Most preferred carry pistol/size?

Most preferred carry pistol/size?

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    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 :)


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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by taseal View Post
    Taurus 1911 - Love this pistol and carry it when wearing pants
    Wearing pants is always a good idea. :)
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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    100% of the time SA XD40 SC, and about %25 of that the S&W 2" to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speculator View Post
    Wearing pants is always a good idea. :)
    LOL! I forgot not everyone lives in FL :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by taseal View Post
    LOL! I forgot not everyone lives in FL :)
    February is a pants month. I have the A/C's on today dangit.

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