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Should i get my handgun in 9mm or .45?

This is a discussion on Should i get my handgun in 9mm or .45? within the Non-XD Handguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; I'm getting it for concealed carry/personal defense and home defense. From my military training I'm familiar with the 9mm and like the accuracy. I've never ...


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Old 11-14-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Should i get my handgun in 9mm or .45?

I'm getting it for concealed carry/personal defense and home defense. From my military training I'm familiar with the 9mm and like the accuracy. I've never actually fired a .45 so I don't know how it compares in kick, accuracy, etc.

I was thinking i would just get the 9mm and stack it so every other round was JHP (hollow-point) and FMJ. But i have been told the 9mm can lack stopping power.

What would you recommend? How does the .45 compare to the 9mm when it comes to kick and accuracy?
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Old 11-14-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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I'd wait and get the new XDm 45 compact. If your well versed with 9mm, you'll do fine with 45.

100-200 rounds down range and you'll be all set!
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Arrow Got any place around you that rents guns?

To me, there's not enough of a difference between a 9mm, .45, or .40 caliber to be much of a concern, so I went with what makes the biggest hole. If you can go rent guns at a local shooting range, that might help you make a decision. There's other things to consider, like ammo cost too.
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:08 AM   #4
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I'm getting it for concealed carry/personal defense and home defense. From my military training I'm familiar with the 9mm and like the accuracy. I've never actually fired a .45 so I don't know how it compares in kick, accuracy, etc.

I was thinking i would just get the 9mm and stack it so every other round was JHP (hollow-point) and FMJ. But i have been told the 9mm can lack stopping power.

What would you recommend? How does the .45 compare to the 9mm when it comes to kick and accuracy?
I have also been told by a real life expert a 9mm will NOT travel 100 yards. I can tell you 9mm cures cancer if you get shot with it. It's up to you to believe what you are told.

I also am pretty sure 9mm, 40, 45 will do the same job. That would mean I will also tell you a 45 won't travel 100 yards and cures cancer after just buying a box of it. Only girls use 40.

Don't listen to every expert you run across is all I am saying bro. Keep us updated on what you get. For now for cost reason and familiarity reasons start out with a 9 and add a 45. IMO everyone needs both. Enjoy and pics, range, field reports are expected......
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Old 11-14-2011, 06:12 AM   #5
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I would say for range time go with the 9mm. The ammo cost is much cheaper than a .45. It really is a matter of preference though. Personally I have both a 9mm and a .40 and don't notice much difference in the kick but I didn't notice alot of difference in the way the gun felt in my hand. Mostly due to the difference in makers.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:02 AM   #6
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Agree, if you see yourself shooting a lot, get the 9mm for cost savings.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:44 AM   #7
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.45 = knockdown power

i think the .45 was built for the Zulu wars maybe or something for Knock Down Power? you state for personal defense, just ask anyone, if THEY had to be shot for whatever the reason with ball ammo - say to take one for the team or for their family, go with the opposite round they volunteer to be shot with!

i was like you yrs ago and went w/the 9mm for max mag cap and the old school of spray and pray...like some big shootout would ever happen or something in SD sit. shot lots of 9s then wanted somethign bigger, went w/a .40 - still thought the .45 was just to big/loud/kick/etc. started shooting local tach matches, psuedo IPSC a few yrs. stopped and yrs later started shooting single stack competition some - not long just a few months - THEN FELL IN LOVE w/the .45 and wished i had never even owned a .40 (esp what it did to the 10mm round market; see several rants on .40s by me! THAT is just all personal no offense to you .40 lovers here). anyway, there you have it from MY shooting experience w/3 cals over the past decade+.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:19 AM   #8
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9mm ammo much cheaper than 45. so if you plan to spend a lot of time at the range go for 9.
also, usually, with 9mm you can stack more in the magazine compared to 45.
as far as recoiled, it is all perceived recoil based on the gun type.
some heavier style (more steel) pistols like 1911's that shoot 45 don't have much more "perceived recoil" than some polymer 9mms
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Without a doubt, this is the most frequently posed question on the forum. I am surprised we don't have a definitive answer yet!
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9 is cheaper to plink with. 45 gives you a better excuse to start reloading. They will both be effective on a threat.
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