Best Self Defense Pistol Cartridge? 234 replies

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Roaming East

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#1 12 years ago

Theres been plenty of of threads on the legality of firearms but its been awhile since one was about the prefered caliber. Feel free to discuss the merits of any catridge or self defense arm itself.




Tas

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#2 12 years ago

The one that zaps your attacker? They just need to make a multiple shot version and all guns can be banned. ;)




Enterprise2002

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#3 12 years ago

A tazer? I'm not sure if it's taser actually? It's one of the spellings anyway?

I thought it had 2 modes? a 30 second shock so you can leave it and run, and a mode so it shocks for however long you pull the trigger?

Maybe I'm wrong.




Tas

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#4 12 years ago

I dont know what they are called, i just saw a bit on tv about them, cops were using them on eachother.. one could say they are just as effective as shooting someone with lead, if not more, as the electrocution keeps a person from controlling his or her muscles, unless you shoot someone in the head or heart with lead, your attacker can very well shoot back.




SilentHitz

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#5 12 years ago

Being from the " Old School", I picked the battle proven .45 acp for self defense. It had much better knockdown power than the 9mm, and although I own a couple of .44 mags, the magnums can over penatrate in an urban situation and injure or kill innocents. The weapons chambered for smaller calibers are easy to conceal, but lack the power I want. I DO carry a small Colt .380 for a backup, but if I have to draw a weapon, I'll reach for my .45 cal. Glock 21 1st. It's a matter of personal preference I guess, so It'll be interesting to see which one others pick, and the reasons why. :nodding:




Vertical345

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#6 12 years ago

I gotta go with the .45ACP too, if the army used it for almost a century, then I'm sure its a great. I've fired a 45 on 2 occasions, both were 1911s and I actually thought the kick to them would be worse, they were quite controlable. IF I'm ever in the need to buy a weapon for personal defence, it will be a .45.




SilentHitz

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#7 12 years ago
Vertical345I gotta go with the .45ACP too, if the army used it for almost a century, then I'm sure its a great. I've fired a 45 on 2 occasions, both were 1911s and I actually thought the kick to them would be worse, they were quite controlable. IF I'm ever in the need to buy a weapon for personal defence, it will be a .45.

Yea, alotta folks think the recoil is worse than it really is. There are many aftermarket parts you can buy to tame it even more though. I have an Aerotech compensator on top of a match grade barrel, and replaced the recoil guide rod with a sealed tube style filled with mercury and ball bearings. I now have a .45 with the recoil of a 9mm Shoots sweet and very accurate :nodding:




The Contender

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#8 12 years ago

i like 9x18mm makarov. its in between .380 (9mm Kurz) and 9mm parabellum. the caliber has the ligth recoil of a .380 but almost as much power as a 9mm parabellum. i use it on a bulgarian makarov pm single stack.9x18mm mak is an ex soviet calibre so ammo is cheap, the most expensive i have used is sellier and bellot but mostly use wolf or bernaul. this ammo is milspec lacquer sealed and will store in gun indefenitedly. i have yet to have a single bad round. the gun is inexpensive but very well built with lots of forged steel in comparison to similarly priced cheap .25mm pistols like ravens or lorcins. it can be had for less than $150. the gun is heavy for its size so it helps accuracy. the only drawback is that if you have big hands it may not fit rigth and the stock red star bakelight grips dont absorb recoil very well but a cheap aftermarket rubber grips fix that




Delta Force

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#9 12 years ago

.45 won't overpenetrate and hits hard. It does a lot of damage to people not wearing body armor (I don't think too many crimanals wear it). But for military purposes a 9mm is best because more people wear armor in that enviorment and you need the range and speed (Cause WW2 .45s went only 830 FPS, that won't penetrate anything but sure will hurt).




SilentHitz

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#10 12 years ago

Yes the 9mm DOES have a couple of advantages 1: higher magazine capacity in most models, 2: you can carry more rounds without increasing the weight of the battle gear you carry. That was the main reason the US replaced the 1911. The avaliability of military surplus ammo is another plus. There's still plenty for the .45, but since it has been phased out, that supply will eventually run out. Doesn't matter to me though, I reload my own ammo . Much cheaper as long as you save your empty brass, the brass is the most expensive part of the cartridge.