But, did the OP not indicate that it was for CCH/CCW? I have handled AR and AK platformed pistols and they are a bit of a booger to conceal. It is pretty obvious that rifle calibers are by far more powerful, butthis is about concealment. I take my rifle with me all the time, but it is in my car or truck 99% of the time.
OP-if you want a 45acp with a higher capacity, buy a Glock 21 and put mag extensions on it. No very concealable, but it will give you 15 round capacity.
My point was not to carry a rifle. My point was that caliber should be one of the very last considerations in my opinion and that it makes much less difference than one would think.
I think Zaohu and I are on the same page here. I would carry the largest caliber weapon that is still easy to conceal and to shoot.
I don't regularly carry on my person, but I have thought about this a lot in case I ever decide to. My personal order of priority:
1 - Carry-ability : A .380 in the hand is better than a .45 back at the house. My double-stack wondernine does me no good when I leave it in the car or at the house because I can't conceal it without a coat.
2 - Shoot-ability : A small bullet put where I want it is better than a big bullet stuck where I don't, so it would have to be something I will want to shoot. A air-weight .357 may be all that in energy delivered downrange, but if it feels like it is going to break my hand every time I pull the trigger then I won't want to shoot it. If I'm not going to practice regularly, I may not be able to hit what I am aiming at when I need to.
3 - Caliber : All modern firearms can be lethal no matter the caliber, so I don't rank this quite as important as some people. I have heard as many stories of people dying after one shot from a .22 or .25 as I have of people surviving multiple shots from 9mm, .40 and .45. I judge accuracy > caliber (ie.shootability).
I've been wondering something: I hear that if you're shot wearing a vest, it's still very awful (bruised/broken ribs etc). A person may survive a few shots to the torso while wearing a vest, but will they still be fighting afterwards? Obviously excluding the incidents where a man takes a whole magazine unarmored and continues charging.
Originally Posted by wetware
I think it depends on if it has plates or not, really. My experience with vests lacking plates is woefully inadequate to speak to how effective they are to keeping you in the fight.
Originally Posted by Permalost
I knew a guy in Iraq who was on point clearing a house and took both barrels of a shotgun square in the chest as soon as he was in the door. The rest of his team took cover on the door frame. Dude ended up flat on his back but was the one who shot the guy who shot him.
Originally Posted by Vorpal
What's your experience with this? I held a full size XD and it didn't feel right in the hand to me.
I am looking/shopping for CCW.
I have the XD in 40. Like the ergonomics, pointability, reliability. Haven't had one hiccup with mine. I suggested the compact for you because it comes in 45. I also have a Sig 245. Nice little gun, holds only six plus one but is so accurate I don't let it bother me. I used to carry it for work with a couple of 8 rounders for reloads. Caliber may not be as important as some people make it out to be but my philosophy is that if someone is being so stupid that I need to put a hole in them I may as well make it a big hole.
Originally Posted by Vorpal
I'll take a look at it and see if it feels any different from the full-size I held. Maybe the compact will feel better.
My opinion is people make this discussion way more difficult than it has to be. The decision to carry concealed is a sound one. More gun is always better when it's time to shoot, but it doesn't count for **** if you didn't carry it because you didn't want it digging in your side all day.
Carry as much gun as you will put up with comfort wise. If that ends up being a .380, then that's just the way it is.
^^^^ This. One of the reasons I am picking up a Walther PPS soon. After I get my Spingfield Champion Operator that is languishing at the gun store while I wait for my paperwork here in Jersey.