Why 9MM? Well, number one, 9MM is the most widely available center-fire handgun ammunition in the United States of America.

You can get it pretty much everywhere. You can get it in all types of varieties. From really inexpensive practice ammo to very expensive defensive ammo. It doesn’t recoil that much.

And like we said with the AR-15, these may be guns that you are handing to family members. Your spouse. Your teenage children. Anyone who is a responsible adult human you may have to hand them a gun and say look, use this to defend the family to defend your life.

You want it to be as simple and straightforward as possible, and that’s why I recommend a 9MM handgun.

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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