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Old 11-12-2007, 07:43 PM   #1
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Self defense?

I like controversy! What is the best round for self defense? talking about firearms here.

9mm .40cal .45cal .357sig .357mag? The list goes on and on...

And how about .380 and .32, don't want to leave them out!

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Umm, what size are the armor piercing depleted uranium slugs used in a Navy CIWS? I'd say those are pretty damned effective for self defense, since they can stop an inbound missile!

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And the most important safety, I never put my booger hook on the bang switch unless I'm ready to fire.
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Ok... Got me there. Now how about the average person person walking down the street, carrying and pistol under there shirt of in there purse.
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Oh, you meant that, yeah a CIWS aint real portable. Effective, but bulky.
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So are .45
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Oh, you meant that, yeah a CIWS aint real portable. Effective, but bulky.
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So are .45
rue, but at least you don't need a Duece to transport a .45!
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The best round for self defense? The one that fits in the gun you have with you when you need to defend yourself.

Shot placement is far more important than caliber size. If you're a good shot, you can stop someone with a .22. If you're a bad shot, .50BMG won't do you any more good than spitwads.

That said, I like 9mm (and .38 special for my revolver). I can shoot it all day without my hand hurting and it costs a lot less than .45cal. YMMV

Anything bigger than 9mm is just compensation for a small barrel.
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Anything bigger than 9mm is just compensation for a small barrel.
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I like .40... Ballistics don't lie. Knock down power and speed to boot.
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Big, heavy, and slow with lots of penetration...........

Must be a 45.

In my humble opinion............
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Big, heavy, and slow with lots of penetration...........

Must be a 45.

In my humble opinion............
Thanks, but I'm only 39!
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Shot placement is far more important than caliber size. If you're a good shot, you can stop someone with a .22. If you're a bad shot, .50BMG won't do you any more good than spitwads....
Seem I read somewhere that the .22 has killed more than any other bullet and is considered by some as the deadliest roound made. been a while since a saw it so I can't remember where I saw it.
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Amy stole my thunder.

I agree with most of what she said, the best round is the one you have, but to expand on that. The best round is the one you can afford to practice with enough to be completely comfortable in it's use.
For most people I would say 9MM it's cheap enough to get quite a bit of practice in. Recoil is manageable even for small women and it's available everywhere.


Personally, I carry a 1911 in .45acp cuz it makes my barrel look HUGE!!!!!!



BTW, .40 is for people who are ashamed to be seen carrying a 9mm,But don't have what it takes to carry a .45
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Seem I read somewhere that the .22 has killed more than any other bullet and is considered by some as the deadliest roound made. been a while since a saw it so I can't remember where I saw it.
I've heard that also. .22 is a nasty little bugger! But I wouldn't count on it to save my life if I had another option.

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Hard to say.

I haven't had the need to carry in town, but out on my ranch I usually carry two: a Glock 19 w/ 9mm and a Taurus .44 with hot loaded JHP. Glock is quick and holds 15+1 but the 44, with only 5 rounds, can do nice BIG holes...

All around self defense? I'd go w/ the 9mm...simple, easy, not too heavy (even for the ladies), lots of rounds...
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i've always heard the .22 has killed more people than anything, but mosty bc alot of people think they arent dangerous bc they are so small and end up being stupid with them..... back on track... a 9mm is probably the easiest to carry around, cheapest to shoot, and small enough to not be a nuisance, but still get the job done. i personally carry a .45acp. i'm a pretty big boy so its not like i'm tryin to carry around a bazooka or soemthin, the .45 is bigger than my dads 9, but not so big to where it feels bulky. now some1 5'8" 135lbs a 45 would be ridicoulous to carry. but i'm 6'2" 210..... i guess what i'm sayin is whatever fits you best and what your most comfy with is the best. its gonna be different for everyone
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I like .40... Ballistics don't lie. Knock down power and speed to boot.
I agree with you on the .40 cal. I really like the new ammo we got, its the S&W .40 cal Tactical silver jacketed rounds (hollow point), so smooth to shoot.

I however do not agree with the knock down power part, you don't even have knock down power with a .50 cal. But...you can put a damn big hole in someone. in order to have knock down power you have to have transferred mass to the other object...

sorry for the rant but I had to sit in a class room for 2 hours due to someone who said that the handguns we use have knock down power. the next day we had to listen to a firearms lecture...it sucked...
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I've been shooting and carrying .40 for several years now. I have the option of .40 or 9mm with the Kahr I ordered. Just debating is all. Keep shooting .40 or make a change?
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I've been shooting and carrying .40 for several years now. I have the option of .40 or 9mm with the Kahr I ordered. Just debating is all. Keep shooting .40 or make a change?
Well, Rip, standardizing your caliber will make things easier. No matter what gun you pick up, you've got the right ammo.
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Well, Rip, standardizing your caliber will make things easier. No matter what gun you pick up, you've got the right ammo.
She's got a point there, Ripper. (However, Skeeter says if she wears her hair big, and feathers it just right, you can't even tell!!!)
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.700 Nitro great if I want to shoot 32 people standing in a strait line...

.60cal great if instead of my attacker bludgeoning me, I do it to myself...

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She's got a point there, Ripper. (However, Skeeter says if she wears her hair big, and feathers it just right, you can't even tell!!!)
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.700 Nitro great if I want to shoot 32 people standing in a strait line...

.60cal great if instead of my attacker bludgeoning me, I do it to myself...

I think i would feel pretty safe with either of those
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I would be afraid of killing the WRONG person with those!

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I would be afraid of killing the WRONG people with those!

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BTW, .40 is for people who are ashamed to be seen carrying a 9mm,But don't have what it takes to carry a .45
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And for a second there I thought you had something constructive to say...
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