Do You CCW?

Discussion in 'Handgun' started by MechTech, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. benmmc New Member

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    I carry a Glock 19, but I kinda miss the 26 that I used to carry. It was bulky but short. I could shoot it fine too. The 19 has more rounds of course, but it's heavier because of that.

    I've messed with the Shields and the XDs. Thinking about grabbing the XDs at some point. The shield feels too weird in my hand. Like the palm is too pointy or something. XDs feels really nice to me.
  2. Keith Moderator

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    I carry where I can, unfortunately, I work on a military base, so carry there is a no go. As far as what I carry, I have a 3" Kimber 1911 and a 3.3" Springfield Armory XDs that I carry most of the time. Nice and compact for a .45 ACP and they conceal well in just about any dress from shorts and a T-Shirt and up to winter wear. For hunting, I carry a Taurus Judge with a mix of .410 and .45 Long Colt in case of a snake, coyote, or wild dog. Though self defense works into that mix as well. Sure, I could use the rifle but it's only allowed to be loaded while in the field and actively hunting. Otherwise, it becomes an expensive club. PA firearm laws are a bit peculiar when it comes to firearms as to when they can be loaded and when open carry becomes concealed, so on and so forth.
  3. mark5019 New Member

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    I carry open concealed here in ga a glock 30 s
  4. Angelo New Member

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    been carrying since 93, mostly what ever I had at the time. 220 lbs and 5'11" I can hide pretty well size piece. Not a fan of little girl guns, too big of hands. My fav to carry is a Rem 1911 R1 Enhanced from before the Sig Pro 2340. Like the single stack gun over double on a carry piece. If I can't kill with 8 rounds, back to the range !!!! LOL

    Do I need it, but my luck is ALWAYS 4 to 1 ratio of azzhats, everybody want to try military people on for size !!!!
  5. Angelo New Member

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    Hated this for 23 years, long drive to work UNARMED. Should be able to trunk the unloaded piece while on base. Gets WAY worse when U retire !!! I have to drive 60 miles of nothing land unarmed to use the base !!!!!
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  6. ifithitu New Member

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    I PC a BG 380,during the summer and rotate a M&P 40 Shield,.Taurus .357 Magnum,Taurus.38 SPL+P revolvers during the winter months.
  7. bombadillo Moderator

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    Idaho just passed a Constitional Carry bill that allows all of us to concealed carry without any license whatsoever. This includes on our person, our cars, or elsewhere. Pretty dang cool!!! Just picked up a new holster for my S&W 642.


    Also, if anyone needs a holster for a Kahr CW9, hit me up. I have a like new Crossbreed for sale.
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  8. Keith Moderator

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    I'm jealous! We have open carry without a permit but as soon as you step into a vehicle, it's now concealed and you need the license. We are also one of only two States that do not allow semiautomatic rifles for hunting.
  9. Vinniy Mark it zero dude.

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    I prefer AIWB carry. On "fat" days I carry Glock 42. Skinny ones get the Glock 19. Some days both go out for a spin. I am moving into the 26 soon though. When winter rears its ugly head, I am considering my XDM45 on the waist under bulky clothes. I'll need some practice to develop my "print" awareness though. These are just the current choices I have. The past had .380 bodyguards and 5" 1911's. obviously preferences have changed.
  10. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Yup. I'm a normal 180lbs 5'10" sort but I can manage to get a full size G21 in my waistband. Usually I mexican carry. If I'm going to be moving around a lot or the clothing doesn't support the heavy gun then I pack a Microtech Kestrel knife and hope for the best.

    Edit: Used to pack a mouse gun when clothing was light. A knife seems to work though and it's easier to get away with. Nobody ever (especially cops) notice that it's actually a wildly expensive switch blade.
  11. Keith Moderator

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    Knives are a no joke weapon. While they may not kill as easily as a gun, a slash or two is going to guarantee a visit to the hospital at a minimum. People just don't give them the respect they deserve often times.
  12. wood chucker Moderator

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    ifithitu,

    Check your message box.
  13. alowerlevel New Member

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    So jealous of those of you that live in free America, here in NJ I have a better chance of seeing bigfoot, winning the lottery and being abducted by aliens all on the same day than I do of getting a CCW permit in this state....
  14. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Same here in Kommiefornia. The 9 bay area counties are a zero chance zone unless you like donating 5 grand to a sherrif's re-election fund. L.A. and San Diego areas have some counties that aren't head-up-arse but the bulk are zero chance zones too. The rural counties are not nearly so restrictive as a rule.

    In California the law is interesting, your first offense is a misdemeanor (2nd can be felony) and if you end up using an illegally concealed firearm in righteous self defense, the mere act of using it in proper self defense is an affirmative defense to the charge of illegally carrying a concealed weapon. So, carry, conceal, and quiet are the keys. So is discretion.
  15. DINKY DAU Member

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    I carry a LCP .380 hollow point. Someone let me know if they can tell the difference getting hit with that or a 40 or 9mm. I carry a Texas defender .410/ 45long colt also when hunting, water moccasins can be real pricks.
  16. Keith Moderator

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    The .380 has been around about as long as the 9mm, which predates the .45ACP by a few years (1902 for 9mmX19 Luger/Parabellum. 1908 for the 9mmX17/.380ACP). There is a reason it has stuck around. Either way, a hole is a hole and people don't like holes that didn't come with the original equipment.

    I prefer a Judge over a two shot derringer but the rounds and the purpose for carrying is all the same. To each their own. I have considered getting a Bond Arms derringer as a backup to the Judge, I just haven't gotten there yet. Too many other distractions that have kept me from it.
  17. jwb47 Active Member

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    manufactures have made great advances in bullet design and alot of calibers that were questionable at one time have vastly improved performance with that being said for every new super duper 380 ,9mm round developed they're also a super duper 40cal and 45 acp developed . that being said putting the round where it does the most damage is the controling factor if you cant hit the target then it dont matter . As an nra pistol and home safety instructor along with being a competative action shooting participant I have to agree with the statement made early in this post about people showing up for a class with a 2 inch revolver or micro semi-auto . at 7 yds I see more misses than hits. while a 5 inch 1911 is my main carry gun I do own and carry a taurus model 85 38 special and a sig 938 9mm . with that being said I probably put more rounds down range in a year than most of ccw people do in a life time . practice , practice , practice , thats the key .
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  18. Keith Moderator

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    I prefer .45ACP myself but I'm not going to bash or act like I'm superior to those who carry a smaller round. At least as long as it's within reason, I may question someone who carries a .22, .25, or .32. Ball ammo might be ok but unless there is a valid reason, like a medical reason, there are much better choices out there.

    Like you said jwb47, it doesn't matter what caliber it is if you miss.

    My frame isn't big enough to carry a full size pistol, so I do carry compact .45s. They aren't as accurate due to the short sight radius and human factors but I'm accurate enough with it that it's worth the compromise.


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  19. jwb47 Active Member

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    I really dont see anybody acting like they are superior or bashing anybody else . mass x velocity = energy thats basic physics and cant be denied. Most smaller calibers come in smaller guns with smaller sights and heavy trigger pull . thats why I dont think a pocket pistol is a good way to start concealed carry . here is whats bad when a person cannot even hit the required target at 7 yds and you deny them a certificate yet offer to help them on your own time free of charge and they defer . I have seen very few people just pick up a handgun and start shooting bullseye's , I Bought my first 1911 in 1972 at the age of 13 and I still learn new things to this day . I dont make alot of money teaching basic pistol , conceal carry and home safety I do it to help get people involved in the shooting sports . the more we have on our side the better we stand to defend our rights I just dont want somebody getting killed due to me not telling them the truth or insuring they are competent enough to carry a concealed weapon.
    thats my 2 cents
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  20. Keith Moderator

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    It seems it is more of an internet commando thing, though it does seem that if one is more prone to the caliber bashing, it's the .40 S&W fan boys.

    Good on you with the training thing. I keep it in the family myself but I do spread the knowledge.


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