So there has been a passion in my life that I have not really blogged that much about. (Well technically there are bunches but I won’t start on about how awesome koi-ponds and water features are right now.) Shooting has become one of my favorite activities in this world. I always had an interest in firearms growing up (watching Westerns and such) but knew I needed to be as safe as possible when it came to this stuff. Luckily a lot of my friends’ dads were able to step in and show me how to be a responsible firearm-enthusiast. Now I am currently getting to do the same for others, and it is truly awesome. Now why the long back story? Because it leads into this…
So the new girl in our department, Katie, has expressed interest in becoming a firearm-owner. She has shot different firearms a number of times, but owning a firearm is way different than operating one. She was thinking about something to use for protection and target-practice, meaning a handgun.
Now when it comes to firearms, there is a whole world of information out there. Everybody and anybody has an opinion, one way or the other. Sometimes it is well thought out, like when considering the quality of parts going into a firearm. Or sometimes not so much… “Those >BLANK< are trash and look ugly too!” (Please cite your sources when submitting such work, thank you.) Just like Ford or Chevy people, take it with a grain of salt.
But! There is some information out there that is actually truthful and should be shared. Such as when considering calibers for handguns. Many people will state that the best caliber of handgun for someone is the largest one that they can shoot comfortably. I agree with this. Anyone can shoot a .22LR very comfortably, but that does not make it a great protection choice. If the same person that can shoot a .22LR well can also handle a .40S&W with the same skill-set, I would suggest going with the .40S&W.
Now for Katie, that puts her in the 9mm crowd. That is the caliber she has stated she wants to own. This is awesome! Just knowing what you want as far as caliber is a great way to get started. Now comes the bad part… there are so many choices out there for a 9mm!!!! This can be extremely intimidating for a first-time firearm buyer. So over the next number of months, I will showcase off a firearm (9mm of course) in what I will be calling: A Fine Nine.
Now then, this blog is about the basics of the blogs themselves but also about the 9MM caliber itself. So let’s see…
A long time ago, in 1901 to be exact, a German designer, Georg Luger to be exact, designed the caliber called 9x19mm Parabellum. (Because it was designed for Luger firearms, it is known as the 9mm Luger. This is separate from the 9mm Browning, which as you can guess was designed for Browning firearms.) It is commonly called 9mm (as I have been doing for most of this blog) as well as: 9x19, 9x19mm or 9mmP (along with 9mm Luger which was listed above). Now the word Parabellum is derived from a term in Latin which means "If you seek peace, prepare for war", which is pretty much spot-on. This caliber has become the most widely used handgun cartridge by individuals and militaries alike. In fact, this caliber is the standard for NATO forces.
The 9mm has a flat trajectory along with what is stated as moderate recoil. (Everybody is different, and I am sure a few of you just made a face at the word “moderate”.) While it was originally designed to be lethal at 50 meters, it is still effective at farther ranges.
Since the 9mm is such a popular cartridge, and does not take as much to make it when compared to say a .45 Long Colt, it remains a cheaper caliber to shoot. This is extremely important as money is a deciding factor when it comes to practicing. The old adage of: “What good is a good gun if you can’t afford the bullets?!” is actually true. Also due to the smaller size of the cartridge, when compared to let’s say a .40S&W, it means a magazine can contain a larger amount of rounds in it.
Now I will not get into ballistics, but in case you were wondering check this site out. They do a much better job than I ever could.
So until next time, Take it Easy! Giddy-Up!!
Oh and side note. So Katie is from Chicago. She asked me if she needed a pistol-license in this state. I laughed (rather hard) and let her know that this was Arizona and we do the 2nd Amendment right here.