SR40c and we compared shooting it to my SR9c. We both liked the 9c better, it had noticeably less recoil. 9mm ammo is half the cost too.
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I had the same dilemma. They were both the same price and they were both black but I went with the SR9c instead because I wanted a gun that I could carry and shoot a lot on the cheap. 9mm is drastically cheaper than .40S&W.

Now if you don't plan on shooting it much, other than breaking it in and occasional practice then I would maybe suggest getting the SR40c. People have said that the recoil isn't much more than the SR9c, but I cannot confirm that. The SR9c is a sweet shooter though. I got mine in late September and already have 1,000 rounds through it.
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I had the same dilemma. They were both the same price and they were both black but I went with the SR9c instead because I wanted a gun that I could carry and shoot a lot on the cheap. 9mm is drastically cheaper than .40S&W.
Cheaper, yes. Drastically cheaper... not so much.


I recently bought 500 rounds of Ranger Bonded JHP 180 gr in .40 s&w for $149+ 14 shipping to my door.

Before that bought 1000 rounds of reload 165gr JHP in .40 s&w for $269 including shipping to my door.

By the way, just driving to the closest store that has ammo costs me more than $15. Way more.
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Cheaper, yes. Drastically cheaper... not so much.


I recently bought 500 rounds of Ranger Bonded JHP 180 gr in .40 s&w for $149+ 14 shipping to my door.

Before that bought 1000 rounds of reload 165gr JHP in .40 s&w for $269 including shipping to my door.

By the way, just driving to the closest store that has ammo costs me more than $15. Way more.
Okay, well around here at the local shops buying boxes of factory ammo there is a pretty high difference cost in 9mm vs. 40. I spend $10 for a box of 50 Federal FMJ's in 9mm and I think the same ammo at the same store is $16 for .40. Pretty drastic if you plan on shooting a lot.
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I have the SR9C and it is fantastic. My wife carries it and I have the SR9. The SR9C wasn't available when I bought mine and I have 3k rounds through the gun and zero problems to report. I would have a SR40C but my buddy sold me his XD40 SC for cheap and I couldn't pass it up.
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Everybody is going to have an opinion on this one.

I like the SR9c, so that is what I have. Some folks like the bigger punch of a 40.

Since I'm not the best pistol shot in the world, I'd prefer the higher mag capacity of my SR9c. I carry both mags full, so I always have 27 rounds on hand. Hopefully that is enough.
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Welcome to the forum from Australia mate.
Glad to have you on board, nice folk here and lots of good info.
Unless you have a particular preference for the .40, personally I would be going for the SR9c, it "kicks" in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing.
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Dawgface, is right. I owned both the SR40c and the SR9c. I love the SR9c so much that I purchased the SR40c, thought I wouold like to shoot it but hated shooting the 40c. Just to much recoil to fire very many rounds out of it at one time. I you are going to carry the SR9, get it in the SR9c version. It will come with a 10 and a 17 round magazine, as long as you don't live in a 17 round restricted state. I don't even use my 17 round mag, I never have and never will. The 10 rounder does just what I want.
Good luck on you're choice, also don't pass up the idea of a more easily hid weapon like the LC9.
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I'll keep it simple. SR9c, cheaper to shoot, easier to shoot, easier to carry, plenty of firepower with available high power rounds.
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First welcome to the forum.

If you intend to carry the firearm the caliber question is answered by which you will practice, rather train with, more frequently.

If God forbid you ever have to actually use the thing, statistically you will need a minimum of 2 shots of either to stop a threat.

So with which are you most likely to be able to land two shots on target while your heart is pounding in your ears and you are likely in the process of peeing your pants, while still making certain you don't hit anyone except your intended target?

That's the one you need.

For the average civilian either will get the job done IF you can hit your target.
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Cheaper, yes. Drastically cheaper... not so much.


I recently bought 500 rounds of Ranger Bonded JHP 180 gr in .40 s&w for $149+ 14 shipping to my door.

Before that bought 1000 rounds of reload 165gr JHP in .40 s&w for $269 including shipping to my door.

By the way, just driving to the closest store that has ammo costs me more than $15. Way more.
Good to see you here too, jbud!

Agreed on the prices. I got 1,000 rounds of Aguila 180gr FMJ for $275 shipped. Nothing fantastic, but not reloads either. Of course, you know I got some of that cheap Ranger Bonded too.

I actually like the extra kick of my SR40c. It feels like it kicks backward more than upward, and is actually kind of comforting in my weird opinion. If I want to shoot all day I'll use my .22. No complaints about the SR9c though, which I have rented and liked.
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