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  1. My wife carries a compact Baby Desert Eagle 9mm. It's a steel frame, so it's a little on the heavy side for CC, but this does help with recoil and accuracy. Plenty of stopping power, ammo is fairly cheap, and it has a 13 round capacity.

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    As stated previously.... you can't beat the reliability of a revolver vs. most semi autos. Extreme example- but if i were to be in a dual... i'd use a revolver- vs. reloading is harder and bulkier compared to semi autos- and they are "ugly" IMO (but i'm a girl... and most of us tend to think semi autos are "prettier" than revolvers)

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    You need to go to the range and get with firearms owning friends to handle and shoot as many handguns as you can. You need to shoot everything from a .32acp to a .357mag & .45acp, shoot a few boxes through each. Practice drawing from various holsters in various positions to find what feels and works best for you. Research reviews on the internet, watch videos of not only guns that worked but ones that fail, go in-depth to find out of any manufacturing flaws in designs and possibly which model years to avoid. Your caliber choice should only be a concern as far as control-ability is concerned, don't be over concerned about having a hand-cannon! If you can't consistently get good hits under simulated high-stress critical incidents, whatever caliber you're shooting may be too much for you...

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    I carry both. My primary weapon is a semi, my backup gun is a mouse-revolver.
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    The Two Rules of Choice

    Handguns have two requirements for concealed carry:

    1. 9mm or bigger
    2. FITS YOUR HAND

    Try as many as you can, pick the one that works best.

    The only advantage of a caliber is the 9mm, due to the lower cost of FMJ practice ammo (in normal times). If you can afford it, get the same gun in 9mm and something else (.40, for example) to practice cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drzzit View Post
    Not to be picky, but a revolver is a pistol, just not semi-automatic.
    Not to be any pickyer (is that a word) but a revolver is a semi automatic if it is a double action...it just doesn't have a magazine. Think about it for a moment!

    As to the OP...I am wondering why you want to CCW at all if you have not become familiar with any handguns. Do you have ANY experience with a handgun? Maybe I missed something here but I think you stated you will be getting your LTC in about a week and then joining a gun club and practicing up a storm. We used to call that putting the cart before the horse. A bit of friendly advice I hope...pretend that you don't have an LTC when it gets to you in the mail. Buy 4 different styles of handguns...caliber and type of action. Work with all of them...pick which works best and either keep or sell the others. Get yourself some range time before you start to carry a firearm. Get to know your firearm like the back of your hand...learn what kind of Bad habits you have with the firearm. Just remember...guns are not the problem...what we do with them when they are in our hands is the problem.

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    First CCW....revolver or semi- auto ?

    I carry one of each, primary is always a semi-auto, BUG is always a revolver. With so many reliable semis on the market there is really no reason you shouldn't carry one as a primary unless you just personally hate them. Higher mag capacities, more power with less recoil, and faster follow up shots and reloads. However, I still carry a S&W j frame .357 as a back up because even as reliable as glocks are, revolvers are inherently more reliable than a semi, so I want a revolver as a last resort.

  9. I would recommend as a first handgun an exposed hammer, with an external safety.
    This is just my personal recommendation for a first time hand gun owner.

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    I carried a .38spl for over twenty five years. When I switched to the 26, I slapped my forehead for not doing it much earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GHF View Post
    Handguns have two requirements for concealed carry:

    1. 9mm or bigger
    2. FITS YOUR HAND

    Try as many as you can, pick the one that works best.

    The only advantage of a caliber is the 9mm, due to the lower cost of FMJ practice ammo (in normal times). If you can afford it, get the same gun in 9mm and something else (.40, for example) to practice cheap.
    These statements should have a disclaimer with it...
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