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3 Most Prevalent Auto-Pistol Calibers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by StrikeFire83, Sep 21, 2006.

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3 Most Prevalent Auto-Pistol Calibers

  1. 9mm

    151 vote(s)
    93.2%
  2. .380 ACP

    19 vote(s)
    11.7%
  3. 10mm

    6 vote(s)
    3.7%
  4. .357 Sig

    7 vote(s)
    4.3%
  5. .45 ACP

    149 vote(s)
    92.0%
  6. .45 GAP

    4 vote(s)
    2.5%
  7. .25 ACP

    3 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. .32 ACP

    5 vote(s)
    3.1%
  9. 38 Super

    3 vote(s)
    1.9%
  10. .40 S&W

    124 vote(s)
    76.5%
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  1. StrikeFire83

    StrikeFire83 Member

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    Here’s the question. I’m NOT asking which is the “best” caliber, if there truly is such a thing. Rather, what are the 3 major players in the US market? Which 3 calibers are the most bought/stocked by ammo merchants? I’m not including rim-fire cartridges like the .22 long rifle because it’s something different altogether.

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    - .45 ACP
    - 9mm
    -.40 S&W

    The top two, .45 ACP and 9mm were the first obvious choices, but I struggled a bit with number 3. For me, it was a toss up between .380 and .40, but because of PDs and the proliferation of .40 in 9mm frames, anecdotally I’ve seen more .40 on store shelves.

    Please, talk amongst yourselves.
     
  2. SolaScriptura139

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    I think this poll might be asking for the obvious, not trying to complain, just give constructive criticism. It might have been better to ask for our 3 favorite calibers, would get a better variety in poll and responses. I voted for the same because they are the most commonly used calibers. I personally don't foresee too many of the other calibers becoming a bigger contender than these three.
     
  3. dracphelan

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    I think you left out an auto-pistol caliber 22LR. I know that caliber is very commmon.

    Oops, just read the rest of the post. Nevermind.
     
  4. HorseSoldier

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    +1 on the obvious angle.

    I don't think anyone can really dispute that the US semi-auto handgun market is currently dominated by 9mm, 40S&W, and 45 ACP. I would suspect that those three put together account for 90%, maybe 95% of the center-fire semi-auto handguns sold in the US each year, and similar amounts of ammunition.
     
  5. Jack19

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    9mm, .45ACP, .40SW

    For me, Nine is Fine.
     
  6. ron8903

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    The results speak for them selves.
     
  7. Oregongundude

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    I own all three

    I have the 9mm, 40 S&W, and the 45. acp. I usually carry my .40 S&W subcompact for conceal carry. However, I really like all three of my automatics.

    :)
     
  8. EdLaver

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    Of course i voted 9mm, .45 ACp, and .40 S&W... but wheres .22lr in the vote? I know you didnt want to include it but I'm sure it would have been the 4th by far.
     
  9. Essex County

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    I'll guess There may be more .32 ACPs floating around the country than 40 S&Ws. To be sure, they don't get shot a lot, but the number of guns must be staggering....Essex
     
  10. RNB65

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    9, 40, 45. The only numbers you have to remember.
     
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    I dislike .40S&W. It mixes the high velocity and penetration of the 9mm with the high stopping power of the .45ACP, and you end up with a bullet that goes half-assed with either aspect, and excels at nothing.

    I'd take a .357SIG over a .40 any day, so that at least I'd have good penetration.
     
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    Judging from the fact that just about everybody and their dog makes platforms for them, I picked 9mm parabellum, .45acp, and 9mm kurz (.380acp).
     
  13. Bazooka Joe71

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    I think it depends on the situation, if im going to the range for 3 hours and firing 500-600 rounds, then im gonna want to take a 9mm. But for self defense, i dont think theres any question that i want a .45acp in my pistol.
     
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    You forgot .22 LR
     
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    He said in his post he was excluding rimfire.
     
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    What, no 9mm Largo?
    :p
     
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    9, 40, 45. just like everybody else. those have to be the 3 biggest in the us. excluding rimfire, ill bet these 3 make up 75% of the us gunsales.
     
  18. possum

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    i choose 9mm which is cheap to shoot, .40 which happens to be my absolute favorite caliber out there as far as handguns are concerned! and .45acp because everyone seems to be in love with it!
     
  19. Johnny Guest

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    In the spirit of the poll question - -

    SolaScriptura139, you wrote
    With all respect, I think not. Please re-read StrikeFire83's original question: Rather, what are the 3 major players in the US market? Which 3 calibers are the most bought/stocked by ammo merchants?
    By his use of are, the present progressive plural (Is that the proper term?) I infer he means at present, currently, RAT NOW, or, at most, within the past year or so.

    Really, the title of this thread may be misleading. "Most prevalent" might well include the calibers of all the autopistols in current circulation. In THAT case, the .32 ACP would certainly be in the top three, if not number one.

    We needn't quibbble about whether or not the .22 rimfire SHOULD be included. StrikeFire83 specifically said not to consider it.

    I wonder is the question hasn't been asked and answered satisfactorily? And "Which Caliber Is Best" is certainly off topic, as is any variation of ""+1." :rolleyes:

    Johnny
     
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    Respectfully, I never said that it should be which caliber is best. No one can say with absoluteness that any caliber is "best". What I was saying was that the answer to the question is pretty obvious, and that to ask what our three favorite calibers would be would bring out a more varied response.
     
  21. StrikeFire83

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    I think a little clarification is in order. I see .22 rimfire as much a rifle caliber as a pistol caliber. Maybe I should have said “Center fire auto pistol calibers” or something like that.

    The original purpose of the poll would be to see if my perception of the Big 3 self-defense/major calibers was in line with everyone else’s. The idea being that the best choice for an “everything” utilitarian pistol SHOULD be chambered in a common caliber, one which has high ammo availability.

    I like the 9mm and the .45 personally, as my pistol lineup would indicate. Personally, I have no use for .40 S&W…but I have to admit that its popularity and proliferation make it a major contender.

    SolaScriptura139, I didn't take any offense at your post, but the answer wasn't as obvious to me as it was to you, or I wouldn't have posted the poll.
     
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    Are you asking this question as it relates globally?
    If the answer is yes then the answer is easy,
    .25acp
    .32acp
    9mm

    I guess I should add that if you figure in ALL the target pistols in the world, the .22LR would probably beat the .32acp or come real close to it.
     
  23. mr.trooper

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    is it OK if we voted for all of them? :D
     
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    I dislike .40S&W. It mixes the high velocity and penetration of the 9mm with the high stopping power of the .45ACP, and you end up with a bullet that goes half-assed with either aspect, and excels at nothing.

    I'd take a .357SIG over a .40 any day, so that at least I'd have good penetration.
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    Damn i hate using copy and paste, why can't this website have a 'quote reply' button. Well, anyways the .40 was never designed as a intermediate between the 9 and .45. It's a 10mm light. Just a smaller, 10mm. The cartridge was never designed with a comprimise in sight. Unless you count FBI agents who couldn't controll the 10mm.

    When the hell will people stop considering the .40 a comprimise?
     
  25. 10-Ring

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    I would think that the top 3 calibers are 9mm, 40 & 45 acp.
     
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