So I was just thinking about this. Over the last year or two, since I got my CCW permit... I experimented with a lot of calibers and guns. I started with a G19 as a lot of people do. I then started the "my d#[email protected] is bigger than yours" caliber quest. I went through all of them... 9, 40, 45, .357 mag, 44 mag, and even a 454 alaskan that was NO fun to even shoot. After shooting crappy groups with larger calibers... focusing on the bang rather than the bulls, I came to the conclusion lately that we're shooting handguns. Its all shot placement and practicality. Its way cheaper to shoot nine, and lets you focus on the fundamentals. So I'm not sure why I'm really even posting this, and its not to start any kind of caliber debate. Maybe I want the newer shooters to know that bigger is not better and its most important to focus on the fundamentals and GET GOOD. I came to this epiphany when I saw some UFC guys shooting 44 mags and desert eagles... and they didn't even hit the target. YMMV.