One of the cool things about writing a blog is that you get to write about what you want. I have been accused of being biased towards Glocks and 9mm and my EDC gear and those people are right!
I looked at my needs, identified my lifestyle, training and protection needs, chose the gear that best fit with them and now I am biased towards them… but if something comes along that fills my need better I will be biased towards that instead. One of the reasons that you will likely never see a really negative review on my site is because I can’t imagining me wanting to sit down for 2 hours and write something negative.
But I really do like debates and there may not be a better gun debate than caliber for the following reasons…
- There is a bunch of data that can be quoted
- There are so many variables at play that nearly all of the data is refutable based on the scenario
- It is a decision we bet our life on
Here is the 3 main facts though…
- All Pistol Calibers SUCK! If you need a gun you want a long gun.
- All Guns are better than harsh words or a sharp stick
- All pistols/calibers are a collection of compromises
You need to decide that compromises you are willing to make.
George Hill, the Mad Ogre, wrote a post yesterday on his Love for the .40. Click through and take a look at his reasons for selecting the caliber.
My response to his reasoning was…
Being that I wrote the post Michael cited, it shouldn’t be a surprise what side I’m on… But the most recent decision to shoot .40+ caliber round you cited was made 26 years ago. (That decision can rent a car!)
There have been huge gains in bullet performance over the past 25 years narrowing the gap in performance. But the key factor is cost/performance.
Police departments spend other peoples money so the cost side is less of an issue. For trainers that shoot thousands of rounds a year, that is lost money in their pockets. For CCW’s the $ translate to fewer trigger pulls, less range trips and fewer training classes.
If the choice was you have 2 magazines and a gun to defend your family what do you want in the gun… Ok, .40.
But if the choice is, this year you have a $2,500 training budget and you can either shoot 5,000rds of .40 or 6,000rds of 9mm AND have 2 days with an instructor.
I want the 9mm because that is what I trained with, it is what I have most trigger time with and it allows me to get better training.
What is your take?