Thursday, December 15, 2016

Even The Local Police Go Back and Forth

9 mm or .45ACP? Does magazine capacity sway your thinking? As in 17 rounds of 9 mm vs. 9 rounds of .45ACP? Is one better? Which do you prefer? What round is in your current carry piece?


17 comments:

B said...

.45.

The Thompson–LaGarde Tests told us all we need to know.

Yes, 9mm bullet science and design has mad 'em better.

Same same for .45.

Phil Kraemer said...

I actually switch back and forth depending on the clothing I happen to be wearing that day. Capacity does not come into play for me as both my 9 and my 45 have the same capacity (the 9 is a single stack).

Daddy Hawk said...

I shoot .45 caliber pistols better than I shoot the same pistols in 9mm. So, that is the deciding factor to me.

juvat said...

Does it have to be an "Or"? or can it be an "And"?

Dave said...

Before I retired, I carried the mandated .40 SW. Now, a 1911 in .45 ACP is always within reach.

abnormalist said...

I usually carry 45, but for a different reason.
Since its lower pressure I can reload the brass a several times more.
The more I reload, the more I shoot.
So since I can reload more 45, I shoot more 45, so I'm a better shot with the 45, so I carry the 45.

Also with a double stack 45, I get 12+1 and another 12 in the back pocket. If I can't solve it with 25 freaking rounds of .45, I'm doing it horribly wrong.

That said I'm getting a bad case of the "gotta-haves" regarding the ruger american compact Tams reviewing

blogger said...

My operating assumption is that if I'm in a situation where I need to use my gun and I need more than 2 magazines of .45 ACP then that is the day that the Lord has chosen to call me home.

blogger said...

That last comment was from Borepatch. Not sure why Blogger isn't grabbing my identity.

Sdv1949 said...

10+1 rounds of 38 Super.

Weetabix said...

(238) rounds of .25ACP subsonic! j/k

Last time I read up on it, 9MM seemed good enough for me. I can't carry a big gun practically, so I have a single stack 9 with 8+1 and a spare 7 round mag.

Plus, since I don't reload, 9 is cheaper to shoot, so I shoot that more.

YMMV

Goober said...

Both of them, as far as guns and projectiles go, are weak. The 45 is only very marginally more powerful than the 9mm, when you consider that the 5.56 NATO, that "useless poodle popper" round everybody decries as the end of western civilization, has almost six times the muzzle energy of either.

Pistols are weak. They are a compromise between ease of carry and concealability, and power. When I hear people arguing over the power of pistol rounds, I can't help but laugh a little.

matism said...

Whatta bunch o' wussies! Why not do it right and use a Pfeifer Zeliska 28mm Revolver? Sure puts the 9 mm and the .45 to shame...

And does the same for the 5.56 and 7.62 and...
}:-]

Of course, concealed carry might be somewhat difficult, especially if you live in an area with a subtropical climate. But in Maine or Minnesota or Montana, however...

Archer said...

9mm. That was the caliber of the first "real gun" I fired and is what I learned on. The 20-30% increase in ammo capacity for a given model of pistol doesn't hurt, either (mine in particular is a 15-round magazine, the .45 model is a 12).

But I like a good .45, too, I just don't happen to own one (yet). Someday. ;)

fillyerhands.com said...

9mm. I found the .45 was too large for carry, even on a good day.

lee n. field said...

9, .40, .45. Pick one. have carried, will carry, them all. I find the usual gunboard wrangling on the subject repetitive and annoying.

Guffaw in AZ said...

I've historically shot more 9mm (and owned more of them over the years), but currently do not.
And two of my three current carry guns take .45 ACP.

I'm not a great shot, but can make one ragged hole @ 21 feet with my Sig Sauer P245.

Works for me!

gfs

drjim said...

If I can't solve it with 25 freaking rounds of .45, I'm doing it horribly wrong.

My thoughts exactly....