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    AHH--YES-YES-YES!
    another which caliber is best discussion!!!
    as usual my response is the one that you can put lead on target the best with, and depends on choice of projectile and size of target.
    depends on what you are trying to defend yourself against.
    in the case of a human I think either is more than adequate.
    neither is MY choice for defense carry but then again you didn't ask that did you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by texastaurusguy View Post
    I've always been preferential to the 45 acp for just about everything - self defense, home defense, target practice, everything. I don't even own a 40 cal but I think I'm going to buy a full sized one here soon just so I can play around with it and maybe even start reloading for it. I always thought it was kinda odd that there was no +P designation for the caliber, but I guess the +P would be the 10mm.

    No Plus P for quite a few calibers as they are already operating at high pressure.
    the 45 acp is a quite low pressure round @ 21,000 PSI, even in Plus P the 45 acp is only a 23,000 PSI round.
    by comparison the 10 MM operates @ 37,500 PSI, the 40 s & W @ 35,000 PSI, the 9 MM @ 35,000 PSI , the 38 Super (even before the plus P addition) operates @ 36,500 PSI..
    so the 45 acp doesn't come close to any of these even in Plus P., those low pressure numbers are in running with 25 ACP and 380.
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    I have both .45 Auto pistols and .40 S&W pistols, but I carry the .40 S&W guns because they fit in a smaller, thinner, lighter frame. I don't load, or buy, .40 S&W for high velocity, I usually run 155-165 grain XTP or Gold Dots or Golden Saber pushed to just over 1,000 fps. They work well inside a house for defense, little to no flash or concussion (and yes, I fired a .40 S&W in a closed room to check it out).

    The Kahr is a better pistol than the Shield, just saying. I have been carrying a Kahr CW-40 for many years now and it is one of my favorites for EDC. My Ruger SR-40 Compact is actually easier to carry than my Glock 23. Personally, if I am carrying a single stack auto pistol, I prefer the .40 S&W over a 9mm, simply because I only have 7 shots. The Kahr CW-45 and the Shield .45, are thicker and heavier than their .40 S&W counterpart.

    BTW, I would not double tap with a single stack mag pistol. I would rather aim each shot for max effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuco_Ramírez View Post
    As much as I would love to own a 1911, I'm currently seeking a moderately priced carry gun and the 1911 tends to be too expensive and too heavy for that role.
    Hmm, not 1911? Hmm. That changes...

    No it doesn't. Springfield XD single stack with thumb safety in .45ACP. Slim and low cost.
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    I've always been more of a 9mm or .45 ACP sort, and just never bothered with the .40 S&W. I have fired quite a few .40's but never was inspired enough to go out and buy one.
    I've also had no issues carrying a .45, be it loaded with 8 or 10 rounds, my particular favorite being an EAA Witness, of which I have two of.
    Tried carrying a 1911, but I found myself preferring a DA/SA semi-auto.


    EAA Witness .45 1992
    EAA Witness .45 2005
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    Taurus 24/7 OSS .45
    EAA Witness .45 1992
    EAA Witness .45 2005
    Custom Colt 1911 1917
    Charles Daley/Citadel 1911

    Now this is not to say that one caliber is better than the other.
    Buy what YOU like and be happy with it!
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    I see the 40 S &W as a more than adequte self defense cartridge for sure.
    I don't own a 40 S & W, nor a 357 Sig cause I have the 38 Super, the 10 MM,
    so either round would be a middle gun, not much different in the case of the 40 than a 9 MM Plus P or the 38 Super.
    I own and carry several different 1911 in 45 acp at times, but its usually a alloy framed Commander or alloy framed officers model.
    hard to beat those flat short lightweight semi in the 45 caliber, but don't miss with to many shots or you are out.
    I lean to more ammo onboard myself.
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    Of the 2, I choose the .45. There's no replacement for displacement. Bigger the hole going in, the easier it is for the stuff inside to come out.

    The .45 bore diameter has been the premier defensive rounds since 1847 and the Walker Colt. Over 170 years of history sets a fair to middlin' precedent.
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    This same question has been asked far too many times in far too many places for far too many years to even take it seriously anymore. Any handgun round is a compromise anyway. Carry/shoot what you like and don't worry about what others carry/shoot. You're not in high school anymore and it's not a popularity contest.

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    I chose .40S&W - don't own any .45acp plus I don't care for 1911's.
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    Whichever cartridge fits the handgun a person shoots the best with and has the most confidence in!

    In my case, that is my 2nd Gen PT 145 Milpro.
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