January 22, 2023 2 min read

“9mm vs 45ACP – The Great Debate”  

When it comes to selecting a handgun for self-defense, there are two main calibers that come up in conversation again and again – 9mm and .45 ACP.

For many years, these two calibers have been pitted against each other in a never-ending debate over which one is the best choice for personal protection. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both rounds so you can make an informed decision on which one is right for you.  


The Case for 9mm  

One of the most appealing aspects of the 9mm round is its affordability. Not only is this ammunition cheaper than .45 ACP, but it also has less recoil, meaning it’s easier to handle when firing multiple shots quickly.

Additionally, 9mm pistols tend to hold more rounds than theirs .45 ACP counterparts; this means you can have more bullets available if needed in the event of an emergency.  


The Case for 45ACP  

Despite the advantages of having a smaller caliber firearm, many people still prefer the power and stopping capacity offered by a .45 ACP round.

This larger caliber round packs more punch with each shot and tends to be more effective at stopping an assailant in his tracks.

Additionally, because it has greater mass and velocity than a 9mm round, it’s less likely to over penetrate through walls or other objects when fired inside a home or other enclosed space.  



At the end of the day, choosing between 9mm vs .45 ACP really comes down to personal preference. Both calibers offer reliable performance when used properly and should be considered viable options for self-defense shooting situations.

Ultimately, what matters most is that you practice regularly with whatever choice you make so that you will be prepared if ever faced with a dangerous situation requiring your use of force with either round type. So do yourself (and your loved ones) a favor – get out there and start shooting! Good luck! 

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