Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by judgedelta, Dec 5, 2015.
I know most will say why not just go with a .45, but then again, why not a 10?
Pair of 10s. Govt Model and CCO.
Been packin' and shootin' them for more than a decade.
So far so good.
10mm Underwood ammo -
180gr XTP : 1271, 1265, 1269, 1299, 1253 : avg 1271 ft/s 645 ft-lb
200gr XTP : 1181, 1187, 1199, 1183, 1167 : avg 1183 ft/s 620 ft-lb
220gr HC : 1152, 1153, 1165, 1156, 1161 : avg 1157 ft/s 653 ft-lb
10mm "Commanders" - i.e., 4.25" barrel and slide - were made by S&W as well. Those models were the 1076, 1066, and 1086.
I had this thought tonight. Was at LGS tonight and he had a used unfired Glock 20 with Tupperware case and 2 mags for $400.
I almost made an impulse buy.
I currently carry a Glock 41 uniformed and Glock 30S off duty. Both are 45 ACP. I use the 30S for most hikes and road trips, etc. It's my daily carry. I also handload 45 ACP 230 grain ball like the Gubmint hands out food stamps. You could say I'm deep into 45 ACP.
So I called my friendly Tackleberry-esque co-worker and asked about the 10mm. Be raved about it for hiking, especially with Gucci hunting ammo from Doubletap or Underwood. I asked whether 10mm offers performance sufficiently better than 45 ACP to justify another caliber. He explained the ballistic differences, and I was astounded. He said the 10mm is the best one-caliber option for anything I could encounter in the AZ back country, from black bear to cartel mule. It's accurate, flat shooting, and hits with authority.
I still himmed and hawed, since a new caliber would mean new reloading dies, potentially even using small pistol primers, etc. He explained that for a trail gun, you don't shoot enough volume to justify reloading.
So now I'm sold. Tomorrow morning I become a 10mm owner. It'll be a dedicated desert trail gun.
For my scenario, I've determined 10mm is entirely justifiable over 45 ACP for a dedicated back country carry piece.
Do you think maybe SIG will get to it
With their 220/10mm in the next year or so? I'm waiting for that; seen the Hickock .45 video?
I suppose, if you want to be able to hit anything when the time comes
Unless someone completely re-designs the 1911 for the high pressure and high energy of the 10MM, I would pass on it.
I love my 1911s, but they were designed for low recoil, low power rounds.
I prefer the 155 grain XTP or Gold Dot at 1400 FPS, or the 165 Gold Dot at 1350.
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