Concealed Carry?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Evo1911, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Evo1911

    Evo1911 New Member

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    Hello, I'm new to the forums but I have a question for everyone. I'm looking into getting a handgun for concealed carry and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for which gun to get. I'm not sure what caliber is the best though for a smaller framed gun. A .45 ACP seems like it would kick like crazy but what do I know? Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  2. Paladin201

    Paladin201 New Member

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    Hey Evo, and welcome. Saying which caliber is the "best" is pretty much a matter of opinion and personal choice. There are those who would argue that you should shoot the heaviest stuff you can handle. Other's, like me, will tell you that with today's guns and today's high tech ammo, smaller calibers can be just as good. Personally, and just my opinion, I think that the 380 is a little too light, hi tech or not. 9mm is my carry gun of choice. Of course there is no arguing that .40's and .45's have more knock down power. At a price. They are generally heavier, and as you mention, tend to kick a bit harder. And while it's also true, that when your life is on the line, the recoil isn't going to matter, I've found that if people aren't comfortable shooting a certain caliber they will be more likely to develop poor shooting habits and less likely to hit what they are aiming at. Also, practice makes perfect, and if you aren't comfortable shooting your gun, you won't want to practice with it like you should.

    Just giving you the benefit of my experience. Rather than advise you to look at any given gun or caliber, I'd strongly advise you to seek out a range which rents guns, if there is one near you. Everyone is different, and so are guns. So if you have the option, try out a few and see what works best for you.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Two of my favorite carry 45ACP. Colt new agent 7+1 and springfield armory XDm 9+1 compact. i like the XDm better but the new agent is a scootch slimmer for iwb carry.

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  4. firedawg60

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    Welcome. If you can, I would find a range that rents guns and go test drive a few. Also remember you will need to dress around your gun. Just a couple of things to think about.
     
  5. Evo1911

    Evo1911 New Member

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    Thanks. Does anyone have experience with the Springfield EMP I think it's a cool looking gun but I have no idea how it shoots.
     
  6. sharpshot

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    Evo1911

    Welcome to the forum.
    Some of the smallest 45 caliber handguns are the Kahr PM, P and CW 45's.
    The Kahr line has great D/A only triggers and are very reliable once broken in.
    These guns are a bit pricey, but they have a good reputation.

    I carry 9mm firearms with 125 grain +P ammo. (Ruger SR9C, Kahr P9, CZ 2075 Rami or Springfield Armory EMP). I've checked several ammunition web sights and according to their results, they pack as much punch as a standard pressure .45. The 9mm ammo is readily available and at better prices than the .45. The .45 versus 9mm debate will be around forever, so please no nasty comments. I just use what works for me.

    Regardless of what you decide, Always carry the firearm that you are the most accurate with and can conceal with the greatest of ease.

    Be well.
     
  7. sharpshot

    sharpshot New Member

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    Evo1911,

    I have the EMP in 9mm. Aside from being a little finicky on the Winchester white box ammo, I have no complaints. The gun has a fantastic feel, great trigger, night sites, and a 9 plus 1 capacity. Recoil is very manageable. The $1000.00 price tag would be the only drawback. However, I feel it was money very well spent, IMO.

    Stay safe.
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    One of the first things you have to decide is how you want to carry. Do you plan on carrying on your waist, in a shoulder holster, in your pants pocket, on your ankle? Each type of carry has differing requirements such as clothing and differing capabilities.

    If you carry in your waist or under the shoulder will require some kind of cover garment, but you could carry a fairly large weapon.

    Carrying in your pocket requires no change to wardrobe, but you're restricted in the size of firearms you carry.

    Myself, I carry a S&W Bodyguard 380 in my pocket. It is very concealable and very easy to carry.
     
  9. undumb

    undumb New Member

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    Both my wife and I carry the S&W bodyguard .380, I use a crossbreed mini tuck iwb holster, very comfy. I used to carry around bigger guns, but after a while you just get tired of rearranging your liife to accommodate a 2lb gun.
     
  10. undumb

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    ScottA
    Don't know why my comment is attached to yours, was not intended.
     
  11. GunRunner

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    I'm not a glock fan but I use to own a glock 26 (9mm) very easy to conceal. I now carry a Kimber ultra covert II which is a really tiny 45
     
  12. Paladin201

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    The EMP is a great pistol, but if you're new to CCW, there is one thing to consider. They are single action pistols. Which means that unless you carry it uncocked, to carry it safely you have to have the manual safety engaged. Many people don't mind this. But a friend of mine is a retired policeman and he'll tell you stories of offices who've drawn their weapons and attempted to fire, only to be stopped because the safety was still on. I've seen a security video of a liquor store robbery where the clerk drew a gun and clearly got the drop on the bad guy. The video clearly showed him attempting to shoot the gun. When police arrived, they found the clerk dead, gun still in hand, with the safety still on. That's why I prefer guns without manual safeties. Just my personal preference. When I draw my gun it should be ready to shoot.
     
  13. Riverg420

    Riverg420 New Member

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    My favorite CCW is Sig 239 (Sig .357 )
     
  14. therewolf

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    Hi Evo1911,

    Welcome to the FTF.

    I would put in some range time, shooting a variety of guns.

    Pay particular attention to the muzzle flip and recoil of the

    revolvers and shorter barreled 1911s.

    Then get a Beretta 92...:D

    Seriously, you'd just buy a gun untried from advice over the net?

    Your LGS owner is going to love you.