Do you prefer just one gun (caliber) or more? Why?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by vandros, Feb 27, 2013.


  1. In talking specifically about Glocks, I like all one caliber...especially on duty.. I carry either a G22 or 23 on my hip depending on what I'm doing and a G27 on my ankle...I like the idea of interchangeable magazines if I have to go to my backup. With that said, for off duty carry, along with all three Glocks, I also qualified with a 1911, and a colt detective snubbie in .38. It just depends on my mood and more so what I'm wearing and doing that will determine what I carry.
     

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  2. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    I'll go with multiple calibers just in case...
    In case ammo availability is not what is expected.

    Case in point: I had 9mm and .45. Had no interest in .40.
    A good used G23 came along in a private sale though and I jumped on it.

    I still prefer my G36 (in .45 acp).
    But .40 is what most police agencies use and in the future it may come to pass that .40 ammo is the only thing available, at least in that place and time.
     

  3. Fear Night

    Fear Night NRA Life Member

    I like having a decent spread of calibers and variety. In a pinch, there will at least be something to shoot.

    That being said, my collection is biased towards 9mm and .45ACP. I only have one .40S&W - the HK USP. Just never got into it for some reason.
     
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  4. One caliber is easier to keep up with. Of course, not everything can be locked into a single caliber, but less is more due to simplicity in my opinion.

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  5. Personally I stick with one caliber specifically a Glock in .45 ACP, that is not to say in a year I might switch to 9mm and then in another year go back to .45 but during those times I like to focus on buying up one caliber of ammo and interchangeable magazines.
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Right now it is the 9x19 in my G17.
     
  8. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    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.
     
  9. vandros

    vandros 10mm fan

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    I think your and my 10mm are different... :) But to each his own - thanks for sharing your opinion!
     
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  10. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    G17 24/7/365! WW 9mm 115gr JHP +p+
     

  11. 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)
     
  12. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    The 9mm is a great CCW round, isn't it?
     
  13. 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.
     
  14. I like a variety of calibers.
     
  15. glockman99

    Millennium Member

    Glock 21, Gen. 3, loaded with 14 rounds of 230 grain Speer Gold Dot...I don't need anything else, as I KNOW what the gun and ammo will do.
     
  16. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    You have a good grasp of the knowledge of SD calibers and tactics. :cool:
     
  17. 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
     
  18. 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.
     
  19. 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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  20. 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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