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Old 10-23-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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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) 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.
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Old 10-23-2016, 01:41 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 10-23-2016, 03:52 PM   #3
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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.
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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.
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Old 10-24-2016, 02:11 PM   #5
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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.
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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.

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Old 10-25-2016, 07:12 PM   #7
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I still wonder why they quit making the New Service!!!!

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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.
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Old 10-25-2016, 08:27 PM   #8
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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?
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:06 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:20 PM   #10
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Does anyone think that the OP will return to his thread???
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