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Old 03-31-2015, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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9mm with hollowpoints.. less recoil, higher round capacity, cheaper rounds means more practice. The best gun to carry is the one you are proficient and shooting and have practiced holstering, upholstering, dry firing while sitting watching a movie, etc.

I'd say a .22LR is better than nothing... most will flee at the sight of a gun being pointed at them, much less being shot, by any caliber. For those that don't, yes you need stopping power.
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Old 04-01-2015, 01:27 PM
 
Location: WI
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the more time i put in at the range (for both practice and enjoyment), i still believe for me i'd stick with the 9mm for any SD needs. I was able to shoot a friend's .45 and did pretty well with it, but it wasn't something i could see myself running thru 100-150 rounds each range visit. That's from both the ammo cost and the overall feel of it.
But my 9? I feel I could shoot that as often as i do my .22's; and as i'm still learning that is important to me..... that before i put on a holster, i am 100% confident and comfortable with my firearm. I'm not sure i'd feel that way if i had something i did not spend good quality time practicing with.

Ask me again in a couple more years, and who knows the answer may very well change.
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:55 PM
 
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I happened across a Youtube video on self defense ammo from Lehigh Defense. They have a round for the 45 Long Colt( think cowboy sixgun shooting) for the Taurus Judge and Smith and Wesson Governor. Those two are 45/ 410 revolvers many have sneered at. Anyway Lehigh has a round of pure copper that's extended on the cartridge case. What the round does is split into 4 spikes upon penetration, sort of like a broadhead arrow. Wound channels are huge and penetration is still pretty deep. Its pissed off 44 magnum and even 500 magnum round users with its exceeding their chosen rounds damage potential. There was some talk about legality and lawsuits over that kind of deliberately lethal round. They have other rounds as well that are also pretty nasty. 9mm and .380 are two.
I think I'd rather put a few .22 LR( very under appreciated) rounds in someone and have them run( or crawl) away rather than have them die at my feet, but as they say if you pull the trigger you do so to kill your would be attacker.
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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No, you don't say to kill your attacker, you'll get hung for that.

You say, to stop the threat, nothing more.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:23 PM
 
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Have had EXTENSIVE with the .38 special caliber in a "wheelgun" (revolver). Have had to qualify with, carry as a sidearm in the military, teach marksmanship with, strip and clean, clear malfunctions, etc. with this caliber. It is my #1 for self defense because of familiarity and proficiency. Have used regular, target and +P loads. My second as far as familiarity is the 9mm pistol caliber. Again have had to qualify with various 9mms, clean, field strip etc. Have used ball ammo and hollow points. My third would be the .45 ACP only because I am NOT as familiar and therefore not as proficient with it. As far as someone else, personal preference. Whatever the person is the best familiar and proficient with is what I would say. Ultimately it will be the rounds fired that hit their target that ultimately decide the outcome. 50% human, 50% firearm.
I'm curious. . . How do you strip a .38 Special revolver?
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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I'm curious. . . How do you strip a .38 Special revolver?
It depends on the brand. Most times a firearm owner/user does not totally break down a revolver because that would not be necessary to clean a revolver but if you wish to go above normal cleaning, then watch a youtube on your type of revolver such as the one below which would cover most S&W revolvers.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVsqyuM_5oo
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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It depends on the brand. Most times a firearm owner/user does not totally break down a revolver because that would not be necessary to clean a revolver but if you wish to go above normal cleaning, then watch a youtube on your type of revolver such as the one below which would cover most S&W revolvers.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVsqyuM_5oo
Got it. I thought you were talking about field stripping, as one would do with a semi-auto.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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I've always been a .40 guy personally. Albeit I had a 9mm for a hot minute ( Beretta 92FS) while not a bad gun for as big and as heavy as it was it really seemed to lack stopping power, also when shooting it felt like a cap gun.For the last 10-12 yrs I've carried a Glock 22 gen 3. One mag filled w/jhp, the next filled with fmj and the last one with alternating rounds. I will say that recently the G20 (10mm) has really caught my eye and that could very well be my next edc.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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9mm has been a hot topic for as long as I can remember. LEO adopted the 9mm, found it inadequate and took up the 40sw. Now they're too much to handle, goes back to 9mm.

DUH.

I'll stick with my Sig 40.
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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9mm has been a hot topic for as long as I can remember. LEO adopted the 9mm, found it inadequate and took up the 40sw. Now they're too much to handle, goes back to 9mm.

DUH. .
Give them time... they will move to .32ACP eventually
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