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    Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm with Winchester PDX1+P, in a Blackhawk Serpa Sportster holster. I'm a big guy myself and this works perfect for me. The M&P is a way better version of the Sigma, it has interchangeable palm swells too to maximize comfort. They are also pretty reasonably priced, well at least here in MN lol.

    This firearm might not work for you, but it's defiantly worth looking into.
    Sic vis pacem, para bellum

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    1911 and what my signature says below.

  4. .380 Ruger LCP. I know it's a pea shooter but it is in my pocket 24/7

  5. Glock 20c. You want to stop anything. 10mm or go home

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    Ballistics research

    Quote Originally Posted by A2 Buckeye View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm in the process of getting my Michigan CDL (I should be carrying by Thanksgiving) and currently own a S&W Sigma 9mm. I want to buy a new weapon when the license comes through.

    This is my first post here on USACarry, and I am pretty sure of two things:
    1) This topic has already been covered somewhere on these forums.
    2) It will generate a bunch of differing opinions.

    I know #2 is true from discussions I've already had with gun shop personnel, firearms instructors, LEOs and friends who already carry.

    So the question: what caliber to carry--9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP?

    I am comfortable with the 9mm and have thought about loading with +P ammo for defensive purposes. An instructor in a recent course recommended .45 ACP (I'm a pretty big guy), but a cop acquaintance claims the .40 has the same stopping power as the .45 because of its higher muzzle velocity.

    Thoughts? Opinion? Comparisons of muzzle energy?

    Thanks in advance for any info!

    First, "Welcome!"

    Second, if you are truly a Buckeye in A2, it's a good thing you are getting a CPL :) Kidding of course! :)

    In all seriousness, we all face this decision and you will have to find your own way.

    I am a fellow A2-ite, and I tend to be the research type. To that end, I did a ton of reading, but I would have to say that the most interesting reads are the following 2:

    Best Choices for Self Defense Ammo

    Ammunition For The Self-Defense Firearm

    Personally, I carry 9mm pistols and use Corbon DPX 115gr in all of my pistols. It is hot/fast, reliable, and scientifically proven to have excellent penetration (see first article)

    Choose the firearm that you shoot WELL, arm yourself with ammo that you are comfortable/confident with, and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

    As someone else said here, "a hit with a rock is better than a miss with a .45."

    Best,

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    I am new to this website myself. I agree with what Phillip and Jtg and others have said about what you feel comfortable with. No sense getting anything you do not like.

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    Yes you will get a thousand answers. But grasshopper, the only one you need is right here:

    I know this has been said, as a guess, maybe 1,312 times this year in various forums and maybe 36 times (plus or minus...) here, but I'll type it again: "any gun will do if YOU will do". Put another way, as said maybe in the neighborhood of 17,804 times in various forums and perhaps around 198 times here: "Shot placement trumps caliber". The rest of it is just rearranging the furniture, wouldn't ya say?
    1)"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson.
    2)"Imagine how gun control might be stomped if GOA or SAF had the (compromising) NRA's 4 million members!" -Me. http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/nraletter.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWJ82 View Post
    Glock 20c. You want to stop anything. 10mm or go home
    So what if a guy or gal does not want a 10mm and is already at home?
    1)"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." -Thomas Jefferson.
    2)"Imagine how gun control might be stomped if GOA or SAF had the (compromising) NRA's 4 million members!" -Me. http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/nraletter.htm

  10. Like Kenny Rogers said in "The Gambler", "Every hand's a loser, and every hand's a winner..." Shot placement is always king. A .22 can stop - or not. A .45 can stop - or not. Carry what you shoot best.

    The "best" gun is the one YOU like, not anyone else. It will be a compromise of:

    1. Fit - It should fit in your hand like you were born with it there.
    2. Reliability - It should go BANG about 99.8% of the time you pull the trigger.
    3. Accuracy - In YOUR hand. It's how well YOU shoot it.
    4. Concealability - It should be comfortable enough to wear and easy enough to conceal so you won't leave it laying on the dresser at home.
    5. Cost - You don't want to scrimp on your "life protector" weapon, but you probably don't need a $1,000 Kimber, either.
    6. Enjoyment - The caliber and gun should be fun to shoot. If it isn't, you won't practice with it like you should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Gain:230349
    My recommendation for a firearm for ANYONE:

    "Purchase the largest caliber handgun with the biggest capacity, that you will feel comfortable carrying on a daily basis."

    One thing that I would add to this: If you're thinking about pocket carry, the only firearm I recommend is a hammerless revolver. (Not one with a "bobbed" hammer but one where the hammer mechanism is contained internally.) The biggest advantage of pocket carry is to actually be able to point and shoot from inside the pocket; semi-autos fail to eject and "stovepipe" (jam), while pocket fabric tends to tangle up in the hammers of conventional revolvers. Either situation renders your firearm useless after one shot. And in pocket-carry calibers, you WILL need more than one shot.

    Also - DON'T BOTHER with a +P or +P+ round unless your firearm has a barrel length of at least 4 inches. The powder charges in these rounds will not fully burn in a shorter barrel...which means a larger part of the charge burns OUTSIDE the barrel...which means increased noise and muzzle flash with NEGLIGIBLE increase in velocity to the bullet.

    Some links for your further research:

    Brass Fetcher Ballistic Testing
    Handgun Wounding Factors and Effectiveness - FBI Academy (requires Adobe Reader)
    How do you feel about the Ruger SP101 hammerless? I wouldn't consider it for pocket carry but I have one and I like it a lot. It shoots 357 and 38

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