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edrake44 10-23-2016 08:04 AM

Ammo choice
 
Here’s my question in a vacuum so I don’t have to repeat months of research, comparing, hand-wringing, decision changing, range rentals…
In your experience (with yourself and with others) are .45 and 9x19 the two most commonly owned ammo calibers (weapon pro/con and the great caliber debate notwithstanding:deadhorse:) that people keep on hand? I wish to maintain the ability to fire the two most common calibers and prep for the proverbial fecal matter striking the circular oscillating device thusly. My EDC upgrade will flow naturally from that. If yes, leave it at that. If no, please state which calibers you’ve noticed or know to be the most common. I apologize if I sound churlsih; I'm trying to keep it simple. And as always, may God keep us from ever having to use our weapons.

gt40doc 10-23-2016 01:41 PM

I would say that in today's time frame in the USA that 9mm and 45ACP are the two most common pistol calibers. The 40S&W and 357Sig have slowly but surely declined in ownership and usage. The revolver crowd still stick with the 38 Spec/357 Mag caliber.

abninftr 10-23-2016 03:52 PM

Yes, 9x19 mm and .45 ACP are the two most popular (commonly used and carried) caliber choices. There is not much difference in the laboratory ballistics or 'on the street' performance. Shot repeatability for 9 mm with its lighter recoil is a factor in its favour. Many law enforcement agencies that switched from 9 mm to .40 S&W after the FBI selected it to replace their 10 mm are now switching back (or have already) to 9 mm. Reasons given for the change differ from agency to agency. That 9 mm is easier to shoot and proven, real world ballistics are the two most commonly given reasons.

With that, there are a lot of .38 Spl. snub nose revolvers and .380 compact semi-automatics being used for concealed carry by those who find carrying a full size pistol inconvenient. My wife for instance, has small weak hands. Operating a semi-automatic efficiently is not realistic. Slide manipulation for loading and reloading is not practicable for her. For that reason, her choice is a vintage .38 Spl. Colt Detective Special revolver.

Vant 10-24-2016 02:01 PM

Yep, I would have to agree with g40doc and abninftr… the 9mm and .45 ACP are the most popular. As they also mentioned there is a separate revolver and compact semi-auto crowd out there that use something different.
Speaking of revolvers… abninftr… your wife has good taste.;)
-Vant

abninftr 10-24-2016 02:11 PM

Yes she does. The Colt Detective Special is the most under appreciated revolver out there. The Colt has six in the cylinder instead of the five everyone else has.

Why Colt quit making the Detective Special is beyond my comprehension.

Vant 10-24-2016 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abninftr (Post 116185)
Yes she does. The Colt Detective Special is the most under appreciated revolver out there. The Colt has six in the cylinder instead of the five everyone else has.

Why Colt quit making the Detective Special is beyond my comprehension.


Not enough likes on that one!:tup:
-Vant

cxm 10-25-2016 07:12 PM

I still wonder why they quit making the New Service!!!! :pissed: :ohno:;)

V/r

Chuck


Quote:

Originally Posted by abninftr (Post 116185)
Yes she does. The Colt Detective Special is the most under appreciated revolver out there. The Colt has six in the cylinder instead of the five everyone else has.

Why Colt quit making the Detective Special is beyond my comprehension.


abninftr 10-25-2016 08:27 PM

The Colt New Service in .45 is a good find if you are lucky. Doesn't Jonny C have one that has been done over recently?

Les 10-25-2016 11:06 PM

Some of you know I work at a LGS. Most days the store takes in 5 digit $$ so based on that I see a lot of guns and ammo being sold and can, at least, comment on current trends. So based on current sales, we sell, by far, more 9 mm (guns and ammo) than anything else. Then comes 380, both for gun sales and ammo. After that 45 ACP and 38 Special ammo beats out 40 cal. ammo. 45 ACP handguns (mostly 1911) outpace 40 cal handgun sales by far. It seems to me that 40 cal is on the decline particularly since a few months ago the FBI announced its going back to 9 MM. In fact its been a couple of months since I sold a 40 cal anything.

Having said all of the above, I don't have privy to actual sales figures so all that is based on what I sell or see being sold on the sales floor combined with what most folks bring to my CDWL and Basic Handgun classes at the store.

gt40doc 10-26-2016 03:20 PM

Does anyone think that the OP will return to his thread???

abninftr 10-26-2016 10:02 PM

Return? Perhaps he has, but not commented.

gt40doc 10-27-2016 03:26 PM

Good point.

chuntaro 12-25-2016 05:30 PM

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.

John Joseph 08-19-2019 12:08 PM

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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