Official caliber war thread(Handguns)


#70

I wonder what the national average is for shots fired by a civilian using a carry weapon for self defense . I’m betting its one or two would be really surprised if it was three.


#71

Unless theres multiple people ,which is getting pretty common.


#72

I think Paul Harrell said about how many but I cannot remember. 2 or 3 shots I think.


#73

Ayoob says something similar.


#74

What I have heard is less than 5 shots fired in total - bad guy(s) plus good guy(s) - is the average, best that can be determined. However, if I recall correctly, Paul Harrell said the statistics are very hard to get and what you do get may not be reliable.

Still, larger capacity (filled with bullets) is generally a good thing.

Though, I am pretty sure Ayoob (at least) would say something about not carrying too much as it might/would imply you were looking for a gun fight.


#75

Whenever someone who is thinking about buying a handgun and concealed carrying ask me what they should get I always answer “something your going to carry and not leave at home because its uncomfortable or feels like a burden”. I own several pistols from 17 round 9’mm’s to a 7 round S&W Shield 45 and I’ve carried a 5" colt 1911 45 ACP more than anything else. The 1911 is my favorite pistol it just feels natural to me and a good single action trigger cant be beat but its a good size chunk of metal to carry day in day out. Since I’ve bought the Shield it gets carried more than anything else if it was a 9mm it would still get carried more . I think we make caliber and capacity way bigger issues than they really are but it gives us something to debate.


#76

Excellent answer 28lx. If you don’t feel right carrying it, and leave it at home, it won’t do you much good. My standard carry is a compact 1911, and I haven’t left her at home in years. I started to leave her one day, but she cried so hard I just had to take her with me…


#77

I love me some 40