judoka wrote:Can I ask why you're only looking at 9mm? I don't care what caliber you choose, but it does limit your options.
To chime in here. 9mm is the most affordable (past 22 and the other small round). It really does the job much to people's arguments. I have shot 45's and if you become efficient with it I can see it for military purposes including police. But for the average joe a 9mm will do just fine.
Also, focusing on conceal carry, many prefer carrying smaller sized guns. Smaller sized guns are easier to shoot (less recoil) when shooting a 9mm (in comparison to a 45). Being that I have shot numerous rounds out of a 9mm Sig model that is a popular carry gun; even that started hurting my wrist. I can only imagine what it would feel like with a 45 round. Bigger guns such as my Beretta 92F are not as rough to shoot, and as such I can shoot more rounds with little to no pain in my wrist. Pains in the wrist are caused by recoil. Each person is different on how much they can shoot before they feel it. While this isn't really all that important in terms of protection, it has some importance in terms of shooting multiple rounds at a time at a range.
Why is that range time important? When you carry you really want to be efficient with your carry gun. You need the ease of removal as putting back into it's carrying spot. You want to be fairly accurate. You don't have to be professional groupings but you should be good enough so when you fire at your target you are confident that you won't miss and for the most part hit what you are aiming at. Lastly, you want to be efficient enough so you do not spend a lot time aiming. You want to be able to pull, aim, and fire. This can even be made easier with a laser site/pointer; so much easier you probably can shoot from the hip cowboy style; assuming the laser is true.
So there are few things to consider when choosing rounds:
And things I am not even thinking about.
Just my 2-cents.