And is it .22 rimfire, or .32?
Due to the weather in this part of the country, my gun of choice is a S&W model 36 1 7/8" barrel, now if you come thru my door you'll meet my 44.
Colt .45 Defender or S&W 640 in .357 mag.
Just got my CC permit and carry a Beretta Nano, might get something smaller next summer for easier pocket carry.
I alternate guns depending on circumstances and clothing between a Bersa Thunder 380 and a Thunder 9UC Pro. I'll lean more to the 9UC as soon as I get my new UBG Phaetos OWB holster.
I am a two Kahr carry..
The PM9 in a crossbreed IWB holster ..
And the P380 in a pocket ..
Sig P239 .40 S&W
I just want to move to Alaska period.
M&P Shield. 9mm
I recently added a CZ 75 Compact to my CC rotation. Sweet pistola.
Sig Sauer P226
Hey I agree 100%. 30 years U.S.army mostly overseas. If we ever allow these slugs to take away our guns then we deserve what follows,i.e. Hitler and Stalin. They murdered millions of "Unarmed" citiizens. "0" fully armed citizens. They know they cannot take the US citizens fully armed so they are taking away our guns a little at a time. I can still buy guns legally and as a retired Army Master Sergeant with a Secret clearance for over 20 years I hope that never changes. May have met you at Tachikawa in Tokyo. Or Naha, Okinawa. Or Korat. hey who knows.
I have to wear a heavy back brace that limits me on my carrying abilities. I usually carry a Sig Sauer 1911 C3 45ACP with a 4.2 inch barrel on a custom made Alessi shoulder holster and has officer grips for a low profile under a safari shirt or a Colt Mustang 380 in a pocket holster.
It used to be a Sig C3 45ACP 1911 but recently it has been my new pony 380
I recently got my Texas CHL and was looking for something in .380 or 9mm. My wife junked her S&W Sigma .380 for a Ruger LCP .380 because of the funky mag release, DAO, and size. I inherited it, but it just did fit what I was looking for. I have a full sized Ruger 9mm, Beretta .40 cal, and a Jennings .380 tackle box pistol for my boat that I would never use for CC for obvious reasons.
I checked around the gun shows and found the Bersa Thunder .380. It is a PPK work and look alike 7+1. It had everything I was looking for in CC. It has a steel slide, not the Zamak (pot metal) alloy crap on so many of the "new" polymer handguns now have (see Walther,) a soft plastic grip with pinky support on the mags, and it is SA/DA. I bought some extra mags and clip-on dual mag pouch. I looked at the compact 9mms but they were about twice the price and recoil. If you cannot hit your target due to sight acquisition problems from recoil, caliber is irrelivant. So, I went with the Thunder and could not be happier.
I bought a regular clip-on holster, an in the pants holster, and shoulder holster without the intergral mag pouches since I already had the clip-on duals. Each holster has its place- the shoulder for coat and/or tie, the in the pants for everyday wear, and out of the pants for environments where deep concealment is not a big issue, since that is most comfortable. However, all can be worn 12 hours or more a day without any major discomfort or accessabity.
I would highly recommend the Thunder as a reliable, accurate, and reasonably priced at $311 with tax. I got extra Promags for $22 each and found them surprisingly well constructed for an aftermarket mag. So far, I have run about 300 rounds through it with 3 different brands. Just a few FTF problems with Silver Bear JHPs. No problems with round nosed anything or Remington JHPs.
I was also stationed at Tachikawa and Johnson AFB near Yokohoma. I was a medic on a radar site in the mountains (Kastroyama.) Also spent time at Da Nang AFB, Saigon and Pleiku AFB in the ARRS, Pleiku, Republic of South Vietnam, Sampson AFB, Geneva NY, Ramstein AFB, Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, South Ruislip Hospital, London, England, Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB in San Antonio, Texas, and Ali-Al Salem AFB, Kuwait (37 Kilometers from the Iraqi border.) That does not include all my TDY which is too numerous to mention.
RJ Lewis, DDS, MA
Lt. Col (ret) USAF 1969-2008.
I forgot to mention, one of the major reasons (besides the ARVN) we failed in Vietnam was do to the choice of a battle rifle. The first M-16s made by Colt probably killed more of our men than the enemy. The JCS could not have picked a more ill suited firearm for that environment than that Colt POS.
Some military historians say it had a 50% failure rate. They should have stuck with the M-14 but many of the politicos thought it was "overpowered." To me a battle rifle can never be overpowered. At least they stuck with the .45 ACP as the issued side arm.
They screwed that up by going to the M-9. Many SOGs have gone back to the .45 in Afghanistan...go figure.
Ruger SP101 .357 3" barrel
I am fortunate in that I do have a large selection of firearms to choose from while home depending on the mission at hand so to speak.
My mainstay's are my Glock 19, Para Carry 9, J frame, several different M&P 9mm and different 1911 style pistols. My preferred method of carry for the smaller guns is AIWB which is most comfortable to me when riding. When carrying a full size gun I use Raven Concealment holsters and mag pouches.
The M-16 when it first came out had many issues that were corrected over time with many of these issues related to the type of powder used in the 5.56 round and the initial training that the weapons were self cleaning and needed little of no maintenance. In the beginning they were not even issued cleaning kits with the rifles. There is not and never will be one gun that covers all the bases in every situation but the M4/M16 series comes pretty close. In SE Asia, once the problems were corrected, the M16 filled the bill quite nicely especially in regards to lighter weight and ammo capacity. The distances that the enemy was encountered did not lend itself to a full size battle rifle although they were kept around for longer engagements and in a sniper type role.
The switch to the M9 was based on a NATO agreement that if we made the 9mm our standard pistol cartridge that other countries would adopt the 5.56 over their 7.62 battle rifles which they did. The use of a handgun for the military is that of a support weapon and in a few cases a primary depending on the MOS of the individual.
I am currently stationed and work with SF teams in Afghanistan. While the 1911 style guns are here they are not carried due to their limited ammo capacity, issues with reliability and it is a pain to get .45 ammunition.
The majority of team members carry Glock 19's and Beretta's while the local NSW team carries SIG 228's or 226's. The reliability, high round count and ease of maintenance are the main reasons.
I am like you, there is no one univeral firearm. They are tools and mission specific. For example, for home defense, I have a 12G Mossberg 500 with low recoil 00 buck. I have bolt action .22s for shooting hot loads like Velocitors. I have an AK-47 with a 10 round mag I use in the East Texas Forest. My AR's and Mini-14s are primarily range rifles.
My CC is a Bersa Thunder .380 which is perfect for me and I do not want to argue about caliber because in the end, it is pretty meaningless unless you are a LEO which use .40 cal per SAAMI and the Military 9mm per NATO standards.
colt 1911 officer in .45 I live in florida too but have no problem just dont wear shorts