If you can't kill it with a 9mm, you need a rifle

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Andy W, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. That about sums up what I've come to think about the debate between various service calibers in pistols. I mean, maybe .40 and .45 are marginally better than 9mm but really, it's not gonna make that big of a differene. If you ever encounter a situation where several center mass hits with quality 9mm ammo can't take care of it, you need to either 1) consider retreating or 2.) get to a long gun if that isn't an option. If you really think about it, if it's not dying after beiing hit with a 9mm, that little bit of extra power a .40 or .45 offers probably won't make a difference.

    What do you guys think?

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  3. flw


    As the saying goes,

    "Never take a handgun to a rifle fight"

    I don't care what the pistol caliber is.

  4. I think I like .40 because it has a bigger boom than 9mm, what do you say to that? :tongueout:
  5. I like all guns and rifles in general. They all do what they are supposed to do when SHTF. Unless........

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  6. If the 9mm is all you can handle I can see why you would think it is the best. DON"T discredit others for shooting much more superior rounds. That said there is no better pistol the a Glock 20 10mm if you can handle it? if not stick to what you can, hell ya might want to try a 22 if the 9 is a little snappy for ya. I say it is what you are comfortable with. 9 mm is like shooting a bb gun to me never would want one see no need for one for me it is a useless round
    FOR ME :perfect10: doesn't get any better
    #5 purrrfect 10, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  7. Bigger boom and kick but not much more effective than 9mm IMO
  8. flw


    On pistols only, you choose that largest caliber you can accurately shoot. If it a 22 then that's it, Doesn't matter what caliber you almost hit the target with.
  9. More effective? Eh, maybe, maybe not, I haven't formed an opinion because I haven't shot enough different calibers. I was just trying to give you some s*** from an angle I don't see too often. :tongueout:
  10. uz2bUSMC

    uz2bUSMC 10mm defender

    Maybe you should start thinking about stopping a threat instead of killing it.
  11. You know what I meant smartass :tongueout:
  12. What do I think? I think I'm tired of these debates. The .38 Special was king in law enforcement for a freaking long time. It did the job too.
  13. Not sure where this came from but I remember somebody joking about how people that carry .40s are trying to compensate for something. :tongueout:
  14. Oh most definitely, I'm trying to compensate for being new to firearms and being an awful shot. :rofl: I have issues hitting the broad side of a barn. Need to get more money so I can get more range time, and hopefully I can learn how to shoot accurately.
  15. uz2bUSMC

    uz2bUSMC 10mm defender

    Dry fire, it's free. If you know how and can apply the fundamentals when you are dry firing it's nothing more than discipline when you're at the range and you know it's gonna go boom instead of click. (target shooting that is)
  16. uz2bUSMC

    uz2bUSMC 10mm defender

    Well, specifics help in CC. You and others may think there is no difference within the service calibers and that's fine. I often see the 9mm crowd defending their choice but there is really no need. If it's fine for you then that's all that really matters. 9mm is fine types should just spend more time in the "what works best in 9mm these days" type threads. After all, if it all works the same there is no need for a 9mm guy to be in CC besides ammo selection.

    Funny thing is many 9mm guys defend it with a ton of tenacity and others question wether it's enough. I never really here anyone doubt that the .357 mag is an astounding man stopper. Sure, people choose 9mm over the .357 but it's usually because of platform not reputation.
    #15 uz2bUSMC, Nov 12, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  17. I can eventually kill most anything with most any gun, or it will eventually die from the wounds.

    I think my handloads especially in a .41, .44, or 10mm may cause me a bit less concern by hurrying the project along.

    I do hunt with a handgun and, no I don't consider the 9mm as effective at killing a large animal as a heavier pistol, but I don't "need" a rifle at less than 100yds.
  18. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA

    For people, 9 is fine. If you make the shot, there isn't enough difference between it and 460S&W to live on.

    For animals, as a hunter I can tell you there are things in between the 9mm and a rifle like thee 44mag. There is a difference.
  19. Believe it or not I recall at least one GT thread where one or two Facklerites did devalue the legendary .357 Magnum's reputation. I remember it very well because I located a graphic of the "perfect wound profile" created by Fackler himself that still failed to sway the GT members who refused to give the Magnum its proper credit.
  20. I carry 9 and 45, but from a pistol the bigger hole seems to me to make more sense.
  21. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    The 9mm fits into the, "It might be small but it fit's them all" category. Kind of like the jack of all trades but the master of none.

    While we are on the subject of comparing sizes I'll say the following:

    Size does matter and the bigger the hole the more it bleeds!

    With that said, I'll gladly take the .45 any day!

    #20 NEOH212, Nov 13, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012

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