What's the best personal defense handgun for under $500? I have a S&W .38, and a variety of rifles & a 12 Gauge. I need a great all around personal firearm. Suggestions?
Not quite true. Certainly the .45 ACP is a fine cartridge, and I have no doubt it works well for those who choose it. However, the 9mm works just as well, especially when modern HPs are used. Double taps are never a bad idea in a self-defense situation, especially when using a handgun, any handgun.The only thing I don't like about 9mm is you have to learn double taps if you want to have the same stopping power as a 45.
Yeah, can't say I agree with that either seeing the performance of some of the modern hollow points on the market. FMJ to FMJ I'd agree, but not modern HP.Originally Posted by inceptor
The only thing I don't like about 9mm is you have to learn double taps if you want to have the same stopping power as a 45.
This is the reason why I suggest going to a range and renting a gun. Handling it in a gun store is fine but you won't know if you like the feel of shooting until you have burned a few rounds. Some look good, feel good in your and but the sights are hard to line up, feels different with rounds going through it, etc. Personal preference: I am a 1911 guy. I have shot a Glock and didn't like it. I do own several plastic guns now, my main one being the Springfield XD 45. It feels good and I really like the safety features. My 1911 is still my favorite handgun.Personally, the fit of a gun is the most important feature. You must enjoy how it feels in your hand, and shoot it well. The only way to really know this, is to handle a lot of guns.
Yeah, but sometimes it's fun to stir the pot, so to speak.:mrgreen:The one that fits you well. Period. We will all spew out our personal favorites, and we all think our opinion is superior. Not, me. Other people have opinions that are as good as mine. Those other people are the ones who favor the 1911 .45ACP. See what I mean?