IMO buy the 9 it's cheeper to shoot and more simple to control plus allot of people say a 9 is more accurate then a 40 and I would be one of themPaladin said:Tomorrow I'm heading out to buy a new XD Service bi-tone with the promotional package of 3 high cap mags and the holster. I've held both and they feel damned good in my hand. The question is, what caliber?
This will be my first handgun purchase. I want to use it for target shooting and IDPA/USPSA competitions. I'm not interested in being a super level competitor or gamer but do want a gun that will work well in the stock/production classes for me.
Other primary goals are:
1. Having fun! I want something that isn't going to be a PITA every time I fire it.
2. Reliable, consistent performance.
3. Reasonable cost for ammo. For me, both of these qualify although the 9mm is about 20% less expensive. I'm not interested in reloading at this point in time.
4. It would be great if it could be used in the higer competition classes should I desire.
5. "Stopping power" is not much of an issue for me. I hope to God I never need to use it for self defense but if I do, I believe a quality JHP in either caliber will work fine.
I've been able to rent similar sized Glocks in both calibers (G17 and G23). I really haven't noticed much difference in either recoil or muzzle flip.
You folks have a wealth of knowledge. What are your receommendations?