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Don't think a thread like this has been started yet. This is not "Which is the best" or "What do you carry", But a subjective opinion on your ideal. It can be in production; out of production; you wish it would be produced. Mine falls in the last category.
My "ideal" carry would be a Kahr P/CW series in .357 Sig. I like the Kahr platform for IWB, and especially in a tuckable. My primary carry for IWB is my CW9 and the only one I wear in a tuckable. The more I use it, the more I like the .357 Sig round. I read that there are some technical issues that currently preclude a Kahr in .357 Sig, but hopefully they can be resolved. So, I want a Kahr P357.
 

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3 Factors:

Compact Size

Round Size

Capacity Size

Firearm Gun Trigger Gun accessory Gun barrel

With those 3 factors in mind, I choose the TAURUS PT145, the low price helps a lot too!
 

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I dont have one and cant find one that isnt priced out of this world right now but my favorite is the ruger sps101 357 in 3 inch brrl.

That not seeming to be a possibilty for many a moon Ive settled on 40 cal SW40ve for me and soon to be the same model semi in 9mm for the wife. However given the chance and ability I would grab a sps for myself in a heartbeat.
Reason? I like Ruger revolvers especially the sps and just personally have more confidence in the 357 mag in 125 gr jhp than any other SD round.
 

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I'm not sure that there's one ideal CCW sidearm for me for all occasions. Ideally I'd always have a sidearm on me and that firearm would always be a full sized duty-style weapon but that's probably not realistic for me. There are a few guns though that I consider ideal for different circumstances.

Beretta Nano: I took my Nano to the range again today, and the gun still runs flawlessly, no failures of any kind. With the 8 round mag I carry 9 in the gun. It's easy to shoot well and accurate. With the 6 round mag I get 7 in the gun, and this makes it so compact I can easily conceal it under a T-shirt.

Browning Hi-Power: The BHP is a large gun but still pretty easy to CCW due to the thin slide and frame. It's about the smallest sidearm that I'd consider a true gunfighter's pistol. It could be a little lighter, though, and nearly all the modern 9mm duty guns hold more ammo. Still, it's supremely accurate with great ergonomics.

HK USP: The USP is a bit blockier than the BHP but it would be hard to imagine a better combat pistol. It takes a little bit more care to conceal but there's probably not a more reliable gun out there unless it's maybe the HK45. I'd certainly trust my life to the HK.

I think that maybe a USPc or HK45C might be the sweet spot for CCW. Both are pretty compact yet still large enough to shoot well. I haven't had a chance to shoot either one though, so I can't say for sure. I can say though that my ideal gun has to be "death-and-taxes" reliable. Either 9mm or .45 is okay in my book, but I wouldn't want to go under 9mm. Right now my ideal gun must be suitable for Condition One carry, although I've been contemplating making a change in training to move to system without any external safety levers or catches. The ideal carry gun for me will probably be polymer to cut down on weight and minimize recoil (perhaps poly "flexes" to some degree, but most of the poly guns seem to have less felt recoil than a steel gun despite being lighter- maybe poly just spreads the recoil impulse out over a longer time interval). Tritium sights are mandatory on any gun that I intend to use primarily for CCW.
 

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My G23 or a G19. Small-ish, but still get a full grip. Light wieght, but great capacity. Not the thinnest thing to carry by far, but its very streamlined. It's simple, basic and has proven reliability.

There is a reason they're so popular and carried by so many.
 

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Mine would be my Kimber solo. I did a range review of it a couple weeks back on the performance and overall impressions. I'll simply say that, I like to carry a pistol that can fill the bill for many roles during the carry cycle; whether that's a deep concealment role like a smart carry, or IWB /OWB carry for the day. The Kimber Solo fills that role for me.
 

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I am pretty happy with what I have right now, since I am the backwards kind of guy that doesn't particularly like striker-fired pistols but am also used to carrying decocked with one in the chamber and don't want to have to mess with flipping a safety. The Kahr PM9 is a fine little gun for pocket carry but I found it too small to shoot comfortably and was not excited about not having a second-strike capability. I have an HK 45c for when I'm causally dressed and a HK P2000 sk in 9mm when I need something more discreet.
 
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I want an EDC that is safe, not too heavy, not too big, accurate, concealable, something I can get back on target after the first shot, something troublefree, low maintenance, feels good in my hand, and makes an assailant not want 'seconds or thirds'. I chose a S&W M&P 9c. :smile:
 

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I really like the S&W Shield. Problem is I do not shoot it as well as my Glock 27. So for me the Glock 27 is the best EDC gun.
 

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My S&W 686 .357 altered so that there's a belt drive instead of a cylinder and I'd have about 20 shots instead of 6.

My belt drive idea would be similar to tank tracks--a frame around which a flexible belt would travel. Maybe make the belt out of kydex with a "mini cylinder" to surround each cartridge on the belt.

How's that for out of the box thinking? :danceban:
 

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I like my Ruger LCR 38 sp+P its light and conceals very well in an ACE case IWB at 4o'clock. Granted 5 rounds can be a draw back but I'll live with that. I think for me its simple and safe.


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I have found no such thing as perfect carry gun. But there are 3 guns that I could get by with if forced to do so for defensive use on bipeds.

Colt 1911, Glock 26, and airweight j frame can handle every carry situation I require.
 

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My "ideal" CCW is as reliable as gravity, lighter than air, never requires reloading, invisible, more powerful than an RPG and has a never-miss sighting system. My most realistic "compromise" is a G19.
 

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My 'ideal' carry gun is an AirLite Smith & Wesson J-frame chambered in .357 Magnum. Ammunition (in .357 or .38) is still pretty easy to find in defensive rounds. It's easy to conceal if need be yet it still carries a round that packs a punch. DA/SA with the exposed hammer. Easy to tell that the chambers are loaded. No worries about failure to feed or eject. No disassembly required for routine cleaning. Easily pocket carried and at less than a pound is hardly noticeable.

The biggest drawbacks are that the recoil (especially in .357) is brutal and accuracy beyond seven yards (at least for me) is pretty much hit or miss. Some people would probably consider a five round capacity a drawback also, although it doesn't bother me that much. I just consider it a last ditch self defense weapon, not something to bring to a gun fight.
 

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Mine would be a semi auto that shot 357mag that wasn't thousands of dollars or the size of a Caribbean cruise ship.
 

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Mine is a .357 revolver with a 3" barrel

S&W 13 or 65

Next would be a Model 19 with a 2.5" barrel
 

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...a stainless 2" snub .45ACP 6-shot revolver with iron sights would be nice...round butt, of course...my P97's my favorite till then...
 
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