9mm won't protect you?


cougaram

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Is a .22 a pistol caliber? Or a rifle caliber? I always thought of it as a rifle caliber, and that handguns were made to be able to fire them. Another example, the .410 being a shotgun shell that a handgun was made for (judge).

I once shot a .410 derringer. It was the most vile and evil recoil I have ever felt in a handgun.
 

rchance

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I agree it's probably not the right caliber for the army or all of the military for what they do but for the civilian population I say it will do the job with the proper ammo and shot placement. As for the comment about more people being shot with the 9mm than any other caliber I'd say it's probably the most carried caliber.
 

Usa007

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I don't think 9mm will stop someone but a .380 will.....like said earlier a well thrown rockis enough depending what your being attacked by a human, dog or even a gelatin block
 

firelooker

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I can't believe that someone would say something like that. Next thing you know he'll say a .22 will stop someone better than a .45 will.
 

Firefighterchen

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Maybe he meant a miss with a 9? Since he referenced back to a miss with a .45 is worthless compared to a well places rock...
 

robalan

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From what I read, 9mm and 45 are equal in terms of stopping power. I think the reason is the 9mm speed makes up for the lack of bulk. Something else to consider is the difference a short barrel has on hollow points. I have read that even when picking personal defense ammo a good choice depends greatly on the bullet weight if you have a short barrel. Actually all the carry pistols I carry have around a 3 inch barrel which is short. The book “Stopping Power” says to pick light weight bullets in the caliber you pick. If the higher grained bullets are picked there is likely to be problems with expansion when using short barrel pistols. They list 115 grains +P for 9mm and 185 grains +P for 45 caliber as real good weights to pick.
 

Redneck1623

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Quicker follow up shots

I agree with some of what is said, but I can usually put a group of 3 or 4 9mm out quicker than with my 45 simply because of the lighter recoil. Less recoil = quicker recovery = more shots in the same amount of time.
 

rifleshooter474

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There has been vast improvements in 9mm Ammo. since when it was tested against other larger Ammo.s The 9mm Kurt (.380) Ammo. Mfg. by Hornady it's their Critical Defense is light years ahead of the old standard 9mm.
People many times need a smaller carry handgun, and the small 9mm with the new types of Ammo. fill this need without fear of not having the stopping power needed.
 

Guy Masterson

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Ceremonial Etiquete and Knockdown Power

Now that Confucius has been brought into the debate we must review our history of philosophy to determine a most true solution to this riddle concerning the 9...

We harken back to the meeting with Lao Tsu, contemporary & author of The Right Use of The Way of Life...

Confucius in his heyday went to consult Lao Tsu on a point involving correct ceremonial etiquette which in Chinese philosophy ties in to the pursuit of illumination by connecting the individuated soul to the universe.

Lao Tsu did not believe in ceremonial etiquette. He was a radical teacher in many ways for the times. Confucius came away from the meeting very impressed...When he arrived back to his disciples, he told them, "Today I have met a dragon!"

Therefore, how do we asses the 9?

Consider when Jesus met the centurion who asked him to heal his servant who was ill. The respect and quality of devotion that this Roman military leader displayed led Christ to admit that he had not found such great faith amongst the Hebrews.

Now as we work to apply wisdom to choice of caliber for self-defense we must contemplate many sources, events & spiritual powers.

The National Rifle Association gives us several firm guidelines: Shoot the largest caliber you can control. Use defensive accuracy that spans the range of a standard piece of typing paper - shooting for center-mass, rather than trying to aim for a pin-point, and use multiple shots preferably in double tap rhythm until the threat is stopped.

True defensive wisdom brings us to the balance of speed, accuracy & stopping power. It is important not to depend on one well-placed shot, but to shoot controlled pairs with a caliber that you can perform nice follow-up with until the assailant is on the ground. When we train this way, 9mm attains to its greatness as a self-defense cartridge. The powerful, angry, muscled-up from prison weightlifting, on methamphetamine criminal attacker may require 5 or so 9mm rounds where one or two 45 acp's will suffice. This is fine, just understand the balance of speed, accuracy & stopping power.
 

jeffelliott

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I used to have a strong prejudice against the 9mm until I had surgery on my wrist removing a ganglian cyst. I used to always shoot the .40 Glock 23. After I healed I sold my Glock and picked up a 9mm Ruger Sr9c and haven't looked back. Some say they would prefer a .45 and/or a 9mm and leave out the .40, I happen to agree. The .40 is a great round, but it has caused alot of damage to me.
 

cougaram

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I used to have a strong prejudice against the 9mm until I had surgery on my wrist removing a ganglian cyst. I used to always shoot the .40 Glock 23. After I healed I sold my Glock and picked up a 9mm Ruger Sr9c and haven't looked back. Some say they would prefer a .45 and/or a 9mm and leave out the .40, I happen to agree. The .40 is a great round, but it has caused alot of damage to me.

Glad you found a replacement. To me, my PX4 .40's recoil is about the same as my 92's.
 

jg1967

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I used to have a strong prejudice against the 9mm until I had surgery on my wrist removing a ganglian cyst. I used to always shoot the .40 Glock 23. After I healed I sold my Glock and picked up a 9mm Ruger Sr9c and haven't looked back. Some say they would prefer a .45 and/or a 9mm and leave out the .40, I happen to agree. The .40 is a great round, but it has caused alot of damage to me.

What exactly is a ganglian cyst and did you get it from shooting?
 

jeffelliott

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It is a cyst that grows quickly in the hand and wrist area. I works my hands, but the glock angle contributed to it. The cyst grew on my pulse point on my right wrist, covering the artery. You couldn't take my pulse there. I had to go without carrying or shooting for a year and a half. I'm back in the game now, just a little more wiser about my caliber selection. Best advice, if there is a place were one can go and try out a handgun, then go. It is better to try out the gun by fit and shot, than just fit. And don't always trust what the salesperson says, for they usually are working on commission.
 

firelooker

firelooker
I used to have a strong prejudice against the 9mm until I had surgery on my wrist removing a ganglian cyst. I used to always shoot the .40 Glock 23. After I healed I sold my Glock and picked up a 9mm Ruger Sr9c and haven't looked back. Some say they would prefer a .45 and/or a 9mm and leave out the .40, I happen to agree. The .40 is a great round, but it has caused alot of damage to me.
What is it about the .40 that caused you so much trouble? I've never shot one so don't know too much about them.
 

jeffelliott

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It actually has a harder snap than a .45acp. but like I said try out what best suits you. Not the advise nor word of others. The .40sw hasn't been around for a long time. It happens to be a chopped down 10mm round, which the 10 had a tendency to crack gun frames. .40=10mm according to my calipers. S&W developed .40 in the late 80s early 90s they took the 10mm round and shortened it. S&W developed the .40 with nothing to load it into. Glock took the .40, and the rest was history. The .40 is the most widely used caliber in U.S law enforcement, but it has bad snap.

.40sw=10mm=.41magnum
 

G50AE

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It actually has a harder snap than a .45acp. but like I said try out what best suits you. Not the advise nor word of others. The .40sw hasn't been around for a long time. It happens to be a chopped down 10mm round, which the 10 had a tendency to crack gun frames. .40=10mm according to my calipers. S&W developed .40 in the late 80s early 90s they took the 10mm round and shortened it. S&W developed the .40 with nothing to load it into. Glock took the .40, and the rest was history. The .40 is the most widely used caliber in U.S law enforcement, but it has bad snap.

.40sw=10mm=.41magnum

Let me add to that. Glock actually had not one but TWO pistols designed for the 40S&W before S&W had a pistol designed for this caliber. S&W had to copy-cat Glock with the lower kwality Sigma. :bad:
 

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