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Old 01-08-2010, 23:35   #1
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Let's say you have the choice of one handgun round/platform with which to defend yourself against a realistic life-or-death encounter such as a carjacking, convenience store holdup, or other threat from an armed and determined criminal.

What pistol, caliber, and handgun round would you choose for the lone chance of survival and what are your reasons for that choice?
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Old 01-08-2010, 23:50   #2
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Glock 23, it is what I carry and trained with. I know it and like the 40 S&W round.
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Old 01-08-2010, 23:51   #3
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The one that I already carry. G27 w/15 round mag.

Glock 27
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:50   #4
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Let's say you have the choice of one handgun round/platform with which to defend yourself against a realistic life-or-death encounter such as a carjacking, convenience store holdup, or other threat from an armed and determined criminal.

What pistol, caliber, and handgun round would you choose for the lone chance of survival and what are your reasons for that choice?
Dreamworld, hypothetical single-shot scenario = 10mm
Everything else = 9mm (Citizen: Caliber Acedemic?)
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:38   #5
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Loaded with Cor Bon's 275 grain DPX Hunting load. Because if that doesn't kill them, you should run.

No, I prefer either my G17 or G19 with Black Hills 124 grain +p loading.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:28   #6
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45 since it has less perceived recoil than my 9mm or 40. I shoot better with it. Ammo choice would be a distant second but I will use the RA45B/PDX1 or RA45T.
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:27   #7
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The one that I already carry. G27 w/15 round mag.

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.40 cal.

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Old 01-09-2010, 09:14   #11
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Let's say you have the choice of one handgun round/platform with which to defend yourself against a realistic life-or-death encounter such as a carjacking, convenience store holdup, or other threat from an armed and determined criminal.

What pistol, caliber, and handgun round would you choose for the lone chance of survival and what are your reasons for that choice?
You might as well ask what weapon everyone has, that will be their answer.

There is no perfect caliber or magic bullet. There is no single ideal platform for every occasion. A 357 SIG would serve well in a carjacking scenario. A 9mm or .38 may be ideal for a convenience store holdup. A rifle or shotgun and a couple of friends with the same would be best for an armed and determined attacker.

The .40 S&W does everything well and is packaged in a size that is easily carried and/or concealed with manageable recoil.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:38   #12
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Let's say you have the choice of one handgun round/platform with which to defend yourself against a realistic life-or-death encounter such as a carjacking, convenience store holdup, or other threat from an armed and determined criminal.

What pistol, caliber, and handgun round would you choose for the lone chance of survival and what are your reasons for that choice?
I would use whatever I could get my hands on. Currently that would be a G-22 loaded with Remington 180 gr. JHP ammunition. As much as I love shooting my 1911, S&W M-28 & 625, I would choose the G-22 simply because in a emergency I have more confidence that I would be able to use it effectively. It is very easy to shoot well, has more than ample power, extremely good capacity, excellent accuracy and, in firing with a variety of .40 loads it has been 100% ultra reliable. Sincerely. Brucev.
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The one you know how to shoot best. If you don't know how to shoot anything and are starting from scratch, choose a gun that fits you best in 9mm, .40, .45, .38 Special... whatever. Try to stay away from anything with terminal ballistics less than a .380 if you have a choice.

It doesn't matter much between 9, .357 Sig .40, .45, .38 Special, etc. The bottom line is pick a gun that fits you well, buy a lot of ammo and go learn how to shoot it.
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Old 01-09-2010, 13:49   #14
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More than likely something in .40 or .45. Since I carry the .40 more often, that's what it would most likely be.
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Old 01-09-2010, 15:12   #15
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Old 01-09-2010, 15:19   #16
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As long as there's a 10 or 40 or 45 and a 180 or 230 I worry more about my shootin and what I'm shootin at than what I'm sending downrange


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Let's say you have the choice of one handgun round/platform with which to defend yourself against a realistic life-or-death encounter such as a carjacking, convenience store holdup, or other threat from an armed and determined criminal.

What pistol, caliber, and handgun round would you choose for the lone chance of survival and what are your reasons for that choice?
That is the whole point of carrying a weapon in the first place, isn't it?

Obviously, I would use whatever I'm carrying at the time.
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Old 01-09-2010, 16:45   #18
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I'd take my chances with a S&W 627 TRR8 ... .357mag
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/w...-1&isFirearm=Y
it's a little on the heavy/big side for CCW ... maybe a Taurus 24/7 in .45ACP would be better ....
http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...rumbseries=247

I think I'd go with the Taurus ... lighter, and more firepower. Use the 627 for the nightstand.
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Old 01-09-2010, 17:18   #19
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I dont really care what I have on me as long as it is 9mm or larger and it goes bang every time I pull the trigger, if I do my job the round should work, if it dosent I'll keep pulling the trigger untill it does, if its my time to buy the farm nothing I do will save my life anyways so I dont give it much thought.
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I'll take my ques from the professionals. How about a...

Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.

If I can't find that in the shop. My 4" 1911 with night sights and laser fills the bill.
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