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5 years 15 weeks ago, 10:04 PM

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differnce in calibers

i am new to the gun game, so this will be a dumb question. but anyway. whats the difference between the 40, 9mm, and 357. i was looking on the glock webpage and noticed all three of those guns. looking for one for home defense. whats the difference and what would you guys recomend. thanks.

5 years 15 weeks ago, 10:50 PM

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they are different size bullets, and i would recomend the 9mm, just because it is a lot cheaper to shoot, unless you reload (which im guessing you dont). This will allow you to pratice more, and be sure to practice a lot, since your life may one day depend on it. Also you may want to consider a shotgun for home defense, its good in close quartos and does a lot of damage, dont be fooled by the myth of the shotgun however, you still need to aim them, not just point it in the general direction and shoot.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 11:00 PM

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I would look into getting a quality double action revolver if you are going to get a handgun for home defense. Glocks are quality pistols but a revolver is more simplistic in design. For a new shooter you will encounter less problems such as "stove pipe". Stove pipe is where an empty csing gets stuck in the reciever because of too limp a wrist during firing, not allowing the slide to retract fully and catching catching the casing before it is fully ejected. Also, if you plan on leaving it loaded at all times, you won't have to worry about springs in your mag. becoming weak and not feeding that last round. If you do decide to get a Glock, or any other semi-auto that is of course your choice. Revolvers require less maintenance, but you'll surely here other good opinions here so read all and then make up your mind.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 11:04 PM

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revolver is a good idea, no one knows how they will react to a life and death situation, and in those situations, there is no such thing as too simple

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 11:06 PM

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The differences are velocity vs. energy
For example:
the 357 magnum 1240 ft/sec and 500 ft/pound with about 150 grain bullet
the 357 sig is 1350 ft/sec and 500 ft/pound with about 125 grain bullet
the 9mm is 1150 ft/sec and 364 ft/pound with about 124 grain bullet
the 40 s/w is 1000 ft/sec and 400 ft/pound with about 180 grain bullet
the 45 1000 ft/sec and 400 ft/pound with about 230 grain bullet
I included the 45 ACP because I really like the round. If you are tring to stop and attacker heavy is better (I am sure everyone will correct me). The 357 mag is also great. Your ammo can improve these velocities by spending on them (they are expensive). If its your first pistol, go with a bood 9mm. The ammo is cheaper and you can still buy quality self defense that is fast/hot and will knock down anyone at 10 ft.
Really all these guns with be great for home defense when you have good ammo, quality firearm and solid practice/safety habits.
Remember safey first- know your target and beyond, secure your firearm properly. Just do not take the cheap way out- buy quality, buy once.
Before you shell out your money- rent a gun at your local range. Rent all the cal's your interested in. Pay now for the rental so you do not buy a gun you will be unhappy with or not confident with should the need arise.

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5 years 15 weeks ago, 11:10 PM

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caliber for beginners

i recommend the 9mm or the .40.the .357 mag can be a bit scary to a new shooter.same with 45 acp

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