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Old 01-07-2013, 03:04 AM   #1
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I'm in the market for a CCW. I own a HK USP45 (a little large but for a bedside gun i can handle it) and S&W m&p9 (perfect fit). Both full size. I had shot SigP226, Beretta M9, Glocks 23/21/27, CZ75b, Springfields XDm, XDs45 (the xds kind of started to hurt after two boxes of ammo because the rough grip but I liked it but didn't shoot too well with it) & the TRP 1911. That's the only 1911 I've shot. I like it but its a little thick in the grips, at least with the wood grips that were on it.

I live in Illinois and with CC coming I want to get a nice small firearm to carry. I prefer a 45 but am open to others not .40 though. I want something that I can TRUST with my life. And something that's not a pain to carry. I keep going back to the glock 36 but I have to see how I shoot with it first. I'm kind of scared to carry a 1911 cocked n locked. Because if I flinch and shoot I will be screwed. Plus I'm not too familiar with 1911's.

Any ideas for me out there. Like a list of very reliable small comfortable guns to try out. Thanks guys.



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The M&P Shield in 9mm would be a good one to look at.



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I like the m&p series but are they really super reliable for carry.

I have had a fail to eject on my mp9 before but I think that was ammo related.

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I'm kind of scared to carry a 1911 cocked n locked. Because if I flinch and shoot I will be screwed. Plus I'm not too familiar with 1911's.
You just listed 3 reasons not to get a 1911. 1) You're afraid of the safest way to carry one. 2) You're not familiar with the care and operation of one. 3) You don't have enough discipline to keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot something.

Reason number 3 tells me you don't want a Glock, either. You need something with a nice long trigger pull. Maybe a Sig DAO?
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You just listed 3 reasons not to get a 1911. 1) You're afraid of the safest way to carry one. 2) You're not familiar with the care and operation of one. 3) You don't have enough discipline to keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot something.

Reason number 3 tells me you don't want a Glock, either. You need something with a nice long trigger pull. Maybe a Sig DAO?
I have trigger discipline, just afraid of the hair trigger on a 1911. I shouldntve written flinch.didn't come out too well. Lol.
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The m&p compact makes sense. You've already got a service size. You're familiar with the platform. They're good guns.

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I have trigger discipline, just afraid of the hair trigger on a 1911. I shouldntve written flinch.didn't come out too well. Lol.
Okay. Sorry about misunderstanding you. Personally, I don't find the 1911 trigger to be that crisp, but I can understand why many people do. I grew up with S&W K frames, most with the serrated target trigger. The single action on a 1911 seems much longer to me than the single action on the Smiths.

Anywho, I have been carrying Browning design pistols for years, and I can see your concern about cocked and locked. It doesn't scare me out of owning them, but my holsters all have thumb-breaks with the strap under the hammer. I've never had a hammer fall while holstered, but it still makes me feel better about it.
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Living in Illinois, I would wait to see what the idiots in Springfield do. Your only option may wind up being a revolver.

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If u can handle it the ruger LC9 is a great carry gun. Long trigger pull but its smooth. After about 50 rounds I was able to anticipate it ans find the break point. I'd show my groupings at 10 yards. (Excessive I know) but my app crashes when I try to upload photos.

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