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Your Favorite Semi-Auto Pistol Caliber and Why

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SharpDog, Feb 12, 2019.

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What is your favorite semi-auto pistol caliber?

  1. .50 ae

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. .44 mag (semi-auto)

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  3. .450 corbon (or similar)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. .45 acp

    115 vote(s)
    35.6%
  5. 10 mm

    27 vote(s)
    8.4%
  6. .357 mag (semi-auto)

    3 vote(s)
    0.9%
  7. .357 sig

    9 vote(s)
    2.8%
  8. .40 s&w

    32 vote(s)
    9.9%
  9. .38 super (or similar)

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  10. 9mm

    133 vote(s)
    41.2%
  11. 9mm makarov

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. .380 acp

    14 vote(s)
    4.3%
  13. .32 acp

    7 vote(s)
    2.2%
  14. .25 acp

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. .22 rimfire (any)

    47 vote(s)
    14.6%
  16. Other

    11 vote(s)
    3.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Garandimal

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    The .40 Smith & Wesson, of course.

    Why?

    Because it has the subsonic energy of a .230 gr. Service Bbl'ed .45 ACP - and it fits into the nicest Compact Pistol ever designed - the 9mm GLOCK G19.

    Yes, the 180 gr. .40 HST/Gold Dot/Ranger Bonded/T-Series... and the GLOCK G23.4.

    They could stop making ALL other pistols and America would do just fine, and be better off. (The EU is lost beyond reclamation.)

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  2. tipoc

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    I voted 38 Super. I shoot about everything and like them all. But I'm especially fond of this round. I enjoy shooting it.
     
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  3. Milt1

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    Beretta PX4 Storm in 9mm, it's extremely accurate!
     
  4. SDGlock23

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    The .40 is my favorite. You get 9mm sized gun, almost 9mm capacity but poke a bigger hole and it hits harder. If you reload, you can load it from mild to surprisingly wild, perfectly capable of running a 180gr to 1300 fps from a Glock 35, over 1200 from a Glock 23, and all this again, from a 9mm sized gun. I think if more people knew the overall capabilities of the .40, it would get more praise than ridicule.
     
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  5. Garandimal

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    If people spent less time w/ things in their hands named after small rodents, and little girls skipping - the .40 would still be referred to as "short&weak", instead of "shock&awe".

    :D




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  6. D.B. Cooper

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    You're going to have to explain that one.
     
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  7. CDR_Glock

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    For concealed carry, the 9 mm is what I do. The 40 S&W is a very close second, though,

    I practice a lot more with 9mm.
     
  8. tipoc

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    A reference to "mouse guns" maybe?

    Though I'm lost with the "little girls skipping" bit.
     
  9. Garandimal

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    Mice and Wii.

    :D




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  10. rpenmanparker

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    A good plan.
     
  11. Garandimal

    Garandimal Member

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    Few people actually work for a living anymore. In fact, half don't work at all (Thank you, Democrat National Socialists).

    Spend 8 hrs a day, say... hammering nails and hauling lumber for a while - and then complain about the "snappy" .40.


    Keyboards/Mice/Wii controllers have degenerated most Americans into soft, squishy, sensitive things.

    Enter the Big, Bad, (and effeminate) 9mm Euro.




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  12. rpenmanparker

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    I’ve always felt that way about .45 ACP, but am coming around to it for a little variety. It is a sweet shooter in a full weight 1911.
     
  13. rpenmanparker

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    It is sad to have your worldview shaped by false or just misconstrued information. Most people who don’t work nowadays are retired or disabled. They are not loafing.
     
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  14. Garandimal

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    You must be drinkin' the same Kool-aid as the near 50% of Americans that don't pay any income tax.

    :D




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  15. rpenmanparker

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    I didn’t know the President liked Kool-Aid.
     
  16. rpenmanparker

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    And more to the point, a living minimum wage would change that situation significantly. Hard working people would actually earn enough to owe some tax.
     
  17. Garandimal

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    Purple flavor... Right?

    :D




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  18. Tony k

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    I voted "other" because I have a fascination with 7.62 Tok. 7.62x25 has a lot of potential. I really wish more practical guns were chambered in it, and I wish more defensive bullets were offered. It could be to 9mm what 357sig is to 40sw.

    Practically speaking, I shoot mainly 9mm cuz it's cheap, and carry 380 most often cuz tiny pocket pistols are convenient.
     
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  19. jar

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    I doubt it would much matter; any one of my handguns would do and I likely have enough ammo on hand for any of them.
     
  20. glc24
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    My Gen4 G23 that I bought in March of '13! Why. Because it was my first pistol and right now, it's what I shoot best!:)
     
  21. P5 Guy

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    7.62x25 in an AR pistol?
     
  22. Old Stumpy

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    .45 ACP. Plenty of power, low chamber pressures compared to 9mm and .40, and nothing beats a 1911A1 and the big .45 for auto pistol shooting on a sunny day at the range.
    Also, durability. I once witnessed a guy shoot a double-charged load (I assume) from a 1911. It split the grips and ejected the magazine. After an examination and swapping out the grips for a spare pair, he resumed shooting (with factory ammo).
    Since 9mm and .40 already have high chamber pressures, I wonder if most pistols would survive a double charge without a blown chamber.
     
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  23. d2wing

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    I would have voted 357 but on the choices it said semiauto for both the 357 and 44?
     
  24. golfer_ray

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    I own 3 9mm pistols, one 45, and one 380, so my vote would be for the 9mm. But all are fun to shoot.
     
  25. LRDGCO

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    .45 ACP. It was designed to stop a horse.
     
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