Which is bigger? 9mm or .22 caliber?
Which one is recommended for a beginner shooter at a range?
First off, the 9x19mm cartridge is significantly larger than a 22LR cartridge. Both are almost the same length, but the 9mm is .38 inches wide, where as the 22 is only .22 inches wide, giving the 9mm nearly 3 times the volume of powder.
I just started shooting recently, and I am very grateful that I started with the 22LR handgun I bought. For one, it allows you to become familiar with all the principles of safe handling and the marksmanship of firing a weapon without distractions. 22LR handguns are much cheaper ($200-400 instead of $500-1000 for a 9mm), and the ammunition is literally one fourth the price of 9mm parabellum (where I live, CCI MiniMags 40gr 22LR are $6.95 for 100 rounds, where as Federal American Eagle 115gr 9mm parabellum is $14.95 for 50).
If you are a new shooter, the noise from a 9mm is still very loud even with ear protection. I have 21 dB ear muffs; if someone at the range is firing their 9mm in the adjacent lane, the noise is almost like having someone slam a dictionary just next to your head. The 22LR lets you get used to the noise and recoil of a weapon. I would recommend getting used to that first before going with the much louder and harder kicking 9mm handguns.
Lastly, it may seem like a waste of money to buy a 22LR handgun if you do want a 9mm, but it will let you cheaply find out what kind of hands you have. Handguns come in a large variety of sizes and shapes, and finding one that is comfortable for your hands it key if you want to shoot. A cheaper 22LR will let you test exactly what kind of grips and sizes will work with your hands, allowing you to purchase a much more expensive 9mm that is comfortable for you. A few things you may want to evaluate with a 22LR are whether you like having a finger grooves in your grip, and whether you can comfortably reach the slide release, magazine release, and safety (if one exists) with your hand. Once you answer those questions, you can double check for the same features in a 9mm. However, it's very difficult to really tell what the answer is without putting in around 500-2,000 rounds at the range, and getting used to the whole experience. Once you burn out the novelty, you can find out what your preferences and dislikes are.
a 9MM is a serious weapon compared to a .22 would be like pea shooter
I have a Smith & Wesson 459 (9mm)
use the 9mm. its fun for beginner you dont want to use a .22 for the first time.
The term caliber or calibre designates the interior diameter of a tube or the exterior diameter of a wire or rod.
A .22 caliber round has a .22 inch diameter or 5.588 mm. A 9mm round has a diameter of 9mm or .35 inches.
So a 9mm round has a larger diameter then a .22 caliber round. There are many different types of each round with a wide range of lengths and explosive power.
Here is a decient place to start http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/caliber...
A 9mm round is bigger. As for which to use both are reliable inexpensive ammo for pistol shooting and have modest to minimal recoil.
22 is smaller and better to start out with*.. Cheap to shoot*... Great choice to start with*...
The 9mm is the larger caliber round. Depending on how much money you want to spend on a gun and ammo, the .22 would be cheaper to shoot. There is a little kick to a 9mm compared to the .22, but will a little practice you will easily get use to it. I would go for the 9mm. Have fun!
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