Which one wins when its 9mm vs .40 vs .45? There has always been a debate over the best caliber for self-defense. There are those that are adamant that .45 caliber is the best, due to its stopping power. Others think 9mm trumps all, or .40 caliber has its own merits. Truthfully, all of these calibers are awesome. In reality, is a .45 caliber going to stop an intruder more effectively than a .40 or 9mm? Let’s look at the facts and make a decision from there.
9mm vs .40 vs .45 | Which is Better for Self-Defense?
Whatever caliber to get hits on target quickly and effectively counts more than having one caliber versus another. Statistically, 7 out of 8 people shot with a handgun survive. This is largely due to the level of trauma care we have in the United States.
2. Shot Placement
Handguns are relatively ineffective weapons but are used because we cannot carry long guns or shotguns with us at all times. A specific caliber is less important than an operator’s ability to get effective hits on target. Shot placement is key to neutralizing a threat.
If you miss all your of your shots on a .45 caliber, then the bigger caliber did nothing for you. Same goes for a .40 and a 9mm. If you are missing a lot of shots of any caliber you aren’t neutralizing your target. It’s hits to the chest or head that are most likely to take a target down.
I am personally more accurate on my 9mm Beretta than I am on my Colt 1911 .45. I still love my 1911, but personally, I am much better at handling my 9mm. The point is, many people think they NEED a bigger caliber handgun to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Whatever gun and caliber that is most effective for you is the one you should use.
You can also check out this full video on 9mm vs .40 vs .45 courtesy of USCCA:
No matter what caliber you have and use for self-defense, be sure that you practice as much as you possibly can with it. You would also want to be more in touch with quality firearms information so that you can arm and defend yourself effectively in any situation.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.