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Platform, caliber, terminal performance aside: Why do you CC/OC the gun you carry??

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 481, Aug 9, 2013.

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  1. EBK

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    Its reliable, inexpensive and effective. Any gun I carry must meet those three criteria.

    Since the gun will be taken after a DGU then I refuse to carry an expensive (anything over 300$) gun. So my Smith and Wesson SD and sometimes my TaurusPT111 PRO fits the bill
     
  2. 481

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    DGU? :confused:
     
  3. TestPilot

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    M&P40.

    Chosen for its effective function for utility, not vanity or sentimentalism.

    It is ergonimic. Its trigger works great for me. Good capacity for its size. Accurate.
     
  4. Deus Machina

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    My CZ PCR is all-metal, DA/SA, and hammer-fired. None are deal breakers for me but they're all bonuses.

    The reason I picked it over anything similar is because it feels like it was built for my hands.
     
  5. tarosean

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    My state doesnt give me the choice.. I prefer OWB over IWB in the only choice I have..

    familiarity for the most part.. I have the most experience with the ones I routinely carry. Ive never liked the little "mouse" or "pocket" guns so I stick with larger guns.
     
  6. peacemaker45

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    Well, I carry a Colt Lightweight Commander in .38 Super. I carry it because the 1911 has an excellent trigger, a low bore axis, is very slim for its size and enjoys phenomenal support. A shorter slide removes the Gov't Model pinch, and an aluminum frame makes it much easier to tote around on a long term basis. Oh wait, that's all platform. Drat.

    Maybe it's because .38 Super is much lighter kicking than .45 ACP, which is helpful when you go around shaving whole pounds off the weight of the launcher. Also, it has an OAL that's actually designed to feed in a 1911, unlike 9mm Para, yet it still gets to piggyback on all the excellent advances in bullet design developed for the shorter, more popular round. But dangit, those are all caliber reasons, do they don't count either.

    Hmm. Maybe because it's Super effective. Says so right on the box. But then that has to do with terminal ballistics, and thus isn't a valid answer either.

    I guess the only real answer to your question as asked would be "Heck, I don't know. No reason."
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  7. Resist Evil

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    Me, too.
     
  8. Piratesailor

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    Because I'm very very good with it.
     
  9. armoredman

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    All I ask of a firearm is very simple - go BANG when I pull the trigger, and hit what I aim at. The fact that my CZ SP-01 Phantom fits me like a glove is just a bonus. :) Hopefully that answered that question.
    As for sentimentality, yes, there is one. This one.

    It's just a refinishes Smith Model 10-8. Nothing special. It belonged to my stepfather, the man who actually raised me, and it will belong to my son when I am dust. Yes, I do carry it sometimes, and don't panic over the fact that it is a 38 Special revolver - it is the single most accurate wheel gun I have ever shot in my life.

    heirloom.jpg
     
  10. RetiredUSNChief

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    Practically speaking, I carry the gun I carry because not carrying it won't do me any good should the need arise.

    :neener:

    Seriously, though, I carry it because of the three pistols I currently own, it's the best suited to concealed carry.

    All three of mine are full sized: Colt 1991A1 in 5", Beretta 92FS, and AMT Automag II with 6" barrel. The best suited for IWB carry for me is my Colt.

    If I'm out hunting/fishing, I might open carry my AMT.
     
  11. ritepath

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    Size, weight, reliability, and accuracy of my LCP
     
  12. pockets

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    +1 ... Same here.
     
  13. orionengnr

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    I don't own a handgun that I will not carry (or in the case of the .22s, shoot regularly).
    So, the reasons I carry a particular handgun are the same ones that caused me to buy (or keep) that gun--it is one I shoot well, it is one that I trust will function when I use it, and the round meets my "minimum" criteria.

    Did I violate any of the terms of the question?
    Good. :)
     
  14. farm23

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    For the most part the heavy 44 would not be for most folks but it gets the job done around the farm and it suits me.
     
  15. golden

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    RELIABITY followed by size

    I usually carry my gun in my pocket when I am off duty. I got tired of using a fanny pack or wearing a vest. It just screamed LEO and was too hot in summer.

    I choose my pocket gun based on being a semi auto, then reliability, then size and finally power. The size factor is controlled by what kind of clothes I wear. I can slip the BERETTA into just about anything. The PPK slides into my casual slacks just fine and the SIG goes into my cargo pants.

    As a result, I carry one of three guns most of the time:
    1. BERETTA Tomcat in .32ACP---smallest, but just large enough for good control. A KEL TEC I tried never worked reliably and my NAA Guardian, which is easy to conceal is unpleasant to shoot.

    2. WALTHER PPK in .32ACP. I came across a pre-war model with a wart of rust on the slide. It looks like it was laid in a holster with metal contacting it. However, it shoots well, the sights are usable, but not good and it is much easier to conceal that my bigger gun. I found it more reliable and controlable than people said it would be. I have average size hands, so slide bite is not a problem.

    3. SIG Sauer 232 with aluminum frame and night sights. This is my first choice, but is bulkier than the PPK and much larger than the Tomcat. It is very reliable, except with HYDRA SHOK. Then it is 99% reliable. Accuracy and control are on par with my 9m.m. handguns and the relatively large grip makes it easy to use.

    I use pocket holsters. Either a THAD RYBKA pocket holster for the SIG or De SANTIS nemisis for the BERETTA and WALTHER.
    So far, they have served me very well.

    Jim
     
  16. montanaoffroader

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    For CC, it's a Keltec PF9 - Light and easy to conceal. My around town gun.

    For OC, Ruger Super Blackhawk 5.5" .44 Magnum - It's pretty much the max recoil I can handle and still shoot well. My gun for grizzly territory.
     
  17. 460Shooter

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    Ease of carry, shootability, and utility. No sentiment involved really.
     
  18. armedaccountant

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    Just felt right in my hand and I liked the trigger.
     
  19. BLB68

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    Flat and seems to work well enough. Cheaper than choice A, which I'll eventually get. :D
     
  20. grimjaw

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    Needed something lightweight that could be fired from inside a pocket if necessary; it wasn't always easy to get to a holstered gun while geared up for riding a motorcycle. Now the J-frame makes sense because it keeps the weight down when I'm hiking on a multiple day trip.
     
  21. Robbins290

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    Sig p220 sao compact. In 45 acp. Very fine shooter. 100% reliable and pretty accurate. But on the heavy side
     
  22. skoro

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    Ease of carry is my #1 consideration. It has to be light, compact, and fit in my pocket.

    If it was sentimentality or nostalgia, I'd carry a Colt 1911 or a k-frame S&W revolver.

    No way. They aren't light, compact pocket pistols. I'm not a guy who will dress around a carry piece.
     
  23. JohnKSa

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    In no particular order...

    • Corrosion resistant. (Think TX in the summertime--need I say more?)
    • Reliable.
    • Right at the top limit (in terms of size) of what I can carry IWB strong side without the grip or slide printing to the point that I'm not really concealing anymore.
    • Relatively lightweight.
    • Decent capacity.
    • Accurate.
    • Familiar manual of arms.
    • Not so small/light that shootability suffers appreciably.
     
  24. all357mag

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    The M&P 45c is TOPS! Trust it with my life! It's perfect in every respect, trigger, accuracy, reliability, concealability.
     
  25. RetiredUSNChief

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    Took me a little searching on the web. I think he means "Gun Defense Use"
     
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