Help me select my first Carry Gun:) Pics please:)

Help me select my first Carry Gun:) Pics please:)

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    Help me select my first Carry Gun:) Pics please:)

    OK so I took my CWP class, and I will have to wait 90 days of course to see if I get approved for it, but I am pretty sure I am good to go:) So why not spend the next 3 months shooting, testing and looking for my first carry gun.

    So I figured why not take the great advice from all of you to help me select.

    Heres what I think I want:)

    -Under $800
    -Would prefer a higher caliber, preferabbly .40 or .45
    -needs to be something comfortable for me (5' 10'' 150 pounds, I am a skinnier guy)

    I like the following
    -1911's (definatly my favorite)
    -Sig
    -Glock

    Others i havent been around as much.. I like the 1911 looks, and I think thats my top choice, but i have been told that with a 800 buck limit a 1911 might be out of the question?

    Also I am 5' 10'' and around 150 pounds, so I am a skinny guy. So any pics of you carrying your gun and how you carry it would also help me select.


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    I love the Glocks. I am about to finish the police academy right now and of the 30 in our class only 2 people do not have a glock. I personally like it because I am able to conceal both my baby glock 26 and my Glock 17. I had to go with the 9mm because my department does not allow the .40 and to me the .45 was too bulky and so far I have been very pleased with my choice. The 26 I carry everywhere and have had no issues with it at all.

    Here is a picture of the Glock 17, Glock 19, and Glock 26 showing all the different sizes. I know there are plenty of people on here just from reading the forums who will back these up with their lives!!

    Good luck in your choice
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    Second verse, Same as the first.....
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    I was going to try and post before the kool-aid started being passed out but I was too slow. My suggestion, go to a range that rents guns and try some. You'll soon discover what works for you.

    Most glock owners like to lure newbie's in with the "we all can't be wrong" speech. I tried several glocks, that"s why I own Sigs.

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    I don't like any gun that something has to be done befor pulling the trigger. Others don't mind, that's their choice.

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    Glock is just a great first pick for a carry gun, especially if you are not familiar with the SAO platfrom. I recommend a G19
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    I think the Sig may challenge your price tag, but they are superlative guns with tremendous reliability. 220 in .45 or 226 or 229 in .40. I would have no hesitation in buying a Sig "certified" used gun if your dealer has one that's affordable.

    If you do love the 1911, then I think you need to look closely at a Springfield Armory 1911... a Loaded Champion is a great choice, basically a Lightweight Commander. If you're a sharp shopper you can probably get one for right around your price limit. If you can live with more basic sights, the Mil-Spec model is available for under $700 at retail.

    A lot of folks here are fans of the Rock Island Armory (RIA) 1911s because they have a nice price. I hold back on recommending them until they've had a bunch of years in service and we know what their reliability is in the field.

    Pics - you're on your own; that's what Google is for. Every manufacturer has better pics than I can take.
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    I love my G23 and would not trade it for anything in the world, go try some out
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    I'm with Gasmitty. Lots like the RIA, but they havn't been around long enough. Being thin as you are and wanting something comfortable in larger caliber, I would recommend looking into a Kahr CW40.
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    Take a good look at the Smith and Wesson M&P line. They come in 9mm, .40, or .45. They also come in a compact or full size version. I carry a 9mm compact M&P OWB in a raven concealment holster without any problems. I'm only 5'8" 140lbs.
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    Get the M&P for sure..... They are just great little shooters and Glock reliable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    I don't like any gun that something has to be done befor pulling the trigger. Others don't mind, that's their choice.
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    I have NEVER liked a glock...I put them in my hands and I feel like I am holding a brick. The SW M&P is a great gun, I had one in a .40 (sold it and wish i didnt) my dad just bought the MP9 and I even had him try out glocks and he hated them.

    Go shoot some guns and try them out and see what you like.
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    I carry 1911 with 4.25 barrel. Best advice is try everything you can and see what you like best. The 1911 is narrow and feels solid in my hand. Personally, I like the manual safety. At $800 you are limiting your choices. Consider saving a little longer and get the gun you fall in love with... it may save your life.

    Best of luck to you.
    Enjoy the process.

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    Thanks for all ther replies:) On the pics, I was actually hoping i could get some carry pics. I dont know alot about carrying but trying to read up on it. Would a 4 or 5 o' clock position be better for a smaller framed person, then say the 3 or 6?

    Thanks, and I plan on shooting alot of pistols in the next 90 days to see what I like....
    thanks again!

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