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What caliber handgun should I get?

Want to buy a Sig Sauer P226 Enhanced Elite for use as self defense and something fun to shoot at the range. It comes in 9mm, .357 Sig and .40 S&W. Give me some thoughts.

Asked By: JV - 7/7/2011
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Honestly, I would go with the 9mm. A 9mm is more than enough to stop an intruder...sure, the other two are more powerful, but a 9mm will do the job. 9mm would be the most inexpensive ammo. Also, a 9mm is going to be the most comfortable to shoot at the range for a long period of time. If .45 were an option, I'd go with... More
Answered By: Colton - 7/7/2011
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I would get the 357 or 40. They are good range guns. The 9mm is really to small for self defense. You need a caliber with a lot of stopping power.
Answered By: Charles D - 7/7/2011
 
9mm & 40 S&w is the most common... More
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Answered By: jack of all trades - 7/7/2011
 
.40s&w IMO. It is a more genteel cartridge than the .357sig (.357 is fun to shoot though - that slug screams out the barrel) and a bit more accurate IMO... More
Answered By: Lone Wolf - 7/7/2011
 
I prefer .40 over 9mm, and the .357 wouldn't make the list. Expensive and hard to find ammo makes practice difficult.
Answered By: stupidnameshaveallbeentaken - 7/7/2011
 
9mm should be your 1st choice. It is barely noticeable in difference in effectiveness from the 40 or 357. It costs less to buy, it is easier on your hand... More
Answered By: JohnS - 7/7/2011
 
More important than caliber is shot placement. Shooting a handgun accurately isn't easy. If money is an issue, I'd go with the 9mm. Using the RIGHT ammuntion, it has fine stopping power. You can get 9mm ammunition much cheaper than most other ammo outside of .22, so you can practice more often. People who are... More
Answered By: newtoguns - 7/7/2011
 
.40
Answered By: Dakota Collins - 7/7/2011
 
I don't like the 9mm personally because I find it to small. True, it is the cheapest but I'm still a 40 S&W fan. .357 is way to expensive for my budget but I don't find it painful to shoot since the ergonomics on the SIGs are amazing. I prefer the SIG P229 40 S&W Equinox myself, so I think you should look into that. I... More
Answered By: Dalton White - 7/7/2011
 
i'd get a revolver. more reliable. 357 for self defense and use 38's in for the range
Answered By: Morbid Angel Of Death - 7/7/2011
 
the first choice would be the 9mm it will do pretty much anything you need and ammo is cheaper than the .40 and the .357
Answered By: Brandon Tosh - 7/7/2011
 
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