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Satisfied without all the other calibers

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by rpenmanparker, May 16, 2018.

  1. rpenmanparker

    rpenmanparker Member

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    I am an indoor range pistol shooter. I shoot .22LR for grins and 9mm for doing serious damage. I see all the rest, the .380, 357 magnum, .40 caliber, 10 mm, .45 ACP, etc., etc. but for what. I never carry. What difference does stopping power make. Besides I hit what I aim at. If I did carry, 9mm would serve me fine. We aren’t talking Cape buffalo here. Extra money in my pocket.

    So now the important question: what’s wrong with me?
     
  2. George P

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    Nothing at all. If I want to really get all minimalist for all guns, 9mm would be the pistol choice if only 1 cartridge to have, 28 gauge for shotgun targets and hunting, and a 7-08 for rifle hunting
     
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  3. Hokie_PhD

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    For a single calibe 9mm makes sense as it is so common, it is deadly (lots killed by it) and inexpensive.

    The problem is the next shortage is that everyone will be buying up the ammo. Hence having multiple caliber guns gives you a chance to find ammo.

    Of course being prepared and stocking up helps reduce that too
     
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  4. Rodentman

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    I enjoy reloading for many calibers. Just part of the fun of the hobby for me. If I didn't reload I would have far fewer firearms. I am rather partial to straight wall pistol calibers mostly.
     
  5. George P

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    Stocking up at today's prices makes sense whether or not you think another shortage is coming
     
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  6. someguy2800

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    Because many interesting guns do not come in 9mm.
     
  7. FL-NC

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    My primary go-to is 9mm. Its what I use for CCW, HD, and competition. I used it in the mil and as a contractor. With the exception of my CCW piece (shield 9) it is always in a Glock format - sorry, but the G43 didn't do it for me. I have several 45 1911's (1st year Kimber, a couple customized Springfields, and a customized commander) I occasionally shoot for nostalgic purposes. For dangerous wildlife, I have one Glock in 40 and another in 45. I have 2 Ruger 22 Autos that are just range toys. I have 2 other handguns in 357 magnum, a 1911 in 38 Super, one Colt and one S&W 1917, a GI Rem-Rand 1911A1, and a GI Colt 1911, along with a beautiful Gold Cup.This last group of handguns are all vintage/heirloom quality, and see little if any use (safe queens). In fact, I have never fired the Gold Cup or the 38 Super. Even with all these guns and several different calibers, what sees 90%+ of the time out of the safe is the shield and the 9mm Glocks.
     
  8. rpenmanparker

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    How can it be interesting if it doesn’t come in 9 mm?
     
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  9. JTQ

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    Nothing.

    All I have are guns in .45 ACP and .357 Magnum/.38 Special. I'm happy.
     
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  10. Hertzer

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    Your doing the shooting, it your gun and money so shoot what you enjoy.
     
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  11. bannockburn

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    rpenmanparker

    Can't say anything is wrong with you; it's simply a matter of some people finding variety to be the spice in their life. I could be happy with just one 9mm. (make mine a Browning Hi-Power), but where would the fun be in that. There's just something about a 1911 in .45 ACP or a Lightweight Commander in .38 Super that really gets me going. Of course .380s are great for concealed carry and .22s are just plain fun whether it be target shooting or just good old plinking. And there's plenty of fine revolvers in .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt that are just a hoot to shoot!
     
  12. milemaker13

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    Stark raving mad!
     
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  13. Tallball

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    The most common handgun caliber I don't own a pistol in is 10mm. So I shoot... I dunno, over a dozen calibers. It's fun and makes me happy. That's what hobbies are for. If someone else wants to stick to one or two calibers, more power to them. To each his own.
     
  14. Sappyg2.0

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    Nothing. As long as you enjoy shooting what you like.

    Some, me included, just enjoy more of a mix in this hobby. Can't go to the club without a round of skeet. Sometimes I wind up on the trap range but I always try to take some time with a handgun or two. Maybe even a rifle.

    Indoor ranges are very limiting but I'll take what I can get. Nothing wrong with 22s and 9mm but I like all the other flavors too. Yep, I'm a gun nut. There must be something wrong with me.
     
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  15. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I could be OK with just 9s. Most of the essential classics are either 9s or at least available in 9- Luger, P38, Broomhandle, HiPower, 1911, S&W 39, CZ75, SIG 226, Beretta 92.....even ARs.

    Variety may be the spice of life, but nothing wrong with standardizing the ammo your variety eats.:)
     
  16. Trunk Monkey

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    We know the next shortage is inevitable ammunition is available and unlikely to ever be as cheap again as it is right now. I could stop buying right now and shoot for 3 years. I intend to continue to stock until I think I have enough to last the rest of my life
     
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  17. Waveski

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    Nothing , nothing at all. It would be like ... asking that same question on the basis of not shooting black powder. Great if you do , perfectly ok if you don't. As far as gun choices within your parameters , lots of options given the 100 year+ history of .22 and 9mm.

    Enjoy.
     
  18. doubleh

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    I see nothing wrong with you. It's your boat so whatever floats it is up to you. I don't have your mindset and enjoy shooting various calibers and the different handguns that shoot them. That floats my boat. Plain and simple, different people enjoy different things without anything being wrong with any of them.
     
  19. Varminterror

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    I’ve personally experienced the opposite - there really isn’t much I find interesting about the 9x19mm. Useful? Sure. Interesting? Not so much.
     
  20. dh1633pm

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    Nothing wrong with you. I like what I have and you like what you have. I load about 20 different calibers. I enjoy every second of it.
     
  21. 460Shooter

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    Do what makes you happy.

    If I decided to ditch all my semiauto pistol cartridges and guns and focus on one cartridge only, I'd go with the 10mm.

    If I didn't load my own though, I'd probably choose the 45acp.
     
  22. bassjam

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    I have a mildly diverse collection of handgun ammo types not because I'm unsatisfied with 9mm, but because it's easier to sourse small frame revolvers in .38sp, medium frame in .357, and large frame in .44 mag. And it's easier to get an economical reliable 1911 in .45 acp. And I prefer pocket guns built around the .380 round.

    But if I was being 100% practical and only wanting one caliber, it probably would be 9mm.
     
  23. .308 Norma

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    I'll go further than that - I find the 9X19mm boring. Kinda the same way I feel about the 30-06 if we were talking about big game hunting cartridges. However, I will admit that both the 9X19mm and the 30-06 are useful, and I have at least one of each. But I have a "useful" Ford F-150 too, and it ain't even in the same realm of "interesting" as the '56 T-Bird I had when I got married.:D
     
  24. Skgreen

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    The only thing 'wrong' (?) with you is your questioning of yourself.
    Be it spitballs from a straw, a rail gun, or anything in-between, nobody has to be pleased but yourself.
     
  25. SDGlock23

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    Nothing wrong, I myself am perfectly satisfied with .40. I've had them all and honestly, I like them all to one extent or another, but for me the .40 is perfect.
     
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