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Which caliber do u prefer for defense?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Kenshin, Feb 6, 2005.


Which caliber do u prefer for self-defense?

  1. 9mm

    73 vote(s)
  2. .40 S&W

    44 vote(s)
  3. .45 ACP

    173 vote(s)
  4. .357 SIG

    16 vote(s)
  1. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    What the title says.
  2. GaryP

    GaryP Well-Known Member

    .45acp when I carry an auto in CCW mode. Most of the time though it is a revolver in .44 spl.

    For liability purposes I would prefer to take my fired brass with me, not leave it scattered about at the scene! :uhoh:

  3. Spackler

    Spackler Well-Known Member

    .38spl, 9x19, .40S&W, .45ACP, depending on my mood.
  4. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    I normally carry a .40 S&W. But will also take a .357 magnum under some circumstances. I notice that that option isn't in the poll. And reason why? surely it's not because someone thinks it's neither available nor effective, right?

  5. Kenshin

    Kenshin Well-Known Member

    I'm talking autoloader calibers...

    ...that's why .357 mag. isn't there.
  6. OEF_VET

    OEF_VET Well-Known Member

    .45 ACP, with my wheelgun preference going to .357 - although I have a wheelgun in .45ACP as well.
  7. tbeb

    tbeb Well-Known Member

    I don't own a .40 S&W or a .357 Sig. I do own a .45 ACP and a 9mm. I voted .45 ACP, because I would take an 8-shot .45 over an 8-shot 9mm.
  8. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I bought into the big bullet, big hole ideology a long time ago so I voted 45 acp :cool:
  9. Caliburn

    Caliburn Well-Known Member


    Lots of .45 fans. I would have chosen that too but my CCW unit is a Kahr .40. The .45 is for home defense, but only if the shottie isn't at hand.
  10. Aahzz

    Aahzz Well-Known Member

    Whichever one shoots to point of aim when I need it to - shot placement is key.
  11. Island Beretta

    Island Beretta Well-Known Member

    9mm - best all round for self-defense.

    - mild recoil, not such a nasty blast, high caps, not as sensitive to OAL setbacks, more easily obtained, less expensive, top loads have pretty impressive ballistics etc. etc. - all these comparisons are to its bigger brothers, .40 and .45.

    If I had just bought into the 'bigger is better' then I would have had a .38 revolver..it would have been far easier to obtain a license for this..
  12. McCall911

    McCall911 Well-Known Member

    I voted for the 9mm because it was first. :D
    Actually, I like the first three of the list, but don't have any experience with the .357 Sig. However, I do have the warm fuzzies about this newest round because of the ballistic similarity to the .357 Magnumn.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2005
  13. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    .45 1911.
  14. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    5 years ago it was the .40 but now its .45
  15. bnolsen

    bnolsen Well-Known Member

    I picked .45 but I carry 10mm
  16. denfoote

    denfoote Well-Known Member

    I'd have to say that based on the number of platforms I own for launching it, the 9mm is the winner!!
    I have been known to hoof a G36 around as well as a Smith Sigma in .40S&W!!!
    Lately, I have been hiding an aluminum framed Taurus M85.
    I like the fact that it weighs a little over a pound!! :evil:
  17. Lobotomy Boy

    Lobotomy Boy Well-Known Member

    I have a .357 Magnum as a carry gun, but have been considering an autoloader. I voted .45 ACP, because all things being equal, that's what I want. For me it is the most controllable and accurate round, with more than enough stopping power. That said, I may go with a 9mm or .40 caliber, because I believe they also have more than enough stopping power, and there are a lot of good choices in those calibers. I'm thinking about a CZ Rami because right now most of my handgun shooting is with my CZ75B so that's what I'm used to, but if the new Kahr PM45 proves to be a good gun, I'll consider that.
  18. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    With my god-like speed, I carry a reversed blade Spyderco and have no need for a gun in this new era.

    Kenshin joke
  19. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    icarry a 45 and a 9mm but i prefer the 45
  20. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    .45 ACP.

    That's what the 1911 shoots. :D

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