CCW Trip Down Memory Lane

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by guyfromohio, Jul 11, 2022.

  1. Hookeye

    Hookeye Member

    May 24, 2015
    Since the 80's....

    Started w a Smith 629 4", then a

    Browning HP

    Colt Combat Commander/ Smith M60
    and finally (doubt I change from these......)

    Sig P365 / HK P30L
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  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Started CCW with a...

    Charter Arms Undercover.
    S&W Model 36.
    S&W Model 38.
    S&W Model 649.
    Colt Mustang,
    Colt Combat Commander.
    Colt Officer's Model ACP.
    KelTec P3AT.
    SIG P238.
    S&W Model 638.
    Kahr CM9.
    SIG P365X.
    Ruger LCP MAX.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2022
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  3. huntsman

    huntsman Member

    Apr 11, 2003
    ohio's northcoast
    I didn’t like Ohio CCW as it first came out so I waited 5 years.

    EDC over the years

    2009 Browning BDA(.380acp)

    2010-2017 LCP

    2017-2020 Shield9

    2020-2022 M&P9SC, Shield40
  4. EMC45

    EMC45 Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Started with a Colt 1908 - .380 made in 1915. Carried it in a home made rough out IWB holster.
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  5. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Member

    May 31, 2008
    When I got on the job in 1969, my concealed carry was a S&W 36. We could only carry what the agency allowed, on or off duty.

    Later we were permitted to carry anything, if we qualified with it, that was a similar diameter bullet. So I carried a German Walther PPK/S .380. That permission period didn't last long.

    When we went to Glocks, it was a 26.

    When I retired, I started carrying a Ruger LCP, 1st gen, and that is pretty much all I carry on a regular basis even though I still have my Glock 26.
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  6. Hal

    Hal Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    N.E. Ohio
    Same here.
    S&W .45 Shield
    S&W M69
  7. lee n. field

    lee n. field Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    OK, let's see

    Bulgarian Makarov. -- A great deal at the turn of the millennium, not so much now. probably wouldn't carry now.
    Kel Tec PF9 -- harsh to shoot after Kel Tec fixed it. Crudely made.
    Taurus 605 -- impulse purchase, my first snub. still have and carry
    Ruger LCP -- no fun, at all, to shoot. relegated to the gun safe for those very few times it makes sense to carry
    Charter Arms Undercover. my second (& third) snub. broke too many times. sold off and got a...
    S&W 642 -- my 4th snub, still have and carry
    Springfield XDS9, replaced PF9. no problems ever, still sometimes carry
    Springfield XDS45. took work to make reliable, still sometimes carry.
    Charter .44 Bulldog. (still prone to breaking transfer bars, so don't carry much).
    Ruger LCRx .38 -- my 5th snub. One of the snubbies that I cycle through on whim.
    Taurus 856 Defender -- the latest actual carry gun.

    I have others suitable for carry, but haven't at this point.
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  8. WVRJ

    WVRJ Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    I got my first permit in 04,about a year after I bought my S&W Shorty Forty.It was my first carry pistol.
    Then it was;
    Remington 1911R1-great shooting but a little heavy
    Sig P938-great to carry but too small to enjoy shooting
    Springfield SA-35-a sweet handling pistol,but the trigger isn't so sweet
    Sig P320 Compact 45-my first striker gun,great shooting pistol,but a little portly to carry without a jacket on
    Sig P320 M17 9mm-great shooting pistol and I like the manual safety,but also a bit large and thick
    And I keep going back to the older Performance Center 40.For me,it's the best balance of size,power and accuracy.So,I started with it,I still use all the others,but I seem to like the Smith for most of my concealed carry.I vary what I'm using depending on what I'm doing and what I'm wearing,but I rarely go anywhere without something on my hip or under my arm.The time I'm not carrying may be the time...
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  9. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    I’ve packed quite a few different guns over the past 30+ years, some were issued (*) but most weren’t.

    *S&W 5906 9mm
    S&W 640 .38
    Beretta 950 .25
    S&W 19 2.5” .357
    SIG P226 9mm
    FEG SMK .380
    S&W 4013 .40
    *Browning HiPower 9mm
    S&W 629 5” .44
    SIG P228 9mm
    *Glock 19 9mm
    Glock 34 9mm
    Ruger LCP .380
    Ruger LC9 9mm
    Ruger LCPII .380
    Glock 43x 9mm

    Stay safe.
  10. Nuclear

    Nuclear Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Kahr P9
    HK P7 PSP (back when they weren't $2K)
    Sig 1911 (that didn't last but a week, heavy for a 1911)
    RIA 1911 in 38 Super (cool, but still kind of heavy)
    back to the P9, but thinking about a Sig 365
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  11. Y-T71

    Y-T71 Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Another Ohio boy here.
    I didn't get my CCW for a year or two after they instituted it, and, honestly, I can't remember why...

    However, to answer your question, once I did get my permit, I carried my 6906 for a couple of years before trying a Glock 23 (just couldn't bring myself to like the Glock; I tried, I really did, just wasn't for me)
    Then a 4" S&W 66
    A 1911 or 4.

    Now it's my CZ P-01and my S&W 642.

    Here's the one that started it all


    In my Bob Hume IWB

  12. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    i wish I had appreciated the quality of those Smiths before they went full M&P.
  13. Y-T71

    Y-T71 Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    I can certainly appreciate that statement!
    I wish I had picked up some more Gen 3 pistols over the years. Before they went up in price and down in availability.
  14. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Keene, CA
    Started carrying 42 years ago...
    Ruger Standard 4" .22lr, 'cuz it was my only handgun at the time
    S&W M27 6"
    S&W M66 2.125"
    Custom 1911 Government .45acp
    Walther PPK/S .380
    High Standard .22Mag derringer as a backup
    About a dozen years ago, switched to mostly polymers
    Current permit list (WE'RE ALLOWED TO QUALIFY A MAXIMUM OF TEN):
    S&W Shield 9
    Glocks: 2xG19, G26, G30, G30SF, G36
    S&W 637
  15. CapnMac

    CapnMac Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    DFW (formerly Brazos County), Texas
    Colt Officer's first. Then used a Colt Gov't 380 for the Instructor Permit (mostly to see if I could).
    Many others along the way. Currently the SIG 365X is the EDC.
  16. TheotherMikeG

    TheotherMikeG Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Birmingham, AL
    Sweet 6906! I've still got mine
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  17. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2012
    This reminds me of an old Jimmy Buffet song
    That's how that one goes, right?

    To answer the OP's question, though, I've been carrying for about 12 years. It went something like this:
    1. 1911, 5", in .45 -- because I "needed" a caliber that started with 4..... After a few years, I decided it was just too heavy. So I switched both materials and caliber.
    2. Glock 19, Gen 4 -- Good pistol, a little fat for my hands, but I liked it a lot for a while. Still, after a few years, I decided it was just too heavy.
    3. Shield 1.0, 9mm -- Carried it for maybe 4 years? It outperformed my G19 in every measure. I thought I might have been done shopping for CC pistols. Then S&W introduced the...
    4. Shield Plus -- Virtually identical to my 1.0, except for the increased capacity, fits the same holsters, had my night sights moved from the 1.0 to the Plus (no machining required, FYI), and moved on. I had a couple of little bobbles in about the first 100 rounds, but it's been flawless since then. Truth be told, the Shield Plus may well be the last carry pistol I ever buy.

    I haven't included my Ruger LCR in the list, because it's not really in that "lineup." It's more something I keep on hand for the rare occasion when I pocket carry.
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  18. sparkyfender

    sparkyfender Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Gosh, quite a few over the years:
    Beretta Tomcat
    Kahr MK9
    Glock 27
    Springfield Ultra Compact V-10
    HK P7
    S&W 3913 LS
    Sig 239
    Glock 36
    HK USP Compact
    Dan Wesson CCO
    CZ Rami
    And a few more........
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  19. usp9

    usp9 Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Bowling Green, Va
    I first started carrying in 1975, in Maryland if you can believe that. Very hard to get a permit even back then.
    My list, in order;

    Charter Arms Undercover 38spl
    Astra Constable
    Beretta 84f
    HK P2000sk
    Seecamp LWS32
    Beretta Pico (current carry)

    The first two are long gone but I still have the last four.
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  20. CapnMac

    CapnMac Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    DFW (formerly Brazos County), Texas
    Spats wins the Internet! :)
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  21. Ironicaintit

    Ironicaintit Member

    May 7, 2015
    I started with a Mauser HSc 380... then carried a Ruger speed six in 357.... and pretty quickly graduated to my hi-power. I haven't found anything I shoot better than that, so I'm still carrying that
  22. 357smallbore

    357smallbore Member

    Feb 14, 2015
    Custer SD
    I'm a rotator for ccw use.
    Shoot em all real good.
    1. Ruger Speed Six 357 Magnum
    2. S&W Shield 9mm
    3. Rossi 720 44 Special.
    4. Taurus G3 9mm
    5. Taurus 85 38 Special
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  23. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    Off duty cop, back in 1987, Charter Arms Undercover, bought that year the day I got my badge. Still have it.

    Tried the Grendel P10 for a while the following year when it was marketed to my agency by the company and a bunch of us bought them. It was okay, only ran for the one magazine-load you would have (internal magazine.) I still have it.

    Walther PPK/S, Interarms-imported, 1990, when I transferred to another agency that actually required OD carry, but didn't have the Undercover on its "approved" list. Left the profession not long after, and sold the gun.

    Came back to carry in 2008, and bought a Bersa Thunder 380 as sort of a replacement for that Walther. Ended up being too big for pocket-carry (how I carried previously), so it went to the belt. Also carried the Undercover sometimes. Still have both.

    Kel-Tec PF9, 2010, purchased kind of on a whim during a high-demand, low-availability period for them. Still have it.

    Kel-Tec P32, 2011, as a second gun to the PF9, or an only-gun while traveling to and from work site (EMS.) Still have it.

    Taurus G2C, 2021. Actually bought a year or two earlier, but never got around to trying it out. Did so on the same day I tried out the next gun (below) and was immediately impressed with both.

    Ruger LCP-MAX, 2021. Now fills the role previously occupied by the P32, backing up the G2C.

    I do still have a lot of respect for both Kel-Tecs, as well as all of the other "also-rans" that I've tried (CW45, 1911, TCP, P95, Model 85, etc.), and will probably revert to one or both of them from time to time when I feel the weight of the current two guns and 35 rounds on board more than I wish.
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  24. Choctaw

    Choctaw Member

    Sep 6, 2005
    Texas-Along the Preston Trail
    Since 1987:

    S&W 19
    Glock 26
    Glock 27
    Glock 17
    Glock 19
  25. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    I started carrying in adjoining states and where legal on a non-resident Utah ccp.
    When Illinois finally became shall issue, I got my ccp asap.
    * Sp101. I bought this well before Illinois had ccp. It is an excellent gun. Pretty heavy. Pretty thick. Low capacity. Big fireballs. Ear splitter. Crappy sights.
    * LCP. Soooo nice to carry. I still carry it quite often. But it is limited for power and capacity. Again, crappy sights.
    * SR9c. One of the finest ccw made imho. Easy to shoot well. Fully ambidextrous. Decent sights. Good capacity. Railed. High cap mags available. Loaded chamber indicator. This is now my HD gun/outdoorsman gun. Perhaps a promotion in my mind.
    * Springfield Armory HellCat is my current ccw. Slightly smaller than the sr9c. Better sights. 13rd capacity with a compact mag. Conceals easily. Shoots great. On my hip now. 16594727563623604107611190791607.jpg
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