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I am going to be buying a new pistol for cc. I previously owned a g30 but had to sell it do to a family emergency. While on this site I have heard so many opinions on the different calibers that I find myself unsure of which is best to carry in a sub copmpact size. I have shot the g26, g27, and the g30 and can shoot all pretty accurately. So for me the question I really have is, is out of a short barrell which caliber and and what load has been known to have the best performance.(Excluding the .357 sig. Not a fan of the bottleneck) Thank you in advance, your insight is greatly appreciated.

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Dependent on individual needs, bro. You've mentioned that you're comfortable with your competence with the 9mm G26, the .40 caliber G27, and the G30 in .45 ACP. One more thing to look at, if this is going to be the go-to home defense gun, is whether your lady or others in the household that you would authorize to resort to this gun if there was a home invasion, can handle all three as well as you. If not, the lighter recoil of the 9mm G26 would militate strongly in its favor.

If you're the only one using the gun and are equally competent with the three, ask yourself what you'll be doing with it. If there will be a lot of training fire or recreational shooting on the menu, and you don't reload, the lower price of 9mm practice ammo is another strong point in favor of the G26.

You didn't mention where you live. In a cold weather climate, where layers of heavy clothing might plug a hollow point and turn it into flat-nose ball, the Glock 30 in .45 ACP would get my nod.

The .40 was created 21 years ago to be a compromise round between the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP, and in both police service and the land of the armed citizen, it still fits that niche well today.

Bottom line: I doubt you'll go wrong with any of the three, but your personal situation, plans, and needs will probably be slightly better served by one or the other. It's a matter of determining the task, then picking the very best tool.

Good luck, and please let us know what you decide.

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I live in Arizona, so not too many parkas. I guess I was more concerned about peoples claimes that a round out of a short barrel can lose too much velocity and not fully expand or penetrate deep enough. Thanks again for you reply.

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