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Old August 10th, 2016, 07:29 AM   #106
 
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I either run my Kahr CW45 or my full size SR1911, currently looking at a Ruger American Pistol.



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Old August 14th, 2016, 04:52 PM   #107
 
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My EDC are 1911s. One Commander, one an Officers model.

Both are comfortable to carry in an IWB holster from Uncle Mikes in the proper size.

During the warmer months I constantly wear shorts, T-shirt and a button down shirt over that unbuttoned. On the off side I wear a mag pouch for the extra ammunition.

Everything is topped off with a well worn baseball cap.

Very comfortable and cool.
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It really wasn't that long ago that I felt comfortable with a little single stack Beretta .22 or .32. Much of the time, not armed at all!

Then I started wanting more, and started carrying a .380 - still do when the time is right. Now I carry almost ALL of the time! And the .380 is still my choice when it's really tough.

Unlike years ago, when safety was not as much of a concern, kinda reserved when travelling, I just don't feel that way any longer - just too much crazy stuff going on in the world.

Now, I usually carry a double stack 9mm, most of the time - reserving a single stack 9, or the lil .380, for when it is hard to conceal.

I just feel safer having 14 to 18 bullets available at the end of my finger. PLUS, I amost always have at least one extra mag available.

Being close enuf to a big city, brings lots of wanna be tough guys, into the mix of normal people, along with the aforementioned crazies that want to cause mayhem.

I was in the military, a long time ago, in an actual war - so feel pretty comfortable around firearms, and still find them fun. Useful, too!

I may be old, but I am not stupid, and can still shoot fairly straight!
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I've been through the ringer trying to find a small carry pistol that I could shoot well. First was the LCP. Great little pistol but the .380 ball ammo for practice, that was available at my lgs; was often inconsistent. The pistol would run quality defense ammo all day long but the cheaper fmj ammo of various makes would cause failures in the little da pistol. Not to mention .380 cost as much as .45acp & is often limited per customer per visit. So I traded the LCP for a Sig P290. 9 mm is cheaper & more available. The P290 is a small da pistol like the LCP but weighs about twice as much. The P290 I got was an early release version that didn't have restrike capabilities. After sending it back to Sig they put a restrike trigger group in it. The trigger is so mushy & long, I tried a Galloway trigger & spring kit in it. It started slam firing after 300rds with the new trigger. After sending it back to Galloway, they gave me a refund & said the first gen pistols were harder to get to right. I still have the pistol, it sits at home as a back up to my back up to my back up pistol LOL. While trying to work the bugs out of the Sig I purchased a S&W shield .40. I originally wanted the shield the in 9mm but the fella at the pawn shop talked me into the .40 version. I like the shield now, but at first the short & slim pistol in .40 caliber was a handful! After many rds fired & a few mods (handle stippling & aluminum trigger replacement), the shield is much to my liking. I still wanted a small reliable 9mm for carry, the Sig still fires well but the 8rd mags are bad to have rds pop out on their own, plus between the crappy trigger pull & being heavy for it's size; I stopped carrying it. So Ruger came out with the LC9s. I loved the feel & the trigger pull was light & crisp, & was on sale for $307! I got the external safety version & that external safety was the first thing that failed (it engaged while firing). Sent it back to Ruger & they had me fixed back up in a week. Then the recoil rods started breaking. Ruger sent me a replacement within 4 days. After 300 rds the replacement recoil assembly flew apart. Got Ruger to send me yet another one but order a Galloway replacement in the mean time. The Galloway setup worked but then I started having ftf's & fte's, particularly with the 9rd mags. I put over 800rds through it before trading it off for a shotgun. After my experiences I've determined that the "L" series pistols just aren't my cup of tea! I recently stopped carrying my shield because the holster I have for it had a corner of the Kydex break. Ordered another holster for it & when it comes I'll have the shield back on in my rotation.

That's been my arduous journey into the pocket sized pistols but I regularly either carry my Ruger SR9c or a Glock G30s. I know this thread is about full size guns for carry but I prefer the sub compacts with full size capacity capabilities. The SR9c is just right for me. It fits my hand well, just small enough to not print through my clothes, & I shoot extremely well with it. Only mods done to the SR9c is it has factory night sights & I got a Galloway steel recoil rod setup for it (got the polished one & looks a lot better than the plastic original). The trigger on the SR9c is probably the best trigger I've felt on a plastic striker fired pistol! The G30s on the other hand has had about $500 worth of upgrades to make it as sweet a shooter as my SR9c. I also have a HK USP .40 compact, it's sub compact sized but is harder to conceal. The HK is also way heavier, sweet shooting but bulky.




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I've been through the ringer trying to find a small carry pistol that I could shoot well. First was the LCP. Great little pistol but the .380 ball ammo for practice, that was available at my lgs; was often inconsistent. The pistol would run quality defense ammo all day long but the cheaper fmj ammo of various makes would cause failures in the little da pistol. Not to mention .380 cost as much as .45acp & is often limited per customer per visit. So I traded the LCP for a Sig P290. 9 mm is cheaper & more available. The P290 is a small da pistol like the LCP but weighs about twice as much. The P290 I got was an early release version that didn't have restrike capabilities. After sending it back to Sig they put a restrike trigger group in it. The trigger is so mushy & long, I tried a Galloway trigger & spring kit in it. It started slam firing after 300rds with the new trigger. After sending it back to Galloway, they gave me a refund & said the first gen pistols were harder to get to right. I still have the pistol, it sits at home as a back up to my back up to my back up pistol LOL. While trying to work the bugs out of the Sig I purchased a S&W shield .40. I originally wanted the shield the in 9mm but the fella at the pawn shop talked me into the .40 version. I like the shield now, but at first the short & slim pistol in .40 caliber was a handful! After many rds fired & a few mods (handle stippling & aluminum trigger replacement), the shield is much to my liking. I still wanted a small reliable 9mm for carry, the Sig still fires well but the 8rd mags are bad to have rds pop out on their own, plus between the crappy trigger pull & being heavy for it's size; I stopped carrying it. So Ruger came out with the LC9s. I loved the feel & the trigger pull was light & crisp, & was on sale for $307! I got the external safety version & that external safety was the first thing that failed (it engaged while firing). Sent it back to Ruger & they had me fixed back up in a week. Then the recoil rods started breaking. Ruger sent me a replacement within 4 days. After 300 rds the replacement recoil assembly flew apart. Got Ruger to send me yet another one but order a Galloway replacement in the mean time. The Galloway setup worked but then I started having ftf's & fte's, particularly with the 9rd mags. I put over 800rds through it before trading it off for a shotgun. After my experiences I've determined that the "L" series pistols just aren't my cup of tea! I recently stopped carrying my shield because the holster I have for it had a corner of the Kydex break. Ordered another holster for it & when it comes I'll have the shield back on in my rotation.

That's been my arduous journey into the pocket sized pistols but I regularly either carry my Ruger SR9c or a Glock G30s. I know this thread is about full size guns for carry but I prefer the sub compacts with full size capacity capabilities. The SR9c is just right for me. It fits my hand well, just small enough to not print through my clothes, & I shoot extremely well with it. Only mods done to the SR9c is it has factory night sights & I got a Galloway steel recoil rod setup for it (got the polished one & looks a lot better than the plastic original). The trigger on the SR9c is probably the best trigger I've felt on a plastic striker fired pistol! The G30s on the other hand has had about $500 worth of upgrades to make it as sweet a shooter as my SR9c. I also have a HK USP .40 compact, it's sub compact sized but is harder to conceal. The HK is also way heavier, sweet shooting but bulky.




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Good lord man. Talk about bad luck. I've only had issues with one gun in my 20 years of gunn ownership and it was a Kimber 1911. Biggest piece of overpriced doo doo I've ever owned. My summer carry is a M&P shield 9mm and my fall/winter carry is a Glock 19. No issues whatsoever with either.
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Good lord man. Talk about bad luck. I've only had issues with one gun in my 20 years of gunn ownership and it was a Kimber 1911. Biggest piece of overpriced doo doo I've ever owned. My summer carry is a M&P shield 9mm and my fall/winter carry is a Glock 19. No issues whatsoever with either.
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Thanks! I am going to get a SR9 to go with my SR9c though. Got extra 17rd mags for it & if it fits my holster, just might carry it the colder months.


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The most important consideration fore me when shopping for a weapon to carry is reliability. The next is the capability of the weapon to do it's job.

I don't know why but 9mm seems to be in the most in the most reliable guns, Bigger guns aren't as finicky. I look for the biggest gun that I can still carry concealed comfortably. I'm a fairly big guy. So I pack my Ruger 95, and a Baretta 95. mostly.. Although I do carry a Subcompact Storm when I'm wearing better clothes its still not a tiny gun.
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Thanks! I am going to get a SR9 to go with my SR9c though. Got extra 17rd mags for it & if it fits my holster, just might carry it the colder months.


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If you are thinking of an SR9, think of the SR9E - it's a great gun and reasonably priced, without that ugly flag on top.
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The most important consideration fore me when shopping for a weapon to carry is reliability. The next is the capability of the weapon to do it's job.

I don't know why but 9mm seems to be in the most in the most reliable guns, Bigger guns aren't as finicky. I look for the biggest gun that I can still carry concealed comfortably. I'm a fairly big guy. So I pack my Ruger 95, and a Baretta 95. mostly.. Although I do carry a Subcompact Storm when I'm wearing better clothes its still not a tiny gun.
The only thing small about the Px4 Storm Sub Compact, is the name and the barrel........ but it sure shoots nice! Lots of bullets, too!
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I have carried the same S&W CS 45 for over 20 years. I think it most important to always carry and qualify with the same firearm consistently.

What's the CS stand for, "Customer Service"?
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Maybe it's just me but I'm a bit old school. I was trained with a S&W Model 15 that I carried in the A.F. for 10 years along with some pretty impressive other things. I still carry a 4" revolver but with a slight upgrade in power. I've owned automatics in the past But just don't trust them that much because of the jamming and a couple other problems I encountered along the way. I am looking at the American pistol but that would be in the future sometime.
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What I carry depends on weather and activity. Summer time out and about I will carry my Keltec P3at ( the mother of the LCP Little copied Pistol) or a IWB LCR 357. When I am on my motorcycle I carry a Walther CCP in a built in holster inside my leather vest. Winter time I carry a Springfield Loaded 1911 45 ACP OWB.
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Watch out for trends. They make you do things you really don't want to do. You are the best judge not some internet expert. If you listen to these guys they will have you buying something different every six months like used car salesmen.


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I pocket carried my Glock 33 for years until one day when it felt like it wasn't going to be enough. I just left work and was leaving the station. It was a busy day. The next shift was already tied up on calls. I keep my portable radio on when I drive home. They put out a call of a car with four males in it pointing a gun or guns at kids walking home.
Well of course I can see it coming up the side street so I drive at it and block the street and radio in that I have it. Someone said they were breaking away and headed my way.
I exit the car and point my 33 with only ten rounds total at the driver and identify myself and tell him to shut off the car. All four people instantly threw their hands up so God was watching out for me that day.

I just felt underarmed with four guys, a car and at least one reported gun against my ten rounds. There was only one gun in the car. Imagine if all four had a gun. Since then I brought my 32 back as my off duty with the 33 doing back up duty.

If Glock releases a new gen without fingergrooves, I'll be buying two new 32s to serve as my off duty weapons.
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