Need Opinions Please On A Few CCW

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by JeffG, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    Hello to everyone! I am shopping for a new pistol to carry for personal defense. I currently carry a Smith & Wesson 442 Airweight .38 Special. It is nice and fires very well, but I just want something new. I also own a Smith & Wesson M&P .40 Range Kit. I am having the trigger on the S&W .40 changed, I just don't like the 10lb pull. Now the kicker is I live in Acushnet, MA so some that I do like are not on the AG's approved roster list. I am also a left handed shooter, although I have shot pistols and rifles specifically made for the majority. The makes and models I am listing here are on the approved list. I just don't know anyone who has one, therefore any opinions are greatly welcome!

    Ruger P345

    Sig P229RM .40 S&W w/Night Sights
    Sig P250 .45 ACP Compact (just recently made the list)
    Sig P239 .40 S&W Compact

    Smith & Wesson M&P .40 S&W Compact with Thumb Safety
    Smith & Wesson M&P .45 ACP Compact with Thumb Safety

    THANK YOU!!!!
    Jeff
     
  2. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    That's a really well thought out question! +1...I have no experience with any of these mentioned but there WILL be someone posting soon who does...Sorry 'bout your location, let us know if you need help when you move back to America! :D
     

  3. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    M&P with an Apex trigger.
     
  4. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    No Springfield XD subcompact, or XDM compact? SWMBO got a XDMc, and I liked it so much, I bought one too!
     
  5. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

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    I own an M&P compact .40 without the thumb safety, my father in law has the compact 9mm with the safety. I much prefer the model without. I'm just not a fan of small parts that need to be operated before my gun fires. The Sig 229 would also be a fine choice, but the M&P is a little easier to conceal in my opinion
     
  6. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    Move back to America? LOL!!!! I hear similar all the time, but all I know is MA law so I don't know anything else! :)

    But thanks! :)

    JEFF
     
  7. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    Springfield anything IS NOT on the approved roster list on the AG's web site. So I cannot consider those...

    But thanks...JEFF
     
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  8. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    I like the Smith & Wesson I have now, it's just the full size variant. The safety I am either here nor there on. The price for the .40 or .45 are very fair IMHO. I heard so many good things about the SIG brand, but price is very high. Hmmm...

    Thanks!
    Jeff
     
  9. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    That is the trigger that is replacing the one on my .40 now. Seems to be a Smith majority thus far...

    Thanks!
    JEFF
     
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  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    For CCW, how about a ParaOrdance CX745? It's on the list- very compact stainless DOUBLE ACTION .45 ACP. Trigger very similar to a good double action revolver. Usual safeties that a 1911 would have, but can carry hammer down (it's only state) on a loaded chamber. Not much bigger than your .38 revolver.
     
  11. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

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    Pardon my ignorance, but do you actually live in a state where there
    is an approved list of firearms that you are allowed to own?
    I've never heard of such a thing! I didn't realize how lucky I am.
     
  12. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    Is this the one you are refering to?

    Para USA, High-Quality Handguns: Products
     
  13. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    For starters I would not say ingnorant, rather you live in a State with more freedoms! Yes we have an approved list of firearms in the state of MA. The Attorney General has her rules on what is allowed and is not. This is the latest list I have from the AG's web site.

    http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/firearms/approved-firearms-roster-10-2011.pdf

    I apologize for going off topic...

    JEFF
     
  14. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Jeff- we go off topic so often around here you need 4WD, a tow strap, and a GPS to find your way back.

    Yep- that is similar to the one I mentioned. Mine is bright stainless, that one is black, but same basic gun. If you have never shot with with the LDA (Light Double Action) it is spookily smooth, like there is a power assist raising the hammer. Lightweight they are not- cheap they are not- but don't know that I want a lightweight 45.

    Not a long range target piece, but very nice sights for a defensive arm. Accuracy is surprisngly good at 7 yards, controllability better than I expected.

    They WERE made in Canada, now made in NC.
     
  15. SIGnature

    SIGnature New Member

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    Jeff: The list you provided in your OP is a pretty good list for CC weapons.
    Other than specific negative experiences (e.g., FTF's, mechanical failures, etc.) nobody can tell you which is the best choice, only what might work well for THEM.

    I carry the M&P 40c with the thumb safety. I only got it with the thumb safety because they didn't have one without at the time and I wanted it.

    Handle each one. Try to rent/borrow/shoot each one. See which naturally feels better in your hand and which you feel you can shoot better.

    The right CC weapon is the one that works for YOU.
     
  16. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    I don't mind spending the cash if the pistol is of top notch quality. The gun club I joined recently has over 500 members, but about 200 are active. Most folks seem to have S & W, Ruger and a few others. No one there that I have talked to yet has a SIG or Para. I love the fact that it is made in North America! That is HUGE for me!

    Thank you for your input, I found it especially helpful in you gave me one more option I had not considered.

    JEFF :)
     
  17. JeffG

    JeffG New Member

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    As I posted above, in my area here most folks seem to stick to a few brands. It is tough for me to feel and shoot most of my choices due to availability. I like my S & W .40, well the feel anyway. I am getting the trigger replaced as I mentioned. The PARA that was recommended is particulary in my radar now. I am going to see if the local gun dealer has one, if not I will travel a bit further.

    Thank you for your input also, it is appreciated!

    JEFF :)