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CCW gun choices

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by esoxhunter, Aug 13, 2011.

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  1. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I am considering the purchase of a concealed carry gun. I am thinking about a Glock 26 or a 27. I also am thinking of going to a 9mm instead of the .40 caliber. Reason being is that with that small of a gun; the recoil would be too much with the .40 caliber. Any other recommendations as to what gun to consider and any comments would be appreciated. I also am looking for a used gun of this type. If you have one or know someone who wants to sell a gun that mirrors a gun of this type please let me know. (email address is above). Thanks..
     
  2. scooterbum

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    Grow some 'nads.
     
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    Kimber compact .45 ACP loaded with 185gr hollow points.
     
  4. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    Scooter: Before retirement I was a semi-auto trainer with the DOJ. I know, as I'm sure you don't, that recoil affects the performance of handgun useage. A concealed carry gun such as the Glock 26 or 27 will be adversely affected by excessive recoil. That being said my question remains; any other recommendations as to what other options I may have in the selection of a proper CCW handgun and the availability of a used handgun of this type would be appreciated. We have a "ton" of experienced people on this site. (You of course are not one of them). Take your inept sarcastic input and stick it where the "sun don't shine". What a fool...
     
  5. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    esox, I've had good success with a Kahr P40. I'd assume that the Kahr 9mm's would be the same quality. I'm not a big Glock trigger guy..... jmho
     
  6. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    BigM: Thanks for the input. I haven't ruled out the .40 caliber yet. I still believe when a person considers the handguns that allow a person to carry comfortably, (which means they must be small in size), the heavier calibers such as the .45 carry too much recoil to allow a person to deliver more than one round accurately at the target. That being said if a person goes too small, (such as the .380) they do not have the capabilities of "taking care of business". I just may opt for the .40. In training I used the .40 Beretta Cougar and the Glock Model 22C .40 caliber. Both of these guns were more suitable for carrying on an officers duty belt. If I choose to carry; I want something with a much smaller frame. Thanks. Ed
     
  7. MikeInNPR

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    I've been wanting to try out the Beretta PX4 Storm Sub compact in 9mm. I like the DA/SA with ambi-decocker. Nice feature for SA follow ups for defense or if you want to take it to the range for some SA target shooting. It has a 3" barrel and just over 6" overall. Looks like a great CCW. Link posted above.

    http://www.berettausa.com/products/px4-storm-type-f-sub-compact/

    A video with complete breakdown of the Storm including factory

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmoNjqUVBNk&feature=related
     
  8. Shooting Coach

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    Dear Ed

    I would suggest the Glock G-23 if you want a small Forty. It is only slightly bigger than the G-27. It is extremely easy to shoot. I have no trouble running a plate rack at 25 yards with my G-23.

    OTOH, if you are looking at the 9X19 G-26, recoil is simply not an issue. Even with +P+, it is VERY controllable.

    The Glock may not be the best all around sidearm out there, but it is superbly suited for defensive chores by the Armed Professional AND Citizen.

    I will say the the long slide models, 34, 35, 17L and 24, are superior shooters. Many PD's issue the G-35, a long slide target model in 40 cal.
     
  9. MTA Tom

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    The Glock 27 is my all-around favorite carry gun. The .40 S&W is very controllable and accurate in this package, IMO, particularly with bullets in the 135-155 grain range.

    You have the option of the regular magazine for maximum concealibity, or adding the grip extender for more control and easier draw.

    I usually use a Glock 23 mag with the A&G grip filler: 13+1 rounds of .40 S&W in a compact, lightweight package that fits my small hands better than a Glock 23.
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  10. trapshootin hippie

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    What's wrong with the old standby, the S&W .38 snubbie? Hard to beat.


    GneJ
     
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    And they don`t leave fingerprinted brass laying all over the place.
     
  12. Shooting Coach

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    Nothing wrong with the revolver, but the OP asked about Glocks. I carried a revolver for decades, went to the Glock, do not miss the wheelgun.

    Now my revolvers are loaners for classes.
     
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    Glock 19, 26 or M&P 9c everyday depending on attire....
     
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    I have a Walther PPS in .40 and love it. Never has malfunctioned and is easily controlled. It snaps but not as bad as a lightweight .380. The overall dimensions are the same as a PPK so it will fit in my pocket if I need it to. Most of the time I carry it in an IWB holster. Tucks in nice and holds 6+1 rnds of .40. I can keep a 6" group at 25yds if I slow fire. It does take some getting used to the really narrow grip, but it carries well. More important is finding a comfortable holster that you will feel comfortable carrying. The more you like it the more you will carry it.
     
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    I have carried a Kahr PM9 for years and had no issues with it regardless of what type of ammo I use.
     
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    Para Carry 9 LDA - I recently examined one along with many of the aforementioned pistols while looking for something the wife can handle. It is a very impressive handgun.

    Robert
     
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    esoxhunter, how are you going to carry the Glock?

    The reason I ask is due to the type of trigger safety the Glock has. It is NOT a good design to carry loosely in a pocket. It needs to be in a proper holster specifically designed for a Glock, meaning the trigger guard and trigger need to be completely covered up.
     
  18. esoxhunter

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    Thanks guys for all of your input. I will be carrying this gun in a holster some of the time and possibly in a jacket pocket when weather dictates wearing heavier clothing. I want to physically handle several of the guns you guys have recommended. I have somewhat large hands and I want to see how comfortable the grip is. I am kind of thinking of going to the .40 caliber. I was concentrating on the Glock line of guns; because my previous Glock, in my opinion, excelled over the Beretta. I really liked that gun. However,I am going to checkout the other brands that were mentioned. Thanks again for all of your valuable input. Ed
     
  19. maclellan1911

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    I have a S&W 4013tsw(early model no rail) it conceals well not to heavy and accurate enough at close range (3 yards) any shot longer than this I would be looking for a way out or cover. Yes the 40 is a bit snappy with use and practice it becomes a non issue for me. I prefer my 45 for less recoil but that thing ways a ton.
     
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    Take a look at the M&P 9mm compact. The new LCP 9 is something to look at too.
     
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