What (in your opinion) is the best ccw?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by huckleberry, Feb 11, 2008.

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  1. huckleberry

    huckleberry Member

    Ok. This may have been asked before but I could'nt find it. I turn 21 next month and I will be getting my first ccw. So now I'm trying to decide what I want to carry. I thought i would ask everyones opinion, so.. what do yall think is the best gun for a ccw and why? pros/cons? I know this question is gonna get a lot of different answers but that is what I want. I dont make much money so this for me is a big purchase. I'm looking for something around 500 or so.
  2. Zappa

    Zappa New Member

    Oh yeah, this question is gonna' stir up a hornets nest......
    Over the years I've carried a variety of things including a Walther PPK, S&W M60, SIG 228, Seecamp .32, Glock 27, Browning Hi Power and a Lightweight Colt Officers Model. Exactly which one I'll be carrying on any given day is really a matter of what I'm wearing. In the Winter when I'm wearing a heavy coat, I'll carry something bigger like the Colt or Glock in a high-ride belt-slide type holster.
    In warmer weather, I'll carry the PPK in an IWB holster or the Seecamp in a back pocket. If I'm wearing a light jacket I may carry the PPK or M60 in a shoulder holster. And if I wearing a Tuxedo I'll carry my fancy showpiece chrome and gold Hi Power ;)
    They all have their pros and cons, but what it comes down to is, get something you're comfortable carrying and something you can hit with.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008

  3. Samhain

    Samhain New Member

    I carry a S&W M&P .40c. (compact)
    Runs around $400, AND s&w have a pro mo right now 2 free mags and a $50 rebate. The compact is smaller and is easy to conceal. The .40 cal packs a good pop as well. The only con, would be this gun does not have a safety.
    Single action only.

    Check it out.

    Lists for $656 but check you local dealer, nobody sells it for that much.
  4. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

    Oh gawd, please STOP:eek:

    Seriously, this is the best advice you can get. It is what you (not any of us) are trained and proficient with. A good hit (shot placement) with a small(er) caliber will beat a miss with a large one every time.

    Good luck
  5. oldandslow

    oldandslow New Member


    Tough question. There is no "best" carry pistol for everyone. There are many quality pistols available and what fits one person may not be best for another. Some thoughts follow:

    1. Since you're starting out you need a caliber that is both effective and inexpensive to practice with. Over time you'll spend more on ammo than on the pistol. I'd recommend a 9mm. Other options include 40 SW, 45 and 357 sig, all cost significantly more to practice with.

    2. You have to decide if you want a plastic or metal framed pistol. Good plastic (polymer) framed guns are Glock, SW M&P, and Springfield XD (also HK but its pricey). If you want metal get one with an aluminum frame- its lighter to carry.

    3. You have to decide if you want a single action, double action only, or single-double action pistol (TDA or DA/SA).

    4. Since you have already decided on a price range of about $500 that helps narrow the choices down. I'd recommend taking a look at the Glock 19, and the Springfield XD and SW M&P offerings. If you are interested there are also a number of good used pistols offered but you need to have some knowledge of which pistols are good buys, whether the seller is reliable, and if it has problems can they be fixed easily.
    For what it's worth when I carry a 9mm I use either a Sig p239, SW 6906 or CZ 75 compact (I like metal framed guns).
    Lastly- it helps greatly if you go to a range that rents pistols and try out several models. Once you pick a pistol then the quest for a good carry rig starts- belt and holster. Good luck.

    best wishes- oldandslow
  6. Catfish

    Catfish Member

    Personally I like the S&W PD 629. But most of the people I know will not fire more than 1 round through it. It`s definately not one to start with.
  7. Defender

    Defender Guest

    You can't go wrong with a good mid-size (four inch barrel) 1911 in .45 ACP.

    A proven design and cartridge.
  8. Donn

    Donn Well-Known Member

    Huck, the first thing I'd ask is how much experience do you have with handguns? This is not a thing to be ashamed of, we all had to start somewhere. If you're new to handguns, I'd suggest a revolver. They tend to be more reliable, safer and user friendly than an auto pistol. If you want an auto, Glock or S&W M&P. Both are good to go right out of the box. Good luck.
  9. j4454

    j4454 New Member

    If you want a gun just for CCW something easy to conceal I would look at kahr. If you want something you can carry, take to the range, and put in the nightstand all in one I suggest a M&P9c. I say 9 cause it's cheaper and I recently sold all my 40s cause I don't like the cartridge. Just my opinion.
  10. pistolero_loco

    pistolero_loco New Member

    Consider the M&P Shield

    9MM, thin and light, proven platform, thumb safety (for right hander), LCI peep hole, crisp trigger (not the long double action pull).
  11. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    The simple answer is: whatever you'll be happy to carry and shoot well.

    If it's to be a utilitarian home defense/carry/range gun, check out a medium sized compact like a Ruger SR9c (or XD, Glock, M&P, etc). If you're able to drop a couple hundred more, maybe also look at a Sig P239, P229, or a commander-framed 1911.

    If it's exclusively for carry, that's a very personal decision. I like light, single stacked 9mms and 45acps. I'm just breaking in a S&W M&P Shield. Great gun, light, crisp trigger, decent (8+1) capacity. It carries like a micro and shoots like a medium framed compact for me. And that last sentence describes everything I'm looking for in a carry gun. They're selling for a little over $400 most places. Other ultra-compacts worth looking at: various Kahr models, Ruger LC9, Springfield XDs-45, Ruger LCR.
  12. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

    Start with the biggest caliber you can find; then as the years go by you can start reducing it down to something more manageable. When I was a young lad, I started carrying a .50 caliber. Now I am an old man, and carry a squirt gun. In my middle ages, I carried them all; a .38, .375, .40, .44, and .45. Have fun carrying; life is too short to carry just one.
  13. JazzDoc

    JazzDoc Supporting Member Supporter

    Kimber Solo (9mm).
  14. Werminator

    Werminator Member

    LC9, LCR, CW9, CW40, Solo9, Beretta Nano, Shield, PF9, and XDs right off the top of my head. These are all slimmer and more compact which is something I think is important. If I am dropping money on something to carry I am going to be realistic about size and weight and whether or not I am comfortable with carrying whatever sized package I choose ALL THE TIME. I don't currently have a permit but I have a buddy who got his and to be honest, I am usually better armed than he. I almost always have a knife of some kind with me but he seemingly never takes his gun with him... He picked the Glock 19. A very good gun to be honest, but a little thick and long to be a full time carry weapon...
  15. Werminator

    Werminator Member

    Let me be more clear... I get it... Some guys can honestly say they won't carry anything short of a commander 1911 or a full-size service weapon and that's fine with me. If you will comfortably carry it most of the time I back you on that choice. I personally prefer something much more compact...
  16. 38special

    38special New Member

    I love my S&W bicentennial.. IMO S&W revolvers are one of the best.
  17. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

    Click on my Avatar and navagiate your way to my Threads.

    Look for the one titled "ideal dimensions for a CCW handgun"

    Not saying my opinion is right, just what works for me after 16+ years of daily CCW.

  18. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

    I carry a CZ82 most of the time. Its not exactly light weight, due to it being a steel frame. But the extra weight sure makes it pleasurable to shoot.
    I prefer my carry gun to be double action. I carry it with 1 in the chaimber. I figure if I need it, I wont have to fumble with a safety. Just pull the trigger.

    These can be bought for around $200 - $250
    1000 rounds will cost around $200 - 250 including shipping cost.


  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

    Just like there is no such thing as the best pair of shoes, there is no such thing as the best handgun.

    Go try lots of handguns and see what fits you. All of the major manufacturers make great weapons.
  20. JonM

    JonM Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    i mainly carry a xdm compact in 45acp.

    from time to time i also carry colt series 70, sig p220, bersa thunder and thunder plus, colt new agent, and a couple of times when i was feeling especially communist ive carried my nagant revolver...

    im pretty eclectic and practice with all the guns i carry. what works for me prolly wont work for others
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