Now I know I’m dating myself with this statement, but that’s only because I’m an old fashioned guy, what the kids today might call “old school”. I’ve never really been all that hot on the 9mm round. When I served my country in the U.S. Army, the pistol I qualified with, was the legendary M1911.
The M1911 is a single-action, semi-automatic, magazine-fed, recoil-operated pistol chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It served as the standard-issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces from 1911 to 1986.
The popularity enjoyed today by the 9mm Luger or 9×19 is largely attributable to the “Wonder 9s” of the late 70s and early 80s. These are iconic firearms such as the CZ 75, Berretta 92, Sig P226, Glock 17 and others. They were groundbreaking due to the 15+ round magazine capacity. They also were easier to shoot, especially for novice users.
The civilian market is prone to hype, and thus many traditionalists stuck to other calibers. Many rode the .40 wave for a while. Now, most firearm instructors and experts consider the 9mm the “go-to defense cartridge” based on capacity and ease of shooting.
In the video below, they show us at what distance the 9mm is still very deadly, even though I was quite impressed by their results, I’m still going to hang-on to my good old .45ACP pistol. Like I said….I have nothing against a 9mm, I’m just an old fashioned guy.