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Concealed carry- caliber or capacity?

This is a discussion on Concealed carry- caliber or capacity? within the The Polling Place forums, part of the Use and Training category; Carry what you shoot well, and in the platform you will carry every day. There aren't enough differences in 9, .40, and .45 to matter. ...


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Old 01-20-2013, 09:12 PM   #21
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Carry what you shoot well, and in the platform you will carry every day. There aren't enough differences in 9, .40, and .45 to matter. It's about rounds on target.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:17 PM   #22
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First is reliability second is comfort. Reliability for obvious reasons, comfort because the more comfortable is is for you to carry, the more likely you will have it when you need it.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:33 PM   #23
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Carry what you shoot well, and in the platform you will carry every day. There aren't enough differences in 9, .40, and .45 to matter. It's about rounds on target.

I agree.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:41 AM   #24
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Neither...speed and accuracy trumps caliber and capacity..thread over
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:09 AM   #25
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Neither...speed and accuracy trumps caliber and capacity..thread over

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER LOL - best answer!!
What else would we expect from silvabaQ?

Speed and accuracy come from holster and movement drills, once straight target proficiency happens at different distances.

Still, I love it that my XD9SC has NY-scary 13- or 16-rd. magazines, both still concealable.

Every bullet fired has a lawyer attached to it (know what's behind your target!). I intend to walk away with 15 rounds and a full spare mag, but I'll do what the situation requires.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:34 AM   #26
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I agree with the speed and accuracy. I intend to obtain that goal by practicing as often as possible. LCR .357 Magnum
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:25 AM   #27
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All these are good points, I would say both
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:31 AM   #28
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am with the others...... will pick option "c" for COMFORT. If the thing is a brick and you can't carry / conceal it well, and it isn't comfortable for you to shoot so you don't practice, you won't have it with you.

The argument of 9 vs .40 vs .45 I don't think is all that important since any of them with proper shot placement will do the job.

So, after making sure the firearm is comfortable and you can conceal it, then I would try to go for the firearm with the most capacity that fits your needs. In my case, as much as I love my XDM, I don't think I can conceal it well, so I have stayed with the same cal. (.40) and have a single-stack Kahr that is with me most days.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:31 AM   #29
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For CC the gun has to be utterly reliable. I've always been a proponent of carrying the largest caliber that you can shoot accurately.


A reporter did a human interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him, “Why do carry a .45?”. The Ranger responded with, “Because they don’t make a .46.”
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:24 PM   #30
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capacity in a caliber I can shoot well that will do the job.

So a revolver is ruled out - sorry, but under stress I can GUARANTEE my accuracy will be less than I get at the range or at an IDPA match. And I GUARANTEE my reloading ability will be diminished even more. So even with a 44 mag Model 29, which is shootable and accurate, I prolly won't be as 'safe and effective' as I would be with something else that has more capacity.

If I carried concealed everyday that might tweak my thoughts, but I don't. So my choice is 9mm with as many rounds as I can do. No reloads, sorry. If I can't get help/get away/stop the threat with 15-17 rounds I doubt twice that many will do me any good.

Is bigger better? Sure. but 17 of 9mm or half that of 45? gimme more rounds.
OK..12 of 40 or 17 of 9? Again, more rounds gets the nod and with same size guns the 9mm will I think shoot better. Not much better, but every little bit helps.

As others have said, get 'the good ammo' and all are about equal in results til you get into the magnum territory.
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