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    Own guns in both caliber for carry.

    Big ole' .45acp is a great caliber. A bit of mass to control when you shoot it, it takes some training and practice to get good with these - especially the small compact ones. One of my earliest .45ACP guns for carry was a Star Firestar in that caliber. All steel, it had some weight and mass but was very physically compact. The only downside is the round-count.

    I held off shooting .40S&W for a long time, and only got a gun in this caliber a few years ago. My favorite in this round (adequate mass in the projectile with an increase in round count for the size of the pistol) is a light weight S&W M&P 40C. The one I have has the manual safety, and is a great and accurate gun.

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    I just love these discussions.
    Like Mick mentioned
    ",,, every thing else is discussing how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin".
    I have a 9mm with me at all times, and a 10mm next to me at night. I use a .41 magnum or .44 magnum for woods carry depending on the weather.
    It seems odd, but neither to .40 or the .45 are my go to guns.
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    A 1911 in.45ACP because I'm old and hate change.

    COME TAKE IT.
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    When it comes to what I should carry for self defense - During what I could refer to as my dynamic years the revolver was favored by a majority, as the police were overwhelmingly armed with six shot revolvers. That being said, although the 45 auto was seen as a military sidearm by the majority, but a few were adamant about the 1911 as the way to go; thinking of Jeff Cooper as one of the most vigorous in that regard.

    Now I have carried a diminutive Baby Browning for defense and as an "Onion Field" hide out. For 38 revolvers, I just shot the model ten better (double action)than the J-frame revolvers AND the Colt D.S., although it was easier to conceal than the K-frame snubs. I have carried 380 autos as BUGS - But when facing a serious threat as a civilian, I went with the 1911 and the Glocks (357 Sig) later on. . . I prefer the Combat Commander for a serious threat, because I have had it the longest, so far it has been reliable with hollow-point ammo. My favorite revolver for concealed carry is my model-13, with a 4-inch barrel worn in an inside the waist holster, because for close up shooting it just seems to work better and the 357 magnum is a serious defense round for the woods or the street. As to the forty caliber - I have one but it doesn't get shot all that often . . .I think older guys tend to stick with what has worked in the past.
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    The only .40 I own is am inheritance (a G23), I'll eventually burn some of the late BIL's ammo but that's it. I have fired and carried his CW45 a bit and my impressions are favorable. When I am not carrying a .38 snub as a primary I tend toward my reshaped G32 or one of several S&W .357's.

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    I carry a .40S&W while driving my 4WD. Otherwise, I carry a Model 60, 3 inch, .357 or a .380 Colt Mustang, if I am dressed for town.

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    646 from the Performance Center in 40 S&W.

    Would this work?
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    Well the 10 mm revolver has shot the short ten mm called the S&W 40 cal. And the auto pistol was a nice shooter - I trust the guy who now owns it, is enjoying it. I kept the 10 mm revolver because during the ammo shortage a lot of PD's were using the 40 caliber, and I kept the 610 as a backup in case 10mm supply would dry up - and I felt 40 caliber would still be available. I am more interested in shot placement than superior ballistics (to a point) or a few more rounds than my 1911 pistols have. Other than magazine capacity I don't see any real ballistic advantage.

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    We have both calibers and like both, but it is up to the shooter to do their part. The same goes for any weapon and caliber. I carry a 9mm lately but a lot of that is because I love the design so I shoot it more.
    Having a gun in your hand is much more effective than having the entire police department on the phone.

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    Don't have anything in .40. This time of year, usually a 1911 or my Dan Wesson 15-2. Warmer weather, my 9mm Sigma or CZ 82. The Bodyguard is always nearby as backup. Bill


 
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