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Concealed Carry Advice

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Gunnerx11, Dec 28, 2011.

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  1. Gunnerx11

    Gunnerx11 TS Member

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    I have decided to purchase a handgun for concealed carry. My preference leans
    toward a revolver, something positive as opposed to a automatic. I am not sure
    on the caliber but certainly a caliber that would be adequate if the situation
    required action. And I have not totally ruled out a auto, just not confident in
    their reliability. Weight is also a factor in this purchase along with a
    concealed holster that does its job. In addition, would being left handed be a issue for the auto or the revolver. Dependability, Adequate power, ease of concealment and draw, manufacturer and than price, that seems to be the criteria.
    Thanks for your expertise and wisdom.

    Thanks for Sharing,
    Gunnerx11
     
  2. Hammer1

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    Lots of advice can be found on the 1911Forum.com and on TheFiringLine.com

    Some of it may even be good.

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    Just as trap shooters on this forum highly recommend a shooter get good training and recommend trap shooting clinics...

    The same is true for carrying a concealed weapon.

    There are some very good instructors, and not necessarily the fellow at the local gun shop or the local range.

    Spend some time at a range which rents a variety of guns, revolvers and autos, and give the various guns a try.

    I have carried a concealed firearm for 30+ years and have had several week long training classes over those years -- one as recently as this past summer.

    I happen to carry a 45 ACP 1911 semiauto in a Milt Sparks Summer Special holster, but that might not be right for you.

    I have also carried and sometimes still do carry revolvers.

    Revolvers are more difficult to shoot.

    Semiautos can be just as reliable as any revolver.

    Contrary to common perceptions, revolvers can and do malfunction.


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  3. GoDawgs

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    Sig P238 would be a good option. It's an auto that is very reliable and very concealable.
     
  4. APrice

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    S&W makes some nice .38 snubbys. I'd look there.
     
  5. kiv-c

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    S&W 442 is what I use most of the time. 5 shot, In 38 Special. I carry it in a Don Hume JIT (Just in Time) hi-ride holster. Nestles just perfect between my hip and ribs, making it comfortable to carry all day.

    It's reasonably accurate at the 10 to 15 feet you would most likely be using it at, and a 124 gr HP is pretty devasting to whatever you hit.

    A second alternative would be a Ruger LC9. Light, powerful and reasonably accurate, too.
     
  6. Auctioneer

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    If a revolver get a closed hammer one. In other words its in the frame of the gun and you can't see it. That way the hammer will not catch your pocket and not come out. Buy a 357 mag so you can put 38SP +P in it.

    As for an auto. I have a Sig 230. They now make a Sig 232. Get a stainless that way care of the gun is easier. That is a 380. Fine litle gun. The hammer on these guns are close to the frame so not to catch your pocket.

    What you want is a gun that all you have to do is pick it up and pull the trigger and not ask is the safety on? Pick up, point, shoot.
     
  7. Hammer1

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    One thought...

    Trap shooters who routinely shoot subsonic 7/8 ounce loads of #8 shot from the 27 yard line will feel comfortable defending their families with a 380 calber...

    Trap shooters who prefer 3 dram loads of 1-1/8 ounce loads of #7½ shot and a Full choke will prefer something with a little more oomph.

    Having said that, there are times that a 380 has been found in my pocket as a second back-up.

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  8. geneleroy

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    Don't want to start a feud with the 'auto' carriers, but I prefer a revolver for CC, it can not possible discharge accidentally! Some auto's do and have! If I were in law enforcement or the military I'd have an 'auto' with the largest magazine allowed! I'm from the old John Wayne era, no live round under the hammer. My S&W 38 special, model 36(chief's special)is a great CC weapon. If you can't hit someone at 30 feet you can sure scare the heck out of them!
     
  9. motordoctor

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    i have the same questions I looked at a smith 642??? with laser sight. 5 shot, hammerless. lazer was easy to use and gun was light. any ideas motordoc
     
  10. Redcobra

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    I have a S&W 340PD. Scandium and Titanium 5 shot revolver with Crimson Trace Laser grips on it. It will handle .38spc, .38+P, and .357mag ammo. I use it with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo. Small, light, fits in a side pants pocket with a pocket holster.

    Of course I would never carry it concealed (or at all) in Maryland where I live, but with my Utah permit I can carry it in all surrounding states.

    It's agreat little revolver, and of course a revolver leaves no shell casings behind.

    Alan
     
  11. Sky Buster

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    I second the S&W Model 442. Light-weight, reliable and has good
    resale value. Use +P .38's designed for 2" guns.
     
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    I will second the S&W 340PD I carry one as well so light you will think it is a toy. But loaded with Speer Gold 135gr short barrel 357 mag loads it gets exciting. I carry it in a Remora IWB no clip holster.

    Dale
     
  13. bigdogtx

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    Glock 19,,,,big enough to fight with and small enough to conceal,,,,,oh yeah, it goes bang 15 times,,,,,reliable, very reliable......
     
  14. kiv-c

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    A Glock 26 carries better than a 19, due to it's shorter barrel. Heavier than a S&W 442 or a Ruger lc9, but has twice the cartridge capacity. Just about as accurate as a 19, too.
     
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    I would look for a Model 19 S&W 4" ,it makes a great carry gun.But thats just my opinion.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  16. skeeljc

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    I lean towards an auto. Probably because I shot IPSC for so many years. I am comfortable with a 1911 but there are smaller and lighter options out there that will do the job.

    My current cary gun is a Kahr CW-40 in .40 S&W. What ever you decide upon the important thing is to shoot it enough to be really familiar with it and its operation.

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  17. ExFedex

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    The Ruger LCR in .38 SPL +P is certainly worth looking at. My wife is quite happy with hers.
     
  18. W.P.T.

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    I would make it a Glock 19 or 26, they are very reliable and carry a bunch of bullets ... I carry a Glock 17-9MM hi cap (hard to conceal), I also carry a S&W .38 snubby at times, depending on what I am wearing ... What ever you choose the best thing you can do is get in a lot of practice so you feel confident in what ever it is you are carrying ... Don't pull it unless you intend to use it ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  19. Hammer1

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    If a Glock is carried concealed, it must be in a concealed holster (same with the 1911).

    To put an unholstered Glock in one's pocket is asking for a negligent misfire down their leg.

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  20. cubancigar2000

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    Sig all the way but I like 45 so I carry a P220
     
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