Having tough time deciding 9mm or 45 for my ACW

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by razorseal, Oct 30, 2020.

What Caliber ACW Brimstone

  1. 9mm

    36 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. 45acp

    54 vote(s)
    60.0%
  1. sidewaysil80

    sidewaysil80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 29, 2014
    That’s just is it...as far as lethality/ballistics there is no advantage to .40/.45 OR 9mm. Big mil, FBI, and JSOC studies/procurement all established that wound cavity does NOT equate to lethality or the mythical “stopping power”. Shot placement and in some instances penetration are far more important and/or lethal.

    So why opt for the round that offers no benefit, but instead offers several handicaps.
     
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  2. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Well-Known Member

    123
    Sep 1, 2020
    You know I’ve went around and around this caliber tree for years and I’m still going around. I have a couple of nines, couple of 40’s double stack and a couple of 45’s singles. I’m lucky I can shoot them all about the same, when we had a range and could afford ammo. But I find myself carrying either the 4” 9mm 1911 or the 3” 45acp 1911 the most. So I guess I’m in the camp of buy two or three (one of each). If you can’t do that, find a steady supply of hand Grenada’s, that solves penetration and accuracy all at once all you got to do is be able to pull the pin.
     

  3. Cleveland B

    Cleveland B Well-Known Member

    145
    Feb 25, 2020
    I didn’t know either. I went the path of least resistance and bought this from George at Gunslingers because he had one.
    It is a Classic Carry in 45acp. It is easy to shoot and very accurate. If you go out and shoot 300 rounds like I did then you deserve to have your hands in a little bit of pain like I did. I have about 480 rounds through this and it is spot on. Shoots better than I do and almost looks better than I do.

    Officer size in 45 makes me a little nervous. Classic Carry in 45 no problem. With that said I have a full-size coming in 9mm. Great gun - great service.

    Good luck



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  4. bnaples

    bnaples Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2013
    If it were in 9mm...would you shoot it more, train more, be more proficient? Therein lies the answer. If not, buy the 45. Current ammo prices are the same between calibers.
     
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  5. razorseal

    razorseal Active Member

    82
    Oct 26, 2020
    What some hard decisions we have to make lol.

    I think 9 is easier to find.

    For this gun I'm starting to lean more to 9... especially if it's 10 rounds vs 7

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  6. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 1, 2020
    You can’t go wrong either way
     
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  7. razorseal

    razorseal Active Member

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    Oct 26, 2020
    That's what I'm feeling.

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  8. Nick Rice

    Nick Rice Well-Known Member

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    Feb 2, 2017
    I went for a Brimstone in 45. It's very accurate. I've never had one hiccup with any ammo. I have 3 9s, Gold Cup, DWPM9, BHP. Personally I haven't and wouldn't spend more than 1300. for a 9. Maybe not a popular opinion but that's me. Not 'all' about the money yet a 1911 in 45 has a much better following and has always been my first choice for defense or play. BTW: I'm glad I don't need ammo right now, it's so crazy 9mm costs are more than 45!. 20200530_163549.jpg

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  9. Cleveland B

    Cleveland B Well-Known Member

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    Feb 25, 2020
    If you buy the Brimstone in 9mm and don’t like it you will have to wait about 14 seconds to sell it on this forum of TURRRIBLE ENABLERS.
     
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  10. Tom RKBA

    Tom RKBA Active Member

    75
    Dec 29, 2019
    If you like 9mm, get 9mm. The gun will be fun to shoot in either caliber.
     
  11. Dangerous Brian

    Dangerous Brian Pigtails and butter please...

    Dec 9, 2013
    Easy question to answer.

    Do you pee sitting down or standing up?
     
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  12. IndyExit

    IndyExit Well-Known Member

    280
    Apr 30, 2018
    Bigger is better regardless of what the sped bean counters say.
     
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  13. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    No replacement for more displacement !

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  14. razorseal

    razorseal Active Member

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    Oct 26, 2020
    I love the discussion this has started!

    30 mins ago, i was like ok 9mm it is. now I'm seeing the 45 guys and I'm telling myself, it's a 1911. get a 45! you have bunch of 9mm guns already!
     
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  15. Cleveland B

    Cleveland B Well-Known Member

    145
    Feb 25, 2020

    the only thing better than @Dangerous Brian’s comments is his leather collection.

    Your first ACW should be in 45acp. That way no one cam take your man card.
     
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  16. Cimarronkid

    Cimarronkid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 1, 2020

    When I was in the Nam we had a choice of 38 special or a 1911 45 ACP when we were flying and to the man it was the 45. The tunnel rats didn’t want a 38 either. Now I know that we aren’t comparing the 38 here, but it’s not much different than a 9mm.

    I feel sooo much varying a 45. Even though I do sometimes carry a 9mm, depending on the time of the year, cover garment ect.
    But you have to decide for yourself.
     
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  17. OldCuz

    OldCuz FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Supporting Addict

    Mar 22, 2020
    You always crack me up. :hilarious:

    I look at 9mm kinda like my 22LR. Good fun at the range or shooting small animals. :)

    The only way I'd use a 9mm for self defense would be if I could tote a 9mm sub-machine gun.

    Don't say 9mm is cheaper. Not anymore.

    But honestly. I rotate my EDC between 2 10's and a 357 Magnum. I'm 60 years old, but I can honestly say I can rapid fire my big guns and stay on target. All hitting center mass.

    But if you feel more comfortable with a 9 I understand. At least you have something.


    357, 10mm, 45:) 38 Super and a sweet little 9mm.
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  18. longrange2

    longrange2 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 14, 2015
    I love .45 acp but with the current economics of ammo you’ll be far better off and get to shoot it more if you get a 9mm. I cast bullets and reload so the cost difference isn’t too bad for me, it if you don’t reload it is a consideration.
     
  19. OldCuz

    OldCuz FREEDOM IS NOT FREE Supporting Addict

    Mar 22, 2020
    Depends on what you are sitting on as far as ammo goes. I have 3 calibers of ammo that I have no gun for. And a whole lot of it.

    But I agree with the fact 9 is very easy to shoot a bunch of. It's the only gun my 6 yo granddaughter could shoot. :D
     

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