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.
Kimber pro-carry II, .45acp, with an extra magazine.
Why? If something happens, and if i can pull my piece, and if I can hit them in the first 3 shots (95% of shootings happen in 3 or less shots), then I want the most powerful punch possible.
There’s nothing wrong with a .40, or a 9mm, or even a .38, but personally, I’m a good shot, and I am just as accurate with a 1911 as any other piece, so why not do as much damage as possible?
I would advise to carry something that is comfortable. You should know that you have it and be ablr to get it out fast. However, if you get a hand gun that is not comfortable to carry, you WILL NOT carry and you never know when you will need the gun!
1911-A1 Government model in .45 ACP. Its the gun that God carries.
.40 cal, because it aggravates freedom haters to no end.
“Additionally, you must be 21+ to own a handgun in my state.”
That’s Federal law too. All states are the same.
Yeah, I know that at one time, it was one of the places they kept an eye on for candidates. Maybe moreso back in the Cold War, when they were running whole “civillian” airlines and needed pilots.
A little known conspiracy theory tidbit is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CAP member as a teenager, where he met CIA affiliated David Ferry, just before he started trying to join Communist groups. Of course, we’ll never know if those dots connect, but the dots are there.
I can’t get a CCW here in California so I don’t get to legally carry, but if I did, I would want either a Ruger LC9 or a Taurus Millenium PT145. Or both.
Sucks to live in a “may issue” California. Just another reason to retire out of state. Perhaps the BEST reason.
I have to agree that you just don’t need a high capacity gun for self defense.
If it makes you feel comfortable, go for it. As far as I’m concerned, it is a lot like buying gold plated car insurance rather than just the solid 100/300 full coverage. The full coverage will work in 99% of instances and is a lot cheaper, so I don’t tend to bother with covering that 1% outlier.
Same for a carry gun. Rather than suffer something bulkier and heavier and less comfortable as a just in case for that 1% outlier, I would be very comfortable with 6 rounds in a gun since almost all encounter are quick and brief.
I continue to read about home invasions where groups of perps tend to scatter immediately at the 1st bang. It is not as if they are a rifle squad intent on achieving their objective through a hail of incoming fire.
I would bet that a gun with blanks in it would stop 9/10ths of all confrontations from being followed through. I mean, just presenting a gun on a perp who isn’t expecting it is enough to get them to flee much of the time. Hearing a “bang” takes care of most of the rest.
Again, I’m not advocating carrying a starter pistol, but if everyone was able to carry a small concealable 6 shot firearm, there would be very few encounters that ended poorly for the crime victim. Very few.
But there are still many people out there who want the peace of mind to be able to hold off a truckload of amped-up determined attackers, so go for it. As long as you find it comfortable enough to actually carry that big hogleg every hour of every day so you have it when you need it, then go for it.
For my part, I would be far more likely to carry that small light 6 shooter around all the time, than that big double stack full-grip job. But that is just me.
Sorry, I meant I would own a Taurus PT745, the single stack version of the PT145. I think it has 6 round capacity. So I would go either Ruger LC9 or Taurus PT745. And likely will once I leave this idiotic state.
I thought it was just me buying them 20 at a time...
Back on topic; I carry a Glock model 30, because when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. And I don't believe you are a caring, responsible adult if you refuse to take measures to protect your loved ones, yourself or others in the community.
I see in the paper/magazine “Military” that the Govt is looking for WWII CAP’ers to award them the ‘Congressional Gold Medal’ for their service.
They say there is only a few hundred out of about 60,000 members.
I have a contact name and email if anyone interested - they also want to contact family members of the vols...
I was a volunteer in the mid 50’s in Dutchess County NY, on the flight path around Stewart AFB (Newburgh NY)- neglected to mention it in Navy Boot Camp in 1956 and it ‘cost’ me SN coming out of boot camp....oh well....
My carry is Ruger/LCR 38 spec, like the one poster said, the punks will normally cut and run if threatened....
This is what I carry.
Good old fashion Smith Airweight.
1. Goes bang every time I pull the trigger, even in a pocket. 2. Light enough that I don't walk loopsided. 3. +P ammo does a very good job. 4. Accurate at knife distance where most shootings occur.
If I really need high capacity, face multiple adversaries or the ability to touch someone over 100 feet.
Forget a pistol, I'll bring my M1A
Ed Brown Custom Cobra Carry 1911.
Why? Why not! Great gun, experienced and well trained with it, conceals easily.
or my Glock 19.
I also own a SA Ultra Compact .45, asked the MFG about using +P’s, they advised against it.
Of course, if it comes to that, I might need a new parka.
The Mrs saw it, and she had to get one, too...
Ditto on the Colt commander. Brushed stainless. Pretty but deadly.
SIG is an excellent choice. The main thing to remember - especially for the smaller folks - is that the lighter item you have with you is always better than the big one you left at home.
It doesn’t always have to be the 1911 or the S&W 29.
The Taurus P745 Millenium Pro .45 ACP is also my primary carry gun. Shoots well, carries great and has the stopping power. Key for me was that it has one of those old fashioned less than PERFECTION things called a POSITIVE SAFETY.
Glock 36 45acp in an inexpensive Ace Case in pants holster(these holsters ride extremely low which I prefer) and an extra mag in my pocket.
Colt Combat Commander.
Same. I actually shoot it more consistently than either either 1911A1 I have. Better in the hand, I guess. I tried an Officers Model for awhile. Too small in the hand.
Sweet. I shall have to look into that one as a candidate for my bicycle pack. Florida bike paths can have some nasty critters which one can come upon. Some with legs. Some without.
My first Commander was a brushed stainless. My preference was parkerized so, I switched it out some years ago. I love the Commander. My 1911A1’s feel so neglected.
"Thats Federal law too. All states are the same." Many people are confused about t
his. You can own a handgun at any age. You just cannot carry it about legally without meeting certain federal requirements until you are 18. You cannot legally buy one from a federal dealer until you are 21.
A number of states allow you to obtain a CCW at the age of 18. Most allow you to buy a handgun from a private party at age 18. Several allow you to carry a handgun under the age of 18. The federal law requires that you have written parental permission to carry a handgun if you are under 18 years of age.
I have concealed carried for about 10 years. Before my terrible boating accident I started with a Glock 26, changed to a Glock 27, went to a Kimber Ultraraptor (.45) and, just before the fateful day, changed to a Glock 36 (again .45). Glocks are simple , rugged, and go bang if you pull the trigger. I stopped carrying the Kimber because the finish was wearing off my “purt gun”. The tennifer finish on the Glock is a timex accessory. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Glocks are not for the poorly trained. IF you pull the trigger, the gun will go bang.Particular care must be taken to use a holster that covers the trigger guard. My crossbreed supertuck holster carried right hip is very comfortable (unfortunately not waterproof.)Every holstering of the weapon is careful and done with no one or any valuable body part down range. I will now go stand by the river with a tear in my eye......
If it's hot, I carry a S&W 64 .38+P Hydrashoks. Or a 625-10, or a KAHR PM45 if we are out camping. Pocket is a NAA Guardian in 32.
For winter, a 3-inch Mdl 13 with 125gr Hydrashoks(see the pattern?), or a Springfield XDm in 9mm.
I have a number of others, depending on mood and occasion, 1911's, other 625's, but concealed means CONCEALED, and I like as much oomph as I can carry.
The bad guy is gonna KNOW that he is in a gun fight! (But only if I miss with the first shot. ;)~
Geez, I hope you get him with the first two rounds, 'cause after that you will probably be blinded by the muzzle flash!
Nice call Lou.
I carry a Sig P239 or a HK P2000 SK, both in .40S&W
Obviously, you’re HOT!
Crap... purt= purty... I am partial to 185 grain gold dot ammo for my pet. Does not cost as much as the blitzkreigen nuclear tipped +++++++++P stuff they are selling now a days but ends up putting a nearly one inch hole in the baddie.
Same gun in 357Sig. I really like this pistol.
Old age and treachery...
...will whip youth, skill and cunning every time!
— The .357 magnum is still the most controllable and concealable man-stopper on the market. Although the Ruger SP101 only carries five rounds, the average civilian gunfight is at very close range (less than seven yards), and if I can't get the job done at that distance with five rounds of .357, then I don't need more ammo, rather, I need more time at the range.
— A revolver is nearly 100% reliable. No jams, no stovepipes, no worry about deactivating the safety mechanisms in a high stress situation. Pull the trigger and it will go bang.
— With regard to safety, I have never felt completely comfortable carrying an autoloader with a round in the chamber. Although the Springfield XD has both a trigger safety and grip safety, there is a significantly greater chance of an accidental or premature firing when holstering or drawing the weapon from a pocket or hip holster, particularly during a rapid draw, than there is with a revolver, particularly the Ruger SP101 with its heavy trigger pull.
S & W Model 915 9mm
Fits nicely in the small of your back
What: Ruger .380 LCP-CT with RTK trigger and Hogue sleeve. Hornady Critical Defense ammo.
Why: It’s so light in the inside-the-pants holster that I hardly know it’s there.
I like my Glock 26. I love my Springfield XD 40!
Glock 30 .45ACP