When it comes to topics in self-defense handguns, there are few debates that are hotter than what caliber you should count on in your concealed carry handgun. There are those that carry a .45ACP because there is no .46 and those that prefer the .380 because of its diminutive size and ease of concealment. Of course, there’s also every opinion in between. When we take a logical look at what caliber we should carry for defensive purposes we can start to get to the bottom of this complex question.
What is the Best Caliber for Concealed Carry?
- The bullets need to penetrate deep enough into the body to get to something the body finds important to survival
- The bullets need to do damage when they get to those important parts.
So let’s get down to the meat of it. Why is 9mm a better caliber choice for a defensive or concealed carry handgun than other common defensive calibers such as .40 Smith & Wesson or .45ACP.
The first important point deals with the terminal performance of modern 9mm, bonded, hollow point ammunition.
- Single wound channels from modern bonded hollow points from .38 special through .45 tend to have a negligible difference in the physical damage they cause.
- The higher ammunition capacity of the 9mm allows for more rounds to be carried in the gun.
- The lower cost of 9mm allows for more training and therefore improved recoil management.
- The recoil management of 9mm allows more rounds to be fired with the required precision in a given amount of time.