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  1. #11
    pss i did forget the tried and true smith & wesson. stainless 38 is great.

  3. #12

    The painful truth........

    There are a ton of good points here, most important is "Go with what you feel comfortabe with". One of the things that is not being said is that if you ever have to use a firearm to defend yourself, you are not going to care what the size is.

    Getting shot is getting shot, it dosent matter if it is a 22 or a 45.

    It is not entirely about the damage that your gun will do, because there is a massive psychological effect on anyone who ever has to stare down the barrel of a gun. When someone who would do you harm is looking down the barrel of a .380, it is going to look like a .45acp.

    There was a great example of this in Texas about 10 years ago where a man was shot by someone who was trying to rob him 13 times with a 9mm. He returned fire with a single shot from a .380. And while the man who was being robbed survived, the man trying to rob him did not.

    When someone goes into panic mode, they don't care what kind or caliber gun you have, they only care that you are about to open fire.
    .... And let the one having no sword sell his outer garment and buy one. ~God
    http://www.cjdefense.com/ Wisconsin

  4. Where is your heart?

    Calico said it best.....

    Not being sarcastic, but where is your heart in relation to what gun you want to carry?

    Like hp-hobo, I am 6' 195 with a 30" waist. I have to buy pants that are bigger in the waist...which came in handy because I carry IWB.

    I carry a G20 with G29 BUG and 2 spare mags. It can get uncomfortable when taking a nap or sleeping, but other than that, it rarely gets that way.

    Overall, you gotta go with what you are comfortable with. A full size gun can be concealed without a bunch of clothing.

  5. Post What do I carry?

    Everyone's advice has been good. I started with a PX4 9mm full size Beretta and a Walther PPK/S .380 pocket gun. I also have a .40 S&W Springfield XD. The PX4 STORM and PPK/S are both DA/SA with safety/decocker. The XD is double action only with a trigger and grip safety. All three can be carried using the DA with the safety/decocker off.

    However, the PPK/S didn't work too well because it is, basically, heavy. I now use a Ruger LCP in .380. It is very light and a couple magazines can go into any pocket. Really easy to conceal. Depending on weather and clothes I use it if I can't carry a larger pistol and as a BUG. I can put it into a pocket when wearing shorts, an outside holster with a long shirt, or a waistband holster if in sweats. The little gun is handy and good in your pants pocket as a back-up gun or in the glove compartment (which is right next to my right hand), or set-up for a cross-draw when driving.

    I like both the .40 and 9mm I have, but both although concealable weren't that concealable. It depends on your clothes, weight, and the holster. I use a Crossbreed combat cut in the quick-attachment version. Crossbreed will make you a leather backed plastic holster for your individual weapon. If leather is your thing look at GALCO. If all plastic try BLACK HAWK. Holsters are something you talk to everyone about, and everyone will tell you to get a different one. You will likely find it harder to find holster than a gun.

    What I am using for a carry weapon now is another STORM in 9mm, but it is the 3.5" sub-compact version instead of the 4" full size. Advantages. Small and compact with a 13 round magazine, including one with a little finger support it is lighter (mostly due to the lesser number of rounds). Much easier to hide. I can also use the 17 and 20 round magazines for my full size STORM in it, so I can carry 13+1 in the gun and one 20-round spare magazine, plus the .380 LCP in a pocket and a couple 6-round mags for the LCP in another pocket.

    You need to shoot several different pistols in different sizes. The XD(M) or XD, a Glock, and one of the little .380. I do not recommend the Ruger LCP mainly because it has horrible sights and doesn't lock back when empty. Not that you can't hit at 25 feet with it, bad sights or not, but you need to try several of the little pistols AFTER deciding on your main carry gun. A really small .380 may be too small-depends on your hands.

    I would also suggest you look at keeping a smaller carry gun like the GLOCK 26 in 9mm or .40 S&W the same caliber as a full size gun if you decide on both, and with interchangable magazines if possible. My 13-round STORM magazines don't fit my full size STORM but the 17-20 round full size STORM magazines fit both my sub-compact STORM, full size STORM, and my Beretta CX4 Carbine.

    Oh, and definitely bring up this subject with your instructor at your CPL class. He may be able to guide you. Also find a range where you can rent - you need to shoot several different guns before buying.

  6. #15


    I've carried a XD45 ACP compact for several years now ( 4" barrel), I have just
    recently switched due to my recent Christmas gift, a XDm 40 S&W, it has a 3.8" barrel and two 16 round mags and adjustable grip with a matched barrel. It's comfortable to carry, and had good stopping power with the 155-165gr home defense rounds. Most ranges have rentals, I would suggest that you try before you buy. I would also suggest you check out this Springfield - Very hard to beat! shoots great!

  7. Chose a weapon that is comfortable for you to shoot, that you can afford to practice with regularly. A couple military surplus weapons that I like are CZ82, and the Tokarev TT-33. Enjoy.

  8. #17
    A lot of good advice given so far tpaul513. It is a process and hearing what others have tried, liked and disliked helps. Yet, in the end, it comes down to what works for you. If how easy it was to carry was the only issue it would be a NAA .22LR. If I knew I was going to be in a fight it would be an AK47 with a Mossberg 500 as BUG; some where in the middle of all that is the compromise we find.

    I started with a .38sp IWB strong side. Switched to a PF9 and moved it closer to 4 o’clock. Then to a LCP that was either in the pocket or SOB. At present I carry a Warthog IWB cross-draw. Each has had good and bad points. The .38, like almost any revolver, was reliable but the cylinder made it harder to conceal. But then when you first start carrying it feels like the whole world can spot your weapon. So I suspect that played into it also. The PF9 was easy to conceal, comfortable to carry but had reliability issues that Kel-Tec never could/would resolve. The LCP was so nice to carry in a pocket I never thought about going without it. However, while .380 will get the job done with good placement and not that I would want to get shot with it, my confidence in the round could be better. The long trigger pull and poor sights added in had me feeling this was a better BUG than primary. (from what I have read on this group Taurus has a 380 that resolves the trigger issue.) The Warthog uses a round I have every confidence in .45. It is extremely accurate and unlike what some will say of Paras it is reliable when used with the right mags. I have 11 rounds with it and 10 in the clip I carry in a ankle holster (a hold over from carrying the LCP there for awhile). But once more. However, it is a thick pistol and weighs a ton by the end of the day. My journey of discovery continues.

    As hp-hobo mentioned, get your self a box for all the holsters you will try. If you are lucky and live near a range that rents guns try several to see how they shoot for you. Even then a gun that shoots great may well carry lousy for you. A lot of guns feel fine for the first 30 min you carry them. If you happen to find a way to discover that perfect carry pistol/holster without the expense of trial and error, please, let me know. My wife would appreciate it.

  9. #18
    Carrying a firearm is the act of giving up some comfort, for some comfort. That's my assessment after 3 years of CCW.

    The question is, how much comfort are you willing to give up to get the comfort you really need?

    Full disclosure: I'm the type of guy that won't wear a wristwatch because it bothers me. I wear no jewelry or trinkets, and don't like big key chains or fat wallets in my pockets.

    With that said, my general advice is to err on the smaller side and don't fall for the bigger is better argument.

    I thought I would buy only one or two handguns, so I started with a big 5" 1911 at 40 ounces figuring it would grow on me. Not! It got old very fast. But thankfully I found out I was a gun nut.

    I eventually worked my way down, and back up to a tolerable and flat Kel-Tec PF9 at 12 ounces and a Kahr PM9 at 16 oz. Plenty of oomph in a small package, Kel-Tec doesn't possess the most confidence inspiring workmanship and materials (but very cheap so get two).

    A Kimber Pro Carry II with alloy frame will fit the bill if you think a single action 1911 cocked and locked is the way to go. But that is not for everyone. Though I can handle either, I personally prefer a double action pistol with no external safeties at all and a really good holster for everyday carry.

    I'm not opposed to any caliber and sometimes carry even a wimpy Walther P22 loaded with CCI stingers... You can laugh but I'd never wanna get shot with that thing. I carry all that I own for at least some period of time each year, so I am very intimate with all my little friends.

    I've got quite a few now, but for carrying I consider the 19 oz Kahr 45 to be the "biggest gun" I'll ever carry ever again (Outside the Waist Band). And a Beretta Bobcat 22LR to be the smallest. (keep it anywhere you can hide it, which is just about everywhere).

    Some people don't want a dozen, so do yourself a favor and start smaller rather than larger, then you will have something that you'll be able to carry under any circumstance for certain. I like the Kahr PM9 but it's not cheap, and not fun at the range either. That and the PF9 are about the smallest big guns I have. The PM45 is way too hot for my hand. Kahr is quality, and there are zero external safeties. It's like a revolver but it's a pistol... a simple and reliable self defense concept. But if you pull the trigger with your finger or other object, it will go off, no extra chances.

    None of these are comfy like pajamas, except the little mouse guns come close, but many can be impossible to carry comfortably depending on body type and holster choice.


    P.S. Buy anything you want for the range, but go 100% practical and as reliable as gold for everyday carry. Plan the date of your second purchase now so you don't mess up your first purchase 8-)

    When I started out, bigger sounded better, and my eyes were much bigger than what my belt could carry...

    P.P.S. All the odds say that if you are unfortunate enough to need it, it will most likely happen at bad breath distance. You'll probably know you're in the fight after you hit the ground. Easy quick access may be as important as having it with you. AND! They say big guns make good clubs too. I'm not helping am I?
    Last edited by sassedbygov; 12-22-2010 at 10:14 PM. Reason: correct grammer

  10. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Very Very well said sassedbygov......I love to carry either my LCP or my G19, and I feel no need whatsoever for anything bigger. Either of these with a hot load can open a can of whoop ass, great shot placement seals the deal even quicker.

  11. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Butner, North Carolina, United States
    I own two .357 revolvers, a Ruger Security Six and a Rossi 461. I also own a Taurus PT145 and a PT709, (I occasionally carry the Rossi or one of the bigger Taurus auto's). But what I carry all the time is my little TCP .380 either in my front pocket or in a IWB DeSantis leather R17 holster, plus a spare mag on my belt. I keep the little guy loaded with Buffalo Bore 90gr. +P rounds which are pretty darned hot! Hopefully I never have to use any of them, but I've always got at least one on me at all times...
    MSgt, USAF (ret), Life Member - NRA, Life Member - NAHC,
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