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Your Favorite Semi-Auto Pistol Caliber and Why

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by SharpDog, Feb 12, 2019.

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What is your favorite semi-auto pistol caliber?

  1. .50 ae

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. .44 mag (semi-auto)

    1 vote(s)
    0.3%
  3. .450 corbon (or similar)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. .45 acp

    102 vote(s)
    34.3%
  5. 10 mm

    27 vote(s)
    9.1%
  6. .357 mag (semi-auto)

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  7. .357 sig

    9 vote(s)
    3.0%
  8. .40 s&w

    29 vote(s)
    9.8%
  9. .38 super (or similar)

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  10. 9mm

    119 vote(s)
    40.1%
  11. 9mm makarov

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  12. .380 acp

    13 vote(s)
    4.4%
  13. .32 acp

    7 vote(s)
    2.4%
  14. .25 acp

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. .22 rimfire (any)

    44 vote(s)
    14.8%
  16. Other

    9 vote(s)
    3.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. dave bennett

    dave bennett Member

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    MY LATEST ACQUISITION : Kimber Ultra 3 inch brl, short grip, 45acp . . . . That would be my favorite for today anyway IMG_4476.JPG
     
  2. Meeks36

    Meeks36 Member

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    I currently only own 9mm and 22 handguns. Voted 10mm my pops had a Colt Delta elite 10mm. Love the calliber. To me it's perfect. Great for 4 legs or 2 legged animals. Stout recoil but manageable. One day I will pick up a Glock in 10mm. When funds are available. Maybe after I unload when next panic buying. Bought a few just for when it happens again.
     
  3. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Member

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    9mm. Only reason is “cheap”. Price per round for center fired.
     
  4. Rexster

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    I understand about the best modern 9mm loads being as real-world effective as the best modern .45 ACP loads, so I am OK with using 9mm for defensive purposes. My hands have aged enough, however, to realize that it is easier to handle the larger .45 ACP cartridges, in general, and specifically, easier to stuff these larger .45 ACP cartridges into single-column magazines. This is in comparison to stuffing 9mm cartridges into G19 and G17 magazines. I am not nearly crippled, yet, but can see the writing on the wall, so to speak. So, I like both .45 ACP and 9mm, but will select .45 ACP as my favored auto-pistol cartridge.

    .45 ACP has seniority, so is my sentimental favorite. My first handgun was a 1911, a Detonics Combat Master.

    I still train with G17 and full-sized, all-steel 1911 pistols, with both hands. I still train with G19 pistols, a moderate amount, with my healthier left hand. Yes, indeed, a G19 can hurt to shoot; real pain and visible swelling, lasting multiple days, after firing two 50-round quals, back-to-back, for a total of 80 rounds fired right-handed, 20 rounds left-handed. Full-length grip frames, bridging all the way to the deepest point in the heel of my hand, are my friends.

    I still carry “primary” at 0300, so that my more-capable left hand can run the slide, and because almost 34 years of policin’, with the duty pistol at 0300, does reinforce the reflexive draw starting at the right hip, and my reflexive tendency to keep my right hip area away from perceived physical-contact-distance threats.
     
  5. film495

    film495 Member

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    .32 ACP, because it was my first semi-auto cartridge. Still trying to warm up to 9mm, just not their yet still …
     
  6. jar

    jar Member

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    Well, summertime came and this season I pulled out some of my older 32acps. It's amazing how I could have forgotten just how nice the 32acp is as an all around personal defense and just plain fun cartridge and just how good the guns designed for that round were. Almost all can still be carried as a pocket pistol in the cargo shorts I tend to wear almost year round down here. So at least for the past summer I would have to say my favorite caliber was 32acp!

    Some that got to go WalkAbout this summer:

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    And the two largest this summer:
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  7. bgw45

    bgw45 Member

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    For an old guy the .45 ACP is the easiest for me to load. Larger case, easier to see and can be loaded bullseye light or SD spicey. Tons of tried and true recipes to experiment with. Accuracy without struggle. My fav.
     
  8. jeepnik

    jeepnik Member

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    I see some folks advocating for smaller calibers because the firearms are smaller and easier to carry. But, here is an example of a small pistol in a large caliber. It does take a bit of work to master, and it isn't something one shoots for fun. But, if the choice is this or a mousegun, I'll take this every time.
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  9. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Member

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    I voted for 40S&W because:
    It's the best ever, at least that is what the guy at the gun store told me
    "everyone" on forums hate it and that is why I like it
    the metric system is unAmerican and trying to take over
    Trump is going to fix it so that the military only uses 40S&W
    90's calibers are so much better than turn of the century calibers
    Terminal ballistics are way better than 9mm or 45acp
    It's snappier than a slim jim
    Police trade ins are cool - especially the DAO ones
    150gr 40S&W is easier on guns than 147gr 9mm
    It would be cheaper than 9mm if only more people realized how great it is
    This is where you are about to respond but realize that you have been had.
    If you actually @me, your reading comprehension is in question.
    All the best, in good fun.
     
  10. bannockburn

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    jar

    An outstanding collection of.32 a pistols! I especially liked all of the Beretta representatives you have there!
     
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  11. commygun

    commygun Member

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    Jar,

    Also a fan of your collection of Euro “pocket” pistols. A lot of cool there. The Colt too, natch.
     
  12. jar

    jar Member

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    I do love the Colt 1903s. The one above is a Type 1 with the 4" barrel; the others are Type 3s with the 3.75" barrel.
     
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