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Old 11-08-2010, 12:02   #21
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Personally, especially for a first pistol, I would not worry about what's the most common round or what pistol is the most common or best.

Rent as many pistols in as many different calibers as possible. Stick to any of the common calibers and get what works best for you.

If at all possible, avoid buying a model and caliber that you have never fired.

Also, keep it's primary use in mind. Will it be for daily carry, home defense, range use, plinking, a little of everything? Your "best" option may vary on it's use.
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Old 11-08-2010, 14:20   #22
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Walmarts in the Charlotte NC area lately have large stocks of 9mm, and .40, either Fed or WWB. Maybe a box or two of .45, sometimes more, sometimes less. The odd .357 SIG box but not much. Forget .380 though
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Old 11-08-2010, 15:24   #23
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This gives a pretty good picture of what you're looking for:

ATF data for 2008 Pistols manufactured in US:

Total = 1,600,000
To .50 (>9mm) = 658,000 or 41%
To 9mm (>380) = 421,000 or 26%
To .22 = 195,000 or 12%

Americans love their big bores.

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Old 11-08-2010, 18:00   #24
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Originally Posted by RustyDaleShackleford View Post
As far as I know, this is the appropriate sub-forum for my question.
Nope, search engines do help though. It is now where it should have been.

Best, in your search.
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Old 11-08-2010, 18:37   #25
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Old 11-08-2010, 18:52   #26
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9mm, most popular military round & a lot of LEA
40, probably taken the majority of the LEA contracts
45, very American, still popular w/ elite LEA & competitors
If I had to bet on ammo availability, it would be in that order. Many 45acp shooters reload, a few 40 & not that many 9mm.
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