What didn't you like about your CCW?


The smiling swordsman
July 17, 2012, 03:21 PM
For those of you that CC, what is it about your first CCW that made you get rid of it?

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The smiling swordsman
July 17, 2012, 03:28 PM
BTW, I ask because I am beginning my search for my first CCW.

July 17, 2012, 03:38 PM
I still carry my Kel Tec P11. I have a lot of complaints about it, but I still haven't found anything I like better.

July 17, 2012, 03:47 PM
Well, I still like mine (Glock 19), and I still have it. However, it has been replaced as my main CCW because I got an M&P9 FS that just fits me better.

My next CCW piece will most definitely be smaller though, a FS gun or even a gun the size of a Glock 19 can be a little big in some situations (especially in the Texas summer heat).

July 17, 2012, 03:52 PM
I carry several different guns depending on what the occassion is and how I'm dressed. I still have them all and rotate, again depending on requirements. I recently got a new S&W Shield that seems to be the most compatable for many of the carry needs I have. Many of us have found that there isn't any magic gun to suit all our needs. Some of us have summer guns and winter guns because some clothing is better suited for concealed carry than others.

July 17, 2012, 04:00 PM
I originally was unhappy with the size of my XDm, so I got a SP101 and LCP. After reading about capacity, accuracy, and number of attackers, I've made my XDm my primary again and am looking at switching from .40 to 9 for more rounds in the magazine.

July 17, 2012, 04:11 PM
Started with a Springer subcompact XD in .40, great gun overall and I had no real problems with it, but I fell in love with 1911s and sold it to finance more expensive toys. I'd probably still own it and maybe occasionally carry it if I didn't need to sell it.

I also supplemented my XD (and later the 1911s) with a Sig P238 and S&W 442 for pocket carry, still spend most of the time carrying a 1911.

I can't vote twice, but I'll relate the experience of my friend who started carrying about a year or two ago. He started off with a S&W M&P in 9mm, awesome gun, but full sized guns are often too big for many people to carry on a regular basis. So guess what? He rarely if ever carried for a while, until he went to the other extreme and bought a S&W Bodyguard .380, which he does carry on a pretty regular basis.

Who knows, he might have saved himself the trouble if he split the difference and bought a compact M&P or similar mid/subcompact sized handgun to start off with. So just my 2 cents, I wouldn't start off with a full sized, but I wouldn't jump straight to the pocket gun either.

Happy Prospector
July 17, 2012, 04:17 PM
My first CCW was my XD-45 Service Model 4" and still is. Fits my hand great and I try to get out to the range once a week.

July 17, 2012, 04:21 PM
I got rid of mine mainly because I wanted to see what else was out there. I wasn't living at a place with a rental range, and I wasn't in a position to afford owning more than one gun. FWIW it was a 1911, but there were several after that came and went.

July 17, 2012, 04:22 PM
I guess I did good research and/or got lucky; I'm still carrying the first gun I bought to carry, S&W 642.

July 17, 2012, 04:37 PM
LCP and never looked back, although I supplemented it with a Kahr CW9.

I think most people consider width first, then weight.

July 17, 2012, 04:54 PM
Twas a full size. If I had got a compact perhaps id carry that instead of my sub compact or whatever a Shield is.

Watch your lane.

July 17, 2012, 05:03 PM
First LCR .38 next LCR .357 next Colt New Agent .45. Still rotate all three. Sometimes SA TRP

July 17, 2012, 05:21 PM
Width was my biggest issue. I'm not a very big guy, and my shoulders don't extend much past my hips, so when I wear any type of shirt, I need something with a decently thin profile. Started with a 1.25" wide double stack .40 S&W semi, currently carrying a .357 Snubnose, and really contemplating a super compact .380 (like everyone else) or a Ruger LC9/Taurus 709/740 type of thing.

I still have it, it's just not my every day carry item.

July 17, 2012, 06:08 PM
My first was a Glock 19, bought on reputation. I didn't have a lot of experience with handguns back in 93, so I bought on name. Turned out it really didn't fit me well, and I don't like the grip angle of Glocks.

July 17, 2012, 06:14 PM
Started out with a SP101 but quickly decided I needed more capacity due to the area I lived in at the time. Went to a XD9 subcompact but the thing felt like a brick in my waistband. Had a full size 1911 for a while but stopped carrying it because of reliability issues. Too bad because it was one of the most comfortable and comforting guns to carry. Ended up with a Glock 19 and I'm happy with it. Nice compromise all around seems like. Thinking about picking up a Glock 26 for the rare times when I need something smaller. I also have a S&W 442 that serves for deep cover and as a BUG.

July 17, 2012, 06:21 PM
I've got a sig 229 enhanced elite that has the bobtail. When I'm sitting down the bobtail sometimes sticks into my side. I still carry it most of the time though.

July 17, 2012, 06:34 PM
Went from SAO+safety to DAO.

July 17, 2012, 06:43 PM
Anyone else shocked that over half the people are still carrying their first CCW? I always thought I was some kind of aberration in that I bought a G26 for CCW and have kept it for several years.

Here is my question, if you have been using the same CCW, what is it?

July 17, 2012, 06:47 PM
I started with an XDm 3.8 in .40 as an all around gun, my first pistol. I quickly found out it is too big to conceal well.

I bought an XDsc .40 and love it, still carry it whenever I can. I carry it even when I could be carrying the XDm instead.

I just recently bought a Taurus TCP for the times when the XDsc is too bulky. It bulged out the frame the first time I shot it and is currently at Taurus getting fixed/replaced. I really liked it until that happened, so I'm waiting to pass judgment until I get it back and shoot it again.

July 17, 2012, 07:14 PM
These are just MY opinions as I waddled through the ccw search
The 1911 was heavy
The XD45 was too big
The XD40sc is not really heavy but too fat.
The LCP, well I like it, I wish it came in 9mm in the same package.

July 17, 2012, 07:25 PM
I shot my first CCW so much it started to wear out. Plus I wanted a weapon with more capacity.

July 17, 2012, 07:45 PM
I didn't vote because my issue wasn't on the poll, but I'll tell you my evolution.

1. Colt New Agent .45. Love the platform, love the gun. Ended up setting it aside because I prefer 9 mm (I can get more rounds off accurately and would rather have 3 chances of a stopping hit than 2), higher capacity (my CCW instructor says our local issue is likely to be gang related and they travel in groups), and a shorter grip for easier concealment.

2. Kahr P9 'Covert' (P9 with PM9 type grip) 9 mm. I bought this because I had convinced myself that I could pocket carry it. It almost worked for me but the weight was too much for dress pants pockets and rather than figure out some complex rig I moved on. The gun wasnít really comfortable for me to shoot, I have long fingers and the grip is just too small. I donít love the long trigger pull either, and again, I wanted more capacity.

3. Glock 26 (9 mm). I looked at all the subcompact double stack 9 mms. Kept coming back to the Glock, sort of to my surprise. I carry it every day, it conceals perfectly under tucked business casual clothes, I like shooting it, and I have no complaints about it (aside from the ejection pattern issue which will I am sure eventually be resolved).

July 17, 2012, 08:19 PM
First carry was a sig 250 sc too wide and clunky large to carry concealed easily. for some reason a Kel-Tec P11 is more manageable to me.

July 17, 2012, 08:49 PM
Over the last 30 years, I've carried lots of different guns, from a High Standard .22 WMRF derringer to a 6" Model 28. The majority of the time, Colt full-size 1911s were my choice, but as I get older and the world gets uglier I'm transitioning to a Glock 30. Here in California, 10+1 is the practical limit on a new gun - simplifying the "capacity debate". I shoot the G30 very well, and enjoy it. I'm a XXL, so size is not a real issue - but for very formal gatherings, a LC9 is on tap.

Still love my 1911, tho....

July 17, 2012, 09:02 PM
Here is my question, if you have been using the same CCW, what is it?

Glock G26.

July 17, 2012, 09:24 PM
higher capacity (my CCW instructor says our local issue is likely to be gang related and they travel in groups).

Whether fact or not...mobs by whatever name should be considered an increasingly relevant concern.

In my area I am most likely to be attacked by a crazed drug addict/person experiencing homelessness. But with gang violence of all sorts a concern and flash mobs such as the recent one taking over the walmart in Florida...I am considering capacity as increasingly important. I need to start carrying a backup mag or go to a compact.

Watch your lane.

July 17, 2012, 09:58 PM
I started with a XDm 3.8 Compact in .40 caliber. I have no problem concealing it under an untucked t-shirt but have not come up with a tucked shirt option. There are a lot of things I like about the XDm but I have discovered I am more comfortable carrying a DA/SA hammer fired weapon over a Striker fired weapon if I am going to carry with a round in the chamber. So I have been alternating between the XDm and a Sig 239. Both fit the same holster and are virtually the same size even though the published specs indicate differences. If I can find a good solution for carrying an extra Sig magazine I will probably switch to the 239 as my main carry weapon. And no, I am not considering the 229, I feel like the 229's overall length is just a tad too long for me.

At some point in the future I will probably pick up a smaller, pocket gun or "hooker gun" as my son refers to them. But that would be more of a backup gun or formal dress gun than a primary carry. I seem to shoot the Sig 238 better than other pocket guns but prefer 9mm so I am anxious to shoot the 938 and XD-S in 9mm if they ever release the XD-S 9.

Sergei Mosin
July 17, 2012, 10:07 PM
I still carry mine - a full-size 1911 - and have no intention of changing. I did a lot of research, rented a variety of guns, and even tried one on before I bought it, so I knew it would work for me before I laid out my hard-earned.

July 17, 2012, 10:42 PM
I still have my first pistol, a Beretta 92FS, which I tenaciously carried in all weather for two years before finally scrounging up enough spare cash for something else. In that case it was a H&K USP full-size .40. By comparison, the USP was a sub-compact!

Even though the Beretta is still around, many other pistols have come and gone in my quest to find the perfect carry weapon. Thanks to changing seasons, there is no one answer for it. I currently have a Beretta PX4 full-size .40, a Glock 29, and a S&W 3913 to choose from depending on the weather and/or situation.

July 17, 2012, 10:52 PM
My first carry weapon was a JA-22. I am migrating to a Ruger SP101 with a 2 inch barrel. The reliability of a revolver combined with the power of a .357 is very appealing.

July 17, 2012, 11:07 PM
My first was a Ruger SR9c, and I still use it now. Awesome compact. For My build, 5'11" and 165 lbs, I could have gone a little smaller. I wish glock made a single stack 9mm sub-compact, but I suppose a G26 would be OK.. I am now interested in the Beretta Nano. Looks like a sweet gun, but my local shop doesn't carry Beretta's.. It is definitely worth taking a look at.

July 18, 2012, 01:16 AM
It was a .40sw. I do not prefer that load in a CCW size gun. 9mm and .45acp now.

July 18, 2012, 02:56 AM
Here is my question, if you have been using the same CCW, what is it?

My first was a 36-1 3" J frame .38 given to me by my dad. There have been quite a number of firearms in and out of my possession over the years, but that one is still here. In fact, it's right next to me as I type, and I'm not short on options at this point. Some things are classic because they still fit the bill, even decades later.

July 18, 2012, 04:57 AM
Glock G26.

Me too. I had the feeling we would see a lot G26s and .38 snubs.

July 18, 2012, 05:52 AM
I've had a few different CCW's over the years but my longest running was a P239. Because of its size and weight it got retired for a J-Frame. I still carry it from time to time but it's mainly been regulated to HD and range duty.

July 18, 2012, 08:06 AM
My first ccw handgun was a s&w m39-2 back in the 70's,it was nickel plated and the finish didn't hold up as well as I thought it would.Other than that it was a fine.Ended up trading it for a colt cobra.

July 18, 2012, 08:33 AM
Still carrying my Colt 1991A1. But in the summer am now carrying a Kahr CM9 or Glock 26.

July 18, 2012, 08:39 AM
First carry a Taurus PT740 Slim. Wonderful pistol, flawless from get go. Traded it for a Ruger KLCR .357mag. Love this little revolver, best of everything for me in a accurate, reliable, powerful gun. (Sorry I didn't keep the Taurus too, though.) purchased an alternate carry in a Kahr CM9. Another wonderful flawless little pistol. Still like the Ruger KLCR best for SD carry.

July 18, 2012, 10:40 AM
I guess I really didn't answer the question. My first carry gun was a Taurus 617, .357 snub nose. The first time out it locked up and had to go back to Taurus more than once. I ended up having a local gunsmiths repair it as Taurus kept sending it back with the same issue. I carried it for a short period of time before I ditched it for an MK9.

July 18, 2012, 12:29 PM
I started with a Taurus PT111, about the same size as a Glock G26 (fit perfectly into a G26 holster). I really liked the gun, but couldn't get comfortable with IWB carry, and muggy MN summers make OWB concealment very tricky. I'm now carrying a Taurus PT738 in front pocket.

July 18, 2012, 12:31 PM
Honestly it was mostly just changing tastes. Also, new guns are always coming out...

My first gun was a Kahr P9. I didn't like the grip texture or the felt recoil. Then I had a Kel-Tec P32 (Don't laugh, I was young and dumb). That was unreliable and underpowered. Then I had a Ruger SP101 2.25". That was fine, but I didn't have a good holster for it, and the cylinder bulged against the holster and chafed my hip. Then I had a S&W 642. That was fine, but eventually I gave it up for an M&P .40 S&W full-size, which was too far in the direction of size and capacity and hard to conceal well. So I got an M&P9c, which was great for a long time.

Then I added a Ruger LCR for when the M&P9c was too heavy (mostly when running). Then I added an M&P Shield in 9mm, which has replaced the M&P9c because it's thinner, lighter, and just as comfortable to shoot.

Shytheed Dumas
July 18, 2012, 02:50 PM
I started with a Stoeger Couger; GREAT gun but way too big - especially in terms of thickness. For me, I found that I needed a gun that is 1) thin, 2) light weight, 3) has a short grip, and lastly 4) short barrreled since I like to pocket carry when IWB doesn't work with what I'm wearing. The gun I have stuck with and daily carried for the past 4 years or so is a Kahr PM9.

July 18, 2012, 03:12 PM
I went from a P226 .40, to a P228, to a G19. Each time the motivation was a reduction in size and weight. I've been somewhat considering picking up an M&P9c to try out, and once again, it would be a step down in overall size.

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