Top Ten Carry guns

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by jackg, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. jackg

    jackg New Member

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    Currently carry a Walther PPK/S .380 and really like it but I'm wondering what you guys would recommend as the Top 10 list. Suggestions?
     
  2. Viking

    Viking Active Member

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    My current CCW is a Stoeger Cougar in 40 S&W it has a 3.6" barrel. It's a great weapon but rather heavy, my wish list for a compact carry would be a Kahr PM40, very conceilable. I have a Bersa model 83 .380, pre Thunder but has a steel frame, it's kind of fat due to walnut grips which makes it about as easy to hide as the Cougar. Compactness always puts a balance of less rounds in the magazine against the high cap mags of a harder to conceil weapon like the Cougar. A lot depends on what kind of clothing you wear, the seasons and if you are like me, too skinny to hide much of anything. For now I use a waist pouch that has a grab tab for quick unzip. The Kahr would be a great inside the waist band hider due to it's flatness.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Can we narrow the search patterns a bit??

    What kind of clothes am I wearing?

    Where am I going?

    What is the weather like?

    Who am I going to be encountering?

    Am I protecting just me? Or other people for money??

    These are all important factors to this equation....

    JD
     
  4. jackg

    jackg New Member

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    I'm a newbie to handguns as a hobby & for personal/home protection. USMC Vietnam 1968 combat wounded, VA rated at 100%. Just decided, recently, to be more active. Joined NRA, but perhaps I'm in the wrong place?
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Hard to say, but I don't think there is a better gun board out there. We are just trying to get information so we can better help you. These are the same questions we ask of anyone.

    Okay, Michigan Winter, so you have to anticipate that your assailant is going to be dressed in heavy clothing. Multiple layers and at least two will probably be strong cotton or flannel, plus some sort of out coat.

    The .380 isn't getting through that. It's going to be a mild annoyance at best.

    How big are your hands? Do you were gloves when you are out?

    With winter clothing, I really prefer a big, heavy slug. Something that is going to hit hard and penetrate.

    A fast moving round like the 9mm will penetrate, but I doubt it's going to do a ton of damage unless you get the 147gr +p and get some good body hits.

    .40 cal and .45 are both a good winter round. I personally only carry a 1911 in .45ACP with the 230gr +P jacket hollow points.

    Do you like a compact gun? Or do you like a full sized gun? How about a revolver? Any interest?

    What handguns interest you? And what have you tried out?
     
  6. canebrake

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    Winter carry in MI; I carried a 1911 Government with 8+1. The double tap was a pair of Cor-Bon Power-Ball 185 gr (high velocity will penetrate a windshield and will pass through auto side glass with little deformation). The remaining seven are Hornady 230 gr +P TAP FPD.

    I'm comfortable with that. [​IMG]
     
  7. Viking

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    A .380 could likely be a minor annoyance to a large man in light clothing unless even with adrenaline pumping through your veins you could shoot his eyeballs out. Even though I have a .380, to me, I don't think I'd relie on it to do a job that I'm pretty certain that my .40 weapon would accomplish. On the other hand a .380 might give you time to get to a more powerful weapon, which to me is risky.
     
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    1. Dan Wesson CBOB 45acp
    2. Springfield EMP40
    3. Springfield XD40SC
    4. Glock 30 45acp
    5. Ruger 44mag snubbie
    6. Smith .357mag snubbie
    7. ........
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  9. NGIB

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    For cold weather I'd probably opt for a .45 myself. Plenty of nice ones to choose from. For a 1911 I'd recommend a Colt Commander as a solid buy - got mine NIB for $695 a few months back. In a plastic gun, I'd highly recommend an XD .45 Compact - one of the very few plastic guns I own. Carries 10 rounds of .45 in a nice sized package...
     
  10. Glock30Owner

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    I only have a top #1 for reccomendations.

    1. Carry the largest caliber firearm that you can reliably use. I carry a Glock 30 and finally a Glock 21 (the 30 is now my BUG).

    Note: If you carry a semi-auto hand gun, carry a spare magazine or two for insurance against firearm/ammunition malfunctions. For revolvers, carry an extra speed-loader or speed strip for the very low chance (but still possible) that 5/6 rounds are not enough.



    I do have a -infinity reccomendation, too (for personal pretection). Anything smaller than a 9mm.
     
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  11. mdemichael2

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    Hornady offers a defense round that meets and exceeds the FBI penatration requirement of 14 inches. And it is 380 non +p. It is called Critical Defense ,also don't forget Magsafe ammo. It's not the caliber but the ammo selection and how accurately you shoot. Even a 32 acp is deadly in the hands of someone who shoots accurrately and has the right ammo.
     
  12. Hollander

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    Walther PPS 40 for cooler weather and Kahr PM9 for warm weather. I am hoping to add a Kahr MK9 in the very near future.
     
  13. mdemichael2

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    I myself pack a Para Ordnance in a waist pack in the summer and a Galco pancake in the winter in 45 cal. I also carry a KelTec 380 all the time in a pocket holster. I have on order a Sig P238 which is replacing my Colt Mustang Pocketlite. I carry that one in a Don Hume side holster with Magsafe 380's when I want to carry lite to match my wardrobe.
     
  14. UnderFire

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    A .22 will kill a cow, but it's not what I would take hunting.
    Colder weather = thicker clothes
    Bigger caliber is needed in winter.
    I suggest a S&W M&P .40 or .45 for winter carry.
    If I expected trouble I'd rather have one of my rifles, but since a rifle is not easy to conceal I'll carry my M&P .40c in winter.
     
  15. jackg

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    Thanks

    I appreciate all the suggestions coming in and I'm getting a warm & fuzzy about the Kimber 1911, Pro Crimson Carry with crimson trace laser grips. If it had night sites it would be irresistable.
    I should check out other 1911 mfgrs.
     
  16. michigan0626

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    here's a "little" snubbie you could carry around in the michigan cold. pretty sure it could also help a little with 4 legged encounters.

    the s&w500es
     

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  17. kusterleXD

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    My recommendation would be to carry the handgun you are most comfortable shooting. I personally love the .45 round so I carry an XD45 Compact lubed with Miltec (a dry lubricant). Both the XD and Glocks have great reputations for reliability in adverse conditions. As far as a top ten list goes, anything that you can conceal comfortably and shoot comfortably should be considered for your list.
     
  18. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    You are not in the wrong place, I promise! Sometimes we tend to get overly technical, because we want you to receive the best possible responce to your qusetion(s).
     
  19. mdemichael2

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    I hate giving innaccurate info but when I posted Hornady Critical Defense 380 acp as penitrating 14 inches , I was wrong. Reread the write ups and it was 10 inches with expansion and thru heavey clothing and in ordance gel. Still more than enough for defense. I do prefer heavy calibers but their are times when they are impractical do to weather and very lightweight clothing in the summer. Any gun is better than no gun and do to advances in ammo our small caliber rounds are much better than in the past. To those of you who will jump on this and quote 45 or 40 I do carry a 45 but their are times that I find it impractical especialy at work with my 380 KelTech in the pocket I still feel adequitely armed. When my Sig P238 arrives I will switch to it and magsafe ammo.
     
  20. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    These are my everyday carry pistols.
     

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