Return? Perhaps he has, but not commented.
If one were to specify semi-automatic handgun calibers; there is no question .45 auto and 9mm are the winners among enthusiasts. However, our own JayPee made reference to a poll indicating the .380 was the number one across all respondents.
Even in my disbelief, upon reflection, I have to admit it was one of the first if not the first caliber to become unavailable during the previous two episodes of panic ammunition buying. The small size and weight of the pistols keep its popularity high among carriers as a primary. The 380 is also very popular as a bug. Look at the number of pistol makers who formerly did not offer the .380 option and now do so.
One is not able to easily dismiss the .38/.357 revolver either. It continues to make a strong showing in sales to first time buyers and in CHL qualifications. Think how many revolvers were already in circulation when the semi-auto started to have more of a demand in the market. However, the only one handgun owner/buyer is not a big ammunition consumer. They practice enough to feel comfortable and leave it at that.
Sales figures of pistols, revolvers, ammunition and magazine covers are not reliable indicators of the "most popular" in my opinion. There are just too many known and unknown variables.
If my greatest concern was that of the OP; I would give strong consideration to the forty. The forty seemed to be the most available loaded cartridge to be had in those times when other calibers were no longer present on the shelves.
I would agree with the 9mm Parabellum for now and the foreseeable future.
But who really knows what the future holds?
Aside from training rounds, how much ammo does one think they'll need to fight their way out of a Zombie apocalypse?
Probably no more than you could physically carry on you.
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