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Shot Show is coming up and I’m sure there will be unveiled many new and innovative handguns for the concealed carry market. CZ, Colt and Ruger have been expanding their respective offerings recently, and each new gun is certainly intriguing. Other gun makers are also responding to market demands.

I won’t be buying any of these new guns. I probably won’t even be reading much about them, other than to know just enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Moreover, I’ll probably be selling some of the carry guns that I no longer carry. This probably means I’ll be selling my XDS .45, my XD Mod 2 .45, my Sig P229 Extreme 9mm, and a few other carry guns that have no sentimental value to me.

For me, shooting is a perishable skill, and it is a skill that does not transfer cleanly from one gun to another. Right now I think I have too many guns that I carry — I have five that I shoot a lot and carry, and three of them I carry most often. But lately range visits have taken on a work-like feel because I want to make sure I’m not stale with any one gun that I carry, and thus I take three or so at a time. So what is happening is I am diluting my shooting skills, my time, and my finances (in ammo costs) because I have too many guns that I “like” to carry, but I don’t have the discipline to limit myself to a smaller set (I may just limit myself to two eventually — but I can’t decide which).

So the last thing I want to do now is buy a new gun that pretty much does what all my other guns do — throw lead down range. If I buy a new gun, it will take me some time to get used to the gun, find the right holster, etc. But a new purchase is pointless, because I already have what I need, and the time I spend and the ammo I shoot learning the new gun could be used to maintain the proficiency I have with the guns I already carry.

For a carry gun — and by carry gun I mean a gun that you purchase with the intent to use and carry, and not a gun that you want to add to your collection for some other reason — do the factors I described above come into play when you make your decision to purchase?

If not, shouldn't they?
 

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Sounds like you have a plan...

But, speak for yourself about the purchase of new guns....I kinda like it...although, I typically buy guns for reasons other than CC.
 

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Sounds like you have a plan...

But, speak for yourself about the purchase of new guns....I kinda like it...although, I typically buy guns for reasons other than CC.
Yes, many guns I have are not for carry. Some are old and evidence a craftsmanship that no longer exists (some old Smith & Wessons, an old Colt); some are impractical range weapons (a S&W 29-10 6.5" .44 magnum). Those were all purchased for reasons other than self defense and carry, and are shot very little, or not at all.
 

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I've just went through a serious downsizing of my collection for reasons other than yours, but have begun to appreciate the simplicity of it. I have 3 that I carry with any regularity. 2 of them have the same grips, sights, and trigger configuration. The third, a P938, is a BUG. The two primaries are a P229, which is my edc, and a P227. I've got a P320 that I really like as well. It may end up as my edc after some more range time.

At one time I owned so many pistols that I liked to shoot that like you, my range time was being stretched thin with 3-4 pistols per session. I never really got good with one particular gun, or platform even. Beginning at the start of the summer I began taking only two pistols to the range, a primary and my BUG. The P320 has been a third wheel the past couple of trips in an attempt to get familiar with it. The P226 that is my bedside gun gets a trip every so often as well. I now only own 3 pistols that may only get carried a few times a year, so they don't get shot often at all. If I do pack one of them to the range, it gets 50rds at the end of the session.

I haven't seen a gun introduced since I started buying them a few years ago that's been a "got to have it" gun. The 320 only got picked up because it was a good deal. Seems everyone is restyling the same thing over and over.
 

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Agree. I have an ultra-deep conceal gun (NAA Mini); my daily deep conceal guns (dual LCPs); and my occassional weekend carry (SP101). I have my home defense gun (G19) and its backup (G26). And a backup to the SP101 (LCR). Don't really need anything else.

The G43 my wife bought, but found to be too snappy, sits in the safe. So does the G30 I bought for duty use - carried it for some time, but find I prefer revolvers on the belt. So, those two might be sold off if finances demand it. Will see.

Of late I practice a few mags/cylinders with the LCPs and/or SP101, and the rest is all .22 LR to keep up the fundamentals.
 

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Excellent thread.
While I own a peck or two of handguns I only have one I bought for carry purposes - A Colt Pocketlite. All the others were purchased since about 1980, none of them for carry purposes because never in my wildest dreams did I think Illinois would allow me to pack heat legally.
Now I'm in a dilemma because there is one other cc gun I want - a lightweight stainless 38 j frame. I feel like I should sell off one of my collectables in order to buy the j frame.
But guns are my hobby. I got my first gun 50 years ago for my 12th birthday. I cast my own boolits and reload all my own ammo except carry ammo for the Colt 380, and shotshells and 22 rf.
Selling one of my guns makes me feel like I'm selling a child.
 

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PEF, my friend, your points are reasonable. I find that I typically only carry one of two guns, one compact .40 and one smaller 9mm that I carry while running.

All that said, any gun that I no longer want would find a happy home with my "kids" or their spouses, and they would be gratefully received.

Keeping guns in the family? A good thing.

(Of course, if you do sell one, then buy another, that's okay :image035:.)
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After decades of constantly trying to do better I've concluded that it's often splitting hairs with one no better or worse off than before. The only real revelation is that pocket carry isn't for me.
With that, I have 2 guns on my wish list that serve no purpose whatsoever - an Ed Brown Executive Elite and a S&W 586 (and possibly a Beretta 87 for the triple whammy of excess).
 

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I only have 2 guns for carry, Shield 40 and Ruger SR9. I shoot these 2 guns all the time. The other handguns in the safe get shot on occasion. For 2017 I am hoping to add a .45 but other than that I am good. I guess its a personal decision. If you can afford to keep adding guns to your safe and you feel confident with each gun you carry more power to you.
 

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I agree with the OP completely. I've whittled my regular CCW down to two, and I have two pocket guns for BUG or deep concealment. I think I'm gonna transition one of them (G42) so I only carry and shoot it weakhanded.

Recently I've had the itch to buy a gun, but successfully talked myself out of it because I really truly don't need another carry gun, and I really don't want to own many guns I can't carry.
 

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I think you're absolutely right. Although there are many guns I would like to own, I only regularly carry three of the guns I have. A lot of additional weapons don't make much sense.
 

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All mine are shot or I don't buy them. All have a purpose. Some is carry and some is home defense. Some are secondary guns.
 
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No, the factors you described don't come in to play when I make a decision to purchase. No, they shouldn't. Why (?), because I'm me, not you. I don't have the discipline issue you described for yourself. I carry only my G26, but shoot the other guns I own because I enjoy doing so and don't have to justify that to anyone. If I decide I want to purchase another firearm, and I can afford it, I don't have to justify that to anyone either.
do the factors I described above come into play when you make your decision to purchase?

If not, shouldn't they?
 

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Ive got several handguns that git very little carry time ... I have a Glock 27 rolling in ... in a couple of weeks .. That will fill the bill in my carry rotation... and I have thought alot about thinning the heard ..35 + handguns with only 5 or 6 in my carry rotation .. Some for HD .. ...
 

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No, the factors you described don't come in to play when I make a decision to purchase. No, they shouldn't. Why (?), because I'm me, not you. I don't have the discipline issue you described for yourself. I carry only my G26, but shoot the other guns I own because I enjoy doing so and don't have to justify that to anyone. If I decide I want to purchase another firearm, and I can afford it, I don't have to justify that to anyone either.
You missed the point, me thinks. As I stated in other posts, I have many guns I don't ever intend to carry and rarely shoot. It's not about "justifying" a purchase of a gun, it's about whether such factors as training, time and development should be considered when purchasing a new gun to carry. But you carry only a G26, so it's really not an issue for you - you have a single carry gun, which makes it easy and makes a lot of sense.
 

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Honestly I have about 6 pistols that all have different purposes but I carry 3: Walther PPS M2, Sig P320c, and HK VP9 depending on if I want to wear light clothing, carry 4 oclock or appendix (I have specific holsters for each gun). I also have the dilemma of simply choosing 1 gun but I shoot all of them at the range effectively. However, I feel like I need to take some real-life situation training to see which I perform better at.

My friend has taken loads of self defense training courses and all he has is a G19 for CCW and a DW Valor as a trophy gun. That said do we NEED more guns? Probably not, most people only carry 1 maybe 2 guns on them at most times. That said, choose a gun you rely on for accuracy and dependability while concealable. I rotate through my guns because of comfort and concealment (PPS conceals best but only 8+1 vs Sig is my AIWB but sucks to sit down vs VP9 is my fav but have to carry 4 or 5 o clock). Like you, I hope to make my decision soon on which to stick with and sell the others.
 

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Shot Show is coming up and I’m sure there will be unveiled many new and innovative handguns for the concealed carry market. CZ, Colt and Ruger have been expanding their respective offerings recently, and each new gun is certainly intriguing. Other gun makers are also responding to market demands.

I won’t be buying any of these new guns. I probably won’t even be reading much about them, other than to know just enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Moreover, I’ll probably be selling some of the carry guns that I no longer carry. This probably means I’ll be selling my XDS .45, my XD Mod 2 .45, my Sig P229 Extreme 9mm, and a few other carry guns that have no sentimental value to me.

For me, shooting is a perishable skill, and it is a skill that does not transfer cleanly from one gun to another. Right now I think I have too many guns that I carry – I have five that I shoot a lot and carry, and three of them I carry most often. But lately range visits have taken on a work-like feel because I want to make sure I’m not stale with any one gun that I carry, and thus I take three or so at a time. So what is happening is I am diluting my shooting skills, my time, and my finances (in ammo costs) because I have too many guns that I “like” to carry, but I don’t have the discipline to limit myself to a smaller set (I may just limit myself to two eventually – but I can’t decide which).

So the last thing I want to do now is buy a new gun that pretty much does what all my other guns do – throw lead down range. If I buy a new gun, it will take me some time to get used to the gun, find the right holster, etc. But a new purchase is pointless, because I already have what I need, and the time I spend and the ammo I shoot learning the new gun could be used to maintain the proficiency I have with the guns I already carry.

For a carry gun – and by carry gun I mean a gun that you purchase with the intent to use and carry, and not a gun that you want to add to your collection for some other reason – do the factors I described above come into play when you make your decision to purchase?

If not, shouldn't they?
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I've decided to settle on one or two carry pistols, possibly three this year. I've got a mishmash of Walther, H&K and S&W. Some have paddle mag releases, the rest button. Two are DA/SA and the others are striker fired. I probably should have waited until after SHOT but I've got a Beretta PX4 Compact on the way.

I'd like to end up with a compact size as my main carry and possibly my only carry. I'm thinking the PX4 or H&K P30 will work, unless I see something better come out of SHOT. I suspect I'll add a sub-compact or micro-compact as well.

The idea is to get down to a limited set of carry pistols that have similar actions, triggers, and mag releases. Then sell the rest and concentrate on getting better with what I have.
 
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