Skip to comments.For those of you blessed to carry concealed, what do you carry, and why?
Posted on 06/15/2012 9:17:21 PM PDT by LouAvul
My primary carry piece is a Sig P239 DAK SAS in 9mm. It's about the largest weapon I can carry concealed in warm weather. The mag holds 8 w/1 in the pipe.
They’ve had that line on their guns since shortly after WWII.
True, but you will find yourself on your state’s radar.
I was recently stopped by small-town,(pop 300) police and given a warning for a minor traffic issue. Officer checked my insurance and drivers license and came back to my vehicle and asked me if I was carrying a loaded firearm in my vehicle? He told me that when he ran a check I came up as a CCW permit holder and that he would, “appreciate, as a courtesy, being told that I had a firearm in my vehicle.”
I told him next time I would. So they know.
Lately I’ve been mostly carrying my Ruger SR-9c (9mm) in a IWB holster. In colder weather I carry either my S&W Sigma .40 or Kimber Ultra-Carry II .45 in paddle holsters. The hardest thing about carrying concealed for me is finding a good holster.
You carry a COP? That’s actually a quite collectable firearm.
Really! That I didn’t know. I just assumed it was my liberal state without really looking into it.
Here in Oklahoma whenever a citizen w/a CCW comes in official contact w/a LEO, we're required by law to inform them (that we're armed). As far as being on the state's radar for a CCW, I wouldn't worry about it. The only I would worry about in that regard would be if I were to be purchasing numerous military type weapons that would red flag me to the ATF.
Keltec P11 in 9mm. 12+1
In cooler climes, CZ82 9x18mm Makarov or Taurus “Falcon” service revolver in .38 special.
Dang! Now I gotta wipe the drool off my keyboard.
I love CZs.
Stupid requirement. The LEO should automatically assume the person is carrying, because if the person's intentions are evil, they will lie anyway.
I carry a black subdued finish Colt Commander .45 in a Jim Burke holster. Throw in two extra mags in a old Bagmaster mag pouch and I’m good to go. I carry this pistol because I’ve had it since ‘83 or so and I trust it (I’m a 1911 kind of guy). I carry in general because I like living.
Joe, I am left handed. Can I buy any gun or should I buy a gun made for left handed women?
That one would be pretty effective for one shot.
2nd and 3rd shots would be more difficult due to cycling the bolt with a broken wrist.
I hear that the clock 40 cal, model 27 is only 6” by 4” and carries 9+1
I really hate that requirement. I can easily imagine a cop who was having a bad day, or just a generic a***ole of a cop, going off on you and claiming that you were threatening him, simply because you informed him that you were armed. In fact, I think there was a thread on FR not too long ago about exactly that type of incident. The cop in that case was ultimately fired. But still, the poor innocent citizen might have lost his life that night.
I'd like to know which states, if any, do not require you to inform the cop you're armed.
For the most part handguns/sidearms are ambidextrous and made to be fired either right or left handed. Some grip panels, especially in target oriented pistols, may have a thumb rest on the left side of the weapon intended for a right handed shooter, but in general, these are easily swapped out and replaced with either flat panels or with left handed grips (with the thumb rest on the right side of the weapon). For a CCW, you're normally looking for the thinnest, smallest, lowest profile features so that's not an issue.
Rifles on the other hand, can be a bit more problematic. Bolt action rifles are made specifically for left or right handed shooters. Most semi-automatic rifles eject the spent brass to the shooter's right, although most newer ones have features that deflect the brass so that while not optimum for a southpaw, they can still be used without any real adverse effect.
If you're interested in purchasing your first firearm, or even just your first CC firearm, I'd recommend you read voraciously, call around to local ranges/ shooting clubs and see if they offer any classes. I'm sure there are any number of FReepers in and around your area who would be more than happy to take you to a range and try out some various weapons.
Most likely all shootings have their own “Norm” unto them selves. As far as accuracy is concerned, once law enforcement made the switch from revolvers to pistols their accuracy fell by almost 50% as they used the “Spray n’ Pray” shooting technique.
Also with a revolver you do not need to wonder or second guess yourself as to did you rack the slide, is it on safe or is it ready to go. Those are things that can really screw up a gun fight. My wife and daughter both carry revolvers(.357) because they do not want to have to remember all that goes with a pistol for it to work.
As far as if the perp brings friends, Well Maybe your hypothetical means your screwed.
You can read over and over again in the NRA mag’s where 70 - 88 year old’s are taking on two plus and dropping the home invaders, so if they can do it so should we be able to.
WW2 German Walther P-38. I inherited it from my father.
“Really! That I didnt know. I just assumed it was my liberal state without really looking into it.”
Actually, Mark Twain corrected me. I went and looked up the Youth Handgun Safety Act (federal). The age is 18. So I was wrong. Below that, federal law prohibits ownership or possession with some exceptions (farm or ranch, training, target shooting).
The Glock 27, .40 cal rocks. I just got one and it practically shoots itself. In move and shoot, the sights seem to magically align themselves and the recoil is no worse than a 9mm. I’m getting very attached to it quickly. I’ll double check. I think it’s 8+1.
The only downside is a pretty stiff slide. So you have to carry with a round chambered or risk not having a shot in an emergency.
“...they’re not going to even have time to notice anybody unless such an one is buying 20 guns at a time...”
About not noticing, you are likely correct. And one could buy ‘20 at a time’ (over a weekend) at many gun shows and still not be noticed...
Here in Ohio I can go to the sheriff in any adjacent county for the permit...does not have to be in my county of residence.
“...once law enforcement made the switch from revolvers to pistols their accuracy fell by almost 50%...”
My son, 8 yrs in the Corps, and now more years as a deputy sheriff, carries a 357 revolver as a duty weapon and beats ‘em all on the range, including reloading. However, if the XD were approved by the department, that would be his choice...in 45 acp.
The Commander is my back up...I carry a 92f but need to replace the recoil spring. I guess after 5000 rounds and 25 years it just wore out.
A girl I know wants to replace her S&W Chiefs special with a 9mm auto. Might buy that for ankle carry.
Yeah, the WWII CAP’ers were actually part of the war effort, patrolling for subs off the coast. One time, they even tried to drop a bomb on one they spotted in the Atlantic!
glock slim line model 36 ,, in 45 acp ( its tiny and really does not have too much recoil )
or colt defender series 90 also 45 acp
( a little bulkier but super good quality as well )
both fit real well in the front pocket of my cargo shorts
my wife carries model 642 air weight smith n wesson with factory laser sight ( its a 38 special , however it has a lot of recoil due to the light weight )
Additionally, you must be 21+ to own a handgun in my state.
True but here one can have a concealed carry at 18. Just cannot own it.
Yup...I carry the .40 cal pro Millennium
Fits my hand like a glove...
Glad we are in agreement.
In the summer of 1966, the Army saw fit to train me as a tank crewman, the equipment for which included the M1911A1 .45 pistol and the M3/M3A1 .45 *greasegun* submachinegun, among other novelties. When I came out of my Advanced Individual Training at the Armor School, I had a shiny new expert's badge for *tank weapons* and *pistol* to go with the expert rating I had earned with the M14 rifle when I went through Basic. I pretty much figured at that point that I knew what I was doing with a .45 auto; I'd often shot my dad's old Air Corps .45, so I was good.
Until I got to my new unit, where I found out just how much I didn't know. The 70th Armor was [and still is] the oldest and most decorated independent tank unit in the US Army; they made 3 amphibious landings during WWII, and were the yank outfit that linked up with the Airborne advance units still fighting when the 70th's tanks rolled up. Korea was pretty much the same deal: the 70th's tank companies with 90mm gun Pershings got *lent out* to the Cav units whose M24 light tanks main gun rounds were bouncing off the Soviet-supplied T34s just like they had with Panthers and Tigers 5 years previously. So we had high standards to meet.
We relearned EVERYTHING about the M1911: how to kill saomeone with it without firing a shot, how to kill ourselves with it- not an inconsequential consideration if you've ever seen a tank burn with a crew inside- how to use it for a bottle opener, how to detail strip it down to each and every one of its component parts and reassemble them correctly.
And then we relearned how to shoot the M1911, including firing the .45 pistol qualification course from the drivers and loaders hatches of five tanks parked on the pistol range. We fired off arpund 4000 rounds- 4 of the .50 caliber-sized ammo cans of ammo worth- of .45 ammo in the course of relearmimh on how to use the pistol at ranges from two feet [a bad guy on the back deck of the tank behind the turret] to about 200 yards, about as far as a .45 is generally effective. We also leaerned about some of the exceptions.
Later in life I attended a couple of *handgun schools,* including, among other things, personal instruction from Ray Chapman and Col. Jeff Cooper when they were alive and teaching.
I've got a .45 Commander built by Armand Swenson, actually a lightweight Commander slide he fitted to a M1911 frame he shortened to Commander length for me, long before Colt offered the Combat Commander around 1970. Neverytheless, it's a treasured heirloom now, a reminder of the days when we were still hacking around to find out what worked and what doesn't. My most usual carry piece now lately is a pretty much plain-Jane 1911, in this example an Argentine M1927 series DGFM, reworked and tuned, but pretty much looking stock, and usually carroed in an old M3 tanker's shoulder holster, same as I did as an 18-year-old crewdog 45 years ago.
I've got and use other tools of course; and the factory sights on a Walther P.38 work a little better in the dark with my older eyes than those of a 1911 generally do. I like Glocks and SIGs and Springfield XDs, several of each of which I've owned and tried.
But when it comes time to go out and face the possibility of another of the three lethal fights in which a handgun was my working tool rather than something more authoritative, it's most generally a M1911A1 that's along with me. We get along just fine, and after all these years, we understand each other.
Shoot any clays wid that 1911A1 Archy ?.....:o)
Good point shooter thang !
Ya have to keep yer booger picker off the paddle daffynition...... :o)
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