Reader Poll: Best Caliber for CCW?

Kimber TargetIt is a never ending debate – which caliber is best for a carry gun?  One caliber may penetrate while another might not.  One caliber allows for carrying more rounds while another may make a bigger hole.  One might be available off the shelf while another is difficult to find.

There is a lot of information out there such as FBI terminal ballistics tests and reports on handgun wounding factors and effectiveness that present empirical data on various rounds.  Perhaps you have done your own testing or know someone who has.  Maybe you just picked it because there were zombies on the box.

No matter how you picked it, we want to know which caliber you use for your carry gun.  Choose your answer below and feel free to expand on your answer in the comments section with what type of ammo you use in the caliber.

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4 Responses to Reader Poll: Best Caliber for CCW?

  • David M. Cleveland says:

    I love the 45ACP. I am carrying a 9mm S&W Shield right now though. Its because S&W doesn’t make a Shield in 45 yet. Plus my stupid Commywealth won’t allow the Springfield XDS 45 in yet.

  • GunLinkBlog says:

    Bummer? What state is that? The XD-S .45 ACP is pretty nice!

  • Robert says:

    I only carry a full size 1911 45 ACP. I hate the XDS or anything with a short sight of 4″ or less. Just my 2cents.

  • Jonilccwlaw says:

    I prefer a .40 in the right gun. 9mm is my carry preference b/c guns are generally smaller, and .45 kicks for a smaller guy like me. But after carrying the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 for months and spending time at the range with it, it’s the perfect size, lighter than the Springfield XDs 9mm and better balanced, and is virtually undetectable.


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