40 cal compact
45 cal compact
1911 45 cal
other if so what
P9 right now. Maybe switching to a .38spl snub plus a larger cap 9mm.
Laugh all you want... I carry a firestar (star) 45 acp. It is a sweet compact stainless lump of steel that is the most accurate and reliable gun I have ever shot! I also carry a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry with the laser grips however I mostley carry that at night times because my firestar does not have night sights.
If you are not familiar with the firestar (star) from Spain... google it and try to find one. It is very heavy however there is hardly any recoil and it is SOOO accurate.
They were originally a very economical carry option (3" barrel) very similar to a 1911. I think they ran about $300 or 400 new back in the early to mid 80's. They are no longer manufactured and seem to be going up a bit in value.
Some Star parts, in particular sears, were through-hardened in manufacture, making them brittle. There's no way to tell until one breaks.
That's why I prefer to carry some other compact .45, instead of the Star, when I need serious social protection.
I use the Star PD when nothing else is available. I do wish that there were some way of testing the sear and hammer-notch, short of destruction.
Find a tool and die guy and have em make ya one if possible. Buddy of mine did that a while back. Not easy to find parts of those Star pistols around here though.
Beretta PX4 Storm SC and Keltec PF9
Dunno if I'm that rich, though. Tool setups and machinist's hours cost big bucks.
Also, the nearest decent gunsmith is near Seattle, 90 miles and a one-hour, $40.00 ferry ride away. We'd have to stay overnight in a hotel, both bringing in the job and retrieving it.
I think I'll let my daughter (or whomever she sells the gun to when I'm dead) worry about it. I've got an Officers'-Model-Size .45 for serious carry, besides the Star.
I usually carry a CZ75 but sometimes a Firestar M43.
If I ever get my permit from the state I'll carry my sig p239 9mm.
I have just started carrying this last month after I got my permit and took a few classes. Right now I keep a new Ruger LCP on my person at all times. I got one of the first post recall guns that my gun shop got in. I have it loaded with Gold Dot HP
Time for me to update my response on this thread since my original one was almost two years ago when I was carrying my XD40.
I'm now carrying a Sig P229 SAS G2 9mm in a Galco Royal Guard holster. The P3AT still gets used for "special" circumstances.
I used to carry a Glock 19 9mm before I laid eyes on the FNP-45. I now don't leave home with my 45!
Presently I carry a 9mm CZ-75B...
I was carrying an XD45C...I've changed to the CZ 2075 RAMI.
USPc 40 in Galco Summer Comfort IWB or Blackhawk Serpa OWB.
I also have a Serpa OWB for my 92FS but haven't carried it quite yet.
No .38/.357 in your poll.
Usually it is a Taurus 605 with Hydrashock .38s
Once I wring out my new Kimber CDP I'll carry that.
I started out carrying my 1911 but got a tad uncomfortable. Went smaller with my Walther ppk/s but that little gun started to feel like a brick in my pants. So, I went shopping and tried out a few polymer framed pistols and it came down to the Kahr cw9. It's very light and sometimes I forget it's even in my waistband.
H&K USPc9 for me in a MTAC.
Ruger lcp everywhere i go.
A G23 is my normal carry, in a crossbreed holster
I carry a Beretta M9.
Glock 26 RH IWB with a spare mag when off duty.