Re: Thoughts on a .40 cal
No .45's in Aussie land? Wow you guys have a lot of rules that stink. I will agree that the recoil of a .40 is harder than a 9mm. But it isn't enough to affect followup shots in a gun that is made well. If the gun recoils straight back into your hand you have nothing to worry about. If you can't deal with recoil you should probably let someone else use the bigger guns and get yourself a .380 or a 9 x 18. Recoil is really a personal issue. The only handgun I have that gives me trouble with recoil is my .44 magnum. And the only reason it's a problem is the trigger guard bangs the knuckle on my middle finger hard. I have big fingers I guess. If I hold the gun just right it doesn't happen but it keeps me from wanting to carry that gun as a SD weapon. I don't want to be distracted by anything in a life or death situation.
The .45 is the popular choice it is because it's about the biggest gun most people can carry and fire repeatedly without having to re-acquire the target after every shot. And if you get barrel flip it will still give you problems. My Taurus recoils straight back into my hands. I just bend my elbows slightly and let them absorb the recoil and I'm ready for followup shots instantly almost. But the time I see what I want to aim at my gun is ready to shoot at it. That's what everyone should look for in a gun. You want the biggest gun that you can still get off followup shots with without waiting to aim again. For most men that's generally a .45. For women it's generally a 9mm. The thing that made 9's so popular was the double stack mag and the fact they shoot fast enough to penetrate steel instead of banging it like a sledge hammer. So they will go through car doors. But so will a .357 magnum and so will a .40. Both are bigger and bigger is always better up to the point where you can't fire followup shots without aiming again.
So if you're a man look at a .40 at least. If you're a woman or a small man a 9mm might be the best choice. But this stuff about the gun taking abuse is bunk. Modern guns are generally built like tanks anyway especially a good name brand gun. Glocks are known to be tough. Yes they had the issue with the chamber not being supported correctly about 20 years ago. That isn't a problem now that I know of.