41 mag S&W model 58, and .45 acp
I load my 41 down a bit. It's all about getting my sights back onto the target quicker and my SiG 220 performs the best for me in getting the subsequent shots in after the first shot..
I carry a .45 on the street and a .44 loaded up in the woods. If I could carry a 20 MM, I would....but I am too old and crickety to hump that much ammo.
The .22 LR. It's fun to shoot and can still get you food.
I love my 357 mags
380 is about as low as I will go. Even that might have to empty the mag. No longer carry a .32 at all. Those smaller rounds also depend on the season. Winter clothes/ layers will kick the power out of small rounds fast.
So far I haven't gone below a 9mm, but considering a .380 for easier concealment.
I prefer 9mm or higher but there are some decent rounds offered for a .38 spl from Corbon now which would make me consider it as an option. Any more based off the autopsies I have been studying on and the folks I have talked with recently a good solid bullet construction in a weapon able to hold a lot of them will be most important in a handgun. Understanding terminal ballistics as I do and based on recent shootings and testing done on law enforcement defensive handgun ammo I am probably going back to a lighter faster load for my carry options. I would probably stay at the 115gr +p+ or 124gr +p loading for a Glock 26 as my min weapon caliber.
.380 with glaser rounds. a truly nasty load. google it.
9mm or .38 special ( loaded to near .357 power in my GP100 ) :D
What looks "cool" and "devastating" does not actually equate to adequate penetration to reach vitals.
You may want to look into some more Googling, and I would start by adding DocGKR or Doc Gary Roberts to your search string.
A quality 147 grain 9mm round for pistols is minimum for me.
I wouldn't care to go any smaller than 9mm for off duty. But in a pinch I'll take anything that will go boom.
As of now it's a 9mm. I did carry a Browning Baby .25 in a pocket holster. I used it for years until it finally gave out and I purchased the 9mm. It was my mother's carry gun. She gave it to me when I badged up. When I have it rebuilt I will carry it again along with the 9mm.
I'm really thinking about getting a diamond back 9mm. It's very small and still gives you some power in a pistol smaller than the glock 26, 27 and only very slightly bigger than an LCP. I keep looking at it in the gunstore and am close to buying it.
I recently re thought this question after seeing the penetration from a Kel-tec P11 9mm at a crime scene. from outside a trailer house, several rounds were fired into the trailer from about 10 -20 feet away. The rounds were cheap mil-surplus full metal jacket. most only penetrated a single wall, getting stopped at the second wall, or appliance, etc. Admittedly they are cheap rounds fired from a short barrelled pistol, but still, not impressed at all considering the crappy construction of this trailer. I am in the process of getting rid of both my off duty pistols, a kel-tec PF9 and Springfield XD9 subcompact to replace them with a mid size 1911. I am currently looking at a para ordnance 1911 LTC shown here: Para USA, High-Quality Handguns: Products or a Kimber Pro CDP II shown here Kimber America | Pro CDP II
I will probably get the Para simply because of cost unless I have good reason not to.
Nice to see someone admits to carrying a so-called mouse gun, and I've been considering purchasing one for the times when I'm in a suit and the G27 would print too much to be effectively concealed.