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Do you pack your Wilson Combat?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Buck Snort, Sep 2, 2010.

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  1. Buck Snort

    Buck Snort Member

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    My Wilson Combat is securely ensconced in my gunsafe and only comes out for trips to the range. While I cannot get a CCW here in the People's Republic of Stanislaus Co, CA my carry gun WOULD be my $1200 Kimber and not my $2600 WC. If I ever had to shoot in self defense the gun would be confiscated and possibly never returned. Letting somebody steal my $1200 gun seems a lot better than letting somebody steal my $2600 gun. How about the rest of you, do you pack your high end piece something of lesser value?
     
  2. Shadowdancer

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    My daily carry is a Sig P238. When the need arises, I take the Les Baer Premier II instead. The situation dictates what I carry. The value of the gun is secondary.
     
  3. huntershooter

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    Sure I do, in addition to several Baers and full blown custom 1911's.
    BECAUSE I shoot these best.
    What's your life worth?
     
  4. 9mmepiphany

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    While I wouldn't carry a Wilson Custom, I will carry a real customized 1911 (in the $4-6k range) if that is what I shot best with. The higher end 1911s aren't designed as weekend toys, they are working guns
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    Aside from true collectible guns - and I even took those out to shoot occasionally - why buy something you aren't going to put to work? If that high dollar gun is what you shoot best and have the most confidence in, carry it and worry about what might happen to it as evidence later. If you order your life to avoid confrontations, the likelihood that you will get into a shooting is very low. And how it will be handled as evidence varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. You should have a replacement on hand if the unthinkable does happen, however.
     
  6. BlayGlock

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    I carry this one all the time:

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    I will have my gun back quickly if I ever have to use it here in Texas.
     
  7. Nushif

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    I don't carry my 1911 either. She's a safe queen. Simply because my Glock shoots equally well and I have no compulsion about messing it up or messing with it, myself.
    I feel bad enough that I put an idiot mark on the 1911 already.
     
  8. hexidismal

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    I might.. that is if I had any chance of actually being able to afford one in the first place :p
    I do carry my Springfield though, which is probably the most expensive pistol I own. I do think about the downside of that, but it's simply the gun I shoot best and feel the most comfortable with.
     
  9. gwnorth

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    My personal feeling is that, if I were ever to have to use one of my firearms in a self defense situation, loosing it afterwards (for good or short term) would be just about the very last thing on my mind. Seriously, there are just so many other far more important consequences you would have to deal with, that such thoughts simply do not enter in to my choice of PD firearm.

    I basically want the very best gun I can afford - not that price necessarily determines quality, but I would not rank and choose my firearms by their purchase price either.
     
  10. bigfatdave

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    I wouldn't carry a race gun set up for competition (optics, hair trigger, extra weights, mag-funnel, ambi crap, etc etc) but I see no reason a working pistol shouldn't be an option for EDC. If you're worried about possible loss to evidence, you have your priorities wrong. Of course, there are entirely adequate defensive 1911 pistols out there for $400-$800, so carrying even a $1200 one seems silly to me.

    Most of the high-dollar 1911 pistols I see don't have a bit of advantage over an armscorp import for defensive purposes, they're just prettier or set up with "custom features".
     
  11. EddieNFL

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    This one..

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    ...or this one.

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  12. Full Metal Jacket

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    +1.

    i treat my $1,200 1911 as well as my glocks. it wasn't made to be a safe queen.
     
  13. G27RR

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    I regularly carry my STI Shadow or STI Ranger, so sure, if I had a Wilson I'd consider carrying it. I practice the most and shoot the best with my STIs, and CCW is one of the reasons I bought them. I would also carry my Colt Combat Elite if I wanted to carry a full size 1911.
     
  14. Double Naught Spy

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    I've carried various CQBs over the last 8 years. WC makes a fine product and stands behind it. I have one waiting to be sent back to WC for repair. I just haven't gotten around to it. After over 100K rounds, the ejector broke. Imagine that.

    My wife fell in love with my CQB Compact Stainless and shot it quite well. Somehow, it is no longer my gun anymore.

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    We had a group that got together every week to do various defensive shooting drills. Anyone in the club could attend, but we had a core group of 4-6 people. So one week this guy shows up and asks if he could participate and I said that would be fine. So then he proceeds to put his Kel Tec into his glove box and goes to the trunk of his Mercedes to retrieve a custom Colt Gold Cup and groovy tooled holster. It was a very pretty gun that was in a custom rug as well.

    When I asked what was up with the Gold Cup and the Kel Tec, he told me that his Kel Tec was his carry gun and that he shot the Gold Cup much better and only got it out for going to the range. It seems he didn't want to carry his expensive gun, though he shot it better and he didn't want to drill with his carry gun because his carry gun was "meant to be carried a lot and shot a little."

    I told him that he was welcome to stay, but that is was missing the point. He didn't understand when I asked if he only drove his Mercedes to the range as well.
     
  15. Deltaboy1984

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    Why buy a Combat Hand gun and not carry it?
     
  16. Ky Larry

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    I carry my Kimber. At this time I can't afford a $2000.00+ gun. I have about $1400.00 in my Kimber. I'd carry my Python but the 6" barrel kinda limits concealed carry options.
     
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    I have a Compact CQB and a Protector. I carry either. I bought them to carry them, as I have no other centerfire handguns.
     
  18. mljdeckard

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    Is your life worth $2600?

    For the record, I carry a Kimber. It costed a lot less than that. I THINK, that you should use whatever gun you will shoot best under the worst of circumstances. That may cost more or less than $2k.

    Ask yourself this. Is your perception of what is an acceptable dollar value to use in a crisis relative to what you were used to? What if viable self-defense options costed say, $10k? would it be worth it if it saved your life?

    My grandfather's Inland M-1 carbine is currently in my closet, with two magazines in a pouch on the buttstock. It is my wife's primary HD rifle. If she uses it, it may well get taken as evidence, and I may or may not ever see it again. What would my grandfather say if I refused to use it when I really needed it because it holds too much sentimental value? I know what he would say, but I can't repeat it on The High Road.

    Save your life first. Settle the bill for replacing your gear later.
     
  19. dom1104

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    Once it gets done with its reliability testing with HPs, you betcha I will be carrying my 1600 dollar STI Sentry if I felt the need.

    Normally, a J-frame is all I feel I need.
     
  20. HexHead

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    I occasionally carry my Nighthawk, but not as often as I expected to. Partly for the reason you brought up, and partly because my Colt New Agent is more convenient and comfortable.
     
  21. kamagong

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    I don't have a Wilson, but I do have a Baer. I don't have a CCW either as I am also a California resident, but the Baer is more than just a safe queen. When traveling like I am this weekend it is in a holster nearby.
     
  22. Ridgerunner665

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    I carry my Baer...24/7/365.

    Thats what I bought it for...
     
  23. Zerodefect

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    All my CCW's are "cost is no object" type. When my life is on the line, I choose the best CCW I can. Cost is not an option. size, capacity, performance, how much I can or can't dress for, are options.

    If cost is important, cancel your cable. Priorities man.

    My 1911's, are my best choice for many situations. It stings a little to wear and scratch up a $2000 pistol, but it's worth it. You can refinish your 1911 every couple of years or as needed anyway. And the newer finishes really turn the 1911 into a tougher, much less rust prone, and scratch resistant weapon. ION bond, Hardhat, Melonite, etc.

    My midsize gun is a $900+ Glock 23. (everything modded/tuned) If something is out there to make it shoot better, it's going on.

    Even my Mouse gun was $650+. Kahr p380. That double the cost of a Keltec p3at, but it had the sights and trigger that worked best for me.
     
  24. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    I would never carry an $1000+ gun. If you use it, you'll lose it. Right now I carry a Glock mainly for reliability and commonality. If I use it and it ends up in a police evidence lockup for a year, oh well. I would not want that to happen to some custom multiple thousands of dollars costing gun.

    As far as "cost is no object", that is somewhat of a non-sequitur. I can see that as being smart if you're talking about reliability. But once you go past that and are just paying for custom work or an expensive brand name, it's pointless. A stock unmodded Sig, Glock, or similar modern semi-auto covers the reliability angle perfectly, and without the extra few thousand dollars. If you really think a $3000 1911 is going to be more reliable than a $600 Sig or Glock, you're kidding yourself. And wasting a lot of money in the process.
     
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    If my life is saved, it will be money well spent, regardless of what it costs. If it is a justified shoot, you should be getting it back.

    Of course, the chances that most of us are going to use a gun to defend ourselves is quite low.
     
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