Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Whats your favorite caliber?

.40 S&w and 9mm Luger

With so many calibers on the market, what is the right choice these days? Whether you are looking for self-protection, target shooting, or a duty weapon, the most common answer would be the Smith and Wesson .40 caliber. Most law enforcement agencies around the world use this as their standard caliber today. However, a more cost effecient caliber in the modern days of high ammunition cost is the 9mm round. Contrary to what you think, this round is not wimpy at all. It carries more velocity than the S&W .40 caliber, just with a slightly lower mass of projectile, and fewer grains. Long story short, it will still take down an intruder, and will cost you less money to train on at the range. My advice if your looking for a new caliber handgun? Go with a 9mm Glock.


  1. The .40 became popular BECAUSE it combines lower velocity than the 9mm and good stopping power like a .45 with MORE velocity than the latter.

    The higher velocity of the 9mm can be problematic at times and has less stopping power (e.g. the round passes through the bad guy with more minimalk trauma BECAUSE of the higher velocity (about twice that of a .45.

    Having said that, I have a S&W 5906. I love it.

  2. Exactly, if you are looking for the most stopping power, go with a .45 or .40, howver I think there is real value in having a 9mm for your main sidearm. The reason for this is the ammo is much cheaper, meaning you can hit the range more often to be more accurate. When it comes down to it, a well placed 9mm round to the head is going to kill a guy just as good as a .40 to the head.

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