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Times being what they are, anymore I carry full size guns. Not "traditional" carry guns.

I went through that. J frames, Shields, P938s, etc...

Now I never needed them, so I cannot and will not disparage them. But times seemed to have changed, rather quickly. I don't feel comfortable with a 5-8 shot smaller carry gun. Although I have been known to run a 1911. But I don't consider a Commander to be a carry gun by today's standards, even though guys have been carrying 1911s forever. Seems like modern "carry" guns are, while excellent, lower capacity and easier to carry. And not nearly as easy to shoot as a 1911.

I have no plans to be in an extended firefight (none do), but when I see what has been going on lately, and see no reason for it to abate, I prefer a fighting gun these days.

My HK USPs are my preference. They are monstrous guns, very big. Fortunately, so am I, and I can carry them and hide them all day long. My USP 45 is good for 12+1 of 45 ACP, and even in the summer I carry it a lot.

The smallest gun I own is an HK P2000sk, 10+1 of 9mm. I'm OK carrying it around the small town in which I live, but any trip to the city is full size USP territory.

Anybody else up gun in the last few years?
 

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I carry a 44mag 2 inch 629 at times or a 10mm Glock 29
 

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Contrary to the entertainment on TV where a minimum of 30 rounds and at least 5 or 6 reloads I am quite comfortable with 8+1 and possibly one or two reloads to handle any self defense needs.
 

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Contrary to the entertainment on TV where a minimum of 30 rounds and at least 5 or 6 reloads I am quite comfortable with 8+1 and possibly one or two reloads to handle any self defense needs.
Frankly where I live I am about the same ..But that said I normal will have something with a bit more bang handy if need be
 

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I am comfortable with my 9rds and one reload...for my low risk lifestyle.

I am of the opinion, that if I get into a situation where my ammo is depleted...I will have totally failed with my SA.

I have given thought to getting the higher capacity M&P 9c...but it is purely from just liking them...not any real sense of need.
 

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Five rounds of .357mag, plus 1-3 speed-loaders.
I'm fine with this.
On the road it's three 17 round mags of 9mm plus a box of 50 rounds. Hope this gets me home during TEOTWAWKI. Hopefully this is enough to get me more.

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I went from a Glock 27/33 up to 23/32 size pistol a couple /three years ago, never went back.
Last fall I started carrying a Glock 21.
For a brief period I thought the 21 too big for summer carry, but now I've learned better.
Glock 20/21 or 19/23/32 is my standard carry (+ spare magazine and PM9 / Glock 43 in pocket).
 

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Is a Glock 19 "big"? That's normal carry, with Glock 17 round mags as back up. I only carry my Sig P938 where my mode of dress or the situation precludes my G19 (I dislike IWB so tuckable holsters are out).
 

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Times being what they are, anymore I carry full size guns. Not "traditional" carry guns.

I went through that. J frames, Shields, P938s, etc...

Now I never needed them, so I cannot and will not disparage them. But times seemed to have changed, rather quickly. I don't feel comfortable with a 5-8 shot smaller carry gun. Although I have been known to run a 1911. But I don't consider a Commander to be a carry gun by today's standards, even though guys have been carrying 1911s forever. Seems like modern "carry" guns are, while excellent, lower capacity and easier to carry. And not nearly as easy to shoot as a 1911.

I have no plans to be in an extended firefight (none do), but when I see what has been going on lately, and see no reason for it to abate, I prefer a fighting gun these days.

My HK USPs are my preference. They are monstrous guns, very big. Fortunately, so am I, and I can carry them and hide them all day long. My USP 45 is good for 12+1 of 45 ACP, and even in the summer I carry it a lot.

The smallest gun I own is an HK P2000sk, 10+1 of 9mm. I'm OK carrying it around the small town in which I live, but any trip to the city is full size USP territory.

Anybody else up gun in the last few years?
I went to the Glock 17 about a year ago, and have not looked back.
The grip is better[for me] than the 19, there's a longer sight radius, and a greater capacity.
I carry it appendix, so there's no issue with concealment:
It hides so well I can wear it under a tucked T shirt.

Carry the biggest gun you can conceal. Carry the caliber that you can shoot the best, with the best accuracy results. Practice often.
 

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Anybody else up gun in the last few years?
Yeah, me too. I've put aside all my 380's and snubbies in favor of higher capacity/caliber EDC's.

My current EDC in 9mm is the M&P Shield 9 with 9+1 for a specific scenario. I'm OK with the Shield's 10 rounds of 147 grain XTP's.

When the scenario permits a larger platform, the Ruger SR9E and a CZ75 clone give me 17+1 or 15+1 in 9mm. In a slightly smaller platform (6.1" OAL), I have two polymers in 40 S&W and 45 ACP, 14+1 and 12+1 respectively. Gotta love 13 rounds of 45 in a 6.1" package.

I'm more likely to carry the 6.1" in 40 S&W or 45 ACP, the CZ75 clone or the Shield in that order.

Carry the biggest gun you can conceal. Carry the caliber that you can shoot the best, with the best accuracy results. Practice often.
Yep, exactly what I do...practice with the guns I carry. I know I can stand and rapid fire a magazine of big bore 40 S&W/45 ACP from one of my compacts into a torso size target at 50 feet. That is my "accuracy" requirement and most likely scenario in my "low risk life style".
 

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G17 gen 4 at least 2 spare magazines (and that's just around the house) if we go out. a third magazine , Ruger LCP in left front pocket & mini flashlight.
I carry this all day everyday.
 
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I've been carrying a P229, or something similar in size, with either 13-16rds on board for almost as long as I've been carrying. My first carry gun was a P250 sub compact, but even that was packing 13rds of 9mm. Occasionally I'll step all the way down to a P220 or 1911 with only 8-9 rounds, but not often. For the most part I prefer a larger gun simply because I shoot them better than pocket guns, not because of the amount of ammo they hold.
 
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I carry a G19. Not because I felt unsafe with the Shield or J-frame but because I shoot better with it. The Shield felt too thin in the grip and I could never get accurate with the j-frame. I have gone to AIWB exclusively and that makes carrying the G19 a breeze.
 

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I have been carrying one of the HK USP compact models a lot lately.

Not huge guns, not tiny guns. They fit me well, are accurate and super reliable, with a decent capacity.

Carry what you are comfortable carrying.
 

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For me capacity is a "side effect" of the size pistols I prefer to carry.

I really like and shoot the mid-sized, G19 sized pistols pretty well due to a combination of; sight radius, recoil mitigation, ability to get a solid two-hand grip etc. While I do shoot a full or serviced sized pistol better, the compacts are a decent compromise between shoot-ability and conceal-ability. I've also gone to polymer to save some weight after years of being a 1911 guy. The idea of carrying a 40+ ounces for 8-9 rounds no longer appealed to me. It took me a while to be able to shoot anything without a 1911 trigger well, but I've gotten over it.

Just so happens that most of the polymer midsized pistol are double stacks with decent capacity.

So based on my chosen size and frame materials I ended up with a 12+1 (357 SIG, HK P2000) to 15+1 (9mm, Walther PPQ) capacity.

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My smallest also the HK P2000sk 9+1 = Gets carried a lot in the summer time cause it is easy to conceal
I have a P229C 357sig 12 + 1 that too carries quite comfortably in a Milt Sparks IWB Summer or Winter.
My Winter Carry is my P30 13 + 1
And my go to without much thought on how I want to dress is my G23 13 + 1
Lastly my LCR357 using it as my doing my Saturday morning errands kind of CCW.

And in most cases, I do not bring a spare mag along. With the exception of the LCR, will bring a couple speed strips with me.
 

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I too moved up from my Springfield XDS with 8+1 and a 9 round reload to a Sig P320sc with 12+1 and a 15 round reload. I really like how the Sig shoots, been very pleased with the change.
 

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I have gradually made my edc way up from a Kimber Ultra Carry II in the beginning to a Glock 21 now. Occasionally I will carry my Glock 17, but not often.
 
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