.38 special vs. 9mm?
Which do you prefer? I am not asking or interested in any other caliber. I don't wanna hear about .357 magnum or .44 magnum. or .45acp or .40 S&W. If you had to pick between ONLY 9mm or .38 special for self-defense which would you pick and why? Which is a better man-stopper?
Anything you can do with a 9x19 can be duplicated in a 38 Special. That doesn't work the other way around. And if you haven't stopped a fight in five rounds, you aren't the rest of the day either--it's time to run.
In my opinion for self defense 9mm. I believe them to be more dependable.
.38 special is a better man stopper but it has one disadvantage. It only comes in revolvers. The advantage the 9 mm has is that you can have 17 in a mag to shoot instead of 6.
1 on 1, the .38 special has better stopping power. Comparing the overall picture, I think the 9 mm has the edge.
9mm, which typically has more velocity than a .38. I would get 9mm Speer +P ammo.
They both suck. A .38 cant even knock over the metal target at my gun range. The 9mm just goes plowing through whatever it hits without the impact of the larger loads. I wouldnt buy either.
I would say the 9mm because of the cartridge capacity. If the first six doesn't work, the next 10 may do the trick. Also easier reloading. its not like you are going to be walking around with a revolver speed loader. hope this helps.
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