Gonna get a new carry gun

Gonna get a new carry gun

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    Gonna get a new carry gun

    So I am looking for opinions on what to carry, currently I carry a XD-45 but it's the 5" tactical and is just to cumbersome and heavy to carry I love the gun and do not intend to get rid of it but would like to have something lighter weight to carry!!! The gun that has peaked my interest is the Ruger SP101 in the 357 caliber, please give me your thoughts on the quality and reliability of this weapon and also any other quality weapons that are available out there in the 500-600 dollar range!!!


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    The SP101 is as rugged as a tank, but you're giving up several rounds for lighter weight and not much, if any, real reduction in bulk.

    Why not consider an XD subcompact in .40? Same platform, 1 oz lighter then the SP101, and 9+1 capacity.
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    I would also suggest going with an XDM compact in either 40 or 9mm. That way you will stay highly famillier with the weapon, but it's hard to argue with a snubby 357!
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    I LOVE my SP-101.

    Pros
    Easy to carry and conceal
    Proven caliber
    Simple to operate
    rock solid dependable

    Cons
    5 rounds compared to 9+ rounds of most sub compact autos
    Generally harder to shoot well because of the trigger pul
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    XDSC in .40 that would be my choice for a carry gun.

    or get myself another officer or commander style 1911.

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    I like the SP-101 for it's reliability not that the sub compacts don't have good performance I don't think I'm going to need 9 rounds but would be nice to have a little extra

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    Thanks everyone for your input and I will put the info to good use it's just really hard to make the final decision, it's like picking a new girlfriend out of a case!!!!!!

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    Does anyone out there have anything good or bad to say about the Beretta PX4 storm???

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    My thoughts exactly the power of a 357 is hard to argue with!!!!

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    SP101 is great and its my backup and I carry Sig SP2022 daily.... as well as I do agree with others if you really like XD then get XDSC.
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    Since you're thinking 357, have you considered the 357 Sig round? Glock 33 weighs less than 20 oz. and carries 9+1 rounds. I own an SP101 but I find that I rarely carry it because I have better choices.
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    If you really enjoy your XD, it would make sense to look at the XD45 compact (~1" shorter in the slide, subcompact-length grip) or an XD/XDm subcompact (9/40).

    If not, another option might be an LCR (.357MAG).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NIS350ZTT View Post
    If you really enjoy your XD, it would make sense to look at the XD45 compact (~1" shorter in the slide, subcompact-length grip) or an XD/XDm subcompact (9/40).

    If not, another option might be an LCR (.357MAG).
    I have shot one of the LCR and did not like it at all it rattled my fingers way to much my hands are to big for an LCR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedomofchoice View Post
    Since you're thinking 357, have you considered the 357 Sig round? Glock 33 weighs less than 20 oz. and carries 9+1 rounds. I own an SP101 but I find that I rarely carry it because I have better choices.
    There's no chance that I will EVER buy a Glock but thanks for the info

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    SP101 is a great gun, but a bit heavy - at least compared to some other snub-nose revolvers.

    Smith & Wesson 642 and 442 (.38 spc. +P) $370 - new- at my local gun shop.
    Smith & Wesson 340 (either M&P or PD, .357 Mag) Above your price range though.
    Ruger LCR
    Charter Arms Off Duty (.38 Spc +P) Great price

    For carry, these will be more comfortable, all are at least 40% lighter than an SP101. As for the SP101? If you don't mind the weight of an all steel gun, then you'd probably like it.

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