What model gun is the most popular carry gun


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TennJed
January 4, 2013, 11:51 PM
I know there is no way of knowing the answer, but just for fun, what gun would you guess is the most carried model? Exclude LEO and military. Lump all 1911s together. My guess is a Glock 19.

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WNC Seabee
January 5, 2013, 12:05 AM
J frame .38

TennJed
January 5, 2013, 12:09 AM
J frame .38
Good call. I may have to change my answer :)

cpt-t
January 5, 2013, 12:10 AM
KAHR CW-9 is my choice. My Wife and I carry ours everyday.
ken

csa77
January 5, 2013, 12:12 AM
hands down the j frame

MaterDei
January 5, 2013, 12:13 AM
All 1911s together get my vote.

JoeDaddy
January 5, 2013, 12:23 AM
LCP & LCR have to be near the top.

heeler
January 5, 2013, 12:46 AM
This really is a thought provoking question because I only know a small number of people personally who have their Texas Concealed Handgun License.
None carry the J frame at all.
First there is me and it is rotated between the LCP and the PM9.
Another guy carry's an XD of some model in 9mm.
A woman at work carry's a Judge in her purse.
The guy who runs the indoor range where I shoot carry's an LCP.
Another shooter there carrys a Diamondback 380.
My soon to be licensed brother will be carrying the LCP he bought after trying mine out.

Lyle
January 5, 2013, 10:48 AM
Different pistols for different reasons. CCW I use S&W 6906, open carry a Beretta 92. I don't carry my 1911's they are to heavy.

jimbo555
January 5, 2013, 10:54 AM
Ruger lcp or s&w j-frame.

longknife12
January 5, 2013, 10:59 AM
Issued my first 1911a1 in 1964........have carried one ever sence then.Open amd CC.
Has never let me down....then or now.JMO
Dan
:cool:

ZeSpectre
January 5, 2013, 11:06 AM
Interesting question because...

Lately I've been SEEING, as in open carry, a few 1911 platform guns, and a boatload of Glocks and S&W M&P.
BUT
I KNOW* of a number of CCW folks who have a Ruger LCP, S&W J frame, or a Walther PPS somewhere on their person (that you never see).

[*I know this because I taught them]

buck460XVR
January 5, 2013, 03:57 PM
J frame .38

................for decades.

beatledog7
January 5, 2013, 04:09 PM
Yep, J-Frame in .38SPL. Probably nothing else comes close.

It's been around a long time in various models, and people who have been carrying for decades see no reason to switch.

greenmtnguy
January 5, 2013, 08:12 PM
I agree with the J-Frame 38 special being the most carried - there are oodles of them out there, and, it also happens to be what I carry.

bannockburn
January 5, 2013, 08:41 PM
I would have to go with the J frame snubby as well. Mine is a Model 638 that is so easy to carry and comfortable to shoot. My next guess would probably be something in a .380 auto; KelTec P3AT, Ruger LCP, Bersa Thunder, Taurus 738, Walther PPKs, and a Kahr P380 all come to mind.

EddieG54
January 5, 2013, 10:24 PM
+1 for j frame and conceal carry.

For open carry maybe not.

Twiki357
January 6, 2013, 02:08 AM
I'll go with the S&W "J" frame also. That's what I usually carry.

Robbins290
January 6, 2013, 08:33 AM
I would say glock, where I live. Most people carry them. I'd rather carry a sig.

I agree that the j frame would win

420Stainless
January 6, 2013, 09:30 AM
My guess would be the polymer .380. I went larger, but the lightweight .380s are definitely the go anywhere, dressed any way gun.

scaatylobo
January 6, 2013, 10:23 AM
I vote the J framed S&W's as well as all makes and models of such [ including Colt & Ruger ].

My second vote might be the 1911's.

I own all of the options and carry a 'J' as a BUG,but SO many in provate hands that it gets my vote as THE most carried daily gun in the USA.

mesinge2
January 6, 2013, 10:35 AM
A J frame 38 has to very high on the list.

sub-moa
January 6, 2013, 11:20 AM
The original question: "What model gun is the most popular carry gun"

Glock 19

"J Frame" isn't a "model" ;):p:D

Isaac-1
January 6, 2013, 11:56 AM
This is just one point of reference, My wife and I just took a CCW class with 12 students, it was not done through a gun shop, so it was everyone bring your own gun, so no deal of the day guns were seen. We were divided up into groups of 6 for the shooting so I am not exactly sure who had what, there were 3 women and 9 men. I don't recall exactly what everyone had, we had an XD-9 SC and and XDM-9, there was also a full size XD-9 there that belonged one of the insturctors, and an XD-40 belonging to one of the students. The only other close matches were a pair of Ruger semi-autos, I am not sure of the model, but they were both 9mm and both looked similar, but were not identical. There was only 1 revolver in the group, a small frame 38 (Not S&W J frame, but something styled similar to it), 9mm was by far the most common caliber, but we did have a couple of .380's, one a Bersa, and the other an older nickel plated pocket gun of some type (screamed cheap junk from 20 years ago, whatever it was had no slide lock which was no end of problems with the must be open when gun was down rule ) being used by a woman that had never shot before. So out of this new group of people getting their permits there were no clear winners, with all / most of the major brands represented, mostly in Poly frame 9mm semi-autos which ranged from a S&W Sigma to a Glock on the high end.

GEM
January 6, 2013, 01:52 PM
If you look at the IPDA report on carry guns for the folks at the Nationals, IIRC the highest frequencies were some kind of Glock , followed by an SW snubby. I would have to look again and count but it looks that way.

sidheshooter
January 6, 2013, 01:56 PM
^^^In my experience, people always take those classes <edit: refer one post above> with their Glock or XD, but carry a j-frame or pocket .380 the next day... :rolleyes:


As a category, lumping all j-frames together sweeps the whole deal. If we lump all polymer .380s and .32s together, it's still probably second place.

Single model? Who knows? 442, LCP, even G26... that's Impossible to say.

But if the OP allows "Generic J-frame" as an answer, then we're done, IMO.

:cool:

orionengnr
January 6, 2013, 03:57 PM
Of the people I know who CCW, it is J-frame first, LCP second, 1911 third.
Small sample size, but if I had to put down money on it, that's the way I'd bet.

I have read multiple times that the 642 is and has been S&W's best seller for at least several years. Don't know what that equates to in actual numbers, but I would suspect Glock sells a similar number each year.

Oh, and BTW, I know several people who have their CCW and a Glock, but none carries it. Same bit with the Judge--I know four or five who have bought them, nobody carries them (even in their car/truck) and most have never fired them. :confused:

PlayTheAces
January 6, 2013, 04:42 PM
I'd have to go with the J frame.

Actually, I do. ;)

otasan56
January 6, 2013, 04:53 PM
My constant carry since 1989. :D

19-3Ben
January 6, 2013, 06:05 PM
J frame .38

My guess also. In fact, a taurus 85 is on my hip as I type this.

TennJed
January 6, 2013, 10:50 PM
^^^In my experience, people always take those classes <edit: refer one post above> with their Glock or XD, but carry a j-frame or pocket .380 the next day... :rolleyes:


As a category, lumping all j-frames together sweeps the whole deal. If we lump all polymer .380s and .32s together, it's still probably second place.

Single model? Who knows? 442, LCP, even G26... that's Impossible to say.

But if the OP allows "Generic J-frame" as an answer, then we're done, IMO.

:cool:
Well I guess I will allow it :)

otasan56
January 7, 2013, 08:45 AM
I agree with the J-Frame 38 special being the most carried - there are oodles of them out there, and, it also happens to be what I carry.
I am a Green Mountain guy also. I carry a G17 here in Hartford, VT.

kayakersteve
January 7, 2013, 08:51 AM
S&W 460 magnum

Madcap_Magician
January 7, 2013, 11:13 AM
I think it depends. Those people with CCW permits who are active in training, shooting, politics, or gun boards tend to have more and higher-end guns. I see more 1911s here, and a much higher percentage of XDs, M&Ps, Sigs, and Glocks.

The people with CCW permits who I see in the classes I've taught tend to not carry guns as often as, say, most THR members. They tend to have fewer guns, and Taurus and Ruger seem to predominate around here, probably because they tend to be decent performers and reliable for relatively low cost.

Of course, I only see the guns that people qualify with, not what they actually carry. I see very few revolvers for the qualification shoot, and of those, even fewer J-frames, actually.

Every now and then I see something a little different. Had a fellow with an EAA compact in 10mm. We moved him to the far right of the shooting line very quickly after one of the instructors got dinged in the temple with one of his hot brass from about 50 feet away on the other end of the line. :D

Also have seen a S&W 686, a Colt Pony Pocketlite, and a CZ 52. Had a hell of a time with the CZ. Also a Taurus Millenium in 9mm that had aftermarket Heine sights on it with a front sight that was so short all of the guy's shots went over the target hanger at 7 yards.

mgmorden
January 7, 2013, 11:53 AM
LCP has got to be up there. That's what I carry myself (that and sometimes a Makarov in .380), and it seems to be selling quite well and I don't see a lot of use for that gun outside of carry.

Of the people that I actually know personally that have CWP's though,

2 have the license but don't carry at all (each only owns 1 handgun - one a Ruger P95 and another a S&W Sigma .40).
1 carries a S&W J-frame
2 carry a Glock 23
1 carries a Glock 36

Ole Coot
January 7, 2013, 12:46 PM
LCP, Glock 23 mainly size & weight. I dropped down from my 45.

Girodin
January 7, 2013, 12:55 PM
It's been around a long time in various models, and people who have been carrying for decades see no reason to switch.

While this is true, concealed carry has not been particularly common for nearly as long. Shall issue in many places is of relatively more recent origin and I know based on the stats I've seen in my state the last five years has shown a real uptick in permits. In sum, there are probably more new concealed permit folks than there are ones who've been around a long time.

It still wouldn't surprise me if the J frame was the most popular. I bet there are a lot of Ruger LCPs. What else does someone buy one of those for besides carry? And ruger has sold a lot of them.

I'd be interested to hear what some of the people selling guns sell the most of as intended concealed carry guns.

My guess is that in the last few years the growing number of small semi's in 380 and 9x19 have probbaly stolen a lot of the J-Frame's thunder and market share. I may be wrong though. I'd also bet the LCR has probably taken more of that market share than S&W would have liked. I wonder what the numbers of each being sold are the last couple years.

Hit_Factor
January 7, 2013, 01:06 PM
The original question: "What model gun is the most popular carry gun"

Glock 19

"J Frame" isn't a "model" ;):p:D

Well, there are four (or 5) versions of the Glock 19, I think the variations of the j-frame are pretty much in line with that.

sub-moa
January 7, 2013, 04:29 PM
I was just joking, hence the ";):p:D" BUT...

Not even close...

While there are generations...up to Gen 4, and options...such as Comp/Color, they are all Glock Model 19s of the same caliber, pattern and size...

"J Frame" is a frame size which comes/came in numerous different Models; 36/37/38/40/42/60/442/642/640/YadaYadaYada, each of which is a different Model...and each come/came in different generations and different options...to say nothing of different calibers, barrel lengths, frame and cylinder material, round-butt and square-butt :evil:...

BigJimP
January 7, 2013, 04:39 PM
I think its a 1911..../ at least among my buddies....

Hit_Factor
January 7, 2013, 04:49 PM
I was just joking,

I was too.

This is why I have a pile of them they are all different, but the same as far as my wife is concerned.

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sub-moa
January 7, 2013, 05:56 PM
If they actually try keep track...they deserve to get confused ;):D

crestoncowboy
January 7, 2013, 06:16 PM
Of the twenty or so ccwers I know none carry revolvers. All are under 40, maybe that matters? Myself and 3 others carry Glock 29s. Two more 26s and two 27s. I would guess Glocks. Lcps are quite popular too.

dfunde01
January 7, 2013, 06:46 PM
P3AT because it is always there, at home or away, and never seen. I will pat it ocassionally to remind myself it is there. Two gunshop owners I know well both carry S&W 642's and can obviously carry whatever they would want.

trickyasafox
January 7, 2013, 06:57 PM
I wonder if a significant variation exists between regions? People in warmer climates with less layering carrying 380s and 38s etc, whereas those of us in the snow regions carry larger guns. I know I tend to carry full-sized handguns for most of the year, and switch to an officers sized 1911 during our summers.

Teachu2
January 8, 2013, 03:28 PM
Carried 1911s for three decades, switched over to polymers last year. Just updated my permit yesterday (we have to list what we carry, and no more than three) to read Glock 30,26,36.

At my last class, there were 17 semi-autos (mostly polys) and one J frame...

Skribs
January 8, 2013, 04:14 PM
There are so many different pistols it would be hard to define. "J-Frame"...is that specifically a S&W J-Frame, or does it include similar-sized pistols from other brands? Glock 19 is a good guess, but what about people who carry G23 or G26/27? On that note, if G19 and G23 are separate, then .38 and .357 J-Frames should be separate, because they have specific models as well.

Then you have to ask how often someone carries each gun. Some people may carry the LCP 100% of the time, 20% as primary and 80% as a backup to a duty pistol. Others may carry the LCP for the 20% of the time they are outside without carry gear, and carry their duty pistol without their LCP the other 80%.

SFsc616171
January 12, 2013, 09:24 PM
J-frame .38 Special, in either standard or airweight configuration.

EBK
January 12, 2013, 10:12 PM
Of the 4 people I know that carry none carry a glock.

one carries a sig in .40
one carries and XD9
one carries a 1911
one carries a SR9

I carry the following: S&W SD40 in the winter and a Taurus Pt111 in the summer. I have been known to carry my 1911 at times as well.

As a matter of fact I do not personally know a single person who owns a glock.

skt239
January 13, 2013, 12:38 AM
I also think it's the J-frame. Small .380' are probably next..

Marshall
January 13, 2013, 04:08 AM
J Frame for sure.

People will take classes with semi-auto's knowing that it qualifies them to carry both semi auto or revolver, whichever they choose.

I would guess the small .380 class of weapons would be next.

savanahsdad
January 13, 2013, 04:22 AM
K-frame Mod 19 ! can't beleave no one has listed that one yet :what:

TFIT
January 13, 2013, 02:25 PM
I know there is no way of knowing the answer, but just for fun, what gun would you guess is the most carried model? Exclude LEO and military. Lump all 1911s together. My guess is a Glock 19.
I would agree with you on the G19. It is one of, if not the most popular carry guns. Proven caliber, excellent size, and great capacity. Hard to go wrong!!!

TFIT
January 13, 2013, 02:26 PM
K-frame Mod 19 ! can't beleave no one has listed that one yet :what:
Just too dang big to conceal! It is a great gun though.

Hammerdown77
January 14, 2013, 12:23 PM
Some sort of .38 snub (probably the J frame), and the Glock 19. The J frame's been around a lot longer, though...

Skykog
January 14, 2013, 05:19 PM
While I have been through 4 firefights, all were with a 1911 as a police officer; I find due to my laziness in old age I tend to carry J Frame Smiths (in 38 and in 357) although I find a Kimber Super Carry Pro comfortable to carry. While Glock's are very popular there have been numerous ADs and self-inflicted gun shots with the Glocks (mostly by COPS).. but for the average Joe (or Joaney) I suspect the J frame is probably the most popular carry gun overall. Many women cannot operate the slides on semi-autos

ACP
January 14, 2013, 08:28 PM
I carry TWO S&W j-frames (Airweights). Fastest reload is a second gun!

coop923
January 15, 2013, 02:09 AM
Might be regional as someone suggested; but could also depend on demographics. Of the people I know with CCWs, I can list 2 S&W 36s and one 60, a 1911, a HK P2000, another HK (P30, I think), a SP101, a S&W model 10, and a compact XD. I live in a pretty rural area with many multi-generation families and a more recent inlux of retired folks. I mostly carry a Colt Cobra; but sometimes a Sig P225.

otasan56
January 16, 2013, 09:54 AM
There sure are a lot of J-frames here.

otasan56
January 16, 2013, 09:57 AM
Of the 4 people I know that carry none carry a glock.

one carries a sig in .40
one carries and XD9
one carries a 1911
one carries a SR9

I carry the following: S&W SD40 in the winter and a Taurus Pt111 in the summer. I have been known to carry my 1911 at times as well.

As a matter of fact I do not personally know a single person who owns a glock.
You are one rare bird. No contact with Glocks at all?

otasan56
January 16, 2013, 03:31 PM
S&W 460 magnum
Is that thing even concealable?

40x40
January 16, 2013, 03:38 PM
Fun to plink with but not very practical, I also vote a J frame .38 airweight.

USAF_Vet
January 16, 2013, 08:54 PM
in my circle of friends, one carries a J-frame .38, one switches between an FN 9mm and a Sig 226 9mm, one carries a Colt .380, and one carries an XD9, and I carry a S&W 9mm.

radar1972
January 17, 2013, 01:49 PM
In answer to OP, I would guess J-frame 38.

I personally rotate between J-frame 38 and Bodyguard 380.

xXxplosive
January 17, 2013, 02:06 PM
IMO............My "J" frame.

ArchAngelCD
January 17, 2013, 03:48 PM
I'm late to this thread but I agree with the masses, a J frame 38...

351 WINCHESTER
January 17, 2013, 04:11 PM
Small frame .38.

Glockedout17
January 17, 2013, 04:54 PM
Glocks of almost any caliber except the G34 of course.

P-Dog
January 17, 2013, 06:28 PM
Not being a smart ass, at least not intending to, I prefer to carry the one that I'm most practiced with. Right now, that's a XD9, but I have to admit, it is a little heavy with 15 in the magazine, so at some point, I'd like to get a hold of the XDM S series.

jbrown50
January 17, 2013, 08:58 PM
I'd have to go with the Ruger LCP. When I meet someone who carries, that gun pops up the most often. Second would be the Glock 19.

I regularly carry a Kahr PM40. I have yet to meet someone else who carries a PM40.

FMF Doc
January 17, 2013, 09:03 PM
From what I have seen working in a gun shop, subcompact semi-autos in .380

triage1998
January 17, 2013, 09:44 PM
I would say the most holsters I sell are for the 5" 1911 second only 1911 CMDR size.

Vurtle
January 17, 2013, 10:37 PM
Glock 32 for me (same size as 19) and glock 29

jim243
January 18, 2013, 01:01 AM
In recent times (last 5 years) it would have to be the one that sells the most - the little 380. More people buy one of those than any other.

Jim

otasan56
January 18, 2013, 09:58 AM
I just got my breakfast at the local gas station here in rural VT. No one knew that I had a Glock 17 on in an OWB right side holster. By the way, a local bank was robbed on 16Jan13. I guess that crime is everywhere . . . .

TheDaywalkersDad
January 19, 2013, 09:05 AM
Over 1/3 of the traffic on my site is for the Ruger LCR. I get more hits for that handgun than any other two firearms combined.
http://thedaywalkersdad.blogspot.com/

inkinskin
January 20, 2013, 01:40 AM
Glock 19.


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wayno
January 20, 2013, 08:28 PM
J frame and I vote for female preferably round butts:neener:

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