Getting my CWP and looking for advice on Handgun
Hey guys! I am new here, and not a firearms expert so all help is a appreciated. I am getting my CWP and I am looking at either a Colt Officers 1911, or the Springfield XDS. I like the 1911 more so than the XDS (design), however I am not sure how well the 1911 will conceal. I live in South Carolina and it gets hot, so I want a firearm that can be concealed while wearing a t-shirt, and pants/shorts, but also Something I can carry hunting.
Price wise :
Colt Officers Blued = $1000
Springfield XDS = Just under $600
I currently own a Ruger P97DC, but I believe I would have a hard time concealing it. Its built like a house brick. Thanks guys!
I've shot most pocket rockets and there is no such thing as the perfect ccw
Choosing the right conceal carry is like trying on pants. I hate the feel of blue jeans but you may swear by the iron pants. I pocket carry my conceal so a nice slim not too heavy semi auto is my ideal carry. I prefer the 9mm over the 380 round so I will sacrifice on weight for the larger caliber.
I have shot most every pocket rocket in the 9 mm and there is not the perfect gun. There are props and cons to every gun.
I think the best looking and perfect fit conceal gun is the stainless Kimber Solo. I even put down $50 last year but pulled out after I shot the gun and read the reviews. If all you want to shoot is high pressure ammo at $1 a round the Kimber is ok but my interest is to practice with my conceal and cheap .20 ammo is my taste and the Kimber Solo is out.
The Glock 26 is most likely the most reliable of conceal guns but I am a pocket guy so out goes the Glock.
I shot the Rugr LC9. Decent gun but too many lawyers were involved in the design. A conceal gun needs to be simple to be effective. Look at the Rugers manual safety and ask yourself if you were under stress and your small motor skills are shot would you honestly want to deal with the tiny safety on the Ruger LC9
I owned a Kahr Cm9. Kahr is known for their trigger. It is a long trigger but the gun is simple. No safety other than the long trigger and a good pocket holster. Downside the magazine is a piece of junk. The plastic follower creates nose dives. Very frustrating when the gun is decent Kahr would cut corners on the magazine. I even had to tweak the magazine to get it to fall freely from the gun when released. There really is no excuse the magazine is a deal breaker for the Kahr.
Ruger LCR 357: I almost went the revolver direction looking for reliability. The snub nose has one big problem. Shooting a 357 round from a 1 7/8 barrel reduces the powerhouse magnum down to a 9 mm +P round fired from my Beretta Nano with a 3 inch barrel. To add to the insult the 357 round will punish you with a ruthless recoil and noise and in return you have a 357 round that is nearly matched by a 9mm +P round which I can assure you is softer on the recoil and noise.
Beretta Nano: I settled on the Beretta Nano but it has not been a smooth ride. Federal Champion 115 grain from Walmart is too light of a load to shoot consistent but S&B 115 and WWB is just fine. The Nano in the 9 mm caliber is in my opinion one of the strongest built pocket guns I have held and fired. Nano was built on a 40 caliber platform and it is obvious when you handle the gun it is very solid but the break in was not fun. I ended up locking my slid back for a week and fired 900 rounds through the gun before I felt the gun was broken in but now I can say it runs great and is extremely accurate. There is a post on Youtube of a person shooting very accurately with the Nano at 100 yards. I don't consider myself a good shot but I can nail a 8 x 11 inch piece of paper at 25 yards consistently and at 7 yards which is a realistic distance for defense shooting I can group my shots consistenly in 1 1/2 inch. (I shot a Sig 238 and the Nano was much more accurate) I still find it hard to believe that I can match the accuracy of a full size semi auto with the Beretta Nano that fits in my pocket.