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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by brutus51, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Trunk Monkey

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    I'm in my mid fifties and the more training and experience I get the less I concern myself with asthetics or caliber.

    I used to be one of those "never carry any caliber that doesn't start with a .4." Guys. Then I started to read the findings of people with orders of magnitude more knowledge and far better credentials than I have. People like Dr. Martin Fackler and Dr. Gary Roberts and Dr. Sydney Vail all of whom agree there's no significant difference in the performance characteristics of the three main service calibers.

    Every single time I've had the chance to get actual, professional instruction I have found a way to simplify the process. After having to defend myself with a handgun a very few times I've realized if (God forbid) I ever have to do that again I want to process as simple as I can get it. That's one of the primary reasons I don't have a "carry rotation".

    I started out on 1911s, the very first handgun I had any real exposure to was an M1911 in the Army. I thought a 1911 was everything a handgun was supposed to be and when I got out of the Army my "collection" of handguns was heavy on 1911s. Then I got serious about carrying a gun for self defense.

    When I started looking for what would actually be a good gun for carry I honestly evaluated my 1911s and realized it's not a practical design. I mean there's a reason a bunch of the old time Texas Rangers carried them with the safety off and the grip safety pinned. If I could forget to swipe off the safety on a square range shooting at paper targets I'm pretty damn sure I could forget when I walk around a corner in the wee hours of the morning and come face to face with a Meth Head carrying an ax (Guess how I know).

    For several years I carried TDAs until I accidentally engaged the safety on one a couple of times in a row doing a malfunction drill during a class. Again, if I can run into that problem on the range it can certainly happen to me in the basement of the municipal parking garage when I'm trying to run a group of street rats out in the middle of the the night. That's when I decided to carry striker fired pistols exclusively.

    I started out with M&Ps and that's what my employer issued. The reason I eventually went with Glocks was just because the Glock 19 and 26 were just that little bit more compact than their M&P counterparts while holding the same number of rounds.

    SFAs are simpler to operate. If you're afraid to carry one with a round in the chamber you either need more training or a different gun.
     
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  2. MikeInOr

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    P32 - EDC at the office where printing isn't an option.
    DB9 - For carrying around town.
    XDs .45 3.3" - For carrying in the big city, it is also my car gun that I can shove in my waste band if I find myself someplace that I want more firepower than what I am currently carrying.
    LCP- Fantastic gun... but it doesn't get carried much after I bought the DB9.
    Kahr CM9 - One of my favorite carry guns... but doesn't get carried much either. It is superior to the DB9 in pretty much every way... except size.
    XD mod 2 in .45 - Woods gun. Lite for easy carry but holds 13 rounds of .45 with the extended magazine.
    CZ45 - .25acp below the P32 and above the Naa Guardian. My first EDC ~30 years ago.
    NAA Guardian - .32 acp. Replaced the CZ45 ~25 years ago when it first came out. It is WAY too heavy to carry for a .32acp... but I have no doubt it will last forever.
    NAA revolvers - For those times when carrying any other gun isn't an option.
    CZ75D compact - Too big and heavy without enough power / round capacity for EDC. It is a nice shooter at the range though. Some of my friends really love shooting this gun.
    Remington R51 - It has been reliable but really has absolutely no redeeming qualities.

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  3. MikeInOr

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    My XD mod 2 subcompact in .45acp REALLY surprised me when I bought it. What a wonderful gun! I like it MUCH more than I ever thought I would!
     
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  4. JERRY

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    G26 in an OWB paddle when its hot and humid 6 months of the year and a G17 in an OWB paddle when its humid but tolerable the other 6 months of the year.
     
  5. Trunk Monkey

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    What state
     
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    Year round depending on what I’m wearing, it’s either a PPS Classic or 642. Occasionally I’ll carry a lightweight Commander.
     
  7. brutus51

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    Already have 45 years of training with a 1911 and a CZ is pretty much a similar platform. To each his own.
    I don't like the look, the feel and especially the safe action mechanism of those style of pistols but that's just me.
    Biggest turn off is the many reports of well trained LEO's putting a hole in their leg. That's an action but I can't call it a safe one.
     
  8. brutus51

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    I want to apologize for the above somewhat sarcastic response. Think I may have instigated it when I said previously,
    Never wanted to start a platform war, I was only interested in what other people carry, what they carry it in and why. Personally I don't care if your choice is a S&W 500 with a 15" barrel, the faster red bullets in an appendix carry IWB holster. If that melts your butter more power to you.:thumbup:
     
  9. Trunk Monkey

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    Oh please.

    You have something to say about Glocks and striker-fired pistols Every Single Time you post. You even put it the title of your threads. So don't come in here and try to tell us you weren't trying to start a platform war.
     
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  10. harrygunner

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    1. Hot summer, Commander length 1911 in 10mm.
    2. Comfortable temperatures, loose clothing, Commander length 1911 in 10mm.
    3. Cold whether, Commander length 1911 in 10mm.
    4. In the woods where toothy critters reside, Government length 1911 in 10mm.

    Don't wear T-shirts and women chase me when I wear shorts, so don't wear them anymore.
     
  11. joneb

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    I mostly carry a Sig Legion 938, because it is easy to conceal and I like single action semi autos.
     
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  12. brutus51

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    Hey I'm trying to reform and be more understanding of other peoples choices.
    I like Springer Spaniels, others like German Shorthairs or Setters in the pheasant field but I'm sure some guy would want to try out his Pit Bull, who am I to judge.:what:
    Is that 938 Sig's answer to the Colt Mustang?
     
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  13. Armored farmer

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    When I started carrying concealed, I used my sp101, then a 1911 officer. Then I bought a cheap $190 lcp to carry iwb during the hot tshirt/jeans months.
    The little .380 carries so well at work, so comfortably, so discreetly, that it has pretty much become my year-around edc.
    It isnt a favorite gun, or caliber. I dont think it's cool. It just works
    Fyi
    I had to shoot boxes and boxes of ammo before I could keep them in the black.
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  14. If1HitU

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    S&W 442-2, 638-3 .38 spl+p's 5 shots.:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  15. Cump

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    Adding to my post above, training courses have really showed what works for me. Guns I really liked to carry and shoot did not make the grade, when drawing and firing under pressure, shooting timed drills, reloading while moving, etc.

    Ergonomics, placement of mag releases and slidestops, and trigger mechanics could all pose problems in drills, that still don't exactly replicate defensive use, that we would never see in the lane.

    To each his own, but I think we all owe it to our carry guns, and ourselves, to put them through their paces.
     
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  16. JoeHenry

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    J frame (in right front pocket) for hot weather. As soon as it cools off, Sig P365 out side waist band.
     
  17. bannockburn

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    Super hot weather or something to slip in my pocket when I'm mowing the back 40-KelTec P3AT.
    Warmer Summer time weather (or year round for that matter)-Kahr CM9, S&W Model 638, SIG P238.
    Cooler Fall weather-Colt Commander, CZ P01, Ruger SR9c.
    Winter (heading into Spring)-Colt Lightweight Government, Browning Hi-Power, SIG P229, CZ P07.
     
  18. brutus51

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    I agree with what Mr. Cump said, problem is in finding a place to practice. Around my neck of the woods there just is no place and I can't afford a week at Gunsite. :(
     
  19. Jeb Stuart

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    Here are some of them. Not pictured is my Kahr CM 9 and another Nano which I picked up yesterday. I like all my Pocket and Micro 9's and revolvers. All unique in their own way. For me, the Nano on sale at $235 because a new model was launched represents probably the best deal I have ever received. I also plan to get another SR9C which at $300 is also worth getting another.

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  20. Trunk Monkey

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    He didn't say practice he said train. There is a significant difference.
     
  21. BobWright

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    Ruger 4 5/8" Blackhawk, .45 Colt.

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  22. brutus51

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    Used to pack one of those in the woods many years ago but I traded it for a S&W Mountain Gun in .45 Colt.
    It sure was a dandy, not one of my better trades, wish I'd of kept it.
     
  23. Cump

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    I think training courses are an excellent resource and tool. They have checked some of my assumptions and self-evaluations -- and taught me skills and drills to practice. But I also have many options where I live, ranging in formality. Even so, right now my budget is tight, and I am limited to taking what i have learned and practicing independently. One could also put together an informed regimen with *authoritative* online research. Throw in a shooting partner for accountability, and I think most could find a way to make trigger-time into productive informal training.

    I suppose even this could be difficult: I only have static ranges near me, but I am able to drive about 45 minutes to find some public land where I can set up safe targets and drills, with cover, variable targets, obstacles and movement.

    I have also taken to setting up mobile draw and dry-fire drills in the home, which has dramatically improved draw speed, sight aquisiton, and trigger control in non-static situations.

    My dogs think I'm a nut. The wife shrugs her shoulders.
     
  24. tactikel

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    Hot weather : LCP (Ruger ARX ammo)
    Temperate: Shield 9mm (Gold Dots)
    Cold: Springfield XD-45 (HSTs)
    Woods: S&W 28 4" ( hardcast 168 gr SWC over xx grains of 2400)
     
  25. bullseye308

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    All weather, all days, every day is a Glock 17 with a TLR-1HL IWB. Used to be a G17L, but I moved it on to someone that was actually going to shoot competition with it and I won’t be able to.
     
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