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5mmgunguy
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  6:54:39 PM  Show Profile
I am have a debate with a friend on what caliber has had more pistols produced in it. He thinks 9MM, I voted for the 32 ACP. Who is right? Or are we both wrong.

jptatum
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  7:03:44 PM  Show Profile
I vote for 22LR.

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charliemeyer007
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  7:09:53 PM  Show Profile
+1 22LR
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spas12
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  8:25:57 PM  Show Profile
what do you mean by caliber?
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andrewsw16
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  8:36:01 PM  Show Profile
With all of the plinking and training going on, it's gotta be .22 LR.
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Knifecollector
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  8:38:20 PM  Show Profile
22 sure is a popular caliber, but I have doubts about it being the most produced. I'd bet that Colt has produced more 45's than all the 22's put together.
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Grasshopper
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  8:58:43 PM  Show Profile
22
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Tflogger
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  9:11:09 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Knifecollector

22 sure is a popular caliber, but I have doubts about it being the most produced. I'd bet that Colt has produced more 45's than all the 22's put together.


More 22 lr ammo has been produced than any other round. What percentage is shot in handguns is anyones guess.
All handgun makers have made a lot more .22s than any other caliber.
World wide a lot more 9mm have been made then .45s.
I like .45s, but your statement is wrong.
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beantownshootah
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  9:44:22 PM  Show Profile
.22 LR is far and away the most popular in terms of ammo produced.

I'd be surprised if it also wasn't the most popular in terms of GUNS produced too.
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perry shooter
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  9:50:37 PM  Show Profile
45ACP "PRAISE THE HARD-BALL GUN"
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Bert H.
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  10:45:06 PM  Show Profile
The question was "what pistol caliber".

Due to the world-wide use of the 9mm, I would guess that it is the most commonly produced. That said, the .45 ACP has to be a very close second.

In regards to the 32 ACP, there are at least several other pistol cartridges that are more common (9mm, .45 ACP, 38 Spl. .357 Magnum, 380, etc.)

The 22 LR was not designed as a "pistol" cartridge... instead, it introduced as a rifle cartridge, and in later years (much later), it was adapted to function in a handgun. The 9mm, .45 ACP, 38 Spl. .357 Magnum, and 380, are undoubtedly more common that the 22 LR in all of the many handguns produced worldwide.


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Tflogger
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Posted - 12/30/2011 :  11:33:04 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Bert H.

The question was "what pistol caliber".

Due to the world-wide use of the 9mm, I would guess that it is the most commonly produced. That said, the .45 ACP has to be a very close second.

In regards to the 32 ACP, there are at least several other pistol cartridges that are more common (9mm, .45 ACP, 38 Spl. .357 Magnum, 380, etc.)

The 22 LR was not designed as a "pistol" cartridge... instead, it introduced as a rifle cartridge, and in later years (much later), it was adapted to function in a handgun. The 9mm, .45 ACP, 38 Spl. .357 Magnum, and 380, are undoubtedly more common that the 22 LR in all of the many handguns produced worldwide.




It's a very close call, everyone makes a .22 pistol or revolver.
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KEVD18
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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  12:11:20 AM  Show Profile
you'll never see a resolution to this. too many variables.
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CSI21
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Posted - 12/31/2011 :  12:50:57 AM  Show Profile
.22 i think the first revolver with a bored out cylinder was a Smith .22

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