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1911 Commander LWT COLT 38 Super 2 2.41%
1911 full size 5" Les Baer 11 13.25%
M&P mid size 45acp (thumb safety, CT) 30 36.14%
M&P full size 9mm (thumb safety, CT) 40 48.19%
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:59 PM   #16
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I choose none of the above!! My choice is the Smith & Wesson M&P 40 Shield. It is smaller and lighter than all of the mentioned choices and packs a .40 caliber power. Not quite .45 ACP power, but a hell of a lot more than 9mm.

I just plain never had a use for a .38 Super. If I wanted to shoot a bullet that size, I would choose a .357 Sig. Since there is no such thing as a .357 Sig Shield, that rules that out.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 02:28 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Lineman73 View Post
... .40 caliber power. Not quite .45 ACP power...
I carry an M&P40 Shield in warm weather, or M&P40 f/s with a cover garment. The 40S&W cartridge is clearly more powerful than the 45ACP, although the 45 penetrates more consistently.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 02:33 PM   #18
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M&P40c or M&P45 but most often a S&W M642.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 06:04 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by awmp View Post
...Commander 1911 LWT Colt in 38 Super, Full Size 1911 45acp, M&P full size 9mm or mide size M&P 45acp.

Your choice for daily carry and why ? (not a caliber war)
Of the ones you list, I'd go with either the compact M&P .45 or the FS M&P 9mm, depending on your circumstances. If I were likely to face a large group of thugs, I'd want the capacity of the 9mm. If I were more likely to face a large animal (valid concern in my personal area), if I were somewhere where folks are likely to be wearing heavy leather overgarments, or if I were smaller statured, I might prefer the smaller gun carrying larger - but fewer - bullets.

I carried .45acp 1911's thru the 80's and 90's, switching to glock 9mm's in 1998, and then discovered the M&P just last year. Personally, I think any of those platforms is fine functionally, and any of the three calibers you list is fine ballistically.

Originally Posted by KRWeiss View Post
...The 40S&W cartridge is clearly more powerful than the 45ACP...
In many cases, so is the 9mm...

In all honesty, with the advances of the last few decades I really don't believe there's currently a massive difference in effectiveness between the three calibers in the OP's list, as long as reasonable thought is given to load choice. Personally, any of the guns/calibers listed would be fine for my personal comfort zone as far as 'needs', though I do tend to 'want' more capacity if I can have it.

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 06:05 PM   #20
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I carry an M&P 9mm F/S. No Thumb Safety. Tritium Night Sights. Just got a M&P 9mm Compact again no thumb safety, ordered tritium sights for it. I dunno which will be my EDC.. Probably the compact. For about 3 years I packed a 3" Kimber 1911, I just sold it and replaced it with the 9C. 9mm's give you plenty of power and when you consider that you can carry a lot more rounds in the same size gun it seems to be an advantage to me. Besides for that since I don't train like a swat team member I feel like in a stress situation a simple point and click gun is best for me.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 06:59 PM   #21
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• None of the above

For EDC, personally, I'm not going to carry a Mid-FS. My EDC, regards to M&P, is the Compact 9.
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Old December 6th, 2014, 07:23 PM   #22
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If we're limited strictly to the guns listed in the poll, the lightweight Commander in 38 Super, hands down. It's an exceptional cartridge. I wish I could sweet-talk S&W into making an M&P in 38 Super.
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Old December 7th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #23
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None of the above!

I don't want any of my poly pistols to have safeties, and my 1911's of choice are Commander sized (except for the Colt LW Gov't. Model XSE.).

My Baer is a CC Comanche:

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Limited with the choices listed. I voted for the M&P FS9 (thumb safety, CT). My daily carry is a Shield 9 with thumb safety and a green CT laser.
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None of the above - I carry a shield, and wouldn't concealed carry a full-sized pistol, so that only really leaves me with the option to vote for the 1911 Colt Commander - but I wouldn't use that pistol either, as I wouldn't be able to justify using it, unless I carried an extra spare magazine.

Might as well get a J-frame chambered in .357 Magnum and try to find an 8-shot barrel for it instead, if those are your options, because I wouldn't really want to have to carry a spare magazine.

That means, for me to use an autoloader, it needs to exceed revolver capacity.
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