Thread: Firearm Purchase Tommarow!
Ok people, I have all but decided to get a Springfield XD. The last and biggest question is: What caliber? 9-40-or 45. I can only imagine the price of ammo ain't much fun, but it must be done. Thoughts?
seems im going to have to wait till monday to make the buy, hes not going to be open tomorrow, nor can he make a special exception for me. oh well more time to think!
Over the last 40 years I have been very critical of all 9mm weapons. I still feel that way, but some of the newer innovations in bullet design have made me rethink my opinions. A good hit with a 40 is better than a good hit with a 9 and a good hit with a 45 is better than with a 40. There may be individuals who shoot one better than the other and would get more good hits with that. There may be situations where a few extra rounds could make the difference. In my opinion, there are are too many unknown variables to make a claim for one over the other in every situation and there lies the origins of the controversy. Personally, I mainly carry a .40 and practice with the same handgun with a 9mm barrel and ammo in it. More fire power for carry, cheaper for practice. I also carry extra .40 cal. magazines for more rounds.
i used to carry 9mm. did for years. but after numerous convos with returned vets, and LEO's who have used their duty weapons that were 9mm. i swapped to .40 cal personally.
really all about shot placement. if you tap someone in the gut with a 9mm......its NOT putting them down. then again if they are hopped up on meth...4-5 rounds out of a .45ACP wont put them down either.
you have to think of self defense shooting. its not like in the movies where you have all the time in the world to aqquire your target and fire. realistically your going to have 1-2 seconds max to unholster and get 2-3 shots off max. and it will most likely happen within 5 feet.
with that said i would personally weigh price vs power and go with .40.....personally.
2 rounds of 9mm at 5 ft is very hard to place to a vital area. you can shoot double taps perfectly at the range all day. but when you have an adrenaline dump all of your fine motor skills and aiming skills go out the window so you want those two shots to count. and hit hard. a 128g 9mm HPJ will hurt. it will kill but the question you must ask is how fast. do you have 15 seconds? 30? minutes? most likely not. this same question i had asked myself when shopping for my main CCW weapon.
now personally .40 is the lowest caliber i will carry for this reason. however i am planning on a kimber crimson trace in .45 in the next few months.
the .40 feels like a 9mm in a heavy weighted pistol. or like a heavy weighted .45 pistol in a polymer frame.
ammo capacity is not an issue with an XD or XDM so shoot what you feel is enough.
personally i've seen 9mm do a bad job. heck just watch discovery health. how many bangers do you see take mulitple 9mm's to the torso and chest and walk out of the hospital 2 days later? or walk into it on their own power for that matter.
i love 9mm as a backup. but i would never......personally.....carry it as my main weapon. JMO
i would rather run out of blood, breath and life. and die fighting. than run out of ammo , and die with my pants down -Tom Scantas
Its going to be my every day carry handgun. I plan on shooting it quite a bit tomorrow. I had the same feelings toward 40 being the smallest I would go. I am personally swinging to the .45. I asked my dad (Nam Vet) he said "**** get the .45! I haven't shot one in years!" So I think thats where Im going to go. I had people swearing up and down to me that for a carry pistol 9mm was fantastic and In the words of the other people "Best for self defense" I think im going to mosey on down to Cabelas afterwards and pick up a better holster, I hear the one that comes with the XD isn't the greatest.
Thank you all for the input, can't wait for the next cook out, i'll get time off from work for sure. Long as i give them enough notice! haha
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Shoots so smooth. Im very satisfied.
Just my .02....I try to buy American made. Just saying.