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Old 02-28-2013, 07:25   #26
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Having multiple calibers makes sense especially now
with spotty ammo availibility. Better to have 3 or 4
and have a 1 in 4 chance of finding some then 1 in 1.

All about the odds.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:41   #27
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Right now it is the 9x19 in my G17.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:05   #28
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In terms of Glock, mainly .40 and .45 with a touch 9mm and 357 Sig on the side. I feel the .40 and .45 both offer more than enough flexibility to handle anything anyone would shoot with a Glock, within reason of course. The G23 is great for carry and for more I can bring out the G35. I've had the 10mm, but I just don't feel it offers anything the .40 or .45 doesn't, plus the .40 and .45 are cheaper to reload for and generally more available for those that don't.

If a warm .40 or .45 can't take it, neither will the 10mm, so it makes more sense to me to jump up to something notably better, like the .45 Colt for example, if I need more than a Glock .40 or .45 can offer me. I feel it's a substantial jump up in performance instead of the extra 7-8% more velocity the 10mm has over the .40. The 9mm is fun to shoot as well and inexpensive, heck they're all fun. The 357 Sig is nice but I never really got hooked on it, I think it's kinda pricey and I rarely see any ammo for it around here.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:56   #29
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In terms of Glock, mainly .40 and .45 with a touch 9mm and 357 Sig on the side. I feel the .40 and .45 both offer more than enough flexibility to handle anything anyone would shoot with a Glock, within reason of course. The G23 is great for carry and for more I can bring out the G35. I've had the 10mm, but I just don't feel it offers anything the .40 or .45 doesn't, plus the .40 and .45 are cheaper to reload for and generally more available for those that don't.

If a warm .40 or .45 can't take it, neither will the 10mm, so it makes more sense to me to jump up to something notably better, like the .45 Colt for example, if I need more than a Glock .40 or .45 can offer me. I feel it's a substantial jump up in performance instead of the extra 7-8% more velocity the 10mm has over the .40. The 9mm is fun to shoot as well and inexpensive, heck they're all fun. The 357 Sig is nice but I never really got hooked on it, I think it's kinda pricey and I rarely see any ammo for it around here.
I think your and my 10mm are different... But to each his own - thanks for sharing your opinion!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:31   #30
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Old 02-28-2013, 14:21   #31
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It seems (in theory) that getting used to just one gun (or caliber) is prudent, allowing one to achieve proficiency and remain proficient as time goes on. Is this true, or is it better to get used to a variety of platforms and calibers for developing/maintaining high skill level of operating one's weapon(s)?

I don't know if it's true or not but I'd like to have one all-round handgun caliber to depend on for my limited self-defense purposes. (This doesn't include .22lr, a "fun" caliber that also has excellent varmint eradication uses)

After buying my primary self-defense weapon, a Glock G-32, I needed something smaller for discrete CCW and ended up with a pocket 9mm. The pistol is a bit finicky so when I had the opportunity to buy an outstanding sub-compact 9mm I bought that pistol. The two 9mm pistols get 80% of the total CCW time, but if there is ever available a .357sig package the size of the S&W Shield or that of my 9mm sub-compact I'll probably go to one caliber for self-defense. (But I'll probably always keep the excellent sub-compact 9mm, it's that nice)
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I don't know if it's true or not but I'd like to have one all-round handgun caliber to depend on for my limited self-defense purposes. (This doesn't include .22lr, a "fun" caliber that also has excellent varmint eradication uses)

After buying my primary self-defense weapon, a Glock G-32, I needed something smaller for discrete CCW and ended up with a pocket 9mm. The pistol is a bit finicky so when I had the opportunity to buy an outstanding sub-compact 9mm I bought that pistol. The two 9mm pistols get 80% of the total CCW time, but if there is ever available a .357sig package the size of the S&W Shield or that of my 9mm sub-compact I'll probably go to one caliber for self-defense. (But I'll probably always keep the excellent sub-compact 9mm, it's that nice)
The 9mm is a great CCW round, isn't it?
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Old 02-28-2013, 18:46   #33
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The 9mm is a great CCW round, isn't it?
If I didn't think 9mm was a capable caliber I wouldn't own two pistols chambered in that caliber. The 9mm is certainly a powerful caliber, contrary to what some people say about it. After all, it's the official sidearm of the US military and I doubt the Pentagon finds much fault with its effectiveness.

I have no doubt that .40S&W and .45ACP are equally as (or more) capable, as well as my favorite .357sig.

One of the things I really like about 9mm is the great selection of premium JHP self-defense ammunition, and from what I can tell .45ACP has as good a selection with the .40S&W just a bit behind.

Hopefully we'll someday have as many choices in .357sig as the other three calibers. I have read a 135-grain round in this caliber is forthcoming and I'm waiting for the day Speer and Remington offer a 140- or 147-grain JHP in Gold Dot and Golden Saber Bonded, in a true .357sig bullet design.
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Old 02-28-2013, 18:56   #34
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I like a variety of calibers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 19:54   #35
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:01   #36
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If I didn't think 9mm was a capable caliber I wouldn't own two pistols chambered in that caliber. The 9mm is certainly a powerful caliber, contrary to what some people say about it. After all, it's the official sidearm of the US military and I doubt the Pentagon finds much fault with its effectiveness.

I have no doubt that .40S&W and .45ACP are equally as (or more) capable, as well as my favorite .357sig.

One of the things I really like about 9mm is the great selection of premium JHP self-defense ammunition, and from what I can tell .45ACP has as good a selection with the .40S&W just a bit behind.

Hopefully we'll someday have as many choices in .357sig as the other three calibers. I have read a 135-grain round in this caliber is forthcoming and I'm waiting for the day Speer and Remington offer a 140- or 147-grain JHP in Gold Dot and Golden Saber Bonded, in a true .357sig bullet design.
You have a good grasp of the knowledge of SD calibers and tactics.
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:15   #37
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I have no doubt that .40S&W and .45ACP are equally as (or more) capable, as well as my favorite .357sig.

One of the things I really like about 9mm is the great selection of premium JHP self-defense ammunition, and from what I can tell .45ACP has as good a selection with the .40S&W just a bit behind.
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I disagree that the .40 is behind any round.
The majority of LE use the .40 followed by
the 357 SIG and 9mm. 45 acp and Gap follow
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I disagree that the .40 is behind any round.
The majority of LE use the .40 followed by
the 357 SIG and 9mm. 45 acp and Gap follow
I didn't mean to slight .40S&W's effectiveness compared to the other three calibers mentioned; I merely meant the array of premium JHP ammos for that caliber isn't as extensive as it is with 9mm and .45ACP, from what I can tell.
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I didn't mean to slight .40S&W's effectiveness compared to the other three calibers mentioned; I merely meant the array of premium JHP ammos for that caliber isn't as extensive as it is with 9mm and .45ACP, from what I can tell.
No problem. but the 4 or 5 top .40 rounds are all so good, more isn't needed.

Federal HST, Winchester Ranger, Remington Golden Saber, Corbon, Underwood all have devastating rounds especially in 155gr & 165gr. Some having 600 ft lbs of energy.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:29   #40
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Some combos are just no brainers and very useful. Ruger 45 LC convertible. If ya have 45 acp semi auto, the ruger convertible will give ya a lot of plinking fun plus a hunting revlover.

45 acp ammo is, cheaper than 45LC. If you add a s&w 625, ya got another class to shoot plate competition, not to mention IDPA....if you are man enough to shoot a revolver...it is a humbling experience.

So not only can you have different calibers but adding some pistols will stretch the calibers ya have
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Old 03-01-2013, 17:27   #41
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I only have one Glock - a G17 that is my EDC. But I have handguns in four other calibers.
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Old 03-02-2013, 21:52   #42
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Multiple pistols in multiple calibers. Here in Michigan, I carry depending on what the dress is for the season and I have many carry options.
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Old 03-02-2013, 23:02   #43
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I have multiple. I can see the advantage of having just one, but it doesn't work for me.

I am issued a P226 in .40 for work, I am personally not a huge fan of the .40, but have no choice in the matter.

Off duty I carry a P239. In that size gun I prefer the 9mm for the reduced recoil and extra capacity.

I prefer revolvers for pocket carry so .38spl is the most obvious choice. I have a 442 Smith and Wesson that I carry as a BUG and pocket carry when wearing dress clothes.

For HD I wanted a full size gun with a light rail. I chose a P220 in .45acp that. I prefer the .45 to the .40 even with the reduced capacity. In a larger gun like the P220 recoil is not much of an issue.
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I just can't have the weight of my snub nose in my pocket. What holster are you using? I am always looking for options.
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I'm about 90% 9mm at this point, it's for my G19 and G26, These are the ones i mainly practice with and are the ones i would go to in a bad situation. I also have a 1911 GI that is just fun to shoot so i also use some 45ACP.

I think it's better to pick a caliber/weapon and practice as much as possible with it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:41   #46
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As others have said, I prefer several calibers just in case ammo gets more difficult to acquire.

For example, Cabelas was sold out of just about everything. But I was able to find some 180 grain Hornady XTP in 10mm.

It's nice to have a few.

As far as the "beware the man with one gun, because he knows how to use it" philosophy goes....I do agree with it, but I think it applies more to rifles rather than handguns. That's just my opinion, of course.
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I'm about 90% 9mm at this point, it's for my G19 and G26, These are the ones i mainly practice with and are the ones i would go to in a bad situation. I also have a 1911 GI that is just fun to shoot so i also use some 45ACP.

I think it's better to pick a caliber/weapon and practice as much as possible with it.
G17/26 - good for you!
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In todays times with ammo shortage if you have just one caliber your pretty much screwed! With 9 mm being the worst to find!
With that said I like different calibers
+1 One caliber is like having one tool in the toolbox. If all your guns are the same caliber, it's like having all different screwdrivers in the toolbox, but still one tool.

Multiple calibers, multiple choices. Don't want a single point of failure.

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+1 One caliber is like having one tool in the toolbox. If all your guns are the same caliber, it's like having all different screwdrivers in the toolbox, but still one tool.

Multiple calibers, multiple choices. Don't want a single point of failure.
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Heck, I got 9, .40, .45, .38, .22, and .380. I like all of them. I don't see why I should stick to one caliber. I mostly shoot 9 and .45. I relaod .45 and 9 is cheap.
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