[quote="9JAYDUB"]Just thought I'd throw my .02 in with all the other sound advice and opinions others have posted. As my grandfather told me when he introduced me to shooing, "it doesn't matter what you're shooting at if you can't hit sh*t." Advice to new self-defense firearm buyers is to focus on the gun not the caliber. The ergonomics of everybody is a little different. A glock might fit one person well but could be uncomfortable for somebody else. Find one that fits you, that you can consistently hit targets with in fairly rapid succession. Magazine capacity should be a minimal factor for home defense. Would you really be firing 10+ rounds in close proximity to where your family is sleep?
Good luck and practice practice practice![/quote]
This is the only thing that needs to be said on this forum in relation to what size caliber to get for a home defense or CCW. 9JAYDUB hit it the nail right on the head. If you can't take a .45 and shoot three to five round in less than about 4-5 seconds on a 12" target (approximate area of the vitals (standard human chest is 18")) at 5 yards or less (the average home invasion shooting takes place within 7 feet), then there is absolutely no reason you should have it for a self defense gun. Yes, I will be the first to agree and advocate the .45 round for a SD or CCW. HOWEVER, I would much rather have someone shoot with a 9mm or even a .380 and be able to put multiple rounds on target than get one shot off with a .45. Here is why I say what I do, I'm in the military and have been through shooting schools and have learned a lot from other guys. From the time you make the decision to shoot till the time your target is on the ground can literally happen within a matter of 4-8 seconds. Now, just remember, 95% of people that carry firearms have never been on what we call the "two way range". When confronted with a traumatic situation like having to eliminate a target, your adrenaline will shoot through the roof and what we call "the monkey" will jump out of your pocket and make everything go to hell. All your plans will go right out the window UNLESS you have practiced, practiced, and practiced some more. You will forget everything you ever thought about doing in those situations and you WILL revert back to your training. All that being said, shoot the biggest caliber you can realistically handle. Here's a good way to do it at a range if you can't run. Do 25 jumping jacks with your pistol on the table. Immediately upon completion of the exercise (Your heart rate should be going fairly decently by now), pick up your pistol and attempt to put your rounds on that 12" target in 4-5 seconds. That will give an approximation of how well you can handle your gun under stress. Doing stress shoots like this are the only real way to train your body to react under stress without actually having someone fire back at you. Hope this helps.