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Old 06-15-2015, 03:08 AM   #1
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Ladies and Gentlemen, and you roughnecks of either gender!
I am thinking very seriously of getting a concealed carry gun.
I just read the whole thread here:
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f17/read-before-you-decide-carry-67036/#post1720958
I have read a lot of posts from you folks.
So I'm asking your opinion for me!
67 years old, 5'8" 180# ( look at my avatar taken about 3 years ago)
I live in Alaska ( Constitutional Carry),
I am looking at inexpensive, possibly/probably used, in the 9mm class
I saw a Ruger LC9 at a local shop used for $285.00
I've d looked at Alien Gear Holsters, Tuck 2.0, around $40.00 for one in black as compared to $35.00 in tan.
I would like some opinions friends.
On my general attitude as you see them from my posts and, some hard discussions on best better good, on firearm choices.
I want good reliability first.
Thanks one and all, I promise to NOT take a pitch fork to you if I disagree.
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Old 06-15-2015, 03:25 AM   #2
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It boils down to what you like and feels right and is easy to shoot for you.
Lots of people have Glocks, HK and other plastic guns. They are light and have large magazine capacities.
I can't think of the brand off hand but nephew has a compact .45, with factory laser, in stainless, that is dead on accurate and recoil is light.
Cost was about 1100.00.
I don't carry often and make do with Colt Lawman .357 snub nose in stainless. Only made one year and sometimes Colt Delta Elite in 10mm.
I'm about your age and problems with arthritis.
I have a variety of steel 9mms. I like the double action version of the Browning Hi Power. It is heavier than Glocks etc and fits bigger hands.
I would go to a Guns Shop with large selection and see what fits your hand and suits your fancy.
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Thanks gentlemen, I'm gonna give this some time to steep ( like a good tea) and see what else to consider.
OH BTW Any suggestions on what to stay away from is always acceptable! Any cautions of a particular model with specific check fors etc. especially in used weapons.
We have a lot of pawn shops up here that have good prices but unless I know what to lookout for I'm leery, I can check out a long gun with no problem.
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Ruger also had a number of P series pistols and all are solid shooters and can be bought in the same price range price . If under 300 dollars is your budget there a good buy .

Just over 300 is the new Ruger 9e . Its considered a full size pistol so its easier to rack and control compared to the smaller lc9 , you also get a little more energy and velocity from the cartridge . If you have a FFl that will work with you can buy from buds and ship to your ffl . FFL fees run 15 to 25 dollars many times . Have a new pistol for a great price
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_1815/products_id/93676/Ruger+3340+SR9E+17%2B1+9MM+4.1%22

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Ruger also had a number of P series pistols and all are solid shooters and can be bought in the same price range price . If under 300 dollars is your budget there a good buy .

Just over 300 is the new Ruger 9e . If you have a FFl that will work with you buy and ship . FFL fees run 15 to 25 dollars many times . Have a new pistol for a great price
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_1815/products_id/93676/Ruger+3340+SR9E+17%2B1+9MM+4.1%22
Yep I have a GOOD FFL in Anchorage that internet sales like CTD and Grabagun have on their transfer list in this area. Besides he does volunteer Hunter Safety Training for ADF&G.
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Keep em coming folks you're filling my head with ideas and I tend to prefer "too much info" rather than "not enough"
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Don't rule out a Revolver. I carry Two Snubs every day. In the waist band a LCR357 or SP101 and in the pocket a S&W442.
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Don't rule out a Revolver. I carry Two Snubs every day. In the waist band a LCR357 or SP101 and in the pocket a S&W442.
I am leaning away from revolvers for the "printing " and if you look at the avatar I've got a gut and love handles .
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Hi Art. How is the summer progressing there? It's a mess here. I wish I still lived in AK!
As for what to 'get', I agree with many here the one you shoot the best and have confidence in is the way to go. The LC9s is a great little gun. I prefer the S&W Shield myself. Stay with your original idea of 9 mm. With a duty length bbl (4+ inches) all of the modern pistol calibers (9,357 sig, 40, and 45) when paired with the best defense ammo are ,for all intents, equal in their ability to stop the fight. How ever when you go below the 4 inch bbl the 45 is out of the question as the round is a low pressure/velocity round to start with and when you get into the 3.5 (+ or -) bbls you lose about 100 years in terminal effectiveness. As for carry, that can only be answered by you. I have been in LE for 35+ years and if there is one thing I have learned from working with all type of folks the method of carry is entirely personal preference mainly to due to the comfort factor.
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