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Old 03-21-2008, 02:25 PM
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im giving serious thought to spending more time exercising my right to carry a concealed weapon. with all the whack jobs just pulling into places and opening fire i think its something more folks should consider. i presently own a glock model 19. although not a burden to conceal, the effectiveness of the 9mm is somewhat troubling. i have pretty much narrowed my search down to some of the compact to subcompact .45 (para, s&w, kimber, glock) and one of the newer smith and wesson night guard wheelguns in .357mag. i know there are going to be critics on both sides of the argument, i am a big guy with big hands but i think that the .44mag is overkill here and on the flip side, yeah the .380, .32, .25, etc guns are small but i dont feel as though they are up to the task. im looking for pros and cons of my choices. thanks
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Can't beat a Glock 30 especially if you are already accustomed to the Glock platform. The Glock 29 is pretty sharp as well but the ammo is $$$.
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Take a look at the para carry LDA 45 cal. Great carry gun and great shooter.
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had a S&W, hated it, jammed more than I could stand. I was first owner, cleaned it all the time. Bought a springfield, over 3000 rounds never an issue. I would trust my life with anything but this gun
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:44 PM
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Kahr MK or PM series in .40. IMO, the Glocks are a little too thick.
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You want something that is concealed If they know you have one by seeing it They will adopt tactics that will negate it
If it's for defense you will be close a 22 will do A double tap to the nogging will kill a grizzly at defense range
If you want to be seen that's different but if it is for concealed I'm a fan of the tiny 380's that fit in the palm of your hand RUGER is at the forefront of fighting for your right to carry and is also a huge NRA supporter who wages that fight and deserves the support
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/LCP/index.html
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You want something that is concealed If they know you have one by seeing it They will adopt tactics that will negate it
If it's for defense you will be close a 22 will do A double tap to the nogging will kill a grizzly at defense range
If you want to be seen that's different but if it is for concealed I'm a fan of the tiny 380's that fit in the palm of your hand RUGER is at the forefront of fighting for your right to carry and is also a huge NRA supporter who wages that fight and deserves the support
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/LCP/index.html
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Some good choices have been mentioned. I would personally recommend the Sprinfield XD sub-compact. It's like the Glock, but with better ergonomics. 9mm is actually a good round, and plenty good enough for a self defense round as long as you are shooting good ammo. I would recommend a high velocity hollow point with good expansion. If you don't feel comfortable with that
then the .40 cal is a great round.
You can pick up a new XD 9mm or .40 for around $500.
Another good carry gun is the Taurus Millenium pro, you can get it in a variety of calibres, such as 9mm, .40, and .45 acp., and they can usually be picked up for under $400.
This is what i personally carry, and the only complaint i have is the trigger pull could be a bit shorter.
Theres a vast array of options for concealed carry guns out there, you just need to figure out what aspects are most important to you, such as total wieght of the weapon and ammo combined, ease of concealment, number of rounds the weapon will hold, etc...
Do you have a preference between semi or revolver?
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You want something that is concealed If they know you have one by seeing it They will adopt tactics that will negate it
If it's for defense you will be close a 22 will do A double tap to the nogging will kill a grizzly at defense range
If you want to be seen that's different but if it is for concealed I'm a fan of the tiny 380's that fit in the palm of your hand RUGER is at the forefront of fighting for your right to carry and is also a huge NRA supporter who wages that fight and deserves the support
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/LCP/index.html
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S&W 642
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A Few Dollars - 3/21/2008 3:33 PM

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You want something that is concealed If they know you have one by seeing it They will adopt tactics that will negate it
If it's for defense you will be close a 22 will do A double tap to the nogging will kill a grizzly at defense range
If you want to be seen that's different but if it is for concealed I'm a fan of the tiny 380's that fit in the palm of your hand RUGER is at the forefront of fighting for your right to carry and is also a huge NRA supporter who wages that fight and deserves the support
http://www.ruger-firearms.com/LCP/index.html
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I don't like the grip safety on the XDs.
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XD .45 compact
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I really like the small Para .45.
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Old 03-22-2008, 03:08 AM
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Try a Simerling .45 if you can find one. They don't get much smaller.
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Old 03-22-2008, 04:46 AM
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just a thought i started carring a kimber and i know they are more expensive but by far they are worth then money. and can we say completely american made. also the gun is set up like the old 1911 colt with some modifications. but by far i will not carry another glock ever. i have 3 kimbers right now and it really dont matter which style you buy they are all top of the line and 100% worth the extra money.....this is the one that i carry in .45 cal

http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols/ultracarry/
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Be honest with yourself.

If you are a meticulous person then an automatic in 9mm or lager caliber would be a good gun for you. You would need to rest and rotate your magazines so the springs will remain in their best conditon. In general, an automatic needs more detailed cleaning than a revolver too. A revolver will never get "tired" by sitting unused. This means they are more likely to function correctly as long as they havent been over-exposed to the elements.

A shooting expert once said "You cant miss your way to victory in a gun-fight." when discussing high-capacity weapons. Keeping that in mind you should practice sufficiently with whatever weapon you select. Revolvers give you 5-7 shots depending on model and caliber. Glock has a 9mm that carries 18 if you can get your hands around the grip. Having more bullets gives you more tactical options like "keeping their heads down" while you haul off but you are still liable for collateral damage from each round.

My personal defense philosophy is just that, defense. Armed or not, my definition of victory is getting away. I will not stand my ground unless I am defending my property or a dependent who can't get away.

I use a .32 (Colt not ACP) snub-nose that I bought as a camp-gun. It's in a locked box near my bed. The full lead bullets will be nasty to anyone close enough to annoy me. On those occasions when I choose to carry I use that. If I carried more often I would choose something bigger like .38 or 9mm.

In that same box I keep rounds for the long-arm on display in my living room. Sometimes "obvious" has a value of its own.

Good luck with your choice. I hope you never need to find out if it's the right one.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:35 AM
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Glock yea great choice if you like to carry plastic. LOL Kimber 45 all the way baby.I have a few fiends that are cops that carry glocks for work. The wish that they would go to either kimber or back to beretta. Thats what they carry off duty. Its food for thought.
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:50 AM
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that kimber is sweet striper!! im not sure i can get them here in the home state of kennedy though. are the mag release and safety ambidextrous? thanks to everyone for their advice so far. it seems autos are the popular choice, is it because of the slimmer profile? how about ballistics? reliabilty seems to be in favor of the wheelguns.
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