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  1. I carry both .357 and 9mm... I prefer conceal carry with my 9mm with 147gr hallow point...

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  3. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Stevenas View Post
    Really??
    Broke his hand shooting a 45 ACP???

    With all due respect, he is either a liar or a *****.
    I wont call somebody I do not know a liar, but if you told me you broke your hand shooting a G-36 your definatly a ***** and just as likely a bullshiter

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    The Ruger LCR in 357 is a nice little gun for under $500
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  5. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by grousetrapper View Post
    I am in agreement that 9mm is a much better choice for small concealable weapon. There are a lot of choices from pocket pistols to medium sized pistols, and ammo is cheap and easy to find.
    Scale is the key ingredient regardless of caliber. Here's what I mean. A small frame gun in comparison to its caliber has the same net effect. a Glock 36 conceals well, but will not be as enjoyable to shoot as say a Glock 21 or a Colt Govt. .45. Similarly, a Kel-Tec PF9 is a ******* to shoot because of the relative mass of the gun. Put that same 9mm round in a Springfield Armory EMP and shoot til the cows come home. Neither my Sheriff friend nor I are *********, but the PF9 is a stinger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weekendskp View Post
    Scale is the key ingredient regardless of caliber. Here's what I mean. A small frame gun in comparison to its caliber has the same net effect. a Glock 36 conceals well, but will not be as enjoyable to shoot as say a Glock 21 or a Colt Govt. .45. Similarly, a Kel-Tec PF9 is a ******* to shoot because of the relative mass of the gun. Put that same 9mm round in a Springfield Armory EMP and shoot til the cows come home. Neither my Sheriff friend nor I are *********, but the PF9 is a stinger.
    The 1st time I fired an AMT Backup in .45 ACP single-handed(.230 grain JHP +P) I whacked myself in the forehead with the front sight.

    In the same vein I am currently purchasing a pistol gripped Maverick 88(Mossberg) 12 gauge shotgun.

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    Last edited by Luvs.357; 06-16-2011 at 02:05 PM. Reason: Some like it hot.
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  7. #16
    I really enjoy shooting my G36. I've put a lot of rounds through it. It's fun to shoot. It's a soft shooter. If someone broke his hand shooting one, he would have to be extremely delicate.
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  8. I call BS on the broken hand. Tell him to send it to me, I'll "test" it out for him.

    I love my G-21 but it is hard to dress around especially in the Texas heat.

    I like the G-30SF, just haven't played with one enough to plunk down my money.

    The G-36 is a small package, and seems perfectly manageable to me.

    From the choices you listed, I would say none of the above. AMT is back on the market with a new Backup but I haven;t heard how much it has improved over the original.
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    My Kahr P45 loaded with super-velocity RBCD Platinum Plus .45 ACP 90-grain TFSP (Total Fractionating Soft Point) 2036 fps/828 Flbs suits me just fine; backup is a S&W Airweight 628 with RBCD 38 Spl. 60-grain TFSP rated at 1975 fps/385 Flbs.
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  10. #19
    You seem kinda set on 45? I just read another post in a different forum and the guy had a Bersa UC 45 and several thousands round thru it with no problem whatsorever.

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    I have a Glock 30SF, and all I can say is this: if one cannot handle a 30SF, they will not be able to handle a .357 Magnum either (unless they shoot some light .38's out of it). I purchased the 30SF specifically to replace the .357 Magnums that I was carrying, and it does a good job. The only load that is really not comfortable out of it is the 230 grain Hornady TAP +P. I normally keep it loaded with 230 grain Remington Home Defense rounds and I can shoot these pretty much all day with no ill effect. I also do not find the muzzle flash to be too extreme, and I shoot indoors quite a bit. The main disadvantage is the it is a little hard to dress around in warm weather. Better than the Glock 21SF in that department, but still a rather wide pistol. I recently purchased the CCW undershirt made by 5.11, and it carries both the Glock 30 SF and the larger Glock 21SF and 20SF just fine. I was talking to the guys at the guns shop this weekend, and they knew that I was carrying, they just could not figure out where (I did not have my usual vest on, and I was carrying both the 20SF AND the 21SF).

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