archerykid13 wrote:.45 is the best caliber for conceal and carry IMO.
You're like 15 years old dude. How would you know?
Seriously, it depends on first what FITS you, second where and when you expect to carry Thirdly, how comfortable you ar with recoils from a pistol can you hit the broad side of a barn with it. if you were stanind in one and fourth, but certainly not the last factor, how much do you want to spend? All of these factors are totally and completely controlable by YOU the owner/shooter. Try a bunch of handguns for fit, pick the best one that fits you and fits your style of carry, practice, practice, and practice some more, and buy what you can afford, but I don't recommend skimping on a pistol that you may rely upon to save your life some day. As far as caliber....45 ACP is king. Big melpat, heavy bullet at modest velocity and a wide range of styles and bullet design choices. The .40 cal is a beautiful "intermediate" round with plenty of punch and a big enough round to make a nice big hole. It also has a vast aray of load choices. The 9mm is at the low end of what I consider a "man stopper" round a moderately light wight bullet traveling reasonably fast will still be better than nothing at all and a "nine" will usually be much more comfortable to carry than the bigger guns and is generally much more controlable for fast follow up shots with accuracy.
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