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    9mm vs .40 cal vs .45 ACP... Head to Head

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    the 40 is certainly more snappy than the 9 but I like it. Havnt shot a 45.

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    Well I can predict something about this thread, it's going to have MANY opinions! I'm not in a position to say much, I own all three platforms and really like the 40 S&W round, not sure why, I just do. I can offer real world offerings only from my cop son's related experience. Through the academy and for 10 years he carried a 45 ACP primary and backup pistol (which I now own!). He has his issued 40 S&W, but it's new in the box in a safe, never fired as they were given an option to buy their own carry, which he did. Nearly 2 years ago now he decided to move to a 9MM platform given the much improved ballistics from modern ammo and the fact he can carry more rounds into battle. The biggest influence to make him change was a PD Sergeant that is not only one of the better target shooters on the force, but has had 5 gun battles on the street. He himself was also a 45 ACP man, but after studying the improvements of ammunition afforded by the 9MM, he changed platforms. Less recoil (the son carries a Glock 17C, which offers next to no recoil), more ammo if you're pinned down and needing help, plus the overall weight on your service belt is lighter....run 7 or 8 city blocks at full speed chasing a bad guy and you'll find every bit helps! Again, I'm excited to see the varying opinions and comments that are sure to come! I'm loading up a 22LR right now, it's about all I figure I can run with!
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    Me, I like 45's because they are easier to reload and I can really make them zing too.

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    don't care for the .40 had a plastic springer don't own one anymore..

    never had much feeling for the 9mm, until I got the browning hp.. now I have to feed that gun regular.

    shoot a ton of 45 in semi and revolver, love the 1911 platform and a 625 makes my heartbeat rise..

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    It's funny, having been brought up on the 9mm Luger and the .45 ACP, for quite a while, I said to myself, "all I need is another caliber to shoot and reload"...

    A few years ago, i picked up a used Ruger P94 in .40 S&W. It is a larger alloy framed full size semi-auto pistol. It shot true and felt really good. Obviously had more power than the 9mm Luger, but more easy to control than the .45acp.

    Since then, I have bought a couple more in that caliber. A S&W M&P 40C and a Sig P229 in .40S&W.

    Like BC2, I have found that the round is growing on me...

    I think my preference overall is still the .45acp round. Big and slow. Fewer rounds in the magazine, but I train and can control the .45acp effectively.
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    I shot a 10mm and sold off all things .45 and .40, down to the dies, brass and bullets. I still have a 9mm that I carry in the summer.

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    I use 9mm and 45acp. 9mm is used during the warmer months and 45 in the cooler months. I shoot the 45 better but don't want to carry in 100 degree heat.
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    I acquired my first 40 in 2004. I became a fan almost immediately. I'm partial to 45acp, though. My present EDC is a Shield 40. But the new Shield 45 is on order. I suspect after a couple of range trips it will replace the 40 most days. I do have a Nano 9mm that sees occasional duty and an LCP mostly for backup. I really never feel out gunned with any of them except maybe the 380. But that still beats a knife or stick any day.
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    After we have gotten a number of 9mm here in the last couple of years that is a new favorite caliber and pistol for me, especially with the Walther PPQ and H&K VP9 which have exceptional triggers.
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