Single stack - or double?

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    58 37.42%
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    Single stack - or double?

    Looking here out of pure curiosity, to see where preferences lie statistically with carry semi's. This is not meant to be cal specific ....... seeing as there are a good many double stack .45acp's these days.

    I have fairly large hands and invariably prefer fat grips and so double stackers (EDC SIG 226 ST). I recall dr_cmg is the opposite and IIRC went the single stack route. I always feel at ease with a 1911 in hand but when I had the P12-45 liked that feel better than a Gov't A1 single.

    So - apart from seeing the stat's on this poll, wonder too if folks think it is mostly governed by hand size ... for me I think that is it. Good fat grips feel more controllable for me. I love the SIG 220 but it lacks a slight fatness compared with the 226 or 228.
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    I'm a Glock man until the bitter end! I voted first!

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    Could be my big hands play a part in it. That's one of the reasons I don't like S&W's. I've always found the grips to be too thin.

    Hard to discount the additional capacity as a factor, though.
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    No preference here....I have small man hands, so for the most part, I do best with a single-stack gun. However, the new breed of polymer-framed, interchangeable-backstrapped, double-stack mag guns like the Walther P99's, Beretta Px4's and similar "slim" double-stacked guns like the polymer-framed Steyr M, S, and M-A1's and Browning HPs make all the difference in the world for digitally-disadvantaged folks like me.
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    +1 on the Walther/S&W P99. If I wasn't a Glocker - that would be my next choice!

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    I've got small hands, but like srfl, some of the newer (and not so new, like the BHP) can go a long way to help with that.

    Generally, single-stacks feel better to me, but a double stack has got that many more shots. And I don't think you can have too much ammo if you are in a gun fight.
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    I carry a Beretta 9000 (Double Stack) and a Beretta 85 (Single Stack), so where is the choice for both?

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    No preference here...but with my semi's, its leaning toward doubles...
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    Glocks. 17 and 26. Not big hands, it's what I learned on, and I like that damn grip angle.....LOL

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    I prefer double stack. They just feel more comfortable in my hands even though I have little hands. I like to have lots of ammo. ( no rude comments now!!!! LOL) I even carry two extra mags. There are some things you can't do without when you need them: runway, fuel, altitude and ammo.
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    I voted yes. I have a hard time deciding between my 1911 and my XD45. No preference.
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    Single stack 1911 of course or a wheelie

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    I have some pretty big paws, and don't really care. At the moment I am leaning toward double stacks, but I could always change my mind.
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    For me it depends on the gun - some double-stack grips are too large; others (the CZ P-01 for example) fit me perfectly. Single-stack 1911's fit my hand very well, as does my single-stack P225. I have a couple very small single stacks that don't fit as well (Kahr MK9 & Kel-tec P3AT), but they are mainly for when I can't conceal anything larger.

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    My preference is single stack. It just makes it easier to conceal. However, I carry a double-stack when I can. ie when the weather is cooler in Texas I will automatically go for my USP. When is so hot an egg can fry outside, I will go for the Sig 239 or Kimber Ultra Carry. At least here in the summer the less clothes the better!!
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