I get this question a lot. Most people will dodge the question and answer “it depends” and ask you a lot more questions. Your training, your experience and your shooting skills certainly factor into the answer.
But when all is said and done, the answer is simple. It’s either 9mm or .45acp. The 9mm is usually best around 124 grains, the .45ACP at 230 grains. Generally speaking, high pressure rounds like .40S&W and .357sig in smaller compact and sub compact models will have significantly more recoil (snappy).
No Seriously! Even if you are a skilled marksman, you won’t shoot them as quickly and accurately as you would 9 and 45. Yes, most of the police and feds now carry .40S&W or .357sig caliber handguns. Yes you can learn to shoot .40 and .357 rapidly and accurately. You may even be able to shoot them as well as a 9mm on a really good day!
But, in my humble opinion, neither the .40S&W nor the .357SIG is the best round if you have a choice. If I can choose only one caliber handgun to be used as a fighting pistol, be it for for self defense, law enforcement or going to war, I’m taking either a 9mm or a .45ACP over the other two popular calibers.
James Yeager, from Tactical Response, does a good job explaining why in this video. It’s just his opinion, which I share but you may not. I feel confident of my abilities with both my .40S&W and .357sig fighting pistols. But I don’t feel I can shoot either as well as I can any of my 9mm and .45ACP pistols. I am confident any will “do the job”.
Most gun owners, including most law enforcement officers don’t train as often as they should to be as competent with .40S&W /.357SIG pistols as they are with 9mm/.45ACP caliber pistols. Higher pressure rounds like the .40S&W, .357SIG and .45GAP are more difficult to shoot rapidly and accurately.
I own pistols chambered in both 40S&W and a .357SIG caliber. I don’t have plans to get rid of either one. I also don’t have plans to buy any more. I can’t say that about 9mm and .45ACP handguns! Recoil and reaction time become MORE of an issue, not less of one, as you age.
By definition a revolver is NOT a fighting pistol. But if you have one, have at it. It will do the job better than a sharp stick! Make sure you aim carefully though, because you are going to run out of rounds really fast.
Your responsibility to be ready for the fight never ends
As a retired “cop” who spent the first four years of a 32 year career as a uniformed police officer, who is now a hearing impaired senior citizen, I am appalled at the behavior of the Austin police officers featured in this story posted by The Daily Caller.
Austin is by far the most liberal city in Texas. The police department has a reputation from trampling on Second Amendment rights. Two things you don’t want to do in Austin; Expose your handgun if you have a concealed carry license and Jay Walk. But you can smoke all the jays you want!
I shit you not!
Some members of the University of Texas-Austin community are outraged that cops arrested an unnamed jogger who ignored police orders because she was wearing earbuds and couldn’t hear them.
The arrest happened at an intersection near the UT campus. Cops had been camped out at the intersection, issuing dozens of citations to people for jay-walking.
They planned to ticket a jogging woman, and ordered her to stop. But she was wearing earbuds and couldn’t hear them.
The officers chased the woman down and grabbed her arm from behind. Not knowing what was happening, the woman pulled away from the officer. This meant that she was resisting, and the woman soon found herself sitting on the ground in handcuffs.
Local man Chris Quintero watched the incident from a coffee shop window, and was irritated by the police officers’ behavior. He snapped a picture of the woman during her arrest.
“I was annoyed that the cops were kind of just hanging out on the corner giving citation after citation,” said Quintero in an interview with My Fox Austin. “She grabbed his arm and she shook him off.”
Quintero said it was clear that the woman couldn’t hear the officers, and didn’t mean to disobey the police.
A video of the arrest was posted to Youtube. Four cops eventually escorted the woman to a police car. When she realized she was going to be put in the car, she began screaming that she hadn’t done anything wrong.
A spokesperson for the police department said the woman was arrested for failure to identify and traffic signal violation.
“The woman refused to identify herself,” according to the statement.
The incident is being investigated.