GUN What factors influence your choice of a CCW?

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  1. texchef

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    Price, brand, ammo type, size, reliability...etc?


    I'm still looking for the "perfect" ccw. I know it is totally subjective but was curious why those of you who carry chose what you did.

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    also, post what you carry and how much you paid.
     
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  2. spankaveli

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    reliability (must run 110%)
    caliber (at least service caliber)
    physical size (concealable, duh)
     
  3. P-chan

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    Reliability
    ammo type/price (wanted something that didn't cost 11ty billion dollars to practice with)
    size

    I have an XD9SC for carry. Paid $410 with 2 mags (10 rnd and 16 rnd), holster, mag loader, case, and lock. I think it was a pricing error at the gun shop (which is why I bought it :o )
     
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    My 2c, you can't go wrong with any Glock, XD, or a small wheelgun for carry. The only reason I suggest an auto is capacity. Carrying 10+1 could save your life instead of carrying 5 or 6.
     
  5. This.

    I find that my 340PD fills these criteria extremely well. While it would be nice to have a higher ammo capacity, I don't find the tradeoff in less reliability and greater size and weight to be worth it.
     
  6. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    In order of importance:

    Reliability
    Compatibility (how well do I shoot it)
    Size
    Caliber
     
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    I have my Glock 19 for most stuff but I just got a KelTec PF9 for the times where I just can't take the Glock.

    Edit for price:

    Glock 19 - $400
    PF9 - $260
     
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    Painkiller Sometimes remembering is better than forgetting

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    mostly size, caliber, but I carry a 1911 so... :o
     
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    Reliability

    Ability to shoot it well

    Size

    Caliber

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    Price





    And I carry any one of my Glocks, usually a 27 or 23
     
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  10. I paid $900 OTD. I could have saved a little bit online by the time I was done with FFL fees and shipping, but I picked it up at my favorite local shop.

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    dawt

    glock crew ftw
    .40 cal for me because its what all the police use around me
     
  12. Ford4Life

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    I rotate depending on what I'm wearing, but it's usually either a Glock 30, or a Glock 19. If I can't take either one, I have a PF9 that I pocket carry.
     
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    I carry a 1911, my reasoning for doing so is reliability, proficiency, caliber, and slim form factor. A little more training with my M&P and it may replace my 1911 as my carry piece. The weight difference and capacity difference would be the reason for that.
     
  14. texchef

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    Hmmm, I'm surprised with as much as I hear you all taking about Kahr that I haven't seen anyone mention it.

    I dunno why but I'm still partial to the form factor and feel of the Walther PPK...but not the price. Bersa is close but fit/finish is meh. Yea, I know, .380 and that whole debate but the sub compact Glocks feel too top heavy for their size and I just don't like wheel guns all that much except for the Cowboy style.

    Trying to stay at/around/under $350-400.

    Unless you guys have more convincing arguments or suggestions the search continues.
     
  15. How about a J-Frame? It's close to that price range, has good defensive ammo available, is small and light, and is as close to perfectly reliable as you are going to get.

    EDIT: Oops, I just read the part about not liking wheelguns. Is there a reason? I'm not a big revolver fan either, but it fits all the criteria wonderfully, so I carry it.
     
  16. texchef

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    I guess if it comes down to it then it is the capacity and the fact that the J-frames are just plain uncomfortable for me to shoot. Shot quite a few over the years and just can't get comfortable in it. It may seem petty but I can't explain it any other way.

    We want a gun that is easy to practice with and a J-frame is taxing IMO.
     
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    At the time price and concealability took precedence in my criteria. The M&P line hadn't been vetted much yet.
     
  19. Makes sense. People take differently to different guns.
     

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