Why I Choose 9mm

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It is always the best way to troll a firearms forum. Start a thread about why any specific caliber is the greatest and you are going to end up 50+ pages of arguing and comments like “If the caliber don’t start with 4 it ain’t worth carrying.” I am not saying I enjoy doing this, I am simply stating that I have seen it too many times. There are many factors in choosing a specific caliber to depend your life on and there are so many factors that contribute to this choice that need to be considered when choosing. This is by no means me pushing my choices upon you. This is simply me laying out the factors and conclusions as to why I landed on the 9mm being the best round for me. You might find some of my conclusions to be the true to your situation and it might make you reconsider your caliber of choice.

The idea for this article came from a talking with a friend who reads the blog. He was asking me what brand ammo I carry and why, eventually that lead straight into talking caliber and performance. What we need in a defensive carry round is for the round to go deep enough into the target to find something important, and secondly it needs to expand and cause a sufficient amount of damage to stop the threat as quickly as possible.

Expansion of the bullet after hitting a target is very critical. In this day and age with the huge advancements in bullet technology, manufacturers are able to produce we are not seeing much of a difference in calibers from 9mm – 45 cal. Ten years ago we were seeing 45 cal. rounds expanding out to .7″ and that was pretty much the bees knees at the time. Now it isn’t uncommon to find ballistic tests with modern 9mm round expanding .6-.7  inches.  I am not trying to say there is zero difference between the 9 and the 45 but anymore there is less of a difference between the two. So what other factors are there that sets the 9mm above all in my choice of carry?

If you follow Absolute BS on Facebook it is pretty obvious that I spend a lot of time at the range and I do as many classes as funds will allow.  I feel it is also essential you train how you fight. The more I can save on ammo costs, the more I can put towards classes and extra range time making myself more proficient. The 9mm allows me to do just that. Being substantially cheaper than both 40 and 45 both through the ammo drought and before it is again coming out on top for me.

Another large factor in my choice was my ability to control recoil. My split times in some of the drills I talked about in earlier posts are around .22-.25 sec with my Glock 19. When I step up to larger defensive calibers I am nowhere near that split. In a self-defense situation, the ability to deliver more shots on target in a shorter amount of time is very important.

Ammunition capacity is the last factor that lead me to choose the 9mm for myself over other calibers. I am a Glock shooter so lets compare the full size Glocks and their capacity.

As you can see there is a substantial difference in capacity between all 3 calibers. Another point to make is that even though the 9mm’s capacity is the greatest fully loaded it still weighs less than either of the other contenders.

All these reasons are why I choose the 9mm. I am in no way trying to tell you the 9mm is the best (but I do make a pretty good argument for it) for all defensive handguns. It is a personal choice and if you look at all the factors and are willing to give up ground in some areas then that is your choice.

Hit me up on Facebook and Shooters Legion and let me know what you carry and why. I am trying to get back into the swing of writing every night so hang with me.

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  1. Scott says:

    I agree with you on all points. I choose to carry 9mm also. I like .45 in 1911s at the range but I carry a Glock.

  2. maureen00 says:

    I also carry a 9mm because of the recoil, expense of practicing, and mainly the grip and trigger control. I have small hands

  3. lwk2431 says:

    “Another large factor in my choice was my ability to control recoil.”

    Ditto. Lower recoil, faster followup, and for me good accuracy. I am guessing that hitting the target consistently with a 9mm is better than missing with a bigger round.

    A debate that will never be settled, but winning debates is not what it is about.


  4. maureen00 says:

    At one of the trainings I attended, the instructor told us women that if we are more comfortable and accurate with a .22, then that’s what we should use. .22 can kill, too. Same principle: the goal is to hit the target. I generally warm up with my .22, then transition to my 9mm. Love my m&p!

  5. Craig Cundiff says:

    I agree with you. I carry a Sig P229 Enhanced Elite With 3 17 rd. mags. including the + 1 rd. in the chamber, I can deliver 52 rounds to the Zombies provided I’m able to successfully reload twice and get them all off. I Love shooting .45’s but for defense I am willing to trade size for quantity. For me he jury is still out on the quicker recovery, but your point makes sense and is taken.

  6. Mike Logan says:

    I carry a .357 wheel gun. Love the round, but have been looking real hard at the m&p 9mm. Have never been a 9mm fan, but with all the reading I have been doing, I am considering the 9. also looking at the hi point 9mm for economy purposes. I have pointed my wheel gun at a human being, and squeezed the trigger and put the 158grn jhp where it was supposed to go, so I understand the ramifications of squeezing off a round. Your mind is instantly flooded. Anyways, I am looking hard at the 9mm for the purpose of quantity. Nice article abs!!

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