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Posted on May 14, 2018 by in Training

Larry Vickers on 9mm

Larry Vickers, retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran, and firearms community advisor for CCW Safe, talks about his thoughts on 9mm for personal defense. 

We have enough information now to draw some conclusions, and based on everyone I’ve talked to, 9mm and everything else pretty much behaves the same way.

Some of the advantages for 9mm are:

  1. 9mm is easier to shoot and control
  2. practice ammo is cheaper than most other ammunition
  3. more defensive ammunition available 
  4. there are more options in handguns to choose from 
  5. higher magazine capacity

These reasons are why Larry has chosen 9mm for his personal defensive firearm choice.   And that is what it comes down to.  It’s your choice to choose what caliber and which firearm to use as your personal defense weapon.  Whatever you choose, be sure to practice with it, continue to learn, and be prepared if you are ever faced with a situation where you might need to use it. 

If you are ever forced to use your firearm in self defense, you need to have a good understanding of the aftermath and what to expect. Check out this video from Don West, National Trial Counsel for CCW Safe, on the real cost of a lethal self defense incident. 



Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical is a retired US Army 1st SFOD- Delta combat veteran with years of experience in the firearms industry as a combat marksmanship instructor and industry consultant.  Larry is the firearms and training community advisor for CCW Safe.