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9mm Carbine for defense?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cooldill, Aug 25, 2013.


Would use be comfortable with a 9mm carbine for self defense?

Poll closed Sep 24, 2013.
  1. Yes

    211 vote(s)
  2. No

    12 vote(s)
  1. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    Pistol caliber carbines really seem to draw a lot of flack when it comes to discussions about defensive arms. Especially those chambered in the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. Critics are often quick to denounce these guns as nothing more than range toys with no real capabilities as a self defense option. I don't have much of a dog in this fight but I've been looking into picking up a Beretta CX4 Storm in 9mm for quite some time now. I have a rather small arsenal at this time, so something with multipurpose capabilities is really needed for me. I plan to use the CX4 Storm as mostly a range/plinking gun, but I'm wondering if it could also pull double duty as a home defense or SHTF gun.

    So I decided to make this poll just to get the general consensus on using pistol caliber carbines for defense, especially those chambered in 9mm. What are your thoughts on this? This should be an informative thread. :)
  2. capcyclone

    capcyclone Well-Known Member

    I voted "yes".

    To clarify, I don't rely on a 9mm carbine as my first home defense option, but I'd be comfortable using one for such a purpose.

    I've shot a 9mm carbine (Ruger PC9) many times on the range - and really enjoy it.
  3. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    I've had, and will have again, 9mm carbines. My carry guns are 9mm, and entrust the round to end a threat if necessary. I would expect similar capability of the round from a carbine.

    But, if I'm going to a long gun for defense, it wouldn't be my first choice. I'd much rather have an AR or 12 gauge in my hands.
  4. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    Voted "no" because I live (and have lived, mostly) in an apartment where penetration concerns are a greater concern. I don't doubt the gun would stop an intruder. What I worry about is the intruder (and the wall, the door, etc) not stopping the bullet. The potential for collateral damage is too great, in my particular case.
  5. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    I often recommend a 9MM Carbine as a defensive weapon, for a number of reasons:

    Affordable ammo, normally widely available.

    easy to use, even in the hands of those with minimal training (my grandfather held that the reason for the M1 carbine was that shavetail officers would be less likely to shoot themselves in the foot, or their troops, with it).

    Low recoil, Low Muzzle flash, low retort (especially with Sub Sonic Ammo)- this is especially important in confined, dimly lit environments- like the upstairs hallway at 2:00 am.

    Enough 'stopping power' plus better accuracy than a pistol, especially in the hands of a neophyte.

    Also, while it's debatable, I believe that in a struggle, it is easier to retain, and easier to control the muzzle of a long gun than a pistol.

    some states/municipalities restrict handgun ownership while a 9MM carbine is legal in such areas.
  6. Loc n Load

    Loc n Load Well-Known Member

    9mm AR

    I use a Rock river 9mm AR as my "house gun"....I have three decades of LEO experience with the Colt 9mm sub gun, so the RRA 9mm carbine is a natural for me.....and as noted in previous posts, it has minimal muzzle flash, less muzzle blast than a shotgun in an enclosed space, and I have plenty of JHP's on tap if I need them.....have a surefire 6p tac light and green laser mounted on it also....works for me.
  7. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    While a 9mm carbine is less of a liability for HD than a 9mm handgun, most 9mm carbines are available in 5.56x45mm, for only a few ounces more weight, and the exact same length.

  8. CountGlockulla

    CountGlockulla Well-Known Member

  9. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    I said yes, my HiPoint 9mm carbine is just dandy. But my HP .40 carbine would be grabbed before the 9. Moot point though, since I have an M1 carbine built for this.
  10. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    A rifle barrel is going to give you close to 20% more energy vs. 4" pistol barrel.
  11. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    I'd rather have a 12gauge shotgun loaded with #1 Buck, but a 9mm carbine will do just fine.
  12. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Well-Known Member

    Not my first choice, but it would do
  13. Djay

    Djay Well-Known Member

    The now discontinued Ruger Police 9mm carbine came to mind when I saw this thread. Also came in .40 caliber. Built like tanks but gosh awful factory triggers.
  14. Warp

    Warp Well-Known Member

    Provided it was proven reliable, I would be comfortable with it.

    But it wouldn't be my first choice. Or my second. (for me)
  15. gotigers

    gotigers Well-Known Member

    yes. I have been thinking of adding a 9mm carbine to my collection. Beretta Storm, Just Right Carbine or an AR. I like ARs, but 9mm ARs are much more expensive than the other two.
  16. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Well-Known Member

    I voted yes because I think this is a good choice for someone who is not a gun person. :D
  17. Zach S

    Zach S Well-Known Member

    The "9mm Carbines are range toys" crowd always baffled me. Its its suitable for defense out of a handgun, I fail to see why its not suitable out of a carbine.

    There are better options, but a PCC for defense is fine.
  18. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    It's not that they're useless: it's that, for the same price, and (usually) same size firearm, you can have a real rifle with 3x the power.

  19. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    You know, I used to be in the camp that PCCs weren't really useful for anything, but have recently changed my mind on the subject.

    I think a PCC would make for a handy home defense gun, especially for people who don't shoot very often.

    Compared to a handgun, a PCC is going to be a lot easier to shoot quickly and accurately under pressure. Compared to a shotgun, it's going to have much higher capacity and much less felt recoil and you don't have to worry about manually operating a pump (assuming a pump-action shotgun). Reloads are also going to be much simpler.

    Compared to an AR or other .223 carbine, it may be a tossup, though the PCC will be cheaper to operate due to the lower cost of ammunition. It will also have less muzzle blast, and is arguably quieter, though I don't know if the difference in dB levels would be noticeable in the confines of a home.

    Depending on ammunition, the PCC will be at a disadvantage, as pistol rounds tend to penetrate housing materials more than rifle rounds.
  20. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    As others have stated, not my first choice for a HD gun but I wouldn't have a problem using a 9mm. carbine if the need arises.

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