|Whatsup guys? Sorry for asking another civilian gun question, I know this is a military site and not meant for asking a bunch of civilian related weapon questions.
Anyway, as some of you read in my ".357 stopping power" thread, I've been looking for a pistol. I was talking to my Dad alot about it, and it's clear to me that he doesn't really want me to own a pistol until I'm 18 and can legally buy it (I'm from AL and can buy and carry at 18, according to the laws I've read online). Now, he didn't come out and say that "You can't have a pistol" or "I don't like the idea", but me and my Dad are very close and I can just tell he isn't real excited about me using a pistol. He has no problem whatsoever with me buying a long gun though (in his name of course). So, as we were talking, he told me one of his favorite pistols was a 9mm Beretta (I believe an M9? Like used in the military, and yes, I know of the problems with the magazines). He said he loves the way it felt in his hands, and was very high quality. That got me thinking to the time I went to a range/gunshop and got to use their Beretta CX4 storm. Nice little gun, very ergonomic and accurate in my opinion. Some of the thing I like about it is the fact that I could interchange the ammunition and possibly even the magazines (if I buy a Beretta) when I own my pistol, since it's a pistol caliber carbine. Also, it's very light, has picatinny (sp) rails built in for upgrades, and would work great for both plinking (primary use) and homedefense. What do you guys think about the gun? I may be overlooking something major that I haven't seen (magazine capacity could be an issue, which I'll get into next).
Basically, it comes in 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .45 auto. Which would be the best for homedefense and plinking? I'm thinking .40, but in a homedefense scenario, I don't want the bullets penetrating the bad guy and going into walls where my family could be, and I've heard bad things about 9mm doing that (going through the target). Honestly never shot a .45 round, so not sure if it runs the same risk. Magazine capacity is basically like this (range from stock to hicap mags)...9mm (14-17); .40 (10-11); .45 (8). For plinking, mag capacity obviously doesn't matter, so in a home defense scenario, is that enough rounds?
Just curious guys, thanks for any opionins and I apologize in advance if I shouldn't be asking questions like this on SP.