GUN Handgun Caliber Question..

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  1. Diabolist

    Diabolist New Member

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    Picking up my first handgun.. im getting a Glock due to the reasonable price and reliability.. the question is .40 or 9mm... im heavily leaning towards the .40 due to stopping power... so my question is typically how much more stopping power will a .40 have over a 9mm....

    thanks..
     
  2. yar1182

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    Get a 9mm it's all about shot placement. In order to be able to place your shots you need to practice. You can practice more with 9mm because it is less expensive to shoot.

    Modern defensive ammo in 9mm will do it's part if you do yours.
     
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    Definitely get the 9mm
     
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    What the others said. Its all on you and if you can place the bullets where they need to be. With the non stop rise of ammo prices you need the cheapest practice you can get.
     
  5. Diabolist

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    wow thats totally not what i expected to hear... thanks i appreciate the information.. one last question.. and its kind of odd to ask but if i go .40 i will often get ammo for next to nothing through some friends who shoot the same caliber.. if i go 9mm im on my own since they are all shooting .40.. i really didn't even think too much about ammo cost.. i have heard from several people that 9mm IS easier to shoot and place well (obviously a lower caliber weapon will have less recoil and be easier to fire)

    thanks again for the input..
     
  6. Diabolist

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    well i had not even considered .45
    the .40 is a step DOWN from that? i think if i dont go .40 i will go 9mm but just wondering if i should even consider .45......
     
  7. Soybomb

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    This is a really good starter read to modern terminal ballistics, its cites work that is the basis of ammo selection criteria for most law enforcement groups today, you might want to give it a read through http://www.firearmstactical.com/hwfe.htm
     
  8. Diabolist

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    thanks again for all the good information
     
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    If that's the case, I would go .40. No reason to buy your own ammo when you can shoot your friends stuff for free:)
     
  10. Diabolist

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    if we cast aside the free ammo what can i generally expect to pay for XX amount of 9mm and .40 ammo..
     
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    now thats kind of exactly where im coming from.. :bigthumb:
     
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    I haven't bought at walmart in a while so someone can correct me but I think 100 rounds of 9mm is about $18-19, and .40 goes for $14-16 per 50.
     
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    :h5: to WMD...



    WWB at Walmart is:
    $18.xx for 100 9mm
    $26.xx for 100 .40S&W
     
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    I have owned both .40 and 9mm. Actually went from .40SW to 9mm and I will probably never look back.

    I thought I was a pretty good shot with .40 but now shooting 9mm my groups are redicously tight at almost any distance.

    Go with the 9mm if its going to be your first gun then move up
     
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    What the fuck guys?

    Helpful answers? You're all turning into pussies. :rofl:
     
  16. dymondboy2f

    dymondboy2f Second place is the first loser.

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    first gun was a .40. I don't like having any less for personal defense to I continue to only buy 40 caliber. Although 9mm is damn near as powerful and as already stated, much much cheaper.
     
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    You generally have to do/say something dumb to get the wrath of womd I think. Once you have it though you're screwed.










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    Your ability to practice more with the 9mm will far outweight the value of the slight increase in "stopping power" of the .40.

    Get the 9mm.
     
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    How are you getting the .40 for next to nothing? Cop buddies? :dunno:
     
  20. thegooch

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    WWB 9mm is $18.69 for a box of 100
    WWB .40 is $27-29 for a box of $100
     
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    10mm

    Just say the hell with both and get a 10mm.All the stopping power you will ever need.Damn hand cannon this 10 mil is........
     
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    since you're looking at glocks exclusively, and .40, make sure your professional enough, and to get a Kevlar glove, especially if you get your friend's "free reloads"
     
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    lt1aggie what?

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    Since you're getting the glock, get the .40 and a 9mm conversion barrel
     
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    +1 for the 9mm. If it's going to be your first gun that's a great caliber to start with, not to mention that the Glock 17 and 19 are the best model Glocks. Regardless of ammo price the .40 is jumpy and even more so in a light polymer handgun like the Glock.

    If you plan on getting another handgun after this I'd recommend the .45acp
     

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