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Wife and myself just applied for our CCLs -- looking for suggestions for EDC pistols.

 

While I have shot many pistols, I have not really ever messed with compacts or sub-compact pistols.

 

Any advice pistol or carry/holster wise would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

JP

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I carry a Ruger LCP w/Crimson Trace loaded with Hornaday Critical Defense Ammo in a Cross Breed Mini Tuck holster (best CCW holster I have ever owned). The LCP is light and easy to carry. I also have a Kahr CW9 which is a great CCW weapon for it's size and weight and of course chambered in 9MM as opposed to .380. I can't wait for the Springfield Armory XDs to come out out because it is about the length of my LCP, is only a inch wide, and packs 6 rounds of .45 man stopper. Many, many choices out there these days. I'd say for the Ole' Lady it is a Hammerless .38 DA revolver packed with +P rounds.

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I carry either my 80 series .45 Colt Combat Commander or my H&K USP .40 Compact. I use Federal Hydra Shock ammo in both, since I have seen first hand the impact stopping power of these rounds on a person. Holsters are a personal preference. I usually carry mine in a Blackhawk Serpa. For hot summer, I have a Bianchi Pancake holster. I got my wife a Colt .380 due to the smaller size and weight, also loaded with Hydra Shock.

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I carry my 1911 officers model with hollow point +P, yes I don't want to have to pump 6 rounds into them to drop them. I have a blackhawk serpa, shoulder, and a K-bar TDI pouch.

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I have an XD9 Subcompact that I carry in either a cheap nylon waistband holster or a comptac Minotaur. Highly suggest you check out www.comp-tac.com they have several great designs. For ammo I use HST 9mm 147gr. I want the heaviest round and most expansion I can get while still having a large mag capacity of 9mm because I can't figure out a way to comfortably carry an extra mag around.

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I agree with Woodcock on the LCP. I shot one in a steel challenge match not to long ago and it did really well. If not that then a 4in 1911 would be my second choice. Kimber also is making a CCW pistol that is reasonably priced and has good reviews on a lot of the real steel forums I frequent

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My Opinion: Which concealed handgun you chose is a matter of simple comfort. It's what fits you best.

 

I am comfortable with the knock down capability of a .45. It's what I trained with for years in the military and I've never used anything else. I've had probably every make and model from Star to Llama, to Colt. Small and large frames and everything in between.

 

My personal carry is the Colt Lightweight Commander. I have completely retooled my Colt with Wilson Combat internal and external accessories and I am completely confident that what I carry will take the bad guy down! I use the Wilson Practical LowCut Front Speed Holster riding just above the belt line. It has no thumb safety but uses a tension screw. I also use their 185 Grain TAC-XP Loads. The ammo is a bit more expensive but it is made for the 4 inch specifically. I've never been satisfied with standard magazines until I bought the stainless steel custom mags from Wilson. They release effortlessly for combat reloading. Nothing like having a mag stick at a crucial moment!

 

I have a couple of friends that purchased the 380s and they seem pretty happy with their choices. It's small enough for ease of concealment but packs a substantial punch when it counts.

 

Just remember, what fits your hand probably won't fit hers. I found that out the hard way! Finally resting on the .38!

 

Hope this helps. http://shopwilsoncombat.com/

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I had this same talk with 1 of my team today. Look get 1 gun and carry it and only it. I can tell you that I have been involved in contact's with people and can tell you 1st hand you dont want a small light weight gun. In the real world you dont get to know when and where it is going to happen. Most gun fights are at close range. A gun is a weapon in more than 1 way. I have had to strike a preson becuse there was no reaction gap there. GLOCKS WILL NOT FIRE WITH CONTACT ON BARREL......... So I go with 1 gun only. Now the brand is what I have but the type is whats important. I carry 1911 Kimber Ultra Carry. I run Corbon 230+p 1050fps. When I hit you I want you too know it.

I agree with Woodcock on the LCP. I shot one in a steel challenge match not to long ago and it did really well. If not that then a 4in 1911 would be my second choice. Kimber also is making a CCW pistol that is reasonably priced and has good reviews on a lot of the real steel forums I frequent

I carry my 1911 officers model with hollow point +P, yes I don't want to have to pump 6 rounds into them to drop them. I have a blackhawk serpa, shoulder, and a K-bar TDI pouch.

I carry a Ruger LCP w/Crimson Trace loaded with Hornaday Critical Defense Ammo in a Cross Breed Mini Tuck holster (best CCW holster I have ever owned). The LCP is light and easy to carry. I also have a Kahr CW9 which is a great CCW weapon for it's size and weight and of course chambered in 9MM as opposed to .380. I can't wait for the Springfield Armory XDs to come out out because it is about the length of my LCP, is only a inch wide, and packs 6 rounds of .45 man stopper. Many, many choices out there these days. I'd say for the Ole' Lady it is a Hammerless .38 DA revolver packed with +P rounds.

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I just picked up a Glock 22 today, but im thinking a full sized glock is too big for CCW purposes, If I like how the .40s&w performs over the 9mm glock I used to own, I may pick up a glock 23 for concealment instead of g19.

 

Haters gonna hate, but I love my plastic fantastic.

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I've carried the gambit, from a fullsize 1911, to baby glocks, to mid sizes, to compact 1911's, my current carry is a Ruger LCP. If I had the go buy a absolute only carry gun right now, it would be the Ruger LC9.

 

My favorite carry is a glock 30, its just huge to conceal, granted I am a large man, and can conceal it easily, its just a burden at times. LCP can be thrown in a pocket and go.

 

But the honest truth is, pick the gun that fits your hand comfortably, you feel comfortable concealing, pick the holster option you like the most, and be prepared to drop dime on a quality one. ( I absolutely swear by the Thuderbird defender from K&D Holsters ) I suggest going to a reputable shop+range that offers rentals, hold anything you think you will like, then go put 50 rounds through it.

 

After that, TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN! dryfire practice, to drawing practice, to draw and shoot practice, to retention, to avoiding a conflict in the first place!

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Ok, so tell us which one your gonna buy???? LOL

 

Well if I was a larger framed person I'd choose a Glock 26. But as it stands I have narrowed it down to a Khar CW9 and the Ruger LC9, just need to try and get a little range time with them over at 2A - don't believe they have either one for rent so I might be F'd in the A.

 

Wife is looking at revolvers, but I am trying to point her to the Khar or LCP

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As far as Glock not firing point of contact, I will have to do some research on that.

 

Personally I would choose the Glock 26, as one I am already familiar with the full frame 17 so there is a training crossover.

 

Second from the research I have looked at a 147 grain bullet, 9mm, .45 or .40 will produce similar results, I dont believe in the "magic bullet theory" at the end of the day competence with your chosen weapon system and being able to perform under stress are the key factors in surviving a time is life situation.

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JP, you're not much smaller than I am, I can comfortably conceal my glock 22, just takes a little playing with holsters and positioning. I had a chance to try out a raven phantom holster with my glock, after seeing Bryan at ITS tactical say thats what he used with his sig. He had his mounted in the five o'clock position, and he's pretty small as well, from what it looks like in pictures. I tried it witha full frame glock, wasn't too bad, I imagine it would be about the same or better with an even smaller one like the 26. though, I find the 26 too small for me, I'd stop at the 19

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This might sound odd, but it works. To get used to carrying a pistol and not feeling off balance, self-conscious or rigid when carrying, wear your chosen pistol or an airsoft pistol of the same type in your belt holster or shoulder holster around the house until you get used to moving naturally with that added weight. If you are going to carry a small pistol in your pocket or an ankle holster, same thing. If you're planning on carrying while driving, do the same thing in your vehicles. Figure out where you will conceal that pistol and how easy/hard it will be to grab it should the need arise. Do a lot of dry runs with that UNLOADED sidearm until you feel confident you can deploy it properly.

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Well if I was a larger framed person I'd choose a Glock 26. But as it stands I have narrowed it down to a Khar CW9 and the Ruger LC9, just need to try and get a little range time with them over at 2A - don't believe they have either one for rent so I might be F'd in the A.

 

Wife is looking at revolvers, but I am trying to point her to the Khar or LCP

 

The Khar CW9 for it's size is probably one of the nicest shooting pistol I have ever used. As for your Ole Lady, make sure she is capable and comfortable with chambering a round (some women seem intimitaded by all the moving parts in an auto). I have always suggested revolvers for the ladies just for simplicity and less likelihood of a malfunction (can shoot from inside the purse etc). Just food for thought.

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Well if I was a larger framed person I'd choose a Glock 26. But as it stands I have narrowed it down to a Khar CW9 and the Ruger LC9, just need to try and get a little range time with them over at 2A - don't believe they have either one for rent so I might be F'd in the A.

 

Wife is looking at revolvers, but I am trying to point her to the Khar or LCP

 

My carry is the Ruger LC9 I like it very will it is light weight and easy to carry. I would highly recommend it. Especially for one with small hands.

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Past carry guns have been, H&K USP compact, Sig 229, Glock 19, Glock 20, Jericho 941, Various Springfield 1911's, XD40, XDM9 and my current is a Kimber TLE/RL pro.

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