posted on Dec, 14 2008 @ 08:43 PM
Hey, I'm the former Marine from four posts back... I appreciate that you are sticking to the topic of the thread unlike many who have posted here.
I am interested in why you say that in a one-on-one gunfight "bigger is better". I have to respectfully disagree. I am sure that you did not mean
a 50 cal. when you said "bigger is better" and can only assume that you mean a larger (than 9mm) pistol caliber, like a .45, .44 magnum, maybe even
a .40 cal?... I have to stick to and defend my rationale from earlier. Most one on one gunfights happen at very close quarters i.e. 21 ft. or usually
much less. In such cases one is under tremendous stress and it is training, accuracy and fast follow up shots that will end the fight. A poorly
placed shot will not stop an attacker set on taking your life. A poorly placed shot will achieve the same thing, .45 or 9mm, a wounded and ever more
pissed off and determined attacker. It is a fact that one can fire faster and more accurately with a 9mm because of the reduced recoil. I am sure
there are some of you that will swear that your ‘trusty .45’ works better for you than anything else and you would not trust your life to anything
else. I say great, use it. However, I believe that armed with a 9mm one still has the advantages of faster follow-up shots, extreme accuracy, and
greater capacity… making it the best caliber for a sidearm. I have already mentioned what I feel about the mythological “stopping power”. At
close ranges you either make an accurate shot that will kill your attacker, or you will miss/wound the attacker and (possibly) be killed. 9mm or .45,
it won’t make a difference if it’s a flesh wound. I will again add that because the ammo is cheap you will be able to practice more for less. In
a close quarters battle when an adversary is rushing you, or is in very close proximity to you, you want to get as many accurate shots on target as
quickly as possible. Yes, one can achieve fast shots on target with a .45 or a .44, but it is simply a fact that it can be done faster with a 9mm.
You cannot count on only having an encounter with one or more adversaries and the capacity of a 9mm leaves one more prepared for whatever you may come
up against. Like I said earlier, if I had to choose any round to carry in a sidearm in any situation, either combat or CCW with all the options out
there, it is hands down the 9mm. Semper Fi.