Multiple carry guns...
Most of you have several carry guns. Do you have different ones for different types of carry, or just accumulate them and alternate? I held an XD-9 subcompact about an hour ago and while it felt very different from my Walther, I must say I liked it a lot. He's gonna let me shoot it later on this week. The only thing I don't like about it is the fixed sights. I realize at 7 yards, shooting an inch high and right isn't a huge deal, but I'm not sure if I could get used to aiming off center...I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, and I don't think I would instill quite as much confidence in a gun that didn't shoot exactly where it was pointed (assuming I'm doing my part). I looked at the 2008 models on SA's website and they didn't look adjustable. Still though, I'd like some input from those of you that have more than one carry gun, and what guns you take where and why. I don't see any reason for me to need a second carry gun...The P99c is small enough to conceal, and I hope to goodness in a seld-defense bout I'd never need more than 8+1. The XD-9sc is similar in dimensions, but offers a 16-round magazine.
I would say all of you have been around handguns way longer than me. I got my P99c in October I think, and my P22 two weeks later. That being said, if you're into handguns for years, you'll eventually buy more. I haven't been around quite that long.
Anyway, just wondering about having multiple carry guns and why. Unless I sold my P99c I won't have the cash for another handgun for awhile, but it's a thought to entertain.
I usually just carry one on me and one in my vehicle. The "truck gun" is always in there though except when I get it out to clean it and change ammo (About once a month).
I'm not sure about the high issue of that XD but one should be able to push that rear sight on an XD. I know people have changed sights on them so they have to be able to move. Most of them need a tool to do it right though.
Back to the first question I know people that carry more than one, I just haven't seen the need to personally.
I only carry Glocks and KelTecs. I have sold off practically everything else.
If one gun has a safety and the other doesn't, or the trigger actions are radically different, I'd say you're headed for trouble. On the other hand, going from a 1911 to a P35 is very probably okay. Ditto going from an XD to an M&P.
I remember back in the 80s, Mas Ayoob wrote this hysterical article called Seasons of the Handgun for one of the gun rags (American Handgunner, I'm pretty sure). He talked about all his different carry guns, and how he literally had one for each season. A Glock 19 for summer, a magnum revolver for fall, a .45 for winter, something else for spring. It was the goofiest thing I'd read in a gun rag...up until that point.
If you need more carry guns, get either a pocket pistol to carry in suits, etc., and/or an exact duplicate of your main carry gun, in case it breaks and has to be repaired by a 'smith or the factory. Don't buy guns just to have them. Buy guns with a purpose.
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Like Mike I either carry a G23 or P3AT depending on what I'm doing or where I'm going at the time. I try to carry the Glock as much as possible.
I carry TDA only for conceal carry and have three different guns for different reasons. My Sig goes with me most of the time but I switch to a Beretta 84 when I need something smaller and lighter, and I carry my Beretta px4 on occasion. IMO it is important to have all your carry guns with similar operating systems and carried in the same condition. IE Sig p229 chambered decocked, PX4 and Beretta 84 chambered, decocked with safety off. My only exception is my NAA Guardian but it is DAO so it would work the same as my main carry guns, and it is used strictly as a backup to the others.
I carry my KT at all times and when I go out I put my normal carry on my side too. I carry same guns year around.
I did a thread about 2 weeks ago here:
Walther P99c A/S VS Springfield XD Sc
I compared the XD 9mm subcompact to the Walther. I thought about buying that XD next because I sometimes wish the P99c had a slightly longer backstrap. But I unless I was just loaded down with cash - I couldn't justify buying the XDsc. I shot better with the P99c.
If I was looking for a carry gun and didn't already have one, however, I'd be tempted to get that XD.
I think that the XDsc or the HK P2000sk would be carry gun if there was no such thing as a P99 compact.
I carry either a P2000 or Kahr P9 in 9mm. Both are DA only and operate very much alike. I also have a Keltec P3AT for when I'm in shorts and a Tshirt or in business attire. I also have a USPc in .454 ACP. It's DA/SA, but when I carry it, I do so with it decocked, but no safety - so it operates not too differently from the others.
I have problems with carry guns with safeties. 1911s, as much as I love them, would challenge me to remember to sweep the safety off before firing (or trying to fire.)
I try to practice regularly so that I am confident when carrying.
fall, winter, spring--45 Commander or FNP9M and PF9
summer--PF9 and P3AT
The gun I put on depends on my clothing. My philosophy is "Carry the biggest gun you can get away with." If I am wearing a coat or jacket, I will carry a full-size 1911. If the jacket is over jeans with a heavy belt, steel-frame gun. If the belt is a lighter "business dress" belt, full-size Kimber with lightweight frame. Sweater, sweatshirt, untucked polo shirt or T-shirt: Springfield Compact for the shorter handle, b/c full size guns print at the rear. Some T-shirts made of light fabric: S&W snubby. Tucked in shirt: snubby .38 in a pocket holster, but if the pants are lightweight fabric, Kel-Tec .32. Working out at the gym or jogging: Kel-Tec .32.
My car gun is a Para-Ordnance P13 in the center console, so I can have my hand on it at stop lights. That's my "Reginald Denny" anti-car-jacking gun.
I rarely carry more than one pistol at a time on my person, but when I do, the second gun is the Kel-Tec in my pocket. (De Santis Nemesis holster)
Im like you, I carry according to what Im wearing. Light clothes = small gun, heavy clothes = big gun, etc.
Originally Posted by milquetoast
Here is my totally biased opinion to address your first question. Having owned a P99, which I really liked, and then moving up to an XD SC9 and now the XD SC40, I can say without reservation that for me the XD series is superior in every regard, with sincere apologies to Shipwreak.
Point of aim, ease of operation, fantastic ergonomics and reliability makes the XD one of the most under rated guns on the market. I traded in my SC9 for a Kahr CW9 as I wanted better concealability, but I immediately regreted my decison, not because I didn't like the Kahr, but because I missed the XD. So now I have solved that problem with my new XD.
The Kahr is now my IWB carry, and the XD is my OWB carry, depending on the activity and perceived threat level. And then of course my P3AT is always along for the ride just in case.
If I could have only one gun, I would go with the XD. It is that good.
I could very well be selling/trading in my P99c for a 2008 XD-9sc. After holding the XD, I considered the possibility that it might be a better carry gun for me. It's a bit smaller, doesn't have the high grip angle of the P99c, will probably have a lot less muzzle flip due to the grip angle, has a MUCH higher capacity magazine. I'll be shooting one tomorrow, and if I feel I could become a better defensive shooter with that than the P99, I'll probably go with one. I love my P99, and the recoil itself doesn't bother me, but the muzzle flip is somewhat unsettling. I realize I could become proficient with any handgun for target purposes, but for a carry gun, being able to rapidly fire accurately into COM is the most important, and if the XD is better for that, and is also a better size for CC, then it's a better choice.
Originally Posted by Cockroach
Mike, I think you answered a bigger part of my question. My thinking on having multiple carry guns is that if they differ much with respect to external safeties, trigger pull, grip angle, etc., then switching back and forth could be a very bad thing as training with one will 'cause you to be less familiar with the other. Hence, why I only want one carry gun as I'm new to concealed carry and defensive shooting. I have no regrets about a Walther being my first handgun, but if there's something out there that's better for me, then that's what I need to buy, train with, stick with, and trust my life with.
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