Best pistol cartridge dillema

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Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby Breacher01 » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:22 pm

What do you guys think is the best pistol cartridge for police work?

The dillema I think about is stopping power versus possible over-penetration versus magazine capacity versus cartridge weight.

Personally I think 9mm PB is low on stopping power, but usefull for policework on the other points. I think I would prefer .40cal, but I've only shot those at paper. .38 is maybe my second choice.

Lets hear your thoughts.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby Tigerbait » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:33 am

I would say whatever allows for more accurate and faster follow up shots. Since pistols have limited stopping power to begin with, accuracy would be the most important imo.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby Breacher01 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:43 am

I can shoot a 12x12cm(5") card up to 50m(150ft) accurately with no problems with any handgun. accuracy is not the problem.

Im focussed on stopping power, possible over-penetration, magazine capacity and cartridge weight, as stated in my post.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby tacticalguy » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:32 am

.38 can over penetrate, depending on what your backstop is. I've always liked the Sig P220, personally. 10 rds in the magazine .45 caliber. I'm a Sig guy, though. Nothing else handles like a Sig, for me.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby Breacher01 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:34 pm

A loaded p226 weighs around 2 pounds, while a similar chambered pistol with equal barrel lengt with a polymer frame might weigh 700 or 800 grams. Keep in mind I carry mine everywhere when i'm awake. compared with the vest i wear and other edc items its quite the workout. Especially on days when you work for 20 hours.

I own a p228 myself, and I love the feeling and craftsmanship it has, even while I used it for 12 years. I just don't want it to weigh me down all day.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby tacticalguy » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:46 am

I carried the P-220, in the Army, for over six years, on extended deployments, in a thigh holster. For the last 13 years, I've carried the same firearm, a different P-220, in another thigh holster. I guess it all depends on what you're used to. I'm not partial to polymers.
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Re: Best pistol cartridge dillema

Postby Breacher01 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 2:37 pm

but do you wear a IIIA vest and a sidearm with 2 extra magazines every hour you are awake? Weight matters, in my opinion, and personally I havent seen polymer framed pistols fail because of their polymer frame.

I believe the current generation of polymer framed pistols are just as reliable als full metal pistols. Metal is a more predictable material to manufacture, and will not likely change over time. But I think plastic guns are reliable enough for duty and edc porposses.
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