Posts Tagged ‘9mm’

If you are following on Facebook you probably saw a picture I posted up on Friday morning showing off a new toy I picked up.

If you like the blog on Facebook you have see this.

If you like the blog on Facebook you have see this.

I have been looking for a revolver for awhile now. At first I was looking for a Smith Bodyguard or a Ruger LCP. I thought about it and realized that all the guns I really put to work are 9mm. My Dillon is set up for 9mm and is usually cranking out rounds at least one night a week to keep myself ahead of what I use during practice and classes. It became clear that I really didn’t need to add another caliber to the mix and I wanted to keep commonality across the board with my guns. Another reason I wanted a revolver was to mold myself into a more rounded shooter. I want to be able to make sure that when we get a student shooting a revolver I can help them the same as I can for a semi-auto shooter.


Taurus 905 9mm

I ended up settling on a Taurus 905 in 9mm. The 905 is a 5 round, double single action with a 2 inch barrel. My first impression when opening the box was good. The fit and finish is what you would expect from a new gun. When I was still out searching I ran across a certain brand that actually looked like the barrel was JB Welded onto the frame. Unloaded the gun is pretty hefty. The grips fit me pretty well and the trigger is what I expected from a band new revolver. The 9mm being a rimless cartridge needs a little help staying inside the chamber. The 905 utilizes moon clips and comes from the fctory with a total of 5.

I finally got a chance to shoot it out on our farm. I put about 30 rounds through it before it got too dark. I was using some of my reloads and was pleasantly surprised at the low recoil. The loads are 115gr RN from Xtreme Bullets being pushed by 4.0gr of Titegroup. I am thinking that if these rounds are too snappy for the wife I can even hold a little back on the powder and make it even more manageable but I am doubting it will be a problem. The accuracy is pretty much what I expected for a 2 inch revolver and me behind the trigger. Like I said above I am not a great revolver shooter but I managed a decent group at 7 yards.

The one small problem I did run across was the moon clip was having a hard time hanging onto the 2011 S&B casing. It held Blazer, Federal, and 2012 S&B casing just fine. I guess there is a slight difference in the 2011 specs. I didn’t run across any other problems and was pretty happy with the way it shot.

A closer look at the moon clip

A closer look at the moon clip

I am still up in the air if I am going to carry this gun at all just yet. I can see myself carrying it as a backup gun but not a primary. I don’t want to give up the capacity the Glock offers just yet. I hope to keep practicing and getting better in the way of the revolver, and I will be sure to keep you updated if I run across any problems. As of right now I think this is going to be a great learning piece and I can’t wait to get out and spend a little more time behind it. I intend to get it all cleaned back up and squirt some Slipstream into it and see what difference that will make with the trigger.

Any questions, comments, or tips regarding the Taurus feel free to email me or hit me up on the Facebook Page.

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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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