Most preferred carry pistol/size?
This is a discussion on Most preferred carry pistol/size? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was just curious what size pistol people carry. It got me thinkining because I usually carry a small pistol, but 9mm is my limit.
December 10th, 2011 12:00 PM
Most preferred carry pistol/size?
I was just curious what size pistol people carry. It got me thinkining because I usually carry a small pistol, but 9mm is my limit.
My carry pistols -
M&P9c - Not carried too often
Taurus 1911 - Love this pistol and carry it when wearing pants
Keltec PF9 - By far the most carried pistol. Pretty much goes where I go. (Also BUG for work)
Then I thought about why I carry it the PF9
I carry the PF9 because it's a 9mm with a decent punch (on both ends lol) and it's so small and light, with a remora holster, I can pretty much stick it in my waist and it'll stay there thanks to the Remora holster, or just put it in my pocket like a cell phone and go.... I usually don't even know it's there. It's so convienent.
the 1911 is a nice badass pistol to carry, but unless I'm wearing pants and put that belt on nice and tight (it's a 5.11 carry belt) it can become a hinderance. but it's nice to have 9 rounds of .45 on your waist....
Then there used to be the MP9c I love the pistol and with 14 rounds of 9mm I feel pretty safe. it's also much ligther than the 1911, but lately I have gotten the 1911 bug, so I've been sticking with that... otherwise it's a great carry pistol as well.
So I ask people what you carry, and why?
I won't make this a poll because it can be very specific, so hopefully the posts will explain :)
December 10th, 2011 12:31 PM
I find it more comfortable to carry a fairly long-barreled smaller-gripped weapon, so the balance point is lower than the top of the belt. Of course, some weapons are so light, that the balance point is irrelevant, but if I must point a weapon at an adversary, I like the forward-balance factor to help me feel where the muzzle is pointed.
Grip size is a major factor in my comfort. Double-stack-magazine autoloading pistols are great, in theory, but when the fight is at close range, having the weapon knocked or stripped from my grasp is a very discomforting prospect. My palms are large, but my fingers and thumbs are medium to short. A 1911 feels much more secure in my hand than a Glock, for example.
I reckon I am lucky, in that I can carry quite a bit of weight on my belt, without the need to cinch the belt tightly. With due attention to holster design, I can tote a 1911 or medium-to-large-frame revolver quite comfortably, all day. I don't have as much muscle mass in my shoulders, compared to my younger days, to help in concealment, but the subject at hand seems to be comfort, not concealment.
December 10th, 2011 12:47 PM
I've taken to carrying my 5" Springfield 1911. My Taurus just doesn't feel as nice, even though it carries 3 more rounds of .45ACP.
Other than my 1911, I will carry my Windicator 2" .357mag. I never feel undergunned with either. Just 'differently armed'. I don't see needing more than one or two of either (and if I need more than 8rds of .45ACP, or 6 .357mags I have bigger issues than I can handle alone).
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December 10th, 2011 12:51 PM
Wearing pants is always a good idea. :)
Originally Posted by taseal
December 10th, 2011 01:20 PM
40% .40 and .357 (Glock 23 hip and SP101 pocket carry)
10% .40 and .38 (G23 and Smith 442, essentially the same, just easier in dress trousers)
30% G23 solo with extra mag, usually Remora-ed (church carry)
10% .357 or .38 solo (gym shorts carry on a belt under my workout gear)
10% 9mm (when I feel guilty my G26 or Smith 910 haven't been on the stroll lately)
Is that 100%? Cause I never leave home without it.
December 10th, 2011 01:23 PM
My carry pistols -
1)Browning Hi-Power 9 - Not carried as often (guess because not DA ?)
2)Glock 22 40 - Carry often as dual setup with BUG (3)
3)S&W 337 Airlite 38 - By far the most carried pistol. Pretty much goes where I go
(inside or outside home with or without pocket holster).
I wish I liked the smaller M&P9c type guns but do not,,,, to short for my hand.
Do know 5 shots limit my answering to certain possibilities of encounters.
I have been considering the M&P9 lately,,,, probably will purchase one
sooner or later most likely a 9 maybe 40 since I have been checking out
9 & 40 carbine makers. Why? just like the idea of having a pistol type
rifle that shots either the 9 or 40.
I have a Marlin 44 mag rife and the Ruger Redhawk 44 mag.
I still like my revolvers ,,, if I run into multiple BG,s may cost me, someday.
December 10th, 2011 01:32 PM
75% M&P40 in a Crossbreed SuperTuck - this is my EDC and it's a great shooter.
25% PF-9 in a Crossbreed MiniTuck - great when wearing shorts.
Occasionally I'll carry my SP-101 as my BUG.
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December 10th, 2011 01:33 PM
I carried a 3" Kimber M1911 for years (25 oz empty), recently switched over to a 4" Kimber M1911 (27 oz empty). Both are compact designs that hold 7+1 of .45ACP. The 3" is more comfortable in general, but the 4" has night sights some other nice features. I also have a full-sized Kimber M1911 in all steel (38 oz empty), but have only carried it a few times. The extra round it buys me isn't worth the extra weight, and its more difficult to conceal on me.
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December 10th, 2011 01:55 PM
Glock 19 with Trijicon night sights 95% of the time, in either a right-handed or left-handed Brommeland Max-Con V holster. The only time it isn't with me is when I am in close fitting casual or formal settings, when I am carrying a Kahr PM9, also in a Max Con V. Most of the time, I am also carrying a Glock 17 (currently out of the rotation, since it is getting a Brommeland holster made to accommodate the Leupold Delta Point and high profile BUIS) or a Kimber Ultra Carry II, also in Max-Con V holsters. Belts are a Brommeland custom leather when formally or casually dressed, and a Wilderness Instructor the rest of the time.
December 10th, 2011 02:03 PM
depending on the season and where I/we are intending to go primary will be the 239/40 with a j-frame in my left coat or vest pocket.
or the j and a p32 in my right front pants pocket. i recently saw in a banner ad here a 'holdster' type holster for the K-T.
sometimes its just the K-T for a jaunt to a local store or to walk the dog.
2 things-- i say 'intend to go' cause one must take into account that plans often change after you leave the house. be it a road detour or a change of mind.
and I've never felt undergunnned even with just the 32. i weigh the chance that i will actually need to fire the gun against what may happen.
I've yet to have a situation unfold that i was not able to have end happily for me ( i really don't care that they were less pleased)
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December 10th, 2011 02:06 PM
I have 3 guns that see most of the carry time.
#1- Kahr CW45, carried when I'm at work, small and light weight.
#2- CW Classic Commander Bobtail, normally carried on weekends.
#3- CZ75 P-01, 9mm, carried if I want a higher magazine capacity.
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December 10th, 2011 02:15 PM
Glock 30SF .45ACP - in Comp Tac Minotaur. It's on my belt when I'm awake and on my bedside table when I'm asleep.
December 10th, 2011 02:21 PM
100% of the time SA XD40 SC, and about %25 of that the S&W 2" to boot.
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December 10th, 2011 02:40 PM
LOL! I forgot not everyone lives in FL :)
Originally Posted by Speculator
December 10th, 2011 02:43 PM
February is a pants month. I have the A/C's on today dangit.
Originally Posted by taseal
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