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What guns have you carried?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by improperlyaged, May 19, 2017.

  1. improperlyaged

    improperlyaged Member

    May 3, 2013
    I was sitting at work and was thinking about rebuilding my handgun collection after I graduate paramedic school (5 weeks to go!) and I realized I have carried a fairly large number of different platforms and calibers. So here is a list of all the pistols I have cc'd. You should also post your list and maybe a short reason of why you switched to something different.

    Bersa thunder 380. This was my first pistol I bought for cc and I still have it. It resides at my moms house where she uses it to shoot armadillos.

    Star bm 9mm. thing was heavy and not completely reliable. Plus mags were hard to come by.

    S&w sd9ve. Needed money and so it got sold.

    Springfield xd9sc. One of my favorite pistols that I shot really well and carried comfortably. I got caught up in barrel length vs velocity and so traded it for...

    Springfield xd service 9mm. Sucker was fun to shoot but super hard to conceal which led to getting a couple of smaller guns.

    Rossi 38 special. Dumbest thing I have bought thus far, I couldn't shoot it for anything. Several hundred rounds in and I still wasn't capable of hitting things with it. So I traded it and the Springfield xd service for a glock 19

    Glock 19. Still my favorite gun and it's on me right now. It was originally a 2nd gen that I sent in for the frame upgrade, I now have a second 19 that is also 2nd gen and it will remain that way. But when I sent off the 19 for the frame upgrade I needed another carry gun for the time being.

    Norinco 1911 45acp. I hated carrying a full size 1911 and it lasted maybe 2 weeks before I traded it for a glock 26

    Glock 26. It took my 19 three weeks at glock for the frame upgrade and the 1911 sucked to carry (for me at least). Loved the 26 but when the 19 got back I went back to carrying the 19 for ammo capacity. So the 26 got sold.

    After selling the 26 I realized I now had nothing for jogging so I bought the lightest double stack 9mm I could find.

    Kel Tec p11 9mm. Thing worked for me I just didn't like the recoil. Bought a pf9 at the same time but never carried it. Went back to the 19 in a fanny pack while jogging.

    Glock 43 for jogging. I thought and still think that gun is stupid. Same height as a 26 but litterally [ ____ ] <--- this much thinner for less capacity. Happily sold it.

    S&w 442 38 special again for carry at work or jogging. 5 shots isn't enough in my opinion and so it got sold. Went back to the 19 for work and jogging.

    And here or there I carried a sigma 9mm, polish p 64, hungarian pa 63 and a Taurus revolver at some point. Maybe a couple others that I'm forgetting. What have you carried?
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  2. beeenbag

    beeenbag Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Grayson, Ky
    My mind and moods change like the wind, I've found it to be much cheaper to just put the guns away in the safe once my attention goes elsewhere cause I'll eventually revolve back around and this way I already have it.

    But carry guns...

    Glock 19
    Glock 27
    Kahr cm9
    Ruger lcp
    S&w 637
    Ruger sp101
    Glock 26
    Springfield RO champion
    Springfield xds 45
    Ruger lcp II
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  3. badkarmamib

    badkarmamib Member

    Mar 4, 2016
    Beretta 92FS (wouldn't fit in the glove box of a 1995 Mustang GT)
    Taurus PT111 (rusted first time I carried it SOB)
    Lorcin .380 (It was given to me by a relative, owned it a couple of weeks, then sold it)
    Taurus PT911 (couldn't hit anything with it, sloppy fit)
    Kel-Tec P32 (too small for hand, too big for pocket, uncomfortable to shoot)
    S&W Sigma 9mm (first time I pulled it out while hunting, magazine fell out, didn't trust it after that)
    Glock 19 (grip too big for hand)
    Ruger LCP Gen 1 (Same as Kel-Tec P32)
    Sig SP2022 .40 (After I left manual labor, non-callused hands didn't have the same hold, grip became uncomfortable)
    Springfield XD-S .40 (Still have and carry)
    S&W M&P FS .40 (Still have and carry)
    Para 1911 Gov't (buddy wanted it, needed cash)
    Ruger SR1911 Commander (wife's gun, I traded her, then gave it back)
    Glock 17 (Wouldn't do anything my others would, did not feel as good in my hand as my others)
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  4. BobWright

    BobWright Member

    Feb 11, 2014
    Memphis, Tennessee
    Among my early carry rigs was this S&W Model 586 in a Don Hume holster:


    Then I switched briefly to this Model 19, also a Don Hume rig:


    I came to distrust the small bores and then went to this .44 Special in a Bob Mernickle holster:


    The Mernickle carried a mite too high for me, sort of cramped my arm in drawing.

    Of late my current companion has been this Ruger .45 Colt in a Graveyard Jack Holster:


    This has become my favorite rig of all time.

    Bob Wright
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  5. stoky

    stoky Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    The first one I carried and the one I carry most often, Series 70 Mk IV .45
    Kimber Tactical Pro commander size .45
    King's conversion Officers Model .45
    Robar's version of Officer's Model .45
    Smith .44 Mountain Gun
    7½" Ruger Redhawk
    One or two Smith Model 60 .38s
    3" .357 SP101
    One or two Colt Mustang's
    3" .45LC SAA clone
    Beretta Jetfire .25 (sold)
    NAA tiny .22 (sold)
    S&W 669 (sold)
    Czech Browining Highpower (sold) <sniff>
    6" Colt Anaconda .45LC (sold) <sniff>
    Colt Pocket Model .32 auto
    Ruger LC9s, almost forgot
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  6. JohnBiltz

    JohnBiltz Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I've carried a Glock 26 and recently a Glock 42 over the last seven years.
  7. Dog Soldier
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    Dog Soldier Member

    Sep 8, 2016
    S.W. Wyoming
    The Luger and the 1911 pistols have passed the Century mark. I like both firearms. One I really like is the 1991 Mitchell 9MM SS Luger. :thumbup:
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  8. sgt127

    sgt127 Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    One of almost everything over 40 years. Just a partial list....
    A 1911
    HK P7m8
    Kahr K9
    Kahr PM9
    Issued Glock 35 and 22.
    642 as BUG
    Seecamp as BUG

    Pretty much settled down on a Wilson .45 on duty and Sig P239 DAK in 357 SIG off duty. A Remington RM380 as BUG.
  9. fastbolt

    fastbolt Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Within the lightning
    I doubt I could easily remember each and every handgun I've carried for work and off-duty.

    Last year I learned that my former agency (where I continued to serve as a reserve, also acting in the capacity of a firearms instructor and armorer after I retired) still maintained training files which listed 23 different handguns I've used for current training and quals (as a firearms instructor, while both full-time and post-retirement). That number has been condensed from something in the middle 30's, I believe, as I hadn't bothered to take some "duplicate" models through the same training or qual sessions each and every time. At one point, I remember that if I were to carry a different handgun everyday, I'd not carry the same one twice in more than a month.

    That number also only included the "current" issued weapon I continued to use, as a reserve. Due to my firearm instructor role, and some changing inventoried weapons, at one time or another I can remember carrying a variety of issued weapons, including a M66, a couple of M686's, a couple of 5903's and 6906's, SW9940, 4566TSW, 4013TSW, 4513TSW, 3913TSW and a M&P 40. I may have forgotten and missed an issued weapon here or there, because I served as a firearms instructor for a little more than 26 years (before recently deciding to hang up my instructor gear, and consider some new pursuits).

    Yes, that many different makes/models & calibers required a lot of dedicated range time, but that was where my duties and all my range time as a LE firearms instructor worked to my advantage. Also, maintaining familiarity with the variety of different makes/models was helped by my having been through a fair number of armorer classes/recerts for different guns over the years, and having served as an armorer. That helps if you wish to help train a lot of folks who carry those different weapons for duty & off-duty roles, and be able to support many of their personal gun choices.

    I also own and enjoy a variety of other handguns, such as SA revolvers and .22's, of course, and I've long been a 1911 enthusiast (and managed to get to the Colt Model O Pistol class one time when scheduling one of my AR armorer recerts ;) ).

    As I begin to throttle back on my range time in retirement, as I'm no longer responsible for being an active instructor, I anticipate allowing my attention to settle down to a somewhat smaller range of handguns. I'll continue to invest sufficient range time to stay current with the guns I prefer to use for retirement CCW, and for those occasions when I agree to help other shooters, from time to time. I've recently renewed my armorer certifications for a couple of different makes/models, but I may let those start to lapse, at some point, since I'm no longer acting as an agency armorer. (I just want to be able to maintain & repair my own guns, and those of some friends.)
  10. ericuda

    ericuda Member

    Jan 7, 2012
    I switch between a Walther pps and a glock 36. Prefer the walther.
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  11. Madcap_Magician

    Madcap_Magician Member

    Apr 8, 2009
    I switched a lot more in my early years of carry. I have been carrying for nine years (since I was of legal age to do so), and this is what I've carried in chronological order.

    1. Kahr P9
    2. Kel-Tec P32*
    3. Ruger SP101
    4. S&W 642
    5. S&W M&P .40
    6. S&W M&P9c
    7. H&K P7*
    8. Beretta 92A1*
    9. Ruger LCR .38 Special
    10. S&W M&P Shield 9mm
    11. Glock 19

    The ones with an asterisk weren't really carried frequently. The Glock 19 is still not perfect, even though I've had it customized. All the other guns were really good in one respect and poor in others. The Glock 19 is kind of OK for everything and not really bad at anything, and that's the compromise I ended up with.
  12. FL-NC

    FL-NC Member

    Feb 10, 2016
    Fl panhandle
    Too many to count, on the civilian side. Various Glocks, 1911s, Sigs, Beretta 92, wheel guns, PPK, the list goes on. Now just Glocks or my shield for CCW.
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  13. GBExpat

    GBExpat Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Rural, far beyond the beltway, Northern Virginia,
    The ones that have been in my carry rotation (which began in '75) ...

    Ruger 4" blue Security Six (150-)
    Walther PPK/s
    Ruger 2¾" s/s Security Six (151-)
    Colt Combat Commander
    Walther PP
    Walther PPK
    Romy TT-33 Variant
    KelTec P3AT
    KelTec PF9
    3.3" 45. XDs
    Glock 30S
    Glock 19 Gen4

    There are a few others that I have carried periodically (like Star PD, 1911, 629, 659, etc) but I never actually considered as part of my standard carry rotation.

    I consider the final 5 on my list to currently be my active rotation pieces, with the KelTecs and the XDs being my GOTOs.

    EDIT: OOPS! Forgot my two .44 Bulldogs ... also on the rotation. :)
  14. Jack B.

    Jack B. Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    I lived on a big farm and my wife's parents lived on another big farm about a half mile away. For years I would walk the fields and woods of these farms and the land in between and I always carried a Trooper MK lll .357 magnum in a holster and a Marlin model 336 in 35 Remington slung over my shoulder. Nobody ever complained. Good old days when people didn't freak out over seeing a gun.
  15. JJE

    JJE Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    SW Washington State!
    PPK/S: Heavy and I didn't shoot it very well.
    Glock 26: Much better, but a little thick for IWB carry, which is how I normally carry.
    Glock 42: Done! Yes, it's a 380, yes it holds only 7+1 rounds (with +1 mag), but I can ALWAYS carry it (I'm carrying it now), and it handles and shoots like a full-size Glock.
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  16. DeepSouth

    DeepSouth Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    S&W 25-2
    W. German P220
    Kahr PM45

    NAA 22 mag
    38 spl Derringer
    Kahr PM40
    Double Tap 45

    I still have all of them and will at least on occasion carry everything but the 38 David Derringer.

    90+ % of the time I carry the PM45, have since about 09. Pretty much retired the NAA for the Double Tap a couple years ago, but it does get occasional carry. I think I'll still be carrying the PM45 and the Double Tap for the foreseeable future, it's a great system for me, and I don't see it changing.

    Yes, I like 45's. :D
  17. Hanshi

    Hanshi Member

    Sep 25, 2010
    A S&W M10 in my first LEO job.
    Colt 1911 .45acp as plain clothes.
    S&W M19 LEO.
    Colt Commander .45acp also as LEO.
    Ruger stainless Security Six as LEO.
    Ruger OM .45Colt, S&W M14, Colt Woodsman and S&W M25 .45acp in the woods.
    And a variety: PPK/S .380 acp, PPK 7.65 acp, Kimber .45acp Ultra Carry, S&W M60 for when I just needed/wanted to be armed.
  18. Tallball

    Tallball Member

    Oct 2, 2014

    Taurus 85 in 38 spcl (hammerless)
    Ruger LCR in 38 spcl
    Charter Arms Bulldog in 44 spcl
    Kel-Tec P3AT (380acp)
    Glock 43 (9mm)

    When I was younger I carried various things, chiefly a Makarov and my original Taurus 85, but there were others I am too lazy to try to remember.
  19. SatCong

    SatCong Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    It's been 1911's. For a long time it's Les Bear Concept VI or the P II's.
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  20. Blkhrt13

    Blkhrt13 Member

    Mar 18, 2017
    4" 686 Smith & Wesson
    Taurus 85 ti
    32 cal tomcat beretta
    Glock 22 gen 2
    38 charter arms undercover (1971)
    38 Colt Police Positive
    Thompson 1911 45
    Bulgarian Makarov
    Beretta 92s ( just bought it)
    950 jetfire beretta (owned 2)
  21. Hanzo581

    Hanzo581 Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    Fairly new to the carry world, comparatively speaking.

    Ruger SR9c (Fall-Winter carry)
    Ruger LCP II (Spring-Summer carry)
  22. Varminterror

    Varminterror Member

    Jul 17, 2016
    Mine's a long list, not sure I'd recall all of them - these are what I've used as carry pieces, not stuff I've carried for hunting or competition. I tend to consider carry options to be like T-shirts - I like to have lots of options, and when you have 365 days a year with over 25yrs of nearly daily carry, that's a lot of different T-shirts... I don't own a lot of these any longer, but I might carry 3 or 4 different pieces within any given week.

    H&R 22mag
    Jennings J22
    Ruger Super Blackhawk 44
    Ruger Vaquero
    Ruger New Vaquero
    Ruger Single Six Vaquerito 32H&R
    S&W K19
    S&W 638
    S&W 60
    S&W 629
    S&W 642
    S&W M&P 9
    S&W Bodyguard
    Ballister Molina
    Bond Derringer
    American Derringer
    Cobra Derringer
    NAA Mini Revolver 22 LR & Mag
    CZ SP01
    Kel-Tec P3AT
    Kahr PM40
    Kahr CM9
    Ruger SR9c
    Ruger P89
    Ruger P94
    Ruger P97
    Ruger LCP
    Ruger LCP II
    Ruger LC9
    Ruger LCR 357 in 357, 327, and 9mm
    Ruger SP101 in 32 H&R, 38spcl, and 357
    Ruger SRH Alaskan in 44mag, 480, & 454C
    Ruger SRH Toklat
    Ruger Redhawk Kodiak Backpacker
    Charter Bulldog
    HK USP40
    HP VP9
    SA EMP 40
    SA Micro Compact 1911
    SA XDm
    Kimber Ultra Carry II
    Bersa Thunder
    Walther PPK/S
    Walther PK380
    Beretta Tomcat
    Beretta 92
    Sig P238
    Sig 938
    Sig P224
    Sig P320
    Sig P250
    Ruger Mark II
    Taurus 85
    Taurus Raging Bull

    I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, but I'm also sure nobody cares any more...

    Ruger LCP, G19 and SP101 are what I carry most often.
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  23. Ironicaintit

    Ironicaintit Member

    May 7, 2015
    For concealed carry I began with a sweet post-war Mauser HSc, then a Sig P238, and finally a browning hi-power.
    Open carry, an FNP 45 is my usual, but I have also carried a speed six, SP101, or super Blackhawk 44.
    Every now and again I'll toss my FIE (tanfoglio) Titan II 22LR in my pocket
  24. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    Short answer: lots and lots of guns! Started with an Astra Model 600 carried in a U.S. M7 Tanker holster. From there I went with a Charter Arms Undercover in a Bianchi Model 9R shoulder holster. While backwoods hiking I often took along a Beretta Model 70S or a Rossi Model 88, carried in an Uncle Mike's OWB nylon holster. Too many to count S&W Model 36s (and one really beautiful nickel plated Model 38), with 2" and 3" barrels, usually in an IWB leather clip holster. Several Beretta Jetfires and a Sterling Model 602, tucked away in my front pocket. A number of Colt Combat Commanders, often times in a Don Hume belt slide holster.

    Currently I have a Kahr CM9, SIG P238, Colt Mustang, KelTec P3AT, S&W Model 649, S&W Model 638, and a Ruger SR9c in my carry rotation. Have also occasionally carried a S&W Model 686 (shoulder holster), and a SIG P229 (OWB holster).
    Last edited: May 20, 2017
  25. Jonesy814

    Jonesy814 Member

    Mar 31, 2016
    NW PA
    First gun I carried concealed was my 9mm Shield. Got an SR9c and carried it in the colder months. Eventually got a Taurus TCP which had reliability problems so I sold it. Bought a S&W 638 which is in my pocket right now. Missed a small light 380 so I got an LCP last year. Still carry the Shield half the time and the other half it's the J frame or LCP

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