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Old 03-15-2010, 01:16 PM   #11
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I routinely carry a .380 with Gold Dots and that's about as low as I'd go. Any gun is better than a pointy stick but if you're going to carry a little one - practice a bunch so you can put the shots on target...

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Regular carry is .44 sp in a S&W model 696. If weather/clothing is an issue, then a Kel-Tec P-32. As I age, the .44 sp seems to get heavier and am quite serious about getting a Ruger LCR .38 sp.

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Regular carry is .44 sp in a S&W model 696. If weather/clothing is an issue, then a Kel-Tec P-32. As I age, the .44 sp seems to get heavier and am quite serious about getting a Ruger LCR .38 sp.

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.32 is better than nothing,, but I would want at least a .38 with good loads.

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I also carry a 380 acp with Hydra-shok ammo. I know it is on the small end of the spectrum but I am more apt to carry it than leave it at home....

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The smallest gun I carry is my backup gun to my .45-a Ruger LCP .380 loaded with Hornady Critical Defense HP. It never leaves my pocket.

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The person at our gunshop claims you need at least a .380 and up for protection.

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A carry gun is just personal choice . It is what the indivdual feels cofident carring and can shoot proficiently. After all Ronald Reagan was shot with a 22 caliber handgun .

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I try to take into consideration that under great stress and a huge injection of adenaline into my system, what weapon would do the job where I might not be able to place my shots exactly where I can during target practice. I have a .380 but my carry is .40 and would prefer it to be .45, I can't say that for me I would feel confident that the .380 would do the job on a BG, especially a large angry or drugged up BG. If my Redhawk wasn't such a large hard to conceal weapon, for a skinny guy like me, I'd carry it. But hey, I'm just an old fart so I need some advantages you younger bucks don't need to worry too much about.

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