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What do you carry/would you recommend for a concealed carry pistol?

TheBigC asked:

I'm looking into getting a concealed carry pistol. I have fairly large hands and am looking in the $500 range. I do not want something like a Glock which has no real safety at the same time I would want something without a manual safety. Any ideas/suggestions would be great.

7 Responses to “What do you carry/would you recommend for a concealed carry pistol?”

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  2. Mountain man Says:

    I carry a Glock22 at work and I agree with you , the double trigger doohicky is not a safety.A 5yr old could pick it up and fire it. I freekin’ **** it.But thats what they said I had to carry.Most guns, other than wheel guns are gonna have a safety, My personal carry gun is a 1911. But the gun I’m looking for is that russian pistol with the star on the handle in 7.62×25. One hell of a weapon. with a muzzle velocity of 2000 fps it will defeat most body armor, and its a small thin piece that shoots well. I had one once but some how one hunting season it came up missing, got to find another one. Must have dropped it out in the woods some where.

  3. sportstersweetie Says:

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    I carry a very small KelTec P3AT and can recommend it very highly. My husband has very large hands and at first found it a little awkward, but after a few rounds at the range, he has found he likes it quite a bit and might even get one for himself since they are so easy to conceal. Before I got the KelTec, my everday carry was a Walther PPK. It is slender, easy to conceal, and should be large enough to be comfortable for you. The PPK does have a manual safety, though. The KelTec was under $500. I got my PPK in Germany a few years back – I’m not sure how they are currently priced.

  4. Texas Pride Says:

    I carry a Smith&Wesson Military&Police compact, .40 caliber. It has no manual safety. If you carry it in a holster, the trigger is of course completely covered by the holster, therefore it is safe. Just in case, it has a hinged trigger that cannot go back unless the bottom of it is being pressed on hard enough to flatten it out. This probably doesn’t amount to much more safety than the Glock, but it’s something.

    The Springfield XD is a fine pistol as well, and I hear it has a grip safety. As a last resort, you could go with a 1911 style pistol and have the thumb safety removed by a gunsmith. They’re perfectly safe with the grip safety and heavy trigger-pull already.

    The M&P and XD are both in your price range. If your hands are pretty large, and your body is as well, you might go for the fullsized models. My next handgun is either going to be another Government 1911 or a fullsized M&P.

  5. while I carry the para ordinance “nitehawg” in .45 acp, which is the smallest high capacity .45 pistol available, But it is more than your budget. My wife carries the springfield XD compact in .45acp, and I really like it a lot. I really put it thru my tough testing and it passed with flying colors. The really cool thing about it, is that it comes with a compact 10 round magazine that fits flush for easy CCW, AND it comes with a spare 13 round magazine with grip extension so that it looks and feels like a full sized pistol. But even with the smaller mag, it fits my very large hands. It comes in a hard case with a krydex holster and It falls within your budget and even pro mag makes some excellent magazines for it.
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    Thank you for providing some information about yourself i.e. “I have big hands and want a ccw handgun”. That makes things easier! I don’t know what you mean, though, by your desire to have a gun with a safety but not a manual safety really. No big deal, though.

    I carry either a Glock 27 or a Taurus PT-145 (wife’s gun actually) on occasion. I find the PT-145 to be surprisingly comfortable to shoot to the point that I don’t mind putting lots of rounds through it at the range. It’s the only “fun” compact gun I’ve ever shot. Other people who’ve shot hers agree. This tends to make it more fun to practice with. You get the point.

    A good revolver in .38/.357 is a decent choice. Get one you don’t mind shooting, though, as you’ll need to practice relatively often.

    I would steer away from 1911 variants for CCW daily carry use (okay, everyone start hitting the thumbs down button NOW!), and here’s why. It is a single action weapon that requires it to either be carried “cocked and locked” or with the hammer down. In an emergency, you’d need to deactivate the safety OR pull the hammer back. It’s a step you don’t need with a Glock or other similar weapon. If the Glock makes you uneasy because it has no real safety, then carrying a 1911 cocked and locked should make you extremely uncomfortable. For what it’s worth, I have a Wilson 1911 that I utterly and completely love. It’s a fine weapon. However, my Glock (or her Taurus) spends more time on my hip.

    That being said, any 1911 “variant” that’s double action with a decocker is NOT a 1911. I know Springfield makes a gun like this, and i hear they’re wonderful. I’m looking at one, myself, but these aren’t really 1911’s in the classical sense.

    Keep this in mind, too. If you’re REALLY going to be carrying this thing daily, you need a gun you can live with. It needs to be something that isn’t going to rust. It needs to be something with a nice market of carry rigs that you can live with. It needs to be LIGHT ENOUGH to not bug you after 8 hours on your feet (or whatever).

    The first thing many of us jump at (me included) is a favorite brand and a favorite caliber (.45 ACP and 1911 being incredibly popular), but in a daily carry gun, especially a concealment gun, you need to have something you can live with. To me, 1911’s aren’t as easy to live with as a Glock on a daily basis. The PT-145 is just as easy to live with. I’m sure there are others, as well.

    Before you buy a gun, though, make sure it has a carry rig that is REALLY COMFORTABLE to wear in the clothes you’ll normally be wearing. I know people who have purchased high quality firearms with the intent of carrying them daily but found no good way to carry them . . . so they sit at home.

    This is simply a fact of life when your daily life includes a firearm: the comfortable .32 snubnose that you happily carry daily is better than the completely decked out HK USP that is sitting on your night stand because it’s too heavy to carry around.

    Get a gun you can live with.

  7. I will have to agree on certain points about the 1911, but my primary carry gun is a Springfield Champion 1911 witha 4″ barrel. I found a very nice shoulder rig with moulded leather and the fit is PERFECT! I carry it cocked and locked, but the safety strap slips between the hammer and the pin. I feel very comfortable when carrying it, and it has never failed me. I have put 1000’s of rounds through it without a single jam.

    The comment on the Stoeger Cougar was right on target! My wife bought me one a couple years ago for Christmas. I have big hands and the Stoeger is a nice, comfy fit! It has an ambidextrious safety, rotating hammer forged barrel and the mag release can be switched to either lefty or righty. I have the 9mm model and it shoots straight right out of the box. This was the weapon i used to qualify with for my CCP, and it outshot just about every other pistol at the range that day! You should be able to find one for around $375, and worth every penny spent.

    As for the PPK mentioned above, I had one for years(I’m a James Bond fan), but was not very happy with carrying it, as the frame is very heavy and, even though it shoots nice, it is uncomfortable for concealed carry. Also, you need to take into account the price of .32 ammunition these days. It is outrageous!!!

    For a BUG(Back Up Gun) I did choose a Walther. The P22. This subcompact pea shooter is one hell of a buy! It fits comfortably even in my big hands, is lightweight, shoots extremely straight, and has a small rail at the front for a laser(optional) Even with a laser mounted, it is easy on the draw, and was a very well thought-out weapon. The Walther fits well in a jacket pocket and is totally unnoticeable.

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