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    I started with a 1911 only because it was my first handgun and I got my CCW at the same time. Very shortly thereafter I carried a P-22 because it concealed a bit better (had a better holster for it) and it was lighter. Then I got a colt pony pocketlite which was a great pocket gun, and it was summertime.

    Then i found an old S&W Model 60 in .38spl., which to me was a better pocket gun for a lot of applications, and I carried that in the summer as well.

    Then I got a hankerin' for a 9mm, so I got a Sig P239 in 9mm. Nice platform, carried it for 6 months till I realized that there were smaller guns that shot bigger bullets, so I sold the P239 and found a Colt Defender ( 3" 1911). That's what I carry now. I became totally sold on 45ACP as a carry caliber, and 1911 as a platform I like a lot. I just can't deal with the weight of a 5" steel one right now.

    Also, in the summer my work uniform becomes khakis and a polo shirt, and it's tough concealing a 1911 in that, so I plan to go back to pocket carrying a j-frame. Looking into smart carry though to see if I can use that effectively.

    I still carry the Colt Pony when just am going into town, or going skiing or someting in which a full sized gun would be hard to carry.


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    I chose my Glock 23 for many of the same reasons already stated about Glocks - reliability, ease of use, price, feel (how is shoots and feels in my hand), etc.
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    Early on in my shooting career, I fell under the evil influence of Bill Jordan's NO SECOND PLACE WINNER - you know: "I'll take a revolver, YOU take your chances!".

    I pretty much stuck with a 4" Bbld Ruger Security Six in 357 mag for an awful lot of years. Carried it as a duty gun when I worked as an armored car guard, and carried it in a Milt Sparks Summer Special when I wasn't working.

    Interesting thing. I was working for the armored car company when the military first switched to Beretta and the police began to follow suit - about the time S&W came out with their second generation semi-autos.

    Saw a lot of guys with the company go out and buy these things, and start carrying them on the cars. And saw a lot of them show up at the range for the qualification shoots and suffer one malfunction after another! Boy did Bill Jordan nail that one right, at least back in those days!

    Anyway, after the turn of the century, I decided that maybe these new-fangled flat guns were't just a passing fad after all, and decided to acquire one.

    My criterion was that it had to be powerful, it had to be reliable, and it had to be steel. Also, after thirty + years of "point gun, pull trigger" it had to essentially be a flat revolver, no little switch thingies you had to manipulate first before it would go bang. Also, it had to have a consistent trigger. I cannot ABIDE a gun that switches between a double action pull and a single action pull between shots all on it's own. It is NOT smarter than I am, I will decide whether to shoot single action or not, thank you very much.

    Finally, I was looking at the time for a "pocket pistol".

    I ended up with a Kahr K40, and am generally quite pleased with it. I bought it with the "Elite" trigger option, then sent it out to Ted Yost when he was still running the Gunsmithy at Gunsite and let him slick it up a little more. Very nice!

    Only problem is, I have VERY large hands - I wear 2X gloves - and I don't think the grip is really big enough for me to get a proper two hand grip on it, tho it works VERY well for one handed shooting.

    Anyway, I've recently upgraded to a Glock 35, and am looking forward to doing a few classes with it this year.

    And yes, we now have proof positive that Hell has frozen over: I own a plastic gun.

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    I chose a GLOCK 23 for many reasons.
    1. Reliablilty
    2. Quality
    3. Concealability
    4. Capacity
    5. Simplicity of maintanence
    6. Points naturally
    7. Round is IMO a good self defense round and cheap for practice.
    8. Accuracy


    I also like the 40 better for piece of mind, and the fact that I can hold 14 rounds into a size that fits well in my hand. Also because I am very comfortable with it and I shoot fairly good with it.
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    Well, I'll tell my story(s).... ya'll got time

    When I got my first CCW it was in the state of GA. I had three guns at that time (handguns): Taurus .44 spl, Ruger P95 (was this the 9mm version?) and the USP .45. We didn't have the boards back then like we have now so I didn't know how to carry big guns. So I carried the .44spl in an ankle holster. I started to buy more and more guns and switched over to a Charter Arms .38spl for pocket carry.

    When I moved to Idaho and received my permit there, it was mainly the .38 when not at work and the NAA .22mag at work.

    When I moved to Oregon I started to experiment with "big guns" and switched over to a Kimber 1911 (Pro-Carry, lighter weight than the normal 1911's). I was doing well with it, could even carry my FM Hi-Power which is full weight.

    Well, I developed a abnormality that basically "eats" the muscle mass as well as the fat that the body would normally store. I wore the Kimber up to a few months ago (about 6 or so) and went to a Taurus .38 for pocket / ankle with the 9mm in a fanny pack.

    So, my health is what determines my CCW and how I carry.

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    Glock 30 for carry why? Concealability,ease of use under stressfull situations where a fraction of a second could mean life or death. Reliabilty, durability, will last longer than I will . I can carry a magazine from my 21 and second reload gives me 13 rounds of 45 hollowpoints ! I used to carry the 21 but it is now my wife's home defence pistol and my kids will be learning to shoot it soon.

    But I guess the biggest reason is.... I Like glocks but I like the 45 acp. cartridge better, if you have to make a hole make the biggest one you can!!!
    I love .45's!

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    I've handled the double stack .45 GLOCKs and they fit my hand even better than the 9mms do. I've been carrying my GLOCK 26 around the house to get used to carrying before I get my CHL. But since I have enough trouble with the thickness of the double stack 9mm I'm going to get a single stack 45 when I can afford it. I plan on getting a Kimber Tactical Ultra II or Pro II. But who knows I might find something that fits the bill better.

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    My carries are Glock because I like the engineering of the "safe action system". Exactly right for me. The fact that they are cheaper than lots of 1911s is not a factor, I just like these things.

    I like a full-size .45, so I selected the G21 for primary carry. Later I got a 27 for BUG because of its smaller size and .40 caliber. The 27 is so sweet I sometimes carry it for primary too.

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    I started with a Kel-Tec P11. It was cheap, light, fairly small, good capacity, reliable, and used cheap ammo. I still use the P11 occasionally for fanny pack carry or IWB when I need something thin or with a tuckable holster.

    Now I have a P3AT that's my "always" gun. If it's not in my coat breast pocket, it's in my pants pocket.

    My preferred carry, which is most times when I'm not at work, is an HK P2000SK in .40. I've always been an HK fan, and I was in a position to buy this a while ago so how could I resist? It's small(ish), packs a decent punch, is 100% reliable, and is a dream to operate and fire.

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    Question H&kp2000

    Quote Originally Posted by DarthMuffin
    My preferred carry, which is most times when I'm not at work, is an HK P2000SK in .40. I've always been an HK fan, and I was in a position to buy this a while ago so how could I resist? It's small(ish), packs a decent punch, is 100% reliable, and is a dream to operate and fire.
    Does your H&K P2000 have the LEM trigger module? If so can you describe the trigger pull and how you like it compared to other types of trigger pulls?
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    Those HK P2000SK's seem to be nearly as small as the sub-combact GLOCK's. Although the slide seems to be a little bit thicker. If I were in the market for a sub-compact and wasn't such a fan of GLOCK I'd take a serious look at the HK. Its not as expensive as many people think HKs are.

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    Talking Glock M30

    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTY
    Glock 30 for carry why? Concealability,ease of use under stressfull situations where a fraction of a second could mean life or death. Reliabilty, durability, will last longer than I will . I can carry a magazine from my 21 and second reload gives me 13 rounds of 45 hollowpoints ! I used to carry the 21 but it is now my wife's home defence pistol and my kids will be learning to shoot it soon.

    But I guess the biggest reason is.... I Like glocks but I like the 45 acp. cartridge better, if you have to make a hole make the biggest one you can!!!
    ~SIGH~ I miss my Glock 30. Sold it to one of my nephews. But I miss it a little bit less now that I've got my H&K USP 45! I'm thinking seriously of a USPc 45.
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    1911 - 'cuz I've always liked and trusted 'em. Currently, this one:
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    It rides wonderfully IWB in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II, and goes bang every time it's supposed to, no matter what I feed it. Diet: SXT's for carry; WWB for practice.

    The Colt Combat Commander (Series 80) has too many sharp edges ... eats holsters ... and me, so it stays home under the bed.

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    that's a nice looking piece mik..is it a para?
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    Well, I have changed my carry piece. It is still in progress but I will soon be carrying a Para P16-40 converted to 10mm. That will give me up to 19 rounds (18+1) of 10mm goodness. Sounds better than 5 rounds of .357 Magnum goodness.
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