While the .40 S&W still maintains a powerful presence in the handgun market, particularly the law enforcement segment, and the 9mm is right there with it (some sources suggest a strong comeback in the 9mm), sometimes you just need a bigger hammer. This is especially true if you work duty or backpack in remote areas of the world with dangerous predators. The bigger hammer in question is the venerable .45 ACP.
The advent of so many diminutive polymer-framed handguns which are highly compact and have proven extremely reliable has sort of breathed new life into the .45 ACP. Take for example the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield in .45 ACP. Weighing in at a scant 23 oz., it has the same capacity (when using the extended magazine) of the very bulky Ruger P-90 of yesteryear, and only one less in capacity than a full-size 1911 while weighing barely over half the weight and a lot lower price point. This exemplifies why a .45 ACP pistol is now a very real and viable concealed carry option without having to radically change wardrobes.
Of course, there are always trade-offs. With a much larger cartridge is a reduction in capacity in order to maintain comparable size to pistols chambered in smaller calibers. If you are losing capacity, make sure to offset that by using the best ammo available. Winchester Ranger T-Series is a great choice to run in your .45 ACP pistol. The big 230 grain hollow point exits the barrel at a very respectable 935 ft/s with a punishing 446 ft/lbs of energy and shows weight retention of 100% in ballistic gelatin and heavy clothing, all while expanding to a massive 1.02”!
Feed that .45 hog leg of yours with high performing Winchester Ranger 230 grain hollow points and save some scratch in the process by buying in bulk!
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