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    .40 S&W vs .45 ACP

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    I have a few metal .45 ACP pistols. I have them for competition and collection. I don't think I will ever carry one. The Star PD would be a consideration.

    My primary carry options would be:

    S&W 4040PD, 6.9", 3.5" barrel, 7+1 rounds, 25.6 oz.

    S&W 3913NL, 6.8", 3.5" barrel, 8+1 rounds, 24.0 oz.

    Star PD, 7.1", 3.9" barrel, 6+1 rounds, 25.0 oz.

    My backup options would be:

    Seacamp LWS .32, 6+1 rounds

    Remington RM380*, 6+1 rounds

    Ruger LCP SS, 7+1 rounds

    * I might have to get another one if my wife takes a liking to it.

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    Currently I am alternating between the Colt DS and the S&W 638-3. I am waiting on a new Colt Cobra and if I like it it may become my primary carry.

    When traveling I'll have the SR1911 9mm or the SR1911 lightweight commander .45acp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K22 View Post
    Currently I am alternating between the Colt DS and the S&W 638-3. I am waiting on a new Colt Cobra and if I like it it may become my primary carry.

    When traveling I'll have the SR1911 9mm or the SR1911 lightweight commander .45acp.
    Colt Cobra, 2", 6 rounds, 15 oz.

    S&W Model 60, 1.875", 5 rounds, 19 oz.

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    The first concern with a self defense weapon should be how well you shoot it and not what caliber it is. A solid hit with a .380 beats a miss with a 45 every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy814 View Post
    The first concern with a self defense weapon should be how well you shoot it and not what caliber it is. A solid hit with a .380 beats a miss with a 45 every time.
    Exactly. And a .22 in your pocket is better than the 500 Magnum in the safe.
    If you look at stats, you can find failures in every cartridge ever invented. Bullet placement wins every time, a working knowledge of Gray's Anatomy backed up by using the correct bullet design wins every time, as stated by a fellow member here, (loose quote), ",,, every thing else is discussing how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin".
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    Quote Originally Posted by azmick View Post
    Exactly. And a .22 in your pocket is better than the 500 Magnum in the safe.
    If you look at stats, you can find failures in every cartridge ever invented. Bullet placement wins every time, a working knowledge of Gray's Anatomy backed up by using the correct bullet design wins every time, as stated by a fellow member here, (loose quote), ",,, every thing else is discussing how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin".
    I want to know, how many fairies can dance on the nose of a 45 acp? I betcha it's more than can dance on the head of a pin. I'll go with the 45 acp or colt.

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    I had a couple pistols in 40 S&W and the muzzle flip was bad. I traded for another 45 acp & a sixgun clone. I can make accurate hits with full size 45 acp guns. I really like my Rand and M21 Glock, Tommy too!
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    I simply do not have a carry rotation has such. Yes I have (X) number of handguns that would be suitable employed as such. Under KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) I employ a S&W MP9 and MP9c. Both are set up the same. Sights 10-8 U-notch rear sight, Novak night sight front, triggering system Apex Duty/Carry, and magazine disconnect (Yes I know that it is a feature not universally liked but I'm not asking you to employ it). The MP9c most of the year except during the cold months a MP9. If and when I employ dual carry a S&W M640 as a back up. One other item to mention the magazine OEM floor plates for The MP9 are replaced with 10-8/Apex floor plates. For the MP9c the floor plates are finger extension type.

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    I carried a Glock 21 thr last five years on the job in a uniform duty rig and I loved it. It replaced my Glock 23 when the department went to the .45 from the .40 S&W. Once retired the G-21 was sold to my gunsmith and the G-23 became my bedside sometimes carry gun. Smaller and lighter than the G-21 with 13 rounds of 165 gr. HP's. The .40 is "snappy" but controlable for me and I shoot it well enough to continue to qualify yearly for HR-218. All that said I tend to carry my S&W 342 and 642 more often than the Glock and my S&W 386 is finding it's way into the carry rotation more and more.
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    Last time to the range I did some double taps with the Colt DS

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    4 sets of two from 7 yards.

    I had just gotten the DS back from Colt. Trigger is still stiff but should smooth out with more practice.



 
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