Getting my CCW, What to use revolver/autoloader???

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Ghillie-Monster, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Ghillie-Monster

    Ghillie-Monster New Member

    So, I'm getting my CCP in a 2-5 years (If you haven't figured out, I'm a bit young for a firearms enthusiast.) And I've been wondering, What's the advantages of a revolver over an automatic, or visa versa? A few obvious ones are that the automatic can pump out more fire power, but the revolver usually tends to be smaller and less of a pain to carry as opposed to a heavy 1911...

    Can I get some experienced advice on this? I want to narrow down my choices.
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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

    A revolver tends to go bang everytime. A semi (any make) can malfunction much more easily.

  3. GreyEclipse

    GreyEclipse New Member

    Do a lot of research. Test both then buy your favorite.
    You'll probably want to own both a revolver and a semi.

    Its worth it to buy both because you're sacrificing something no matter what you carry. Just do your research, it'll be worth it.

    Personally, I don't have a CCP but once I do I'll carry whatever I feel like at the time. For instance, a full size .45 1911 is heavy but I'm comfortable with that weapon and its always cold around here so I'll have no problem concealing it.
    But when I just feel like I don't want to tote around steel I'll choose a polymer 9mm. Now if I feel like I just want comfort I'll grab my .38 snubby lightweight revolver. Its all up to your personal tastes and how you feel at that time.

    Research, research, research!

    You'll also want to research ballistics and barrel lengths to help you decide.
  4. dewey

    dewey New Member

    You will want to handle alot of guns to find one that fits you. Take your time. I carried a ppk for many years, but decided to get something with more knock down. Settled on a 1911 with a kydex IWB. holster. Much more comfortable than the walther. And super concealable. Your holster and belt are as important as the gun. Good luck
  5. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

    Carry the largest gun, that you can conceal and carry comfortably

    All these super-duper tiny, new late breaking technological advances may be oh-so cool to chatskie at the watercooler about, but many times they arent practical for primary carry.
  6. Oledog

    Oledog New Member

    The posts above make good points...but since you have time, first consider the most important question. Are you willing to kill if necessary? I have heard many people with 'carry permits' and pistols on their persons or in their purses say they refuse to kill. They actually hope to scare their assailants by pulling their weapon, of firing it at their feet, or maybe give the bad guy a "Hollywood style" arm/leg wound--but NO MORE! In those cases assailants will take the gun and use it on the owner. I've looked down both ends of a gun, and nobody really knows what they will do until the time comes. But since you have lots of time spend some time pondering this. Then if you get a carry permit, buy what you can hit the target with quickly, repeatedly using one hand & either hand. Good luck!
  7. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    Oledog, with all due respect the guy asked about carry options, not about the reprocussions of having to use it, willingness to "kill" etc....... Please stop by the introductions forum. :)

    My 1911 only weighs 28oz with the aluminum frame.

    Like willfully armed said, carry the largest caliber you can conceal and shoot well with.

    A carry gun is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable.
  8. OklahomaRuger

    OklahomaRuger New Member

    We can all tell you what we like, but you will have to see what you like. Some prefer revolvers, others autos, large ones, small ones and each person might be comfortable with something different.

    Dont buy only because somebody tells you to get what they like. You are smart to be thinking about this so far ahead of time...use that time to learn all you can about them, shoot as many as you are able to until you find one that makes you say "this is the one".
  9. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

    Fixed, but the point stands. The "ideal" carry will vary from person to person.

    My two cents: Autos have gotten very, very good in recent years, but there's no substitute for a revolver when it absolutely, positively has to go "bang" every time. Then again, it's tough to carry 8+1 rounds of .45 ACP (Or 19+1 rounds of 9mm) in a revolver. Everything has advantages and disadvantages. Except Glocks - they have the ghey. =P

    So, shoot as many different guns as you can, find what you like, and decide what you value most in a carry gun. Thankfully, you've got plenty of time to experiment, and a lot of good knowledge from the people on this board.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2010
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Well put dewey, and +1 on the holster and belt! Your carry belt should cost as much as your holster!

    My favs;

    A 1.5" bull-hide carry belt by Jim Speidel is the best bang for your buck, IMHO! I own one and about to order my second. (Different color)

    Gun Belts by The Belt Man

    "Holsters = Crossbreed, once you go ugly, you'll never go back!" cane

    SuperTuck Deluxe

    As far as the gun to go in the carry rig, find "Your" gun through exhaustive search and research.

    Of course, a Colt model O4860XSE Lightweight Commander would be my choice.

    Attached Files:

  11. Ghillie-Monster

    Ghillie-Monster New Member

    Thanks for All the Input! And Oledog, I've though about the reprecussions, The Fact that I'm going Into the Marine Corp should answer your question on my mental Point of view. Oklahoma Ruger, The reason I posted the thread was to get input, not an answer, I've got enough of a mind to know when a gun doesn't 'fit'.

    Again, thanks for your two cents! keep it coming!
  12. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

    One of both would be good.A snub .38 for daily carry and a Glock g17 with 2 mags if going into a dangerous area.
  13. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    You came here with the sole intent of posting THAT? Since Tango hasn't checked in yet, let me be presumptuous and ask you which Effing Douche you are? Massengil, or a home-made concoction with a vinegar base? SUX2BU.

    Now, on to the kweschink at hand.... Running out of ammo sucks. Flipping switches takes time. Handguns which can be fired using only a pencil are inherently dangerous (Axe Plaxico Burress). I'd rather be shot at with a .45 8 times than with a 9MM 17 times. If I AM shot at, I hope that someone else is doing it (Axe Plaxico Burress). Get a Springfield XD or XDM, whichever size feels comfortable to you.
    Max props for your decision to become a Devil Dog (And I NEVER use that term lightly, having hung with Uncle Sam's Misguided Children for decades) I have shot more comfortable andguns, more powerful handguns, and more concealable handguns, but have never found one which meets my personal requirements of capacity, ease of operation, and most importantly, safety. Throw in reliability, simplicity of maintenance, and accuracy, and you have to go with an XD.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2010
  14. OklahomaRuger

    OklahomaRuger New Member

    My apologies...
  15. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

    Get what works for you. My 2 cents is to get a good semi-auto that you are comfortable shooting and a snub nose revolver for your back up. Sine you do not have your permit I would suggest carrying them around in the comfort of your own home to see what works best for you. Go to a range that rents different types of handguns and shoot as many as you can till you find the right one.1911, Sig, XD, what, do some hands on research and you will find something.
  16. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    Some people will limit themselves to only one carry piece. I have several choices that I use. Different circumstances require different answers.
    Awareness and preparedness are key.
  17. Jay

    Jay New Member

    First off ... greetings....
    Second, Marine Corps has an "S" on the end.. ;)

    This is strictly my opinion, and has worked in many years of firearms training, and for men and ladies alike.

    Buy a handgun just like you would buy a pair of shoes. If Ol' Joe over here says he likes Charlie China tennis shoes, and you're looking for a new pair of shoes, do you run out and buy Joe's pick, just because HE likes 'em? Probably not. If a new shooter is asking what to buy for a carry gun, it doesn't matter what works for me, or you, or anyone else. I suggest telling that new shooter to go to as many gun shops, and/or gun shows, and handle all the guns they can get hold of. Just like they would try on shoes. Before long they'll be able to make a list of guns that feel ok, pretty good, real good, and "that really feels great in my hands". The last two are the ones to pursue, and here's why I say that....

    If a given handgun doesn't feel "right" in your hands, you'll not shoot it enough to become proficient with it, because it's not comfortable, and you won't like shooting it. If you're not gonna become proficient with it, save your money, and buy a ball bat to carry. With proper fundamentals, you can learn to shoot almost any handgun. Very few folks can re-train their hands to make just any handgun feel comfortable.

    The last suggestion.........proper shooting techinques, practiced slowly, but proficiently, will breed speed. Do it slowly, and do it the right way, every time.......If you practice speed first, and introduce less efficient techniques into your training, you'll have to do it all over again to get it right.

    By the way..... anyone who introduces a new shooter to our pastime by having them start with a large-caliber handgun, makes a very poor decision. Yes, some folks do ok starting out with large calibers, but the vast majority will not continue to shoot if their very 1st experience is with .50 S&W.

    Again, just my ramblings.... but they work for me...

    Shoot Safely....
  18. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

    Living here in Az we have all kinds of different weather. Hot cold so having several different choices comes in handy.

    I normally carry my XD45C but when going outside for long periods of time like to watch a game or something I carry my Sig P239 in 9mm in a Milt Sparks VMII under my t-shirt.

    Your every day life will tell you what to carry and what not to. Just my 2 cents.
  19. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

    Wouldn't suggest an auto if you don't shoot alot because a semi-auto handgun takes some training and range time to get down. Revolver would be the way to go.

    If you must go auto, I would suggest Kel-Tec's handguns, very very small, some of the models could easily fit in your pocket.

    The p3AT is extremely small and fires the .380 auto, 6+1 cap, optional belt clip so you can tuck it in your pant waist

    Kel Tec CNC

    If you need something with a larger capacity or caliber, try the Kel Tec PF9 or P11 chambered in 9mm.

    Remember you want something completely out of sight. In some States even if someone see's the handgun on you by accident you could go to jail or some nonsense like that. (even with cc permits)
  20. Jay

    Jay New Member

    I've heard the semi-auto takes more training theories, but it's not like the pursuit of a Master's Degree. I've been teaching handguns for many years, and the vast majority of students gravitate towards semi-auto's, rather then revolvers. It's a personal choice, but there are factors on both sides of the discussion.

    semi... more rounds

    revolver... just pull the trigger... unless the D/A pull requires you to cock it first

    semi may have a safety, but you likely won't have to cock it first

    most carry-sized revolvers have more perceived recoil than semi-autos of the same size

    I've seen by far, more ladies trade in the revolver that hubby bought 'em for a semi-auto, than the other way around.

    The notion that the revolver is the style for dummies is just incorrect. My classes over the years, have proved to me that more folks tend to prefer semi-autos than revolvers. Bottom line, it's up to the shooter.