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Which caliber would you buy .45 ACP or 9mm Luger?

Asked by coolbeans (171 points ) January 17th, 2010

If you were to buy a pistol in the 9 or 45 caliber which one and why. This would be for an all purpose weapon for: target shooting, self defense,ect.

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TexasDude's avatar

neither, because guns are icky, dangerous, things that shoot full auto, baby-seeking, teflon coated, .50 caliber death shell bullets that kill cops

I actually prefer 7.63×25. Otherwise known as .30 Mauser.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

.45 ACP. That is some stopping power for your @$$. I have a Glock 21 .45 cal and it is a one stop shop for pop!

Bugabear's avatar

I don’t like Luger. I don’t see what’s so great about it. I’d go with a sig sauer p229 sport in 9mm para. That thing is amazing with follow up shots. If I had bigger arms I’d go with a sig p220 sport in 45. Awesome.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I have a 9mm HK P30 which is a bit more accurate for me than the Sig P226 in 9mm (my favorite for firing feel), the ammo is easier to find (still not that easy) effective and less expensive.

Xilas's avatar

if you wanna something cheaper to shoot go with 9mm, 9mm actually has more velocity than the 45.

Xilas's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence you can buy 9mm ammo at walmart

Nullo's avatar

@Bugabear
Isn’t 9mm Luger the same thing as the 9mm Parabellum?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Nullo Same thing.

I would choose the .45 ACP for its greater stopping power. The 9mm is an adequate round but you may need multiple shots to stop an attacker. With some people of smaller stature, the .45 ACP may have a bit too heavy recoil for comfort, especially in a lightweight pistol like the Glock 30. My specfic weapons choices are the M1911A1 (my old service pistol) and the G30 for daily carry.

TexasDude's avatar

In all seriousness, if I had to choose between 9mm and .45 to trust my life on, I’d go with 9mm just because most 9mm handguns have higher capacity magazines than .45s, unless we are talking about a USP or something, and those are way out of my price range.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard You are more likely to need the extra rounds with a 9mm.I carry a G30 with 2 spare mags, it takes 2 seconds to change mags. If 30 rounds isn’t enough, I’m in way over my head.

john65pennington's avatar

My Glock 40 cal. is perfect. the recoil is less than a 45 cal., the magazine holds “15” friends, its accuracy is breathtaking, and its knockdown power is excellent. i do like any of the other weapons you have described. their overall characteristics are no match for the Clock 40.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@john65pennington I’ve fired a .40 a few times, a good round. Its recoil is a bit tamer than the .45 ACP. My only gripe with Glock is the lack of a single-action mode. I can understand why PDs prefer the DAO semi-autos, less chance of accidental discharge.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@Xilas: sure, if you can drive there fast enough before it flies off the shelves after being stocked in.

Nullo's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence
The trick, you see, is camping. Wal-Marts are open 24/7; you need but to wait for Wal-Mart’s famed and fabled “just-in-time” logistics systems to deliver it to your waiting hands.

Bugabear's avatar

@Nullo Yes. You are absolutely right. I thought that Luger was 9×17 not 9×19. Sorry for that. But still I just saw a guy buy a Luger pistol for 1,000. Why would he do that?

Nullo's avatar

@Bugabear
Because a genuine Luger pistol is a collectible item.
I want to get a C96 Mauser -the spiritual ancestor of the Luger – and all the doodads to mod it into a working mockup of the DL-44 blaster pistol that Han Solo uses (being a Star Wars fan and all) but the scarcity of the genuine items means that they’re hideously expensive and nobody has them. Apparently China made a bazillion cheap-enough-to-be-crappy versions, but I want one that works.

Incidentally, my birthday is in July :P

TexasDude's avatar

@Nullo, I’m actually buying a C96 at the end of the month as a birthday present for myself. I’m getting a 1930’s “Bolo” model and it’s going to cost me around $600 plus $100 to get the barrel relined.

@Bugabear, I’d gladly drop a grand for a nice Luger.

Bugabear's avatar

Hmmmm. So it’s because they’re collectors items. But I was watching Band of Brothers and this one guy was running through machine gun and mortar fire to get a Luger. And this was back in WW2.

TexasDude's avatar

@Bugabear, Lugers have always been extremely desirable weapons. The craftsmanship on them is top notch and they are beautiful guns, even back then. Their desirability as collector’s items has only increased exponentially over the years. I’d absolutely love to have one, but I’ll have to settle for my C96 for now (which I like better anyway).

Xilas's avatar

Springfield XD 45 ACP.. look it up

Xilas's avatar

walther is very nice aswell

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