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Old 02-08-2011, 03:04 AM   #31
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I had a Mod. 29 blue 3" several years ago and wish I still had it. It shot nice and I had a special holster made for it. I believe it was a Lou Horton special run. Very rare. I now have a 29 Classic blue with a 5" full lug barrel. You can't go wrong with S&W. Dogwalk
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I see you probably dont go heavy because of the H&K name...


No, I don't go "heavy" because I think its stupid. I have enough confidence in my ability that a single pistol is just fine. I don't have to carry everything I own. I might also pack a hide out auto in an ankle rig depending on the tasks at hand. I think carrying extra mags makes more sense.
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I have a .44 mag Taurus with a 4" barrel and would never consider it for a carry gun. Too big, too heavy, and just knowing how punishing that gun is to fire would make me flinch, and forget about that follow-up second shot. Seriously, I've tried different grips on it but after a couple dozen rounds, I know I've been shooting it, and I'm not a small guy...

That's just me though. I'm sure there's plenty of people who can make it work.
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Yep, grips have a lot to do with how well someones gonna shoot a big bore.
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I have a .44 mag Taurus with a 4" barrel and would never consider it for a carry gun. Too big, too heavy, and just knowing how punishing that gun is to fire would make me flinch, and forget about that follow-up second shot. Seriously, I've tried different grips on it but after a couple dozen rounds, I know I've been shooting it, and I'm not a small guy...
Just curious, as I am getting ready to take the conceal carry class here in Charleston. What is the point of carrying a piece? My assumption at this point would be to use it for self-defense, no? with that being the case, I need a shot, 2, maybe a few more at the most? I am 6'6" and go at 350 pounds (I wear a 54XL jacket), and have been in a few situations (they came at me, not the other way around) where I wished that I had a piece (the POS ended up stabbing me). I can't help but think that someone my size would be more convincing with a larger piece, as a smaller gun seems to look like a toy. My wife's Browning 380 is just a little too small for my hands, so I was thinking of getting something with a 4.5 to 5" barrel. Cane... that Colt looks AWESOME!! What kind is that?

Doesn't the size of the one doing the shooting matter? Again, I am just trying to garner some education here. I am not one who generally ends up in adverse situations. I don't drink, don't do drugs, I'm an IT Engineer, but I do ride motorcycles with my wife frequently, and protection is key.

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I have a .44 mag Taurus with a 4" barrel and would never consider it for a carry gun. Too big, too heavy, and just knowing how punishing that gun is to fire would make me flinch, and forget about that follow-up second shot. Seriously, I've tried different grips on it but after a couple dozen rounds, I know I've been shooting it, and I'm not a small guy...

That's just me though. I'm sure there's plenty of people who can make it work.
You can shoot 44 special in the 44 mag. It is about the same power as a 45ACP. I have owned and shot 44 mags and the recoil is highly overrated. I am not a big guy and I dont have a problem with it. Have someone who shoots heavy calibers check your grip and stance. The proper grip makes a huge difference. You are right about the weight. I have been looking at the Taurus Tracker 4" (34 oz) as hiking gun. For the house or street carry I would load 44 special. 44 mag has way too much penetration and too much risk of collateral damage.
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Just curious, as I am getting ready to take the conceal carry class here in Charleston. What is the point of carrying a piece? My assumption at this point would be to use it for self-defense, no? with that being the case, I need a shot, 2, maybe a few more at the most? I am 6'6" and go at 350 pounds (I wear a 54XL jacket), and have been in a few situations (they came at me, not the other way around) where I wished that I had a piece (the POS ended up stabbing me). I can't help but think that someone my size would be more convincing with a larger piece, as a smaller gun seems to look like a toy. My wife's Browning 380 is just a little too small for my hands, so I was thinking of getting something with a 4.5 to 5" barrel. Cane... that Colt looks AWESOME!! What kind is that?

Doesn't the size of the one doing the shooting matter? Again, I am just trying to garner some education here. I am not one who generally ends up in adverse situations. I don't drink, don't do drugs, I'm an IT Engineer, but I do ride motorcycles with my wife frequently, and protection is key.

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The purpose of a permit is to place YOU in charge of YOUR defense - no other reason. (The YOUR includes friends/family with you). The only factor relating the size of the gun to size of the individual is that bigger folks tend to conceal bigger guns a bit better. I'm 6-4 and go 250 and my everyday carry is a "mouse gun" a Sig P238 - it fits my lifestyle and mode of dress. A gun that is not convenient and comfortable to carry - won't be carried sometimes. An adage from somewhere: "The .380 in your pocket will be much more effective than the .45 you left at home"...

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Over the years, I've carried a Ruger SR9, a Ruger GP100 .357 with a 4" barrel, a Para Ordnance P14, a P13 and yes, a Taurus TCP in .380. My current carry gun is a Kahr CW9, and I'd have to say it's my favorite. The right mix of firepower and weight.

Maybe someone can borrow you a couple different guns and you can carry them around for a day or two on weekends or something and get a feel for what you like best. Wearing one all day gave me a little different perspective.

I always figured that I could strap on an elephant gun but if I can't hit anything with it, it doesn't do me any good. One other note, and I mean this as respectfully as possible-it's really not about convincing anyone about anything. If you pull a gun on someone, you best be ready to use it. If someone is stupid enough to get in a confrontation with you, it probably isn't going to matter what you're pointing at him/her. I expect the person giving the CC class will tell you the same thing.
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