Lots of hate on for the .40. Well, not hate, per se. Says Uncle, I think, summarizes it as something like, “10% more effective than the 9mm, but 50% more cost.”
Yeah? So? This is America. The .40 is OUR Europellet. Without the Europe. More expensive? Yes, but in THIS country we drive gas guzzling SUVs no matter what the cost of fuel.
Besides, I’d hate to think of Jeff Cooper’s zombie looking on me with quiet disdain if I armed myself with a 9mm willingly. It’s bad enough I have the .40. Instead of the superior .45ACP
Seriously, though. I've heard, essentially:
"But with a 9mm, I can carry a pistol with 19 in the magazine. And since that Miami FBI shooting shows that sometimes it takes more than 12 rounds of 9mm to stop a fight, you're gonna want that many. Or in case you are flash-mobbed. You'll be sorry with only 5 or 7 or 12 rounds, even if they are better bullets like .357, .45, or .40."
Really? There is a difference between what schmoes like us will have to deal with in using a pistol in self-defense against a criminal/s and what the FBI had to deal with in the Miami shootout, you know. When a single bad guy or a mob picks you in their victim selection process they are on offense, you are on defense. They are looking to score, you are looking at fight or flight. When the FBI chose that bad guy THEY were on offense, and HE was fight or flight. I don't want to say the FBI had an issue with its 'victim' selection process, because that bad guy was no victim, but fight or flight was definitely in the bad guy's court.
If a mob presses an attack against a victim that starts resisting with a firearm to the point that magazine capacity becomes an issue how is the 19th round in the magazine of 9mm really gonna help? I really don't see the help. 1911 with a reload mag, and don't use the pistol to provide covering fire like you were in a rifle squad with the USMC. If you find yourself needing that 15th round of .45ACP then you would probably have needed the 39th round of 9mm with some other gun, assuming similar hit percentages. No?
But if you are really worried about magazine capacity... Split the difference and get a 12 shot .40.
"What do you carry, usually, T-Bolt, when you can?"
Uh... 5 shots of .38 +P in a revolver? But I WANT to carry 7 shots of .45ACP. Or at least 7 shots of .40.
(ya know, blogger doesn't copy/past well over from MSWord. Always hated that.)