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    Sharpshooter Glock Lover's Avatar

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    9mm, .40, .45 what's the BEST

    What in your "opinion" is the best defensive handgun round?
    9mm
    .40
    .45

    Inquiring minds want to know!
    Mushin; Isaiah 12:2

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    Whichever one I can consistently put rounds in a fist sized hole with.

    Honestly, Caliber debates are silly. Most modern rounds penetrate nearly the same amount. All of the handgun calibers suck. Use a rifle or a shotgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by W9ZEB View Post
    Whichever one I can consistently put rounds in a fist sized hole with.

    Honestly, Caliber debates are silly. Most modern rounds penetrate nearly the same amount. All of the handgun calibers suck. Use a rifle or a shotgun.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by W9ZEB View Post
    Whichever one I can consistently put rounds in a fist sized hole with.

    Honestly, Caliber debates are silly. Most modern rounds penetrate nearly the same amount. All of the handgun calibers suck. Use a rifle or a shotgun.


    Currently, I prefer 9mm. This is because I can carry more rounds with the same sized magazine as, say, a .45 (Glock 19 vs 30). Some will argue that with proper shot placement, you don't need 15+1. Proper shot placement, to me, should only be considered Plan A. If and when Plan A fails, Plan B calls for the rest of magazine. If Plan B fails and the threat is still not stopped/neutralized, Plan C calls for a mag change.

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    They are all good.

    I am usually armed with a 9MM or a .45 acp.

    Sometimes a .40 S&W GLOCK will be riding along with me.

    I feel fine with any of the three.

    I don't own a .357 SIG firearm, or one chambered either for .38 Super or 10mm, but I would be okay with them as well........

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    Shoot what you shoot best. The more rounds on target in the shortest amount of time is best. Each of the rounds has its good and bad points. This is not a game. Find the gun that you can handle the best. Most are now available in various calibers. Try to use each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock Lover View Post
    What in your "opinion" is the best defensive handgun round?
    9mm
    .40
    .45

    Inquiring minds want to know!
    Define "BEST" and then maybe we can begin to answer this in some reasonable fashion.

    The 40 is ballistically similar to the 45 but comes at the expense of high chamber pressures and a sharp recoil that some find uncomfortable. 9mm is ballistically the weakest by any measure but as the advantage of being smaller and therefore can be packed in a small/light gun that is more easily carried. The 45 tosses a big heavy load at modest speeds and modest pressures and requires a larger gun than the 9 or 40, but none of the other calibers will punch a hole as big as the 45.

    Each has advantages and disadvantages and circumstances may dictate the best round for the situation.

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    'tis but a flesh wound! TomN's Avatar

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    Caliber wars make Baby Jesus cry.
    The original low speed, high drag operator.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TomN View Post
    Caliber wars make Baby Jesus cry.
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