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Quest for the "ideal for you" carry gun

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by FL-NC, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. Great Scot

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    Beretta Pico in the pocket. Otherwise, a Glock 26 on the belt IWB. Occasionally, with the right pockets, a custom Charter Bulldog with bobbed hammer.
     
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  2. jsab9191

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    I find my Walther PPS M1 9mm easy to carry and easy to shoot well for a gun in this size range. I have tried to like my G19 and the CM9 but always end up back to the PPS.
     
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  3. Garandimal

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    Glock G36 slimline .45 ACP in a Galco suede Stow-N-Go IWB.
    (or, a Sig P938 .9mm in a similar holster.)




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  4. Catpop

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    I would really like one day to touchy-feelly-shoot a PPK of Bond fame. Until then I’ll just keep using the LCP or 642.
     
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  5. Anchorite

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    Cool choice. The G36 seems to never get any worthwhile recognition. I have a 30 myself, but have often pondered on the 36. Heck, I don’t even see them at gun shows. I find that odd.
     
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  6. Garandimal

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    They have an obscure history.

    - GLOCKestants - think the single-stack is sacrilege (although, in 9mm they seem to be myopic to it).
    - The first run had a glitch - that GLOCK corrected - but the GLOCKestants never forgave (back when GLOCKs were "Perfection").
    - The value of the longer 3.8" Bbl. was lost on the Micro-seeking .45 enthusiast (who generally went w/ the anemic 3.3").
    - It's ~ 1/10" thicker than it needs to be, and a little long in the trigger pull for smaller that average hands.
    - They initially came sans rail, another sacrilege (Who doesn't want a light... on a CCW, right?).

    So the precise and reliable 6+1 .45 ACP, with its clean lines, effective Bbl. length, slab sides for comfortable carry, and light weight mags - is a black sheep.

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  7. ArchAngelCD

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    I didn't read all 7 pages but I will add my 2 cents to this thread.

    I was lucky to not have gone through 8, 10 or more handguns before I settled on one. Early on I decided pocket carryover a J frame size revolver was for me. I did however go through several J frames before I stopped buying and stuck with the S&W M442. I bought a very lightly used M36 first but then decided the lighter M642 would be more to my liking. There was a M638 in there too but my son kept "borrowing it" so I just gave it to him. Then came the no lock M442 and I was in heaven. I'm still carrying the M442 and still have the M36 but the M642 got sold to help pay for the M442.

    All in all not nearly as bad as some people lol. Like I said, I got lucky.
     
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  8. sparkyfender

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    Totally under rated carry pistol. Potent, accurate, and conceals so easily. Always was considered un Glock like because of the low capacity, back when Glock offered no other single stacks. Today, it is still pretty much ignored, and I sometimes wonder why they still make it.

    Has Glock ever totally discontinued a model? Not a generation, but a model. I really don't know. ??
     
  9. Garandimal

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    Don't think so.

    ...But not holdin' my breath for a G36.4/5 either.

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  10. TUBBY1

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg In the pocket LCP with ct.
     
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  11. Kaybee

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    Top 4 choices based on clothing:

    1. Springfield XDE (love it, biggest I can conceal)
    2. LCR 327 (use 32hr)
    3. Kahr ct3-80 (very very thin. iwb under slim shirt even)
    4. Keltec p32 (true pocket)
     
  12. jar

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    Recently the ideal carry gun for me has been a Walther Model 4 in 7.65 (32acp) carried in an Alessi Pocket holster.

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  13. the Black Spot

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    I went from old school CA bulldog 44 special, to springfield xds 40sw, to new school CA bulldog xl in 45 colt.
     
  14. JoeHenry

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    I think, back in ‘03 or there about, Missouri got CCW. Like a lot of folks, I figured I would carry a 1911 and it had to be a 45. That lasted a couple of months. Just too big for my 5’6” frame and frankly a pain to strap on when going out the door. Tried a Commander, a short barrel K frame, Glock 26, J frame air weight, Sig 238 and back to J frame. Then for about a year a Glock 43. Then my latest squeeze, Sig P 365.
    The J frame is little enough to carry in your front pocket, so was my Sig 238. All the rest were carried in pancake style OWB. Still have most of my carry pieces sep for the 26.
     
  15. Safety First

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    The above is what I came to post almost word for word....
     
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  16. Gerald Dickerson

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    EDC? What day is it? I've flipped and flopped right now I've found a IWB that works for me so a 43x and a spare mag 90% of the time. On those days when the 43x won't work well with what I'm wearing a P32 in right front pocket with a spare mag in another pocket. Gold Dots for both. There is a Tristar copy of the CZ 75 as near as my truck always and if we're in Mama's Ascent there's a 43x or 48 with spare mag very near by.

    Perfect...nope and I know it but its practical for my lifestyle right now. I do have a plethora of J Frames and assorted small to large Semi Autos waiting in the wings for a change of attitude.
     
  17. km101

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    I came to this realization a couple decades ago. And now I am back (almost, well sorta) to where I started in the early 70’s. I carried a S&W model 36 as a backup on duty and concealed while off duty. Other officers convinced me that the J frame was not enough gun for off duty carry, so I got one of the “new” compact 1911’s. Had some reliability problems ( the technology wasn’t that great back then) so I switched to the Browning Hi-Power. Too big and bulky. Back to the J frame!

    I tried several different mini-nines in the 80’s and 90’s but they either didn’t have the reliability or just didn’t “feel right “. Finally got my “grail gun” that I had been wanting for a long time: a S&W model 60-10. This a J frame with 3” barrel and chambered in .357 mag and has adjustable sights. It looks like a 3/4 size model 686! It’s MY perfect carry gun! I’ve always been more comfortable with a revolver and this one was just what I wanted.

    It’s been my companion for a couple decades now and I still like it. But if something better comes along I can still switch. It’s been a great journey but it is still continuing!
     
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  18. Erik M

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    For the past few years it's been a Ruger SP101 w/ 3" barrel in a Don Hume IWB.
     
  19. Tater&Egg

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    Summer: Glock 43 IWB
    Fall/Winter: SR9c / Para P10 (.45) depending
     
  20. Rifleman173

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    I constantly switch around in caliber and type of pistol based off of what I need the gun to do for me. Sometimes I plan ahead of potential trouble and want a pistol with a lot of ammo to help me be diplomatic with a large number of potential miscreants. Other times I want to be discreet and remain hidden so I want a pistol to be flat, thin and accurate. With a flat and thin pistol I may not need a lot of ammo. So the task I want the pistol to do is almost a daily change item for me. Sometimes I might want or need a big bore pistol and other times I don't. So I pick and choose as the different needs arise.
     
  21. film495

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    Whatever you will carry that you can shoot well, bring that and an extra magazine or speed loader... really liking your equipment and being skilled with it IMHO is way more important than what it actually is or isn't compared to some other thing. Having something solves 90% of problems out of the gate so, liking it makes it worth bringing along. I carry 32 ACP or .38 Special, bigger just doesn't get taken along unless I want to open carry, then it is a full size Beretta in 9mm and 15 round mags.
     
  22. SeanSw

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    I traded my Glock 36 straight up for a Browning Hi Power, so I think it's a very fine gun indeed!
     
  23. jpy15026

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    Sig 938 and Vedder "Tuckable" holster

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  24. ZeeM

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    When I decided to buy my EDC, I did hours and hours of research. I came to the conclusion that I wanted a striker fired pistol or a DA/SA pistol. Eventually I settled on a striker fired pistol and narrowed this down to the CZP10C and the G19. I test-shot both and quickly realised that the additional recoil on the CZ was a significant factor for a new shooter. Also I didn't like the grip. So I settled on the G19.
     
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  25. guyfromohio

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    My PPS Classic is the one true gun after dozens and dozens of attempts by others.
     
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