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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:02 PM   #1
 
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Why am I tormenting myself? I don't even know why it is such a big deal even? I've read countless threads in various gun-boards regarding 9mm vs .40S&W, and I have rented both calibers and I still can't decide which one I want to buy. I have no objection to either caliber. Sure the 9mm will always be more comfortable and cheaper to shoot, but the .40S&W I have heard has better performance which is why so many are switching to that round. Unlike 9mm, you don't really need +p to get the results you want.



I do NOT want this to be another pointless caliber debate. That is not the intention of this thread. Rather, I am just trying to figure out how I can decide on what caliber I'd be happy with and not wish I had gotten the other instead. I hope to keep my caliber sizes to a minimum. I already have a .45acp. I had a 9mm, but I sold it. It was an okay gun, just not for me. Nothing to do with the caliber though. It's tough when both sides of the argument make sense. I also want to be able to stock up on good quality ammo. 115 gr 9mm is nothing more than range junk. I'm talking decent defense ammo and fmj's.



Instead of spiralling down a pointless caliber war, I guess the best way to go about this is simply to ask what made you decide on the caliber you now have and are you happy with that decision?
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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Get the 9mm and be happy. Those that shoot .40s are trying to make up for a lack or manhood in other places.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Oh forgot the reason, besides I don't need help with my manhood...



Cheaper = Training more

Works = There's no doubt that with good ammo, HST or Gold Dot as well as many others it's totally effective. If a 9mm dosen't do the job, there's no proof that any caliber would have worked better.

Training more = better performance. It is how you handle the gun under stress that matters, not the size of your bullet.

Higher Capacity = More ammo is always better than less.

Less recoil and noise = Easier for someone less experienced to handle, easier for my wife to shoot and less annoying for me and other shooters on an indoor range.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #4
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I chose the 40, then I bought a 357 Sig barrel. I used the same mags for 40 & 357. Then I bought a 9mm conversion barrel and used my wife mags. So with any shortage of ammo I just pick what I want to shoot.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:33 PM   #5
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Flip a coin they are both good choices. Get the one that doesn't win at a later date.

Enjoy while you can.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #6
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Shoot them both side-by-side and determine which one you shoot the best. Or better yet, get one of each.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #7
 
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You don't have to choose. As previously mentioned above get the .40 and you'll also be able to shoot both 9mm and .357 Sig with conversion barrels!!!
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Old March 29th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #8
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Get the 9mm and be happy. Those that shoot .40s are trying to make up for a lack or manhood in other places.


Wow, can only guess what you think about my 10's and magnum revolvers...
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You don't have to choose. As previously mentioned above get the .40 and you'll also be able to shoot both 9mm and .357 Sig with conversion barrels!!!


I have shot 9mm and 40sw on the M&P, and both felt good to me. How does the .357 sig feel? Is it in between the 9mm and .40 in feel? Is ammo for that round hard to find? The .357 sig round is what I know the least about. Also, I have heard mixed opinions about the 9mm conversion barrel's reliablity. I also found 9mm mags that have the older round peg. Hmmm...
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Old March 30th, 2011, 12:38 AM   #10
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I feel very comfortable having went with the 40 S&W over the 9mm. As stated, if I want to shoot 9mm at the range I can just get a conversion barrel.



However, be very careful with the 40. I bet my cousin I could hit a steel target that sat at the 100 yard distance with a .40 bullet. I then proceeded to march out to about five feet from the target, cocked back my hand and threw the bullet (casing and all) at the steel target while laughing hysterically. Sadly in my fit of laughter I missed the damn thing and had to cough up twenty dollars for missing it...
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Old March 30th, 2011, 04:18 AM   #11
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Hmmmmm.... looks like another pointless discussion about the same old topic ... started under the guize of this one is different.
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Old March 30th, 2011, 05:54 AM   #12
 
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Buy one of each!

I would figure out your main purpose for the gun. If defense is the priority, I would go with 40. If plinking or other options such as competition is the main reason, go with 9mm. 9 is little cheaper and more fun to shoot. IMO.
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I have no problem discussing this because if we only discussed new topics there would be virtually no discussions.



I'm not sure you will ever be satisfied you made the correct choice. I shoot 9mm for the cost, yeah I could reload but I don't want to. The other usual points are valid; GD or HST is quality ammo likely to stop a threat almost as well as 40 cal, because it's cheaper you can practice more, because it has marginally less recoil than a 40 you might have better accuracy, you can carry more rounds.



But the pull of "I want a man's round" also weighs on me. Back when I was shooting Sig 226's I had a 9mm, traded it for 40 cal, then traded again to get back to 9mm. For me, and I guess I'm a cheap SOB, I just can't swallowing the extra cost of 40 caliber rounds.



Good luck with your decision.
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I chose to stay with 9mm and .45



The only reason I could think of that one of those wouldn't work work for me is if I knew a LEO that could provide ammo as most departments have gone to .40cal.



When my wife went to ladies pistol at Gunsite she said one of the girls started out with her husbands 40, she didn't make it all the way through with it, just too much bark and recoil for extended range sessions (for what you are getting out of it). I think she finished with a 9mm. My wife shoots her M&P9 and teaches with it.



Me, I don't want to have to purchase, stock or reload more ammo calibers than I need to. 9mm is cheaper, easier to shoot, holds more rounds, is deadly effective and I shoot it well. All reasons why I prefer 9mm. In the end it really is up to you and what shoots best for you. Are you more willing to shoot regularly with a 9mm or a 40? Which one do you find getting fatigued with first during an extended range session?
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Old March 30th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #15
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Here is why I bought my .40.



I was upgrading my home defense firearm from a S&W Sigma 9mm and was considering the larger caliber .40. Things I grew not to like on the sigma was the inferior trigger, lack of standard accessory mount and holster compatibility. Once I found out that I could get a conversion barrel and mags for what I can get by selling my sigma I decided to go with the .40. So for me there is no real extra cost as I doubt I would have shot the Sigma much even in 9mm due to the inferior trigger. Might as well sell it.



When I bought my Sigma I was not as into shooting and figured id practice more and be more proficient with the cheaper 9mm over the more powerful .40.



If we are talking bulk prices. It will take you about 3000 rounds to make up the difference in price between 9mm and .40 before you brake even on the conversion barrel and 9mm magazines.



I believe either one will be a fine firearm and will serve you well.



FYI there is no easy conversion from 9mm to .40 like there is .40 to 9mm.
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