Originally Posted by retired grunt
I'm that guy that carries a .45 1911 with 3" barrel year round as far as the 9mm goes it's better than a 380 but not a .45. If one wishes to say a 9mm with +p then I get to say the same for a .45 +p.
almost does not equate to equal to
That being said The gun you can comfortably carry and is reliable that you can shoot well should be your carry gun.
...and a 454 Casul would be better than that...and a 500S&W would be even better...and a..
Your last sentence is a true statement and the key to effective hangunning.
I would like to quote Delta13soultaker
from another thread, for there is much wisdom in this quote and relevance to this thread:
"But how a man saves his ass is up to him. Whatever tools he uses, whether his hands, a pistol, or a wrench is his choice. Wild Bill Hickock used puny .36's and then and now people advocated the .44's to be superior etc etc. But very very few people that faced those .36's ever lived to dispute their effectiveness.
Yeah a .45 is potentially more capable of stopping/killing a person than a 9mm. But a 9mm will damn sure do the job. Both cartridges are about the same age and aren't going away.
Every soldier I train I tell them they showed up with the only weapon they will ever get; the one in their skull. Everything else they get is just a tool. If the weapon is sharp, the enemy will die regardless of the tools.
There is a lot more you can do to a 1911 to customize it. Hell, lots are built individually from the reciever up. The basic design is thoroughbred fighter no matter what you end up with. A Glock is pretty much fine the way it is. It is hard to break and launches bullets in any condition. I reckon both will have a spot in my armory. Same for .45 acp and 9mm. I can use both fine. Good tools."