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    I am interested in the opinions of others as to what you carry and why you choose to carry the gun that you do.



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    I alternate between my XD40SC and my GI 1911 in 45. I usually CC and I found the XD40SC did that well (especially in summer clothing) I like the XD because of its reliability, and its feel/point ability for me.

    I got the 1911 because...well I wanted a 1911, and I wanted a 45...simple as that. The best reason to get any gun is "because I wanted it" both my XD and 1911 have been 100% reliable...and they both feel good on my hip.

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    I have the Bersa Thunder .45 UC. It's the only handgun I have, the first gun I ever bought and I bought it because it was cheaper than most but not lacking in reliability or accuracy.
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    Around town I cycle through XD45, GI 1911 and GP100. In the woods I haul around a Mini 14. I carry the handguns because I have them, I have them because I wanted them. The Mini 14 I carry because it's a good compromise between size and power (both in caliber and in dimensions/weight).

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    I carry a Baby Eagle in .45. I wanted something in .45 ACP, and I like that it has a little higher capacity (10+1) than an 1911 (I have one of those, too ). It has a manual safety, is DA/SA with an exposed hammer. It's a pretty rugged gun, a proven design (based on the CZ-75), and most importantly (to me), it fits my hands very well and is very comfortable to shoot. I also really like the way it looks, but that is a very secondary characteristic for me. The after market support is not as strong. There is a laser available to fit it, but not laser grips (yet). I've seen holsters from Don Hume and Black Hills Leather, and I'm currently using a Mason-Dixon holster from Bluegrass Holsters.

    Here's a review of it by R.K. Campbell:

    http://www.gunweek.com/2005/feature0501.html

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    CZ-40, .40 S&W is the main carry. I also have a S&W Sigma 9mm (as a full-size alternative) and a Bersa .380 if I need something smaller due to clothing or other concerns.

    The CZ has a 4.3" barrel and is basically a full-size frame with a shorter barrel, rather than a smaller frame with a correspondingly shorter barrel (usually 3.5"). 12 rounds of .40 plus one in the chamber are reassuring and I carry at least onespare mag in my pocket.

    The Sigma is lighter both in overall weight and the smaller round.16 roundsof 9 has its own level of reassurance also. It was my first carry and I had no complaints with it just decided to move to something with more punch to it.

    The Bersa .380 is smaller, lighter and I use it occasionally when I am forced to dress up a bit and not able to wear a looser work jacket. My belief is that the .380 is the minimum for self-defense.

    I am intrigued by the new XD/M .40 S&W from Springfield. 19+1 rounds seems like a good thing. Need to touch one though.

    Anyway, them's my thoughts.

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    A j-frame .38sp revolver as a personal defense weapon of the last resort

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    The Sigma is lighter both in overall weight and the smaller round.16 roundsof 9 has its own level of reassurance also. It was my first carry and I had no complaints with it just decided to move to something with more punch to it.
    The Sigma has the most atrocious trigger I have ever felt. It must be 20 lbs. My dad got one and I saw him fire all 16 rounds at a phonebook 15 ft away and didn't hit it once. I fared a little better with it as I had more shooting experience, but I still think I'd be lucky to hit the broad side of a barn from the inside.

    I gave him my Glock 19 (standard 5.5 lbs trigger), same target, same distance and he did much better (as did I).

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    I carry a glock 31 in 357 sig loaded with 124 grain speer gold dots.

    i aslo carry 2 xtra mags

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    I carry an XD45 because I only get one handgun says the wife (working on her for another). It is a mix of lightweight, reliable, and it fit my hand extremely well. 13+1 .45 doesn't suck either.

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    What I carry depends on the situation.


    Urban Open Carry: H&K USP Tactical (full size) in .45 ACP
    Woodland Open Carry: Ruger Super Blackhawk (7.5" barrel)in .44 Magnum
    Urban Concealed Carry: S&W Model 60 (J-Frame) in .357 Magnum
    Deep Concealed Carry: Kel-Tec P3AT in .380 ACP (usually a backup gun or something for very hot shorts & t-shirt weather when I don't want to wear a belt).


    And when I'm really making a statment I OC a Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 (16.25" barrel M1A) in 7.62x51 (.308 Win).


    The reason I carry each one of these firearms is that they are (with the exception of the P3AT) incredibly reliable and in calibers that have a proven track record of ending threats quickly. (Threats vary. In a woodland setting I'm concerned with bears and growers. In an urban setting I'm not worried about bear.)

    The P3AT has never demonstrated itself to be unreliable, but it is not a handgun I would want to put 3,000 rounds through. The .380 ACP is alsoon the underpowered side.

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    What I've carried concealed and open:

    Rossi snubbie .38 spl
    Bersa Firestorm .380 acp
    Bersa Ultra Compact 9mm
    Beretta 92FS 9mm
    S&W 1911PD .45 acp
    H&K P2000 9mm
    SIG P225 9mm
    SIG P226 9mm
    SIG P220 .45 acp
    Charter Arms Undercover .38 spl
    Glock 22 .40 s&w
    ROMARM DRACO 7.62x39mm
    S&W Model 10 .38 spl
    Raven Arms MP25 .25 acp (very very very few times)
    Keltec P3AT .380 acp
    Keltec P-32 .32 acp
    Keltec P-11 9mm
    IWI Baby Eagle .40 s&w
    IMI Jericho 941 9mm


    ......I think that's everything pistol wise

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    Ruger GP100, 4" barrel usually loaded with .357 magnum 125 grain JSP. I sometimes pack it with .38 special +P 125 grain JHP. I find the GP100 to be a excellent revolver. Sometimes I carry my Ruger Alaskan but onlyload .45 Colt as .454 Casull kicks my butt! It too is a excellent revolver, the most solidly built one I've ever seen.

    In the boondocksI ofton carry a Marlin 1895G riflein .45-70, 405 grain unjacketed flat nose. A nice compact rifle that packs a helluva wallup.
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    Limited to C.C. here in MA, I carry a .357 SP101 loaded with Gold Dots. As the ole Ranger once said, "She'll do to ride the river".

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    Kel-Tec P-3AT, .380ACP, in my pants pocket.
    Taurus PT-1911, .45ACP, on my hip.

    The only modifications I do is to either carry the Taurus CC IWB or OC OWB, depending on what's legal in my location.




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    Usually CC a Kahr P9. It is very comfortable, slim, light and most of all dependable. When I OC, it is with a S&W M&P. Caliber differs, as I have a 9mm, .45ACP and .357 Sig.

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    I carried for the first time today, got my gcp today after 34days.:celebrate I carry my Glock 17 in 9mm.

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    Ok, so I have a question--I am looking at the XD45--it seems to feel right in my hand.

    but before I do--I was wondering if anyone had ever handled the Para Ordinance series of firearms, and second--are they worth the price? I noticed one Para 45 that is over $1000--I could buy a good long gun for that type of money and a little to boot.

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    Paras are definitely high quality. I own one myself, want a couple others, and know several other people with them. They don't have any problems that I am aware of. Yes, some models can be expensive, but this is the case with almost any brand. I would say that they are as good or better than Kimber. I have had less problems with finicky ammo preference from my Para than with my Kimber.

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    suntzu wrote:
    Ok, so I have a question--I am looking at the XD45--it seems to feel right in my hand.

    but before I do--I was wondering if anyone had ever handled the Para Ordinance series of firearms, and second--are they worth the price? I noticed one Para 45 that is over $1000--I could buy a good long gun for that type of money and a little to boot.
    Heck for that kind of money you could get a super snazzy bolt rifle and a nice scope for it. If you're thinking more of battle-rifles then you might need more, the way things are going.

    I have fired a few hundred rounds from one of the Para-Carry PXT LDA (.45 ACP with 6+1 capacity) and it was a solid piece of super-compact 1911 style hardware. It was heavy, like all 1911's, but it cycled well. It was a bit snappy, but you'd expect that from a super-compact 1911 pattern.

    XD's are great firearms, especially if they fit you better than the 1911 patterns. I'd mention the H&K USP also, but they're a bit on the pricey side as well, over $800 for a USP 45 compact. Springfield XD's are fine weapons and it's hard to beat their quality for the price.

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    I have a XD in .45,and a Kimber Compact CDP. The XD has proven to be 110percent reliable with every round I've put through it. The Kimber was problems with going into battery for the first 400-500rds, not to mention some ftf. I polished the throat, polished the chamber, and did some work on the frame. After that no more problems. I guess their custom shop series means your the custom shop. I would buy a Springfield, or Para Ordinance. They seem to be great 1911s. If you have the money though an Ed Brown, or Nighthawk Custom is the best choice by far.

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    Like shad0fax, it depends on the situation.



    Town: Taurus PT-1911 or Springfield G.I. Champion, both with Nite-Sites, & Kel-Tec P-11, two extra magazines for both firearms carried.



    Rural/Wilderness: Ruger Redhawk 5 1/2" Barrel and either Norinco NHM-90 or Springfield Armory M1A and in close country a Mossberg 590

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    I prefer to open carry my PT-1911 because it has some sweet grips and is just overall an attractive design. I think that an attractive gun can go a long way in creating a positive perception when open carrying.

    I prefer to conceal carry my Springfield XD9 because it is lighter, smaller, and holds twice as many cartridges per magazine. It's just a more practical self defense gun.

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    I carry my 1911 because I can't find a left-handed Serpa holster for my XD-40.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    I carry a S&W 686 7 - Shot .357 Magnum. I bought it at a gun show before S&W sold out to the Clinton Administration. I like revolvers; they are reliable, and I like the .357 Magnum caliber. It is also a relatively big gun, which in my opinion would tend to scare a perpetrator off better than a small gun. Just my opinion...I never have had to do this...thank God. It is easy to carry in a high ride holster and the weight does not bother me.

    Everytbody to his own preferences.

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