Posted on Sep 26, 2014
SPC Randy Torgerson
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This is a subjective question. Nobody can anticipate every circumstance and condition. So this discussion is about whats best for you.... Vote below and tell us why?
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Although the round I feel is best and is left off is the .40 Good knockdown power similar round count to the 9mm without the over-penetrating problem. Also firm believer that you need to practice and be proficient with whatever weapon you choose. Unfortunately to many people buy them and carry or use them as nightstand protection without firing them regularly to maintain proficiency.
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SGT Brian Richardson
SGT Brian Richardson
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I agree on the .40. Recently picked up a small frame .357 mag too.
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Maj John Bell
Maj John Bell
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My wife and I committed to 100 training rounds a month each when we decided to get our concealed weapons permit. 20 rounds fam fire and 80 rounds tactical shooting. It's not enough, but until I start reloading our own cartridges it will have to do.
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SFC Jason Bautista
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9mm is all you need as a carry caliber...However, a weapon is only as good as its handler. So on that note, spend more time and money on training and less about big caliber sizes. 
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SGT William Howell
SGT William Howell
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I carry a .45 because I am a macho man. 30 years ago I would have argued you were wrong that a 9mm is as good as a .45. With modern ballistics they are so close that either is a great round for self defense.
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SPC Randy Torgerson
SPC Randy Torgerson
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SFC Gates, you have to shoot 8 times if you miss 3-4 of them. It is such a rare event for a threat to continue after 1-4 shots hitting almost anywhere let alone center mass. Officers today are a little to panicky if you ask me. Here in California some of these officers are emptying 15 round magazines twice per officer, with 2-6 officers shooting. That is completely unnecessary. Just my opinion.
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CPL Rick Stasny
CPL Rick Stasny
8 y
I agree that regardless of the caliber, proficiency with your choice of weapon is the most critical factor.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
5 y
SPC(P) Jay Heenan - Now I do not have anything against the 9MM, but often those test are conducted against the pretty old school versions of the 45 ACP ammo. If you look at Hornady's Critical Duty ammo, the 185 gr 45 ACP had more energy at 50M than the 9MM has at the barrel even with the longer barrel. Bigger wound cavity and more energy translates to more lethality.
As someone has already pointed out, placement is as important as how big the wound cavity it creates, so shooting something you are comfortable with is probably more important than what caliber you shoot. A hell of a lot of people have died getting shoot with a 22 caliber.
I am a huge fan of the 45 ACP, but my EDC piece is an LCP in .380. It's small enough and light enough that you can carry it and not have it noticed in just about any attire.
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SGT Richard H.
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I went with .380.....I would have chosen 9mm at any time in the past, but I recently picked up a Glock 42 after looking at nearly every .380 out there. Yes, it's a small round, but it's also a small frame that is easy to conceal in just about any attire.
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MSgt Roger Lalik
MSgt Roger Lalik
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For the instigator anyway ... :)
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SPC Steven MorningStar
SPC Steven MorningStar
8 y
I use ..380 as a back up. To my .S&W .40. I also have a Ruger 9mm. My Son carries one, I'll carry the other. But we both have. .380 as a back up. We try to shoot every weekend if not every other weekend. We also shoot what we use for defence which are Hydroshocks.
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SGT Richard H.
SGT Richard H.
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SPC Steven MorningStar Hydrashocks are my personal choice as well.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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LTC Paul Labrador - I use the Hornady Critical Defense Ammo in the LCP. It has surprisingly good ballistics for a pocket gun. I haven't tried the Glock, they were late in entering the Sub Compact Pistol competition, but the LCP is reliable and reasonably accurate at ranges I would anticipate having to use it. It is not fun to shoot, but I doubt that the Glock is either. The Gen II LCP fixed most of the things that I thought needed improved, a better trigger and a last shot hold open being the biggest. Some improved ergonomics, but not enough for me to switch just because of it, and a bit more distinct sights, or as much as you can get on a 3" slide.
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