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So anyway I did something a little different today. I happened to meet 2 other CCW permit holders at the range, let's call them "Richey Rich" and "Melissa". "Richey Rich" I'm nominally acquainted with and he has a case full of new toys every time I see him.

"Rich" suggested we try out each other's primary CCW pistols. We all surprised each other. I unholstered the XD40, removed the magazine, and locked the slide open. "Rich" had never seen an XD in person before and had no idea you could get it in stainless, and "Melissa" thought it was ugly. Both of them are confirmed Glock haters and initially thought it was some kind of weird Glock model.

"Rich" surprised me an awful lot. I was expecting a Sig or a Colt or Para Ordnance or an HK or Wilson Combat or something else super expensive, but he produced instead the new Commander sized Springfield GI. I think they call it the GI Champion Lightweight or something. I call it a 4" bbl Springfield GI.

"Melissa" floored us both with, of all things on earth, a Smith and Wesson 22A with the 4" bbl. I had no idea they even made a Model 22 with a barrel shorter than 5 and a half inches.

I found the GI Lightweight Champion or whatever the heck it's called to interesting to shoot. In actual operation it was fun and the action felt smooth and crisp. It was actually a very good size, pointed well, and had a nice flat profile. I didn't like the sights one little bit for some reason, and the controls felt small for some reason. The other thing I didn't like about it was that to carry it safely you have to rely on a safety that feels too small or somehow misplaced. While I would enjoy this gun, I don't think I'd carry it unless I was very familiar with its controls. I have to admit I did enjoy the flat profile and the easy to manipulate single stack magazines. Discounting 3 fliers (which were my fault I'm sure... at least they were inside the rings) out of 27 rounds it held a 3 to 4" group at 7 yards with rapid unsupported fire with only one malfunction when the very last round I was supposed to fire misfed, however simply tapping and racking fixed the problem in about 1 second. I was impressed even though I found the gun a touch awkward.

The 22A didn't make out so well. While it felt right and handled well and was a lot of fun to shoot (wish we could shoot at tin cans on the range!), the thing that killed it for me was it misfed two times. TBoth were quick and easy fixes, but took more effort than the small misfeed with the Springfield. The 22A is definitely an interesting choice for a CCW pistol. I think I'd get a Browning or a Ruger first, but if I ever see a 22A cheap enough I wouldn't mind having one. I think you could probably switch ammo or tweak it to fix the reliability issue. There is something to be said for the idea your .22 could also be CCWed if you wanted to.

I was proud of the XD. It did not misbehave for either of them and they each fired 2 magazines out of it. "Rich" was suitably impressed and cut a nice neat hole with it, "Melissa" thought it had too much "kick" and that the grip was too big, and she had to choke up on it too much to depress the grip safety, but she thought it was a better choice than her gun. But even at that every shot hit her silhouette target inside the 4 or 5 point zone.

The end result? I've figured out if I ever get a 1911 I should get a full sized one first. "Rich" wants an XD now. "Melissa" liked the GI much better than the XD and wants something like a 1911 but in 9x19. Rich suggested the S&W 3913, and I contended if she really liked the cocked and locked aspect a BHP would be the way to go.

It is interesting what you learn about a person (and yourself, and guns in general) when you shoot their carry gun for a little while.
 

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Well and the other thing is, when you start reading up on this subject you get the idea that 98% of people CCW a very small variety of guns, when in fact there's probably as many good CCW choices as there are people.

It floored me when I saw a low end compact 1911 and a .22 caliber pistol were the CCW choices of people who seemed to have thought about it a lot. Makes you wonder if they know something you don't.
 
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