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With the recent emergence of new handgun calibers, it seems that the ammunition manufacturing industry is focused upon one singular factor: caliber.

While it's not exactly surprising that ammunition companies' sales of the newest caliber 'hotness' are used to drive revenue, is that singular factor the most important to the average gentleman or lady seeking to prepare themselves for when trouble comes looking for them or does training matter more?

So, as the title asks—

''When it comes to self-defense, what is the most important factor that you consider?''

Is it the caliber that you've chosen?

Is it the training that you've obtained?
 

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With regard to handguns...

Practice, placement, penetration trump all else
Caliber and expansion are essentially irrelevant

Don't believe it...?
Get out there and spend some time hunting with handguns to see for yourself
 

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This is like asking whether simple physical size/strength or training is what matters when it comes to hand-to-hand self defense.

Granted, 'horsepower' (size/strength) can be good, but what you can do with it is what really matters, and simply relying on size/strength without any training is a quick route to effectively create unexpected failure. ;)
 

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Yes, but 'mindset' is often a subset of the benefits derived from training. It's difficult to grasp the meaning and importance of mindset without the training to define it and put it into situational context.

Otherwise, simple desire may be mistaken for the proper mindset. Like substituting beliefs/feelings with facts. ;)
 

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I guess I don't understand what is meant by "more important". It's a combination of caliber and skill that make you effective, they are part of an equation together and don't exist in isolation. Arm yourself with a common service caliber, go to the range regularly and you are minimally prepared IMHO.
 

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Training. Duh.

Caliber, brand of firearm, color of your holster, type of shoes you wear, etc, are all worth considering, but nothing replaces human capability.

That doesn’t mean caliber or brand of firearm, etc, aren’t considerations that should be addressed.
 
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C) Being smart enough to have completely avoided the situation.
Indeed!

Training is mightier than caliber, and training that teaches successfully spotting and avoiding situations especially so - the best gunfights are the ones you can avoid.

Caliber is irrelevant. A hit with a .32 beats all hell out of a miss with a .45. Maybe that's the OP's point, but seriously, caliber choice sometimes sounds like magic beans or the blessed amulet of protection ...
 

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''When it comes to self-defense, what is the most important factor that you consider?''

Is it the caliber that you've chosen?

Is it the training that you've obtained?
Are these the only choices? Nothing else matters?
 

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Training. Duh.

Caliber, brand of firearm, color of your holster, type of shoes you wear, etc, are all worth considering, but nothing replaces human capability.

That doesn’t mean caliber or brand of firearm, etc, aren’t considerations that should be addressed.
If you train a little more than the next guy but you are armed with a 32acp load that penetrates only 7-8" of gel while he carries a real performer, he's likely better prepared than you. More training could be just a little more range time. You can't answer this question with a simple one or the other. Both matter and there are too many variables that aren't mentioned. What about 25 ACP or something even weaker? What if you live somewhere where you have to be concerned with 4 legged threats? It's honestly just not a useful question. OP must be trying to get at something, but I don't think this question is doing the job.
 
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