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Old January 15, 2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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I've never shot a 9mm?!

After joining the firearms community about 4 years ago, I've had my taste of a lot of different pistol calibers and especially rifle calibers. As far as handguns, I've had the opportunity to fire anything from a .22 to a .454 casull, but no 9mm. Closest thing to that is probably a .380. But anyways what is a 9mm in a pistol say like a sig p226 like, is it snappy like a .40 or more controllable like a .380? Kind of a stupid question maybe... But I really don't know anyone who even has a 9mm.
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Old January 15, 2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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9mm in a full size service pistol like the P226 will shoot like a dream

It's difficult to compare recoil in calibers since the size of the gun makes the difference. I have an AMT Backup 380 that will hurt your hand more than a 44 mag from a large frame, long barrel revolver.

Sig ergos especially really seem to soften recoil and muzzle rise. Look at the Beretta 92/M9 too.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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I think you will find it very manageable and soon see why it is so popular.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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I've always though it's similar to .38spcl in a similarly sized gun.
The .380 is also pretty similar, but is usually found in much smaller guns which makes it hard to compare.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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Well it's about time! LOL.
THE 9MM is a very managable round in a full size gun, and even in a smaller compact version. It can be a bit "snappy" for some in today's sub-compact "mighty mouse" guns.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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A full-sized 9 mm of good design shoots pretty soft. A lot of .380 pistols are pretty small and they can actually be a bit snappier than the bigger 9s.

The Sig you mentioned, the Beretta 92FS, and the Beretta PX4, in my experience are among the easiest center fire pistols to shoot well.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:23 PM   #7
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I agree! I think if I get a 9mm handgun in the future, (very likely), it will either be a P226 or Beretta 92. Other than buying one though the only way I can try one out is to rent one at my local range, which is quite expensive.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:33 PM   #8
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"But anyways what is a 9mm in a pistol say like a sig p226 like, is it snappy like a .40 or more controllable like a .380?"


In similar sized handguns it'll be between the 2. I've got a couple of 9mms, one a large frame Taurus PT92, the other a small frame featherweight Keltec PF9. In the PT92 it is a pussycat. In the PF9 it is on the snappy side.
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Old January 15, 2013, 04:55 PM   #9
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To me, 9mm in an average sized semi-auto is about like shooting .38 special in an average sized revolver. It's not as harsh as .40; less recoil than .45, and distinguishably more recoil than a .380

FWIW, 9mm is my favorite handgun round. It is small and compact permitting exceptionally good capacity in both modern carry and full-sized guns. The defensive ammo is quite formidable. I don't have anything against .40 or .45 - both great rounds, I just prefer the versatility of 9mm.
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Old January 16, 2013, 12:44 AM   #10
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I prefer 9mm - due to ammo capacity, worldwide nato acceptance (not that that really matters) and shooting.

It is not anything like a .22 and it took me a while to shoot one cause I had only had .22 and .45's for a while.

But really depends on the gun. Firing my old Luger, that thing bucked like crazy, but my newer px4 is sweet.

I like to shoot glock 17 and 1911 side by side. It is not a whole lot different because I was shooting softer hand loads in the .45.

Just go and try one.
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Old January 16, 2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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9mm is my favorite centerfire pistol cartridge (though I love my .45ACP Colt 1911).

Accurate, soft-shooting, plenty powerful (excellent defensive ammo choices out there), and the cheapest of all centerfire pistol rounds to shoot.

What's not to love (aside from the fact that bulk practice ammo is hard to find now with the panic in full effect)?
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