View Poll Results: What make is your carry handgun?

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  • 1911 variant - any manufacture

    91 10.87%
  • Beretta

    51 6.09%
  • Colt

    29 3.46%
  • Glock

    145 17.32%
  • Kahr

    65 7.77%
  • Keltec

    50 5.97%
  • Ruger

    85 10.16%
  • Sig Sauer

    98 11.71%
  • Springfield XD

    72 8.60%
  • Smith & Wesson

    129 15.41%
  • Taurus

    52 6.21%
  • Walther

    32 3.82%
  • Other

    96 11.47%
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    Question What make of gun do you carry most?

    I am in the market for a new concealed carry handgun. Well at least I will be when my wife gets over my new AR-15! I wanted to possibly try something different with this one and am open to pretty much anything. The list of handguns I currently own:

    Springfield XD-40 Tactical - pretty big for CCW, but I love it for open carry. This shoots great!
    Kahr PM9 which is my current primary carry piece. Nice and small.
    Ruger LCP - hot weather carry and the one my wife likes to use.
    An old Ruger P89 - once again big and heavy but VERY reliable
    Walther P22 which I don't use for carry but plinking.

    What I wanted to find out is, what brands are the most popular for CCW? I would have to admit to leaning toward another XD in subcompact, at least until you change my mind! I don't want to count out all the other good brands out there. I have shot a couple Glocks in 9mm, and shot them well. I just didn't like how they fit my hand, especially compared to the XD. What about Sig? What about S&W? What about Taurus? Heck, what about Glock as well? What do you guys (and gals) carry?

    I know I can't post a choice for every make out there so if I missed yours please let me know what it is!

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    I have two guns I carry, a Smith & Wesson model 640 and a Glock model 19.

    I carry the 640 more often than the Glock.

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    XD9SC is my main CCW gun. I will carry the Kel Tec P3AT when my clothing does not allow the "big" gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikej997 View Post
    ...I would have to admit to leaning toward another XD in subcompact, at least until you change my mind!
    I'm a big XD fan, myself, so I won't try to change your mind, but I will tell you what I turned up when I was shopping for a double-stack subcompact.

    Believe it or not, the XD-9SC, the Baby Glock (G26), and the S&W M&P compact are all the same size and grip angle (I don't remember about width). I had always avoided Glocks, because I didn't think I liked the grip angle, so I was surprised to discover that the XD and M&P frames are the same size and have the same grip angle (in the subcompacts), and have the same trigger reach as the G-26, although I think the M&P barrel is slightly longer, and it has interchangeable backstraps for adjusting the grip size.

    I found this out by tracing photos of each gun in AutoCAD, and scaling the overall length to the manufacturer's specifications. I was then able to overlay them for comparisons. I went to all the trouble because I have a problem finding small guns with a long enough trigger reach for my somewhat large hand.

    Of course, after all the research on those three guns, I ended up buying a CZ Rami, because the price was right and it felt good in my hand.

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    XD45C is my main CCW gun. I will carry the Ruger LCP when my clothing does not allow the "big" gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bisley View Post
    Believe it or not, the XD-9SC, the Baby Glock (G26), and the S&W M&P compact are all the same size and grip angle (I don't remember about width). I had always avoided Glocks, because I didn't think I liked the grip angle, so I was surprised to discover that the XD and M&P frames are the same size and have the same grip angle (in the subcompacts), and have the same trigger reach as the G-26, although I think the M&P barrel is slightly longer, and it has interchangeable backstraps for adjusting the grip size.
    That is interesting. Quite the bit of homework there!
    The first time I went in to buy a handgun I was looking for a Glock. I had shot a couple Glock 19s at the range and liked how they shot. They were the first pistol that just seemed to point naturally for me. I went looking to get one, but the guy ended up showing me an XD as well. This was back when XDs had just came out. In the end I ended up buying the XD. I liked the additional grip safety and for me, the grip was just more comfortable on the XD. It wasn't the angle, but more the shape of it I guess - the XD seemed rounder in the back of the grip and fit my hand better. I would have to say it has been years since I've held a Glock now. I know they are supposed to be great for reliability but I have no complaints about the XD either and I shoot it just as good.
    Still, for what I am looking for, one of the baby Glocks might be the perfect choice.

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    I was also looking at Glocks before I bought my XD45 Service. At the time, the Glock didn't feel right to me. But I shot a Glock 34 last week, and it was great, so I guess the grip angle thing was not as big a factor as I thought.

    My XD 45 is big and blocky compared to most of the other guns I like, but after a couple thousand rounds, it has a great trigger, and has accuracy capabilities beyond my ability. It is still the gun I want to have with me if I ever get into the kind of trouble that requires a gun to get out of.

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    For over a year roughly I carried my Para 1911 but I recently picked up a Sig P6 and that's what I've been carry for a semester now.

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    Here in Florida, cover garments are few and far between. I carry a Smith all steel snubbie as it is one of the easiest weapons for me to carry, while still being powerful and reliable enough. (It was 80 degrees today BTW)

    On those few days when I can wear a cover garment, I will sometimes carry a Smith Model 64 with a 3" barrel or a Glock 23 in a Galco summer special.

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    I carried , for years and years ago, a Colt series 80 officers model or a s&w model 36 snubbie. both worked well, albiet a bit easier to conceal the snubby.

    Now I have carried, both them, my FEG pa-63, and a keltec p-11. I seem to be carrying the p-11 full time now (at least when I am still in states in which i can carry). I loved the FEG, and accuracy was great (1.5" at 21 yds), but like the double stack, more powerful round in a similar size package of the Kel-tec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikej997 View Post
    I am in the market for a new concealed carry handgun. Well at least I will be when my wife gets over my new AR-15! I wanted to possibly try something different with this one and am open to pretty much anything. The list of handguns I currently own:

    Springfield XD-40 Tactical - pretty big for CCW, but I love it for open carry. This shoots great!
    Kahr PM9 which is my current primary carry piece. Nice and small.
    Ruger LCP - hot weather carry and the one my wife likes to use.
    An old Ruger P89 - once again big and heavy but VERY reliable
    Walther P22 which I don't use for carry but plinking.

    What I wanted to find out is, what brands are the most popular for CCW? I would have to admit to leaning toward another XD in subcompact, at least until you change my mind! I don't want to count out all the other good brands out there. I have shot a couple Glocks in 9mm, and shot them well. I just didn't like how they fit my hand, especially compared to the XD. What about Sig? What about S&W? What about Taurus? Heck, what about Glock as well? What do you guys (and gals) carry?

    I know I can't post a choice for every make out there so if I missed yours please let me know what it is!
    I CARRIE A MODEL 27 GLOCK SEEMS TO BE THE BEST FOR ME VERY COMPACT TO HIDE..

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    My american express is a Kahr CW45. and a Keltec p3at is my BUG. I also sometimes carry either my Taurus model 605 in .357 or My Glock 21sf

    To me the CW45 is THE ULTIMATE CARRY GUN!

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    I carry a CZ 2075 poly 9mm its about the same size as a 26 but not quite as thick.

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    My Carry Pistols:
    AMT .45 Backup
    Colt 1911A1, Series 70 (much modified)
    Essex-frame 1911A1 (much modified)
    Essex-frame, Officers'-size shortie 1911 (much modified)
    Star PD
    Semmerling LM-4

    Of these, the AMT .45 Backup and the Essex-frame shortie 1911 get the most use (about equal), followed by the Semmerling LM-4.

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    I too carry a kahr PM9 in hot weather.
    It works so well I bought a KP45 which is also easy to carry and only slightly bigger. Small of the back works just fine.

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    I'm moving to alaska purely so I don't have to worry about ease of concealability

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    SiG, it's what fits and feels best to me and what I own. I go with what works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    XD9SC is my main CCW gun. I will carry the Kel Tec P3AT when my clothing does not allow the "big" gun.
    Ditto... But I carry the KT more often. (Gym clothes to work...) Since I work in a gym!

    Jeff

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    Interesting...

    Interesting looking at the poll numbers there. I knew Glock would probably end up in the top spot and so far it is. I thought the XD would be better represented than it is, and honestly I am a little suprised that even Kahr shows better than the XD.
    I am going to have to see if I can get my hands on the XD subcompact, a baby Glock, and a small Sig (not familiar with the models but a similar sized one) at the same time to compare. Unfortunately, there are no places near here where I can rent a gun for a test drive. I have to buy and just hope it works out, which is part of the reason for me doing a little bit of homework on here.

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