posted on Oct, 20 2005 @ 04:12 PM
Since most people can't shoot handguns worth a toss, arguing about caliber is pointless because what REALLY matters is where you put the bullet, not
how big or fast it is.
As for caliber, with modern hollowpoints there is very little real world difference between 9mm, .357 SiG, .40S&W, .45ACP, and .45GAP (new kid on the
9mm has a one shot stop percentage of the low 90's for a center of mass hit with a modern high performance hollowpoint, it's cheaper to practice
with, has lower recoil, and higher capacity for the same size of gun. It is the perfect choice for the vast majority of shooters, but many will still
get a wrist cannon which they can't shoot properly and yet somehow consider themselves better armed - and they are not.
As for the original question of home defence, suggesting AKs and M4s is a bad idea unless you really hate your neighbors - a 123gr 7.62x39mm FMJ will
happily glide right through the average burglar, then the average house, and right on into the average neighbors kid. It has happened, several
Shotguns are perfect, and you don't need OO Buck either. At house contact ranges, even birdshot(#8 or #9) is devastating out of a 12 gauge.
A high capacity full size 9mm backed up by a Remington 870 or similar is a perfectly adequate set up for anything less than an invasion by the Mongol
Of equal importance is the need for a good tactical light and night sights, you must always be able to see what you're shooting at, these should also
be mounted on your weapon/s as opposed to hand held.
If I only had collected a dime for every person I had seen at the range with a thousand dollar .45ACP that they couldn't hit an elephant's butt
with, I would now be living next door to Bill Gates.