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Old 11-23-2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Revolver vs. semi auto for ccw

I had been carrying a naa mini in .22 mag and I liked it a lot as my first ccw but I am looking to upgrade to something double action just wanted to get some opinions thinking about either a compact 9 or maybe a .357 thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Lots of great choices in either on the market.

Ruger LCR's, SP101's, S&W J frames, with exposed hammers, without exposed hammers, just lots of options in small wheel guns.

Same with semi autos, Sig 938, Colt New Agent, Ruger SR9c, Kahr, Kel-Tec, and many more.

Browse the gun stores, rent some if you can. You will find a hand gun that fits.

Read through the threads on here, good information.

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My take:

Revolvers, in general, are going to be more reliable because of fewer moving parts being instrumental to its functioning, which means less to go wrong and, also, less to maintain.

Semi-autos, in general, tend to have larger round capacities and a thinner, more concealable thickness, due to a single chamber and feed system.

From there its on you to determine which qualities/traits are more important. I chose semi-auto and would never second guess that choice. I also find that single action semis require way less followup work, as the blowback function recocks the firearm for you, all ya gotta do is pull the trigger again. Far superior in my eyes, but I've always preferred convenience.

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Some folks like chocolate, some strawberry.

I carry either one, depending on what I am doing, wearing, etc.

I have a compact 45 auto, a 9mm hi-power, and 38 and 357 snubbies.

Advantages of each well outlined by the fellow up there ^^^

You pays yer money, and takes your pick.

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I don't know what everyone's personal finances are

like, but I prefer to carry full size. Gives you the advantage of

choosing a range gun.

While I like the 1911, the Beretta 92 has a great safety

system, too. S&W made a couple of .45s(like the 645) with

the same DA/SA/decocker as the 92.

Revolvers, IMO, seem to lend themselves more to open carry.

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Some folks like chocolate, some strawberry.

I carry either one, depending on what I am doing, wearing, etc.

You pays yer money, and takes your pick.
This too is something that should not be overlooked. In the summer I carry a derringer, which is in neither class, and at a huge disadvantage in almost every way possible, other than otherwise I'd not carry anything without it. Hahahahaha
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This too is something that should not be overlooked. In the summer I carry a derringer,
IMO, a derringer is a fine choice. One of the ultimate CCW pistols...
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I have several carry pieces, LC9, Sig p238, Kimber Ultra CDP ll, but my favorite is a Ruger LCR 357 mag.. It conceals very well and I don't think the fire power is questionable. It's not for the faint of heart however.. It kicks like a mule.. And if you are thinking about carrying one you need to try one at the range first ...to be sure the kick won't be something that will bother your effectiveness with the weapon.

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One more point concerning the LCR... You can shoot 38 special or special +P in it but you loose alot of muzzle energy..

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IMO, a derringer is a fine choice. One of the ultimate CCW pistols...
YMMV but IMO a derringer is only slightly better than no gun at all. Extremely limited capacity, poor handling, non-existant sights. There are so many better choices, even for maximum concealment I would never choose a derringer unless it was litteraly the only gun I had.
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