Wow. Resulting to name calling because we have a difference of opinion.
I just get really tired of People giving bad information like "be a man, get a .45" to new shooters. Thats like telling a kid that just took the MSF class to jump on a 1000 and do a few laps on a track. If he decided for whatever reason that both he and his wife want to shoot .45 than so be it. But to suggest to a new shooter and his new shooter wife that a .45 is the biggest and the greatest is rather stupid.
Let me preface this by saying that I am not a handgun expert and I don't sit around reading guns and ammo books all day. I only speak of what I have seen personally.
Im no expert eather, I just retain alot of information.
A 9mm is a higher velocity round so it tends to go through the target. A .45 will penetrate and create a buzzsaw affect and wreak havoc on internal organs. I prefer to have the heavier .45 round when I am in close quarters with the enemy.
Yes 9mm is higher velocity but no, it does not tend to go through the target any more than a .45. In fact using the winchester loads that I provided data on earler (RA9TA and RA45TP) the .45 penatrates further than the 9mm by 2.275" on average where as the .45 only expanded .11" larger than the 9mm on average.
I have seen a suspect take 17 rounds from a 9MM before he went down. I have also seen a similar suspect (body shape, build, mental state) go down with 3 rounds from a .45.
I have seen the same videos and storys. I also rember seeing something posted here where a guy took multaple hits from a rifle and was still fighting police when he was being loaded onto a stretcher. This is where the amount of practice the 9mm affords you comes in. The guy that too 17 hits of 9mm probably wasnt hit in vital areas till the last shots. If the cop had been carrying a 1911 or something of the like he would have had to reload and continue shooting. More practice = quicker stop of the attacker ... dosent matter what round you are shooting at him (as long as it isnt .25acp)
The military has since switched back to .45 from the 9mm for this same reason. I could care less about the cost of ammo. I had plenty before the supply went down and prices went up.
What information are you going on here? I have heard of no plans to phase out 9mm and go back to .45. I have heard about special ops units using .45s lately, but nothing indicating that the military as a whole is going to .45.
As for your stockpile comment, the new shooter doesnt have a stockpile. He needs to get shooting now, not when prices drop again. Dont you think that a ruger 9mm with a fair amount of practice is lightyears ahead of a wilson combat 1911 that the owner has only fired 50 rounds out of it?