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RIA or 649 for ccw

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by xring shooter, Sep 11, 2009.

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  1. xring shooter

    xring shooter Member

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    being offered these for trade. Need a ccw. I like the 1911 platform and firepower. I like the ss finish and the shrouded hammer on the 649 but hate the looks of the gun. Anyone carried these? I know alot carry the 1911 but am wondering about the 649. Plan on carrying iwb most of the time
     
  2. halfded

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    Looks won't get you home in one piece at the end of the night. A gun that you'll actually carry all the time will.

    Go with the 649.
     
  3. isp2605

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    I started carrying a blued 49 in 1975 as my backup. Carried it everyday, all day, until 1995 when I got a deal on a 649. I've been carrying the 649 ever since. I also had a nickle Model 38 for a while until a guy offerred me way more than I had in it and what it was worth so I parted with it. I won't part with either my 49 or 649.
    Don't worry about what it looks like. You're not carrying for looks. Personally I like the looks of the humpback.

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  4. Quoheleth

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    Not a Smith, but the same moral of the story...

    I have a Springfield Loaded 1911, a Rock Island compact 1911, and a Ruger LCR (yes, I know it's not the revolvers in question...bear with me a moment).

    The Springer is a safe queen. I've carried it one time.

    The RI gets an outing every now and then when I'm in shorts & long-tailed shirt. It's my "day off and I'm feeling tough" gun.

    My Ruger LCR is in my pocket each working day, at night when I go places, and for the quick dash to the grocery store. It's light, unobtrusive, and - best of all - drops into the pocket as fast as my car keys. The 1911 needs a holster, a heavy belt, and - for me - a long shirt. I won't part with either 1911, but the Ruger is my constant companion.

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