Concealed Carry Questions?


October 25, 2003, 09:48 PM
How long have you been carrying? What was your first carry gun? What is your current carry gun?

I have been carrying for 20 years. I started out with a 3" Charter Arms .38 and my current carry gun is a 3" Taurus .38. I have had several different carry guns in between.

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Standing Wolf
October 25, 2003, 09:56 PM
I've been carrying a year and a few weeks. I carry a pre-agreement Smith & Wesson model 60 .357 magnum revolver, and can't imagine retiring it unless I could find a similar-sized revolver with six chambers. Once in a great while, I carry a Walther P.P.K. in .380 A.C.P., but it's not enough caliber. I occasionally carry my model 1911, but it's too bulky to carry comfortably, and anyway, I've always preferred the .357 magnum cartridge.

If anyone ever comes up with a P.P.K.-sized gun that packs a magnum punch...!

October 25, 2003, 09:59 PM
Been carrying 9 years. First carry gun was a Sig 229 in 40sw. Next was a Taurus 605 in 357 mag, Then a Star Ultrastar in 9mm. Then a Glock 27 Then a Sig 239 in 9mm, Then a Sig 239 in 357 sig. Then a Glock 31. Then a Glock 33. Then a Kimber 1911 full size. I also carry a 442 smith from time to time. I have owned and carried lots of other guns on a more limited basis. Duty gun issued is a Glock 21 but I only carry than when I am in uniform or on raids.

October 25, 2003, 10:04 PM
I've been carrying about nine months. I've only carried a Beretta 92FS, but am looking toward a compact 1911 in .45ACP.

October 25, 2003, 10:52 PM
I've been carrying about 19 months, first gun was a (looks around sheepishly) Lorcin .380:eek:.

Now I have this...

October 25, 2003, 11:26 PM
I got my CCW 3 years ago and have carried every day since. My first carry gun was an H&K P7M8. If I had known then what I know now...I would have picked exactly the same one. :D I'm still carrying it.

--Bob Q

October 25, 2003, 11:53 PM
I currently carry a Glock 23 w/ night sights. I use a SW 649 for a backup. I started with a Glock 17, Then a 1911, to a Beretta 92F to the Glock 23.

October 26, 2003, 01:22 AM
Been carrying 11/2 years. 1st and current carry weapon is my SP101 3” .357. The only time I don’t carry is at work since firearms are not allowed on work property. Sometimes I carry my Taurus 94 .22lr snub., usually when I’m out and about on my property. If I leave my place I switch to the SP. :cool:

Zeke Menuar
October 26, 2003, 02:28 AM
Been carrying since 1997

First carry gun was a S&W M36

Current carry gun is a LW Commander. Been carrying it full time since 1999.

Saving up for a Makarov, PA-63 or a Bersa Thunder for special occasions.


Captain Bligh
October 26, 2003, 08:14 AM
I've been carrying since 1998. My first carry gun was a Kimber Compact. It continues to be my primary carry gun. I got it right the first time! :D

My "sometimes," "some situations" carry guns are:
S&W Model 60
Sig P232
Glock 19.


October 26, 2003, 09:39 AM
I've been carrying about a year officially for one year. Usually a Keltc P32. If I'm going to the woods, I usually have a Taurus M85UL.

When I lived in Chicago and if I had to go out late, e.g. sick wife. I'd carry a Glock 17. Those late night walks to the Whiite Hen were always interesting.

I also have a Kimber Compact that I have carried when I can wear long untucked shirts.


October 26, 2003, 09:48 AM
I've been carrying close to 30 years now. Started out with a Colt Combat Commander, carried a Government Model, a HK P7M13 and a Glock 17 for a little while in between, and went back to the Commander's. Now its a Commander and a P230.

October 26, 2003, 11:44 AM
I've been carrying for over 34 years.

My first carry piece was a .23 Mauser HsC (sweet little gun if ever there was one).

Have carried Colt Gov't Model, Walther P-38, S&W M-10 (Gov't gun), S&W M-60, S&W M-19, and Detonics .45.

Now carry either my Kel-Tec P-32 or my Taurus PT-145 Millennium Pro.

October 26, 2003, 11:49 AM
First CCW piece was a Star PD .45.

Currently I carry either a Customized Nork or a Springfield Champion. Both travel in a Milt Sparks SS2.

Between then and now I have at different times Carried a Glock 19, a S&W 686 and a H&K USP Compact. All were great guns, but I always seem to come back to a 1911.

October 26, 2003, 11:50 AM
Been concealed carry since May of 96. Taurus PT 100 AFS .40 cal

Current carry now is Glock 19 w/ night sights.

Hot brass
October 26, 2003, 02:52 PM
Two years, 1911 or Para P14, both are 45 acp.

El Tejon
October 26, 2003, 03:02 PM
16 years now. First carry gun was a used S&W M60. Now carry 1911 and Kahr P9.

October 26, 2003, 03:17 PM
Started with a S & @ Model 19 in 38 special. Now carry a SIG 220 ST. Several others over time e.g. Glock 26, S & W 686+ with a 2.5' bbl. All were (are) good weapons to carry. Good shooting;)

October 26, 2003, 03:23 PM
Ever since I was a kid, High Standard Sentinel.(toted everywhere).
J or K frame snubby Jr. High days ( whatever Uncle would let me borrow/keep). In HS moved to 1911 style, bought my first, personal owned centerfire in '73, an all steel Combat Commander after graduation that year.

Many years ago pc of permission paper obtained, have mulitple pcs of permisson paper now.

Always worked, hitched-hiked alot to get around in younger days. Just brought up not dressed without a knife...and other stuff.;)

October 26, 2003, 08:45 PM
Ive been carrying about 7 1/2 yrs. My first carry gun was a cheap derringer type gun.:o Later trade it in on a Rossi 38spl. Snubby.

October 26, 2003, 09:16 PM
Near 2 years now ........ first piece for the purpose was an M85 Taurus snub in 38 spl ..... served me well tho slight ''sweat degredation'' .. :( That now replaced in the snub categoy with a SP101. Still feel comfortable with a snub on board but for depth of winter carry most likely now to be P97 ... but even P95 will still get a look sometimes!

Next summer will very likely be finding good ways to carry bersa Thunder and/or .. if it has arrived .... my parkerized P-3AT.

October 26, 2003, 11:22 PM
My first carry gun was a Colt Junior .25ACP in 1954 when I was 15 years old. Back then buying a gun was quite a bit looser than now, even in a large midwestern city.

I had one "encounter" with it. Walking through a park at night coming home from my girlfriends (I couldn't get a car, but I could get a gun), I was accosted by a gang about my age with knives & can-openers in their hands. Having my hand in my back pocket on that Colt must have made me seem less of a victim to them, even though I didn't pull it. I talked my way through them.

I've had about 20 different pistols since then, and carried off & on - legally & illegally since then. Have never had to shoot; but I've trained both physically and mentally to be able to protect myself.

October 27, 2003, 05:14 AM
First carry gun was a nickeled S&W model 37 Airweight J frame then KelTec P11 9mm and now I switch between a NAA Guardian .32 and S&W 640 .357 Centennial.

October 27, 2003, 12:12 PM
Most days: Glock 26

Also Glock 19

Everywhere gun: NAA Guardian .380

A Johnston
October 27, 2003, 01:37 PM
I’ve been carrying everyday for the last 8 years. My initial carry gun was a Smith & Wesson 669 9mm... a good gun with a healthy payload of ammo but not nearly as effective or shootable as other guns I’ve owned. I packed the 669 in a Galco IWB until I began to carry a 1911.

Currently you'll find me with either a Les Baer TR Special or a 5” stainless BCP Colt in either a Sparks Summer Special or an Alessi GWH with either being backed up by an S&W 442 in an Alessi ankle holster.

October 27, 2003, 01:53 PM
I started carrying a S&W Model 36 in the spring of 1978. Later, as a LEO, I probably spent more time carrying a 4" S&W Model 19 than I will ever match with any later guns. Naturally both of those guns were pre-agreement since they both date to the days when many LEOs (like me) were required to carry revolvers. Currently my carry piece of choice is a Kahr K-40 Elite but I've been swapping it with SIG P229 lately (newer toy.) :D However the gun that's most likely on my person is a Kel-Tec P32 just because it's so easy to conceal.


October 27, 2003, 03:40 PM
Only had my restrictions off as of 3/02.....but I've carried every day(at least I can carry AFTER work.)SP101 357mag.No plans on changing but you never know....the idea of a lightweight summer gun is always appealing.Or maybe a babyGlock.........oh man........:uhoh:

Mil Novecientos Once
October 27, 2003, 08:00 PM
Been carrying for two years. My first CCW was a CS9, my current daily carry is a SA Loaded. The CS9 is used from time to time and is usually in a fanny pack. The 1911 is always in a IWB.

October 27, 2003, 10:23 PM
5-yr CCW, Makarov w/Gold Dot ammo... Only had to use twice, but the combo worked quite efficiently in both cases, including one with three opponents.

October 28, 2003, 04:17 PM
TooTaxed (love that User ID),
Can you give us more details on the occasions you've been forced to use your carry gun?

October 28, 2003, 05:52 PM
S&W Model 49
Sig Sauer P220 in 45 acp
Sig Sauer P245 in 45 acp

I usually carry the S&W as my backup piece and off duty, but sometimes I've been known to carry the Sigs instead ( I can cary both of them as my duty weapons)

October 28, 2003, 06:06 PM
Regularly since about 1975.

Started with a Dan Wesson Mod.15 (3 3/4in) in 357mag. then went to a Taurus PT92 9mm in about 1986.

Shifted to a Rossi M720 in 44spc in about '92 when I decided I liked bigger calibers better than lots of cartridges. (I loaded up my own hot loads with JHP's to get decent performance).

Got religion in '00 and went to a 45acp for standard, daily carry (I shift between an SA 1911A1 MilSpec-Gov't, and an SA 1911A1 Champion both OWB)

I also have a S&W457 that I like a lot - (the SW457 is lighter and more compact than the two SA's and carries real well IWB in the summer).

It's kinda like having three girl friends each with different personalities - so I let my itinerary and attire dictate which one I "date".:D

Shawn Dodson
October 28, 2003, 06:55 PM
Got my first CWL 20 years ago.

My first CCW was a .380 ACP Iver Johnson Pony.

Current CCWs are a Glock 19 and a Beretta Tomcat.

Had a few others in between.

October 28, 2003, 07:33 PM
I've been legally carrying for 7 years. First legal carry gun was S&W 459, current carry gun is S&W 637. In between have been Bersa .380, Charter 2000 44 special, and a few others.

October 28, 2003, 09:36 PM
I started slowly a little over 20 years ago. It was a S&W 4" mod 19 or Govt 1911A1, complete with property markings. By 1983 I had picked up a Walther PPK .380 and have pretty much carried 24/7 since then.

October 28, 2003, 10:30 PM
Five months and carry a HK USPC9

Covey Rise
October 31, 2003, 12:00 AM
Started with an Steyr M40 in shoulder rig, switched to Galco IWB Shirt Tucker Rig with same gun, then switched to Kel-Tec P-11 9mm in pccket holster, switched back to Steyr M40 IWB, and occasionally in the winter I carry my DW 1911 in 10mm in a Milt Sparks Watch Six IWB. After trying lots of carry options at the local gun store I have decided that my next purchase which I consider the ultimate carry piece will be a STI BLS or LS compact 1911 in .40 or 9mm depending on what size grip I get. The thinness of the the STI design IMHO makes it the easiest to carry and still is extremely shootable for precision accuracy, which I feel I must have in a carry piece. The Kel-Tec P-11 9mm was easy to carry but past 7 yards I had little confidence with the heavy trigger and small grip, if I can't hit the head at 20 yards I'm not comfortable.

October 31, 2003, 06:13 AM
3 years. Usually just my 342PD .38.

February 13, 2004, 05:37 PM
I got my permit in 1999. My primary is a Kahr K40 stainless in an Alessi leather "in the pants" holster. My choice for heavy clothing is a H$K USP 45 Compact w/stainless slide. My choice for above the visor or very light clothing is a S&W 342PD.

Charles S
February 13, 2004, 06:08 PM
I have been carrying for 12 years now. I started carrying a S&W 645, then a S&W 4567, a 4516, then a S&W Chief Special 45 ACP.

After about 10 years of carry a friend of mine sold me his Kahr K9. I fell in love with this relatively slim, light and shoot able carry gun. It has been my carry gun every since.

There are times that I do carry a Ruger SP101 with a tritium front sight.

I almost always carry IWB.


Dave T
February 13, 2004, 06:10 PM
I started carrying when I gradudated from the Acadamy in 1973. My first "off-duty" gun was a S&W Model 60. In the Spring of 1974 my department authorized semiautos and I started carrying a 1911 on duty. Not long after that I quit carrying the M-60. For most of my LEO career and most of the years since retiring my carry gun has been a Commander (the original alloy frame version) in 45 ACP. For about 4 years I tried Glocks and primarily carried a G30 (still 45 ACP). My current carry gun is a Wilson KZ-45 Compact, which interestingly is a sort of hi-tech Commander.

February 14, 2004, 11:33 AM
I've had a carry permit for 20 years, but I haven't always carried. For a long time I would only carry under certain circumstances, but I've been carrying daily for about 12 years. I currently carry a S&W 342PD, 38spl. Sometimes I carry my Colt Gold Cup Commander, a Taurus 85, a S&W mod. 19 or a Colt Combat Target, which is a full size 1911. I have also carried a Ruger P90, and a Colt Officers ACP. The 342PD is fantastic for daily carry. It's so light, I barely know it's there. Sometimes I carry it in a pocket holster, sometimes in an IWB holster, and sometimes in an ankle holster.

Peter M. Eick
February 14, 2004, 07:05 PM
I have been carrying 6 years, H&K P7 PSP in a versa max 2 holster. When I have to wear a suit and tie, it is my colt gov 380. I have never changed guns otherwise. Why mess with a good thing?

February 14, 2004, 07:54 PM
I've been carrying since 1975, both on and off duty. At first, duty w2eapon and off duty (concealed) was the same, S&W model 66 4" Only difference was that for off duty, I replaced the S&W original grips with a spare pair of grips cut down to where they barely increased the grip frame width. Still have them somewhere.

Been through a number of off duty weapons, from a Colt Detective special which was so far off sight picture, no amount of gunsmithing could cure, through an assortment of S&W compact and full sized Autos, the lost years when I thought James Bond was infallible and that a PPK was the be all to end all as the perfect concealed pistol, to what I have settled on what I find to be (for me) the best. My usual carry is a Para-Ordnance single stack45 LDA built on the Officers frame,carried behind the strong side hip, either with or without a holster, or just for a little variety, a model 649 J Frame 357, usually carried same as Para, or just dropped in pocket,(shrouded hammer eliminates snagging on a pocket when drawn.

The only pistol I could never get comfortable with as a CC Weaon was the SA, cocked and locked 45 Auto. I have recently added one more to my list, the family of Glock Pistols. Bought a model 23, found out it pointed high for me when drawn from holster and that with no manual safety, it was not a candidate for Mexican Carry.

As usual I have carried on far too long, a thousand pardons.


February 15, 2004, 12:02 AM
First real carry was a S&W 6906. The trigger was so bad it eventually gave me nightmares. (literally) Traded within the month.
Used a S&W 627 for a while. It only carried well because you could go for days without ever taking off a light jacket where I lived.

After that, a S&W 4053 worked for a long time.

Now, a 2" .38, a P99(9mm), or a Kimber Pro CDP.

February 15, 2004, 01:29 AM
Just been carrying about 6 months now. At first, it was a 4" S&W 686+ .357. While that is a GREAT gun for lots of things, it is pretty dang heavy and bulky. (especially for a "girth challenged" guy like me) Just recently (just before Christmas) got a Makarov, and LOVE it. It doesn't have the power of the .357, but I have 16 chances (with an extra magazine), vs. 7 with the S&W. The 686 still sleeps on the nightstand by my bed every night, though. I do carry it when camping, etc. but the Mak is the primary carry gun.

February 15, 2004, 02:06 AM
I've carried for about 10 years now, first was a Beretta 92D now I carry a HK USP 9, or at least I will be when i reapply for my carry permit. I let mine lapse. $60.00 to reapply vs $32.00 to renew. Won't make that mistake again

February 15, 2004, 06:34 AM
Going on three years. Went from a Kel Tec P11 to a Glock 33 most weekdays
and a beretta 96 on weekends.

41 magnum fan
February 15, 2004, 12:25 PM
I have been carrying daily for almost 14 years.My summer carry gun is a S&W 45 acp mountain gun and a 3 inch 625 for backup.Winter carry guns are a 41 magnum mountain gun and a 3 inch model 657 for backup.I occasionally carry a S&W 642 for the rare occasions when I can not carry a full size gun.I have carried a lot of guns until I finally decided what I really wanted to carry.Other guns that I have carried.


S&W 457
S&W 4516
S&W 59
Glock 21
Glock 19
Seecamp 32
Colt 25 auto
Kel-Tec p11
Sig P 226


S&W 3" model 547
S&W 4" model 19
S&W 3" model 65
S&W 4" MODEL 15
S&W 3" MODEL 64
S&W 5" model 27
S&W model 36
S&W 5" model 625
S&W 4" model 625
S&W 4" model 29
S&W 2" MODEL 317
Taurus 4" model 66
Taurus model 85

February 15, 2004, 09:30 PM
First and only CC gun is a G26. However, have been looking to change, and looks like the new HK2000sk is winning. That or the new Walther sub when on the market.

Good shooting!!!

February 15, 2004, 09:45 PM
I've had a permit for over 12 years now. The first gun I carried was a Glock 19. Currently, I carry a Colt Govt Model.

February 15, 2004, 10:32 PM
I've been carrying for 15 years, and my first gun was a Sig P225. Then went to a P226.. then I went through a number of guns. Everything from Glock, S&W, Kimber, Wilson, Springfield. Now I'm carrying a Sig P229 in 357 Sig.

February 15, 2004, 11:13 PM
Carrying 13 years. Started with a Smith and Wesson nickel plated model 10 2". Been through the gammet of firearms, now when I am working it is a Smith and Wesson 5946 with a Kel-Tec P32 in the left front pocket. When I am off it is a Glock 32 in .357 Sig, which is soon to be replaced with the new Sig P229RDAK in 40S&W. Hmmmmm, notice a shift here. I guess it would have been more wierd if it was a Smith and Wesson in a Sig caliber and then a Sig in a Smith caliber.....:scrutiny:

February 16, 2004, 01:27 AM
I feel out of place here, I have had my permit 3 years and my primary carry is a 3 inch S&W 629.
I cant believe I havent seen any Springfield XD's listed yet, thats what im considering next.

February 17, 2004, 01:49 PM
I've been carrying for exactly a week and a half (almost). :D

My carry piece in the beginning was a SW1911.

Now that I have grown older and wiser, it is still a SW1911 . :p


February 17, 2004, 02:16 PM
I have been carrying about 3 months. .357 SP101 2.25


February 17, 2004, 02:21 PM
Been carrying for about three years now. My first was a S&W Model 60. Now my regular carry piece is a S&W Model 642. Occasionally I carry a Colt Mustang Plus II, Beretta Tomcat whenever weather (Philadelphia) conditions warrent.:cool:

High Sierra
February 17, 2004, 09:49 PM
I started carrying about the time Clinton first took office.My first CCW piece was a Ruger Sp-101 in .357-Way too much power.
2nd was a Glock 27-good gun but I wanted something smaller for pocket carry.
3rd was a Keltec P40-Not reliable and terrible trigger.
My current carry piece is a Kahr P9 covert-Ah,perfect!

February 19, 2004, 08:14 AM
Been carrying for almost six months now. My first carry gun was a xd-9 which was too thick but it was light, my current is a 1911 9mm which is thin but heavy, and Im going to try a browning hipower next which should be just right.

February 19, 2004, 09:32 AM
Carrying 4 years. First primary carry was a Kimber light weight commander sized .45 and I'm still carrying it. Now and then a full sized Colt govt. model takes its place. For the heat of the summer I hip-pocket carry an NAA Guardian .380.

February 19, 2004, 12:53 PM
You guys make me jealous. :banghead:
But I have high hopes of immigrating to the U.S. soon. I just hope they don't close the borders before I make it!

Jarrod Hartsfield
February 19, 2004, 09:41 PM
First one I carried was an Ingalls Hi Power 9mm (Old style Browning Clone) Before i moved to Nevada. I now have a Firestar M-45, and if I ever have the time and money to get a CCW out here, I will be carrying that.

February 20, 2004, 08:48 PM
I've been carrying for almost a year now, Kel-Tec P11 9mm. Hopefully that will be replaced by a 1911 soon. :cool:

February 20, 2004, 10:57 PM
I've been carrying for about a year now, but have owned handguns for about 15 years from black powder revolvers to a wide variety of autos.

When I got my "target only" restriction lifted and got my "All Lawful Purposes" Class A High Capacity LTC I started out with a little too much enthusiasm, carrying a Swiss AT-84S (like a CZ75)with a high cap mag full of 15 9mm JHP's in an Uncle Mike's pancake holster. Boy what a heavy gun to tote around all day. :-)

I needed something lighter and easier to conceal, so I retired the 9mm to the status of my "house" gun, and started carrying a nickel plated S&W Model 36 snubnose .38 special with Hydrashocks and combat grips, since about June. I used an Uncle Mike's IWB that worked just fine.

The snubbie was still a bit too bulky to wear all the time comfortably, so I recently began carrying an Astra Constable in .380 ACP with 7 rounds of FMJ. I like the slim Walther PPK type profile, the improved accuracy, and having two more rounds than the J-Frame. This with a newly aquired .25ACP Colt Junior with 7 rounds of FMJ as my pocket BUG keep me feeling secure no matter where I might be.


February 21, 2004, 03:19 AM
Booooo hoooooo , what this Concealed carry, sure not in
this state.. only CC permit given out were to ex
policemen who now work for the prosecutor.
even Ex policemen can not carry !!

February 21, 2004, 03:25 AM
8 years now. Before back problems either Colt commander in .45 or S&W 629 in 4" before back problem with model 642 BUG. Now I carry in a shoulder rig Model 60 in .357 with Bug still the same.

February 21, 2004, 09:16 AM
I have carried a PT99AF in a Galco high ride, I forget the model, for the past 5 years. I am in the process of switching to a M1911A1, original but with some added features. But now I am having questions on holster. Fobus? Seems pretty decent for the money. I am 6'4" and 220 lbs.

BTW I did have to back a guy down once. Never bring a claw hammer to a gunfight. All I had to do was pull my vest back so he could see I was not bluffing when I told him I would call 911 (I had a cell phone in my left hand), but the cops would not be there in time if he didn't leave then. He was a contractor who an elderly relative was having a problem with and would not take "your fired" as meaning what it says. Never saw a guy load his tools and leave as fast as he did.

Country Boy
February 21, 2004, 03:09 PM
I've been carrying since the spring of 2000. (It's kind of hard to remember the "Pre-Carry" days.) I started with a Browning Hi-Power, and graduated to a Springfield 1911-A1.

February 21, 2004, 05:01 PM
Carrying going on 5 years. Started carrying when Slick Willy and others were jumping up and down telling me that I should not have a gun.
Makarov was first and is still my trusted "truck gun".
Now, we rotate between a Glock 30, Chuck Daly 1911 or P11 for primary and P32 for backup.
Life is good.:cool:

February 22, 2004, 09:01 PM
I`ve been carrying daily for about 8 years. My first carry gun was an Astra A-75 DA compact .40 in an Uncle Mikes pancake holster. It was a decent little gun but heavy for it`s size. Went to a P-11 with belt clip for the weight reduction. Still have it an carry it quite a bit. A whole bunch of others includign my CZ-75B,10mm Witness,.40 Sigma,Ruger P-97 and S&W 1006 10mm have also been occasional carry guns. My current CCW darling is a single stack S&W 4053 alloy frame,compact .40. An NAA Mini .22mag. is my standard BUG and "when I can`t carry a real gun" gun. ;) Marcus

Tom Servo
April 26, 2004, 04:37 PM
On and off about eleven years. In order:

Glock 17, which I was never comfortable with (too blocky, had to dry-fire to disassemble & clean)

Colt 1991 Defender (concealed great on my 150-pound frame, but too many levers and switches)

Briefly a Sig 229 in 40 cal (never really got the hang of the round)

Now carrying a P228. Can't imagine anything more perfect.

April 26, 2004, 06:42 PM
Been carrying for 3 years, started out with a Bersa Thunder .380. Moved up too a Ruger p89 9mm then to a Glock 19. Currently working on "tricking" out a Springer 1911 A-1 for carry.

"Everyone is your brother until the rent comes due..."

April 27, 2004, 09:08 AM
Carrying 7 or 8 years. Started with a S+W 640 .357.

I wanted an auto for carry so I bought a Kahr K40 a couple of years ago.

Last year I got my first 1911 .45 Government Model, not intended for carry but it eventually "forced me" to acquire a Springfield Micro-Compact (Lightweight 1911 .45 w/3" barrel) to replace the Kahr. The Kahr will be sold soon to pay for that one.

In between I added a Kel-Tec .32 and later traded that up to the .380 version. If I am in my home state, I always have at least the .380 in my pocket but I prefer to be carrying the .45 when mode of dress allows.

April 29, 2004, 08:22 PM
I started carrying in 1993, or 11 years ago. I started carrying because a low life was threatening my life. About two weeks ago I applied for a CCW permit. CCW was not legal until two weeks ago in my state. My permit will finally make me legal, praise the Lord.

April 30, 2004, 09:12 PM
I started carrying in the late '70's and carried until the late 80's, then I decided to stop doing something illegal and rejoined the ranks of the sheeple. I carried a blued Colt LW Commander loaded with the 200gr Speer JHPs.

May 5, 2004, 03:57 PM
I've carried since 1991 (CA), then stopped in 1997 (after the wedding, wife's not too fond of guns) -- then I'm back again, going on 2 months now.

I used carry Beretta 92FS, then swithched to S&W5906 (Nickel) and then to SIG P229 (.357), then NONE! for 6 years. My current carry is a 2003 Taurus PT92AR SS.

But currently in search of a much compact pistol.

May 5, 2004, 04:28 PM
I've carried for about 10 years or so (?). First gun was an HK USP40 fullsize (!), then a Glock 29, and now a 5" 1911 in .45, with a Taurus .38 on rare occasion.

- Gabe

May 5, 2004, 09:43 PM
Got religion in '00 and went to a 45acp for standard, daily carry (I shift between an SA 1911A1 MilSpec-Gov't, and an SA 1911A1 Champion both OWB)

"Got religion", haha, nice.

I've been carrying regularly with a Springfield 1911 for oh, 6-7 months now. However, since the thread title is asking "concealed", I should note that it's carried openly.

November 7, 2004, 08:13 PM
I've been carrying for a week :D , Glock 19, but I plan to switch to a Glock 27

November 7, 2004, 09:26 PM
I've been carrying for 16 years, starting the day I turned 21. My first carry weapon was a Sig P225. After a number of different pistols I'm now carrying a CZ P-01.

November 7, 2004, 09:46 PM
I have been carrying since 1994, when I got hired as a LEO (since this is a socialist state and no one can CCW :cuss: ).

From 1994 to 1998, I carried either a 9mm P226 or an old .38 S&W model 60 (when I carried).

1998-2002, it was my duty pistol (a Glock 23). Late 2002, I had a wake-up call. I got serious about carrying religiously off-duty. My winter carry is either my 23 or a Glock 27. My summer carry is usually a S&W 337PD. I have a P3AT I drop into my pocket when working around the house/yard/walk down the street to the parents'.

November 8, 2004, 10:32 AM
I've had my permit for 9 months, but Uncle Sam had me "carrying" for a couple years before that :D . With the permit, my first carry was a GI 1911 Mil-Spec. Now it's a Kimber Custom Eclipse II or a Glock 19 depending on attire.

November 8, 2004, 05:07 PM
kimber 45 ultralite cdpll, accurate and dependable

November 8, 2004, 06:39 PM
Had my permit a little over a year. Started with a Star PD in a shoulder holster, then acquired a FEG PA-63 for a BUG (in boot). Eventually replaced FEG with a Taurus 605. Recently got a Kimber Compact CDP which has allowed me to retire the Star.

November 8, 2004, 06:42 PM
I first carried on the family ranch when I was about 15, an old Ruger .22 convertible revolver that I used with varying success on squirrels and jackrabbits. These days I often prefer a Hi Power like in this thumbnail: (

Black Snowman
November 8, 2004, 06:46 PM
When I get my FL CCW I'll be able to carry some places and have all lined up my CZ 85 Compact with HBE COM II IWB holster and a CZ RAMI with an HBE pocket holster.

I always try to remember my two 4" folding knives, Streamlight Twin Task 2L and Leatherman Wave and situational awareness.

November 8, 2004, 09:42 PM
Four years. Glock 30 in a Blade-Tech IWB, then a Comp-Tac Gurkha, now a Comp-Tac C-TAC (also the Gurkha at times).

As backup or "small" guns, a Keltec P32, S&W 649, and Bersa Thunder .380 all got holster time. I nearly had to use the S&W twice.

November 9, 2004, 04:43 AM
Started with a S&W Chief's Special for a about 3 weeks.
Went to a Govt Model 45 carried Messican for years.
When Colt came out with the 10mm I switched and never looked back.

Still pack a Gummint model 10mm all day everyday, but I got a 10mm in CCO configuration on order. I'm gittin' old and got to lighten the load!!

moby clarke
November 10, 2004, 07:51 PM
I have carried a Glock 27 with a PPKS in .32 as a BUG and now I carry a Glock 19 with night sights. I can not imagine carrying anything else.

November 10, 2004, 08:31 PM
Glock 33 for around 7 months. It is a great weapon and I love having it on my hip. It is not too thick and not too heavy, more than accurate enough and more than powerful enough. I use a wilderness tactical belt and glock factory holster.

November 10, 2004, 11:45 PM
Since 1997...started with a Glock 23...then went to a S&W 66 4 inch barrel...Carried a 220 for a little while then a 225...but I have found that I am a serious wheel gunner and have went back a 66 only this time with a 2.5 pipe...I have a 386PD that I keep in my soft sided leather brief case...I bought a SA 1911 for fun shooting...but I have really fell in love with the platform and have found my self carring it lately...and even thinking about adding night sights among some other changes...what is it about a 1911 that make them so irresistible...I was told on this fourm that if I ever bought one that I would fall in love and then have to save my nickels to buy more or to make modifications...I always have a .38 Model 37 in my front pocket or in a ankle holster.

November 11, 2004, 02:15 PM
Been carrying since about two weeks after Ohio's CCW law went into effect, or about 9 months now. First gun was a springfield XD40 which carries well but is really too large for summertime attire. Bought a keltec p11 for that.

November 11, 2004, 04:56 PM
About 4 months now, Ruger P89, IWB. Its a little big but still conseals completely, still i'm looking for something smaller...just cant decide what i want.... maybe i'll get a few.... :D :D

Dan the Man
November 11, 2004, 07:02 PM
I've been carrying ever since (Governor at the time now President) George Bush signed the concealed carry law in Texas. That would be about 8 years. My first carry gun was a SIG P226 (Novak custom) in 9 MM. I've been through a few different carry guns over the years, and have currently settled on a Glock 35 (that's the .40 tactical).

A few months ago I took out several good pistols to see which one was best for me. My conclusion at the end of the study was I shot them all equally well (or badly as the case may be :) )

Regards to All

Vern Humphrey
November 11, 2004, 07:28 PM
I've been carrying almost all my adult life. I have carried one or another M1911 (as a professional soldier, it was just natural.) I like it because of its reliability and power. With its flat profile, it also conceals easily.

Having said that, I recently got a great bargain on a Colt Detective Special which I drop in a pocket from time to time.

November 12, 2004, 01:11 AM
I've been carrying my Kimber TLE for about 6 months now. I'm currently using a G-Code IWB.

November 12, 2004, 01:47 AM
currently a glock 23 with 2 spare mags and a surefire

November 12, 2004, 08:05 AM
I've carried for more than 7 years. I started out with a lovely old Springfield National Match, with a Walther PPK/S and OC spray. These days it's always my S&W 649, ASP, knife, occasionally an American Derringer Model 1 and Walther PPK/S, usually with either my Kimber Stainless Compact or HK USP Compact.

I do have my Desert Eagle .44 mag and my Super Redhawk on my weapons card, and carry either when I'm off the beaten path in cold weather.

Lights vary according to need, going all the way from flashlights to 1 million cp Night Tracker. . .

Vern Humphrey
November 12, 2004, 05:57 PM
125 grs is 1250 fps, probably not enough velocity to expand the jhp much, if at all, and very slow repeat hits. The 158 loads are more like 1050 fps, almost guaranteed not to expand in flesh. What they do in jello is irrelevant. Misses and poor hits are the rule in combat, not the exception, so repeat hit speed is very important.

The Kahr PM9 9mm is smaller and lighter than the PPK, and CorBon 90 gr ammo is 1400+ fps, same 400 ft lbs as the 125 gr 357 in a 2" barrel. The 100 gr CorBon PowRBall is 1350 fps, for almost 400 ft lbs.

That's why I like my own self-defense load in my Colt Detective Special -- a +P 148-grain wadcutter. A wide nose, a substantial weight of bullet, and going as fast as I can get it to go from that 2" barrel.

November 12, 2004, 06:13 PM

That's very nice of you to do all that comparative work! I like what my choices in personal firearms are, I've had many of them for years and know their ways, their reliability; and they work nicely with all seasons of my wardrobe.

There are many firearms on my 'wish list,' but my means are limited and there are other demands on my slim discretionary funds.

Thank you so much for your research!


November 15, 2004, 03:11 PM
Started about fifteen years ago with an Iver Johnson Pony. Not the
best gun ever made!
Now its a 9x18 makarov. I like how reliable it is.
"let us speak of things great and small, of shoes and ships and sealing

November 15, 2004, 07:48 PM
Been carrying 20 years. Carry a Kimber TLE Pro must of the time.

November 15, 2004, 08:40 PM
Wow....let me see......I started carrying my Dads S&W Model 10 about the age of 10 when rabbit huntin here in Texas. I carried a 1911 while performing Shore Patrol duty in the Navy. Shot customized 1911's and target grade 22's for competition as well. I was given my first handgun on my 21 birthday....4" Colt Python and carried it anytime I was in the outdoors...which was pretty much all my waking hours. Bought my first Smith it was a Model 25-5. Carried it as backup when hunting. Sold the 4" Python for an 8" model and scoped it for whitetail hunting at age of 24, and carried a Ruger Security Six as a backup and personal protection. Sold them both and bought a Stainless Ruger Redhawk 7 1/2" barrel with scope rings. Scoped it and continued my hunting. Backed it up with a Taurus 44 special snubby. Kept the Ruger but traded the 44 for my first my first semi-auto a SIG P245. Used it to qualify for my Texas CHL two years ago. Bought the wife a Ruger SP 101 DAO after she shot my best friends. I carry it sometime but now always carry a KelTec P11 in the pocket of any pants I wear. It's like my American Express card.....I never leave home without it. I either carry my SIG P220, P245 or my Springfield Armory Champion as my daily carry backed up by the KelTec. Oh I almost forgot the stainless Taurus 41 mag I sometime carry in my fanny pack. So I guess I have been actively carrying for about 36 years, 98% of the time. Prior to the CHL coming into effect we could carry while traveling so I excercised those rights. Sorry about the long story, its how my mind works, and I tend to write it as I think it.

Phantom Warrior
November 16, 2004, 12:05 AM
I started carrying May 19, 2003. I used the same rig then that I do now, a stock Glock 23 in a Fobus paddle holster. Cheap, reliable, comfortable. When I get the money to buy some other guns I like (1911, HiPower, SIG 220, Beretta 92, etc) I may at least try a few other options. But I'm pretty satisfied with my Glock as a carry gun and don't see it changing anytime soon.

November 16, 2004, 02:23 PM
Newbie to forum, but here's my two cents

Been carrying 20+ years....started with Smith K frames, and from then to now, 1911, Beretta M9 (92F), Sig M11 (M228), Glock 19/23.

Have settled on J frame 37 in pocket and Glock36 in Hume JIT as my cc guns, (based on availability of ammo) and adjust based on the situation from there.

Bart Noir
November 16, 2004, 07:04 PM
My usual is a P-3AT in a pocket. Sometimes a Detective Special or 1911A1 Compact, using IWB carry.

Now, bigmike45, I hope there was a typo in "Bought the wife a Ruger SP 101 DAO after she shot my best friends." Or a story that turns out OK. Care to share?

Bart Noir

Ruger Redhawk
November 20, 2004, 07:05 PM
I got my first CCW permit when Florida enacted the Right to Carry back in 1987. Florida was the first state to issue permits as we know it today. Prior to that they were very hard to get.I've had one ever since 1987. My first carry gun was a Charter Arms Undercover.I've retired it and carry either a Glock M-27 or a S&W M-649.To me having a CCW is the best insurance one can have.I never leave home without having something on or about my person.

Ruger Redhawk

November 22, 2004, 04:13 PM
Been carrying for 4 years. I keep a S&W Sigma .380 in the truck. Carried an Astra A-80 9+1 .45ACP until I got a tuned ParaOrdinance P-10 (had to tune it to get it reliable).

November 22, 2004, 05:08 PM
Per my last post I was carrying a full size Taurus PT92 AR SS. I have switched twice since then. I carried a Springfield XD40. But now I carry a SiG Sauer SP2340.

Little History:
1991 - 1997
Beretta 92FS
Beretta 96D SS
Beretta 950B .32
S&W 5906
SiG P229 (.40/.357)

**Stopped for 7 years**

2004 - Present
Taurus PT92 AR SS
Springfield XD40 4" Service
SiG Pro 2340


November 22, 2004, 06:53 PM
3 years. Started with a S&W 4013TSW and still carry it, alternating with a SIG 239 in .40, and sometimes supplemented by a S&W 638 or a NAA Guardian .380. Carrying only the Smith now as the SIG is having nite-sights installed.

November 22, 2004, 07:16 PM
First was a S&W M&P--1951. :)

First permit was in the early sixties.

Current permit since 1970, current carry today is two on the belt. S&W21-4 and H&KP7M8.

November 23, 2004, 12:12 PM
5+ years in this state. 1rst gun Kahr K40. For awhile tried a Springfield 1911, but once summer hit I switched to a 23 Glock.
Then when it got REALLY warm I found my present carry, the Glock 27. Fits well, so I carry as often as possible. Accurate and always goes "BANG" when I want it to.
When wearing shorts/no shirt it's a J-Frame in Plus P in the pocket or belly bag.

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