View Poll Results: What is your top factor in choosing to carry the gun you do? You can choose only one.

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    If other, please specify.

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    Think you should allow more than one factor. Brand, reliability and weight are equally important to me. Just my 2 cents.

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    There's no real method to my madness -I just like what I like. I have a catholic (small-c) taste in arms.

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    Reliability and caliber for me!


    ...and my XD 45 is the only pistol I have!

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    Because it is proven to work.

    Its a tool, its not meant to be pretty, or comfortable, its made to protect my life.

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    Bravo_Sierra wrote:
    Because it is proven to work.

    Its a tool, its not meant to be pretty, or comfortable, its made to protect my life.
    I could'nt have said it better! I mostly pack a Ruger GP-100 .357 magnum and while it's a good looking pistol it's ruggednessand reliabilityare the most important features to me. Did I mention that it shoots great too?

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    You left out "Bang Factor".

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    Is there a way to make the poll multiple choice?

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    I carry a Glock 21....Caliber and reliability.

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    Self-defense.
    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

    There is no human being on earth I hate so much I would actually vote to inflict government upon him.

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    Efficient, effective design purpose.

    Yata hey
    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Id almost like to say all the above

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    Mine...

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    Legba wrote:
    There's no real method to my madness -I just like what I like. I have a catholic (small-c) taste in arms.

    -ljp
    I agree. That's why I have more than one!

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    RELIABILITY, simplicity, size, carry option, etc etc etc....My "Baby" Glock 26 fits MY needs!

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    As others said, in the end it comes down to reliability. But there are many reliable handguns out there and my particular carry choice, after achieving the stamp of reliability, depends on several other factors. Also, I am not a one size fits all sort of guy and I make different choices as to what I carry day to day depending on several factors.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    I can't carry what I don't own.

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    I had to vote other, because although caliber and reliability were the factors that got me down to three or four handguns, i ultimately picked the one I carry based on how it felt in my hand.



    Regards,

    Pol

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    I picked size. I have to CC most of the time, so I chose my Kel-Tec P-3AT because it's a potent little pocket pistol (IMHO).

    ...I also carry a small gun because I'm compensating ...
    ...Orygunner...

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    Reliability and accuracy. If I can't hit with what I'm carrying, and trust the gun to function 100% of the time, I'm not using it! The gun will be traded or sold.

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    Pol Mordreth wrote:
    I had to vote other, because although caliber and reliability were the factors that got me down to three or four handguns, i ultimately picked the one I carry based on how it felt in my hand.



    Regards,

    Pol
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    This is a good answer, but I would add that in my case versatility is important. Things like caliber conversion are very nice features. Your poll should allow for multiple answers because for most people it is not just one thing.
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    I chose other. I carry whatever I feel like that day. Some days I carry my glock 17, some days I carry my redhawk in .44 mag and the 7 1/2 in. barrel. I trust my gut.

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    Its a nice green color

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    Had to pick size, although caliber, reliability and "ease of use" were also important.

    Size for me though, was more for shootability -- so I went full-framed with a PT92

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    Size, weight, and reliability define what I'll carry on a given day. I'm more than "combat" accurate with either weapon.

    Glock 19 -- light, compact reliable, large magazine capacity
    Kimber Custom II -- firepower, reliability (once it gets back from NY), accuracy, durability

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