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Old 12-07-2012, 03:36 PM   #11
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I personally carry what I can conceal, and that changes from one day to the next depending on what I am wearing. I have 3 guns that I cycle through from day to day. A Sig.45, a Sig 9mm, and a Bersa .380

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Also, keep in mind that the pistol that you will carry may aslo be taken from you if you every had to use it (and hopefully that will never happen), but be prepared to never see it again once LE has it in evidence. It could be there for a long time and ultimately lost. I carry a Kel Tec PF9 which cost me $275 out the door, so I wont mind losing it if I had too.

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CCW decisions amount to a delicate balance between the level of performance expected, the level of concealability/comfort required, and your budget. It's really just that simple. That's why many of us have multiple options, and it's why our solution won't necessarily solve your quandry.

A government 1911 or Beretta 96 can be a fine gun. I wouldn't choose either for CC, but wouldn't have a problem with either as a home or vehicle defense option. I usually carry a tiny SA XDs45...because it's a good gun that's convenient enough (for me) to bring along.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:24 PM   #14
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Thanx for the help guys, i will check out RIA for a 1911, do they make commander models?

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Actually, my understanding is that Taurus' 1911 is their finest made handgun. Quality parts, not bargain bin pieces, and a decent price tag. Higher quality than that of RIA. I still wouldn't turn my nose up at an RIA or American Classic. There's some good stuff and bad coming out of the Phillipines.

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:18 PM   #16
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I am in no way an authority on carrying handguns concealed. I do, however, believe that one should carry the lightest most comfortable pistol that he can shoot well. You might (and I hope so) never use a gun in defense of yourself or others. But since you'll always be carrying one, don't make it a burden.

BTW, my pistol is a Kel Tec P-32.

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Either one of your choices are fine for the Winter months. Come Summer you may want a smaller option with what you will be wearing then. There are so many good options. You are just getting started.

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Thanx for the help guys, i will check out RIA for a 1911, do they make commander models?
I'm pretty sure they do. I've never owned or shot a 1911 (I know, I'm bad!) but I'm really looking at a RIA for my first one.
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RIA makes a compact model. Not a true Commander. It has a shorter grip and barrel than a Commander. Gets good reviews though.

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Im in the same boat. I carry full size everyday and it does not bother me one bit. And im looking at getting a 1911 for my new carry weapon, just need the funds now. I will have it in a month or so.

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