Best Caliber for Concealed Carry
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  1. Question Best Caliber for Concealed Carry

    I received my concealed carry permit and want to know what the best caliber is for a concealed carry. Looking at a PPS or Sig Sauer. Any suggestions?

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    First, congrats on your conceal carry. What is the best cal. for carry? That is a hot topic. The best advice is carry what you are comfortable with, that you can shoot accurately. Most will advise 9mm because it is a very good round and it will have more rounds compared to the same size gun in a larger caliber. 9mm has less recoil than larger calibers which allows you to get back on target faster. You can find ammo for 9mm easier and as cheap as the 380 which is a decent round. I have a Sig P938 9mm and love it. I also carry a .45 ACP. Shot placement is the most important thing.

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    This topic has pretty well been covered. First off, congrats on your permit. Second, everyone will have an opinion on which caliber and gun you should carry. However, you will also see many who say you should try out many guns to see what fits your hand and shooting style the best. Then you should stick with the most powerful caliber you are comfortable with and able to handle. To do this, you may need to call in a favor to a friend who has many pistols in many calibers, or visit a range that rents guns out and try as many as you can. This would be your best bet. As for me, I started carrying a Walther ppk/s .380. I however changed to a Smith and Wesson Shield .40 cal. I liked the Walther, but wanted a more 'powerful' round. After I switched, I never looked back. Since I am very familiar with guns, I knew what I was getting with the .40 cal. in recoil and was confident I could 'handle' it. I still make regular trips to the range to practice so I don't get rusty. This is just my two cents worth. Hope it helps!
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by DanJ View Post
    The best advice is carry what you are comfortable with, that you can shoot accurately. Most will advise 9mm because it is a very good round and it will have more rounds compared to the same size gun in a larger caliber. 9mm has less recoil than larger calibers which allows you to get back on target faster. Shot placement is the most important thing.
    I second what Dan has posted.

    In several tests it has been shown that there is less than 1/10 of an inch difference in expanded diameter between 9mm, .40, and .45 with current high performance hollow point ammunition.

  6. The one you are most competent with that is capable of serious defense use. Handle as many as you can before you buy. And Congrats!

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    bigger is better, carry the gun that you can both conceal properly and handle well that has the most knock down power and mag capacity

  8. Yep, you pretty much have it and congrats on your CCP, I love my .45s it just me but I've being thinking about get a 9mm or just stop where I'm at because I'm happy on what I got.

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    As for caliber use as big as you are comfortable with, as for gun size same thing, be it a small 380 or 500 magnum, because if your not comfortable with your gun you tend not to carry it, or find excuses not to, so try many different guns before you buy, then carry it 24/7
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    For me it came down to finding the gun first and then choosing the caliber based on available options.

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    The one that you WILL carry because YOU enjoy it and it fits well on your person and the one that you can shoot well.

    You've got many calibers to choose from. The more popular carry calibers are .380, 9mm, .40 and .45

    Of these, the least expensive rounds are the 9mm. If cost of ammo is a concern, this would make a good choice. If you are looking for something very small to conceal incredibly well you may want to look at a .380 or even a pocket 9mm. If you want a full size handgun (these can still be concealed, I conceal a full size double stacked .40 every day) that has good ballistic energy, then you are looking into the .40 and .45 calibers.

    That's a rather broad overview of what's out there.
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