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Old January 24th, 2020, 08:37 AM   #31
 
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Can a single action be carried for CCW? Sure

Are there much better more modern options? Most definitely!

Unless you're at a speed level like some of the best cowboy action shooters I'd recommend CCWing something more modern and conducive to defense.

I recently got my first two single actions and love them. But I got them as range toys only and don't think there are many times I'd choose to carry them over my other guns.



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Old January 24th, 2020, 09:53 AM   #33
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There is no perfect CCW. It's impossible to prepare for every possible scenario so you might as well just carry what makes you comfortable and what you're proficient with.
Couldn't agree more.

OP, have you considered the S&W Governor or the Taurus Judge? Both can be loaded up with 45 LC.
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For now, carry what you can hit best with - quickly.

It is amazing how many deadly scenarios can be conjured wherein you will require a small army. But it is unlikely you will ever encounter such situations unless you are a drug dealer or an "operator."

You can always get a "more better" gun and become proficient with it so you can replace your sixgun as your EDC.

Having shot "cowboy" guns most of my life, I've never felt inadequately armed carrying a 45 sixgun. But my normal EDC is a 5" 1911 with 2 extra mags "for balance." And in case I become a drug dealer.

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Several years back the Sheriff of Thurston County, Washington carried a Colt SSA as his duty side arm. He was forced to use it in gunfights more than once, and he used it successfully. Remember, you get only six shots (transfer bar) with a Vaquero before you have to painfully reload one round at a time. Follow up shots are slower due to having to cock the hammer. Will it solve some or most problems? Probably. Is it the best choice to cover every possible contingency? Probably not. Is it your right to choose whatever gun you want to carry? You bet your sweet *ss. 'Merica!
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I want a 45 colt for ccw in +/- 3" bbl. I know the GP100 in 44 Spl is an excellent option but i would like something a little lighter. What do you all think about the Vaquerro with a 3.75" bbl? I chose 45 colt cause i have a real love affair with it. I do reload for it already. And what would your conceal carry suggestions be?
.45 Colt out of a 3.75" barrel? Kinda reminds me of that old Marty Robbins song Mr. Shorty: "The .44 spoke / and he sent lead and smoke / and 17 inches of flame"

This is America. Whatever floats your boat. But I think concealed carry options would depend largely on how large or small you are, how stocky or lean you are. I'm short and stocky, and I live in a hot, humid climate (southeastern Virginia), so a large revolver like that would be tough to conceal effectively.

You're just going to have to try out different holsters on different parts of your body and, well, carry your revolver around to see what suits your body type and climate (for clothing options) best.

Good luck and happy experimenting.
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There is no conceal carry in the state of New Jersey for the average law abiding citizens.If we ever get it I will be carrying a GP100 4 in 357magnum cause that is what I have,train (practice)my wife and I.All that being said it looks like my Gun shop sells a lot of holsters.
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I carried a SBH with a 4 5/8 inch barrel in a high ride pancake holster. It was held close to the body and concealed quite nicely.
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If you are happy with it carry it. I couldn't conceal it. I did think about the birdshead Single Six in .327 Federal tho.
I don't see how anybody could think you would be "under gunned" with six rounds of 255 gr 45 Colt rounds. Even with the old RNFP lead bullets they pack quite a thump.
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I carried a 4 5/8" 41 Blackhawk in a Simply Rugged Pancake for years, it carried well and was not hard to conceal at all with a proper cover garment. I was shooting a couple times a week back then and never felt at a disadvantage. If you do decide to carry a Single action make sure you spend a lot of time on the range with it.

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I say go for it ! I have carried a 4 5/8" .45Colt Blackhawk, and a 3 3/4" .45Colt Vaquero at different times, not bad to carry, and I feel pretty confident in my ability to hit with both. I have also carried a 4" K frame, a full size, or Commander 1911, a HiPower, a 3" N frame .44 Mag, and several Glocks and J frames. Where I live, I actually use them for for Varmint control, and putting down road-hit animals. If I ever need to use it to defend myself against man or beast, I feel comfortable with all of them.
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It can be done. When the only handgun I owned was a 71/2 inch blackhawk in 45 colt I carried it concealed butt forward on my left hip iwb. I had a job where I did my job standing. It is fin as long as you do not need more than 6 shts.
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Agree 100%. I've been shooting Cowboy Action for close to 25 years. I've been carrying a Charter Arms Pitbull in 45 acp for a while and I like it. No moon clips needed and I put Eagle rosewood Secret Service grips on it.
I'm ordering a Talo Vaquero Birdshead grip, 3 3/4" in 45 acp.They come with the free spin pawl for reloading. I'll put Eagle rosewood birdshead Gunfighter grips on it also. A crossdraw OWB holster will work under a canvas vest.
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Agree 100% but we're in the minority. I've shot a lot of SASS matches for about 25 years. single actions are very comfortable for me. I like the 45 acp round. or the 44 Special. A Vaquero has 6 rounds, which is better than a j frame. Most j frame shooters I talk to say "they're great to carry, but horrible to practice with". I'm looking at a Talo Vaquero in 45 acp, 3 3/4", with birdshead grip. Transfer bar safety and a free spin pawl make them better than my competition Piettas for carry. They're heavy, OK, I can live with that. Still thinking about the 44 mag/ 44 special version.
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I have to shake my head in wonder reading some of the comments, especially referencing the "experts". We're not living inside a game of Mortal Combat, and very very few of you (civilians) will ever have to use your chosen weapon in a real world situation. I have and I've investigated hundreds more. Not an expert, but have been exposed to the realities. Carry what you're comfortable and proficient with. I usually carry my 365, but have carried several others, including a custom Turnbull SA in 45 Colt, as have others in our circle - and you wouldn't want to face any of them. You don't need to seek anyone's approval (or criticism) There's no best choice, there's only your choice.
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