What do the gunwriters carry?


January 26, 2010, 04:22 PM
Massad Ayoob has stated that he carries a Glock 31 with a Glock 33 for backup. He says it has great stopping power and good longe range accuracy and I'm inclined to believe him. For home defense he has this:

I “do firearms” for a living, and the gun I prefer to have at the bedside is a customized Beretta 92 with super-accurate Jarvis barrel and kick-reducing Magna-Port. It has night sights and an attached SureFire flashlight, and is loaded with an extended 20-round magazine of 115 grain +P+ 9mm hollowpoints.

So what do the other gunwriters carry? Colonel Cooper is obvious. How about Clint Smith, Larry Vickers, John Taffin, David Fortier... you get the idea.

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January 26, 2010, 05:25 PM
Most of them carry what they get paid to write about that month.

Some years ago, there was an artical in some gun rag that ask your very same question..

Seems there was a lot of S&W J-Frame .38 Specials got shook out of peoples pants when it came to "personal favorite all the time carry guns"..

Clint Smith has said his favorite is a 1911, a S&W Model 22 44 Spl, and a .45 Colt SAA at one time or another.
Might have even professed a love for the Springfield XD at one time or another too.


January 26, 2010, 05:29 PM
Yeah, Clint Smith carries something different everyday of the week.

Someone tells me they're looking for a shotgun to buy for home defense, and they're looking at models A and B, I just tell them "Buy an 870", and they're like "But this one has all the features" and I'm like "Buy an 870".

January 26, 2010, 05:37 PM
The FFL who deos all of my gun transfers also writes for www.gunweek.com He carries a NAA .22 revolver in his pocket and a Detonics Combat Master on his hip.

January 26, 2010, 05:46 PM
Maybe instead of the flavor of the week pistol they should carry some spare change so they could afford to pay attention and write about something new and or intresting. Really how many times to we have to read about why a guy who writes for a living likes brand X over brand Y.

January 26, 2010, 05:47 PM
Larry Vickers

At a class last month Larry V. was carrying a Nighthawk 1911 in 9mm (which I believe he said was a pretty recent addition) and a Daniel Defense AR-15.


January 26, 2010, 05:56 PM
There's also, perhaps, a difference between a "gun writer" and someone who has "BT-DT" and happens to now write about it. Of course, either can be very informative OR opinionated and full of crap. Caviat Lector!

On a wholly unrelated note, Craig Boddington seems to carry "a little teacup!" :D


Ironically, he states of the revolver, "...you better hang on tight. It’s quite a handful with three-inch .410 loads." Somehow I don't think that grip is helping. :rolleyes:


January 26, 2010, 06:01 PM

He is a spokesman for Daniel D and pretty sure the same for Nighthawk since he has a "Vickers Tactical Edition".

Saw Vickers at the shot show

January 26, 2010, 07:07 PM
I believe there was an article in on of the gun mags about this a couple of years ago. Ayoob said that he tests so many guns that he basically just carries what he's reviewing any given week. Clint Smith has also professed a love for 1911's and the Springfield XD.

January 26, 2010, 07:18 PM
I heard on Guntalk that Tom Gresham carry's a Kimber Compact... CDP II i believe


January 26, 2010, 08:19 PM
I commit gun prose.

I'm carrying a Smith & Wesson M38 as I write this.
I often carry one of my Smith & Wesson M649s.
Now and then I carry both the M38 and a 649, or a 649 in a pants pocket and a Smith M15 two inch in a coat pocket.

I have other guns but keep going back to Smith revolvers.

January 26, 2010, 08:37 PM
It is an interesting question: "What do the gun-wonks carry?"

I am a CCW instructor and back in the day I carried exclusively a Colt Combat Commander .45ACP. (In a modified Bianchi shoulder holster)

Now that I am older and have additional pieces, my in-mufti carry gun is one of my S&W J frame 5-shooters with 125 grain .38 Special +P Gold Dots loaded up and in two speed loaders.

January 27, 2010, 06:03 AM
I'm a professional writer and photographer.

I edit HuntX3 Magazine as most of you probably already know from my posts about the magazine. I also Associate Edit a paintball magazine, PaintballX3.

I'm an avid firearms enthusiast and I've shot for many years, but I've never "been there and done that" because while I've worked on military bases and have many friends in the military and law enforcement, I've never been "in." I have the utmost respect for those in the military and law enforcement and rely on them to teach me as much as they are willing and that I can absorb.

All I can do is go with the advice of good, trusted friends who are professionals, who have been there and done that, and mate that with personal, first-hand knowledge and testing that I do personally, at my range.

Leaving the house in heavy winter clothing I have a stainless Colt Commander .45. In thinner clothing and warmer weather, I've recently purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P9C 9mm with which I'm quite impressed, that rides in an inside the waistband holster. Laying by the bedside at all times is a stainless Taurus Model 65 .357 Magnum with a four inch barrel and Hogue grip. Over the years I've also owned a Glock 27, a Glock 22, a Rossi .38 and an FN FiveseveN.

Great thread and a great question!


January 27, 2010, 06:29 PM
I've deleted some frankly childish content containing ridicule of THR members and/or writers.

There will be no more ridicule of other members or, indeed, or any writers.

If you can't manage to answer the question without poking fun at someone, then find another thread.

If the childishness persists, I'll start tossing people out the airlock.

January 28, 2010, 06:59 PM
I seem to recall reading that Mass was all hot in love with the Ruger P97 at some point. Now, I don't remember if that was his duty gun or what. Also, I do remember reading about that J-frame Smith thing!!!

January 28, 2010, 08:00 PM
Massad Ayoob likes to talk about what he is personally carrying. It is no secret that it is something different quite a bit of the time. I can remember numerous articles of which he states he carries or is at least carrying that day is HK P2000SK, every Glock, Ruger SP101, Ruger P90 (duty gun) Ruger P345 (duty gun), many Smith snubbies, I have seen a Taurus 85(?) in his shoes by his hotel bed in a show I think. The list goes on.....

I bet Patrick Sweeny if given the choice would take a 1911.

January 28, 2010, 09:59 PM
I deal with several guns each year, but only try carrying a very few for a day or three to check holster feel if the need is indicated.
I see no need to swap around & prefer to stick with one platform I know in case it's actually needed. For me, a Gun Of The Week Program is not a good idea.
My regular is a Colt .45 ACP GM.


January 29, 2010, 02:33 PM
There was a magazine article a few years ago that discussed what the writers carried. Most said they carried what they were testing at the time. Other said if they were instructors they carried according to what they were teaching at the time. More often than not a Glock due to a lot of law enforcement agencies used them. I notice a common thread most owned or carried at least one 5 shot snub and more often than not a sub compact Glock. I dont remember which mag.

January 29, 2010, 03:38 PM
I heard on Guntalk that Tom Gresham carry's a Kimber Compact... CDP II i believe

Funny, on another of his shows, he hedged saying that he was a bad one to ask because he's always trying something new out for a review or show.

January 29, 2010, 03:41 PM
What do the gunwriters carry?

I'd say that most gunwriters carry a shovel. Or they should.:D

January 29, 2010, 08:19 PM
What I can't figure out is that if virtually everyone in the country carries a 1911 (and many claim in their pocket), why can't I find any .380 ammo.

January 29, 2010, 09:23 PM
So what do the other gunwriters carry? Colonel Cooper is obvious.

With all due respect... I believe Col. Cooper is carrying a harp these days. You are aware that he passed away about three years ago, yes?

January 29, 2010, 09:54 PM
Col Cooper is carrying a 1911A1, on Heaven's Range. :)

Of course, he also advocated the US Military carry the CZ75, when we HAD to go to a 9mm.

January 30, 2010, 01:27 AM
Why dos anyone care what gun writers carry? They are paid to write about what their employer wants to promote. With a few exceptions they have less real world experience than the average enthusiast.

January 30, 2010, 02:20 PM
Without descending into the usual quagmire that inevitably results anytime gunwriters are mentioned, and which Arfin appears (rightly) to want to avoid in this thread, I'll say you could not be more wrong.


January 30, 2010, 03:56 PM
I'll deviate a bit and expand the range of potential folks who have frequently been discussed as a 'group' at one time or another when it comes to this subject.

I'll include gunsmiths, LE firearms instructors/armorers (not always one and the same, BTW) and firearm manufacturer employees (of all stripes).

Now, while I don't allow the stated preferences of folks like these to really influence my preferences and carry habits (I've been at it enough to have come to make my own decisions based upon a range of reasons, including experience ;) ), I've noticed that over the years I've seen a common thread often emerge ...

By this I mean that the diminutive 5-shot .38 S&W Special snub nose revolver has often emerged as a common choice, like it or not. For those folks who have another, larger 'primary' handgun preference, it often still seems that the little 5- shot wheelgun is a not uncommon fallback, or alternative, selection when either clothing or just comfort may make the bigger handgun a less desirable choice.

I think that speaks well for the 5-shot gun ... when it's in the hands of someone who has the requisite skill, abilities and experience to effectively use it, of course.

The other guns? Some folks like one set of qualities, some like another.

I even know folks who still choose to carry a K-frame, including a couple of guys who have been involved in shootings where they effectively used one or another semiauto pistol, but they still choose to carry K-frames when they're on their own time a respectable amount of the time. Both of the shoot them rather decently, too.

Personal preferences are just that ... and why should gun writers be any different than the rest of us? ;)

It may be interesting from a causal conversation perspective. People are built that way. I just wouldn't necessarily look at it as a validation (or invalidation) of the decisions I've made. I look at the decisions made by the other groups in the same way.

It's okay to be interested, but any comments and opinions of the perso (of whatever group) and their choices ought to remain respectful of the other person's choice(s) and their reasons for same, right? :)

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