a reply to: Grovit
Just to throw my 2 Cents in; please take no offense, I'm just trying to be helpful. The Glock 23 is probably the best bet for concealed carry; I'm
looking to get one, but I haven't had a chance to shoot one yet. I have small hands, but my friends with big hands love it. I'm not a technical
kind of person, but from what I've read, Glock has incorporated a recoil spring in their firearms which reduces "barrel whip" which is a real
problem with a lot of the smaller automatics. I didn't like the Beretta at all and I'm unsure of the quality control on the Taurus.
Now, in the interests of full disclosure, my "every day", "around the neighborhood", (I live in the country), Concealed Carry weapon is a Ruger
SP101, hammer-less, with 21/4 inch barrel. I use a fanny pack holster to conceal carry. Its a 5 shot, .357 Magnum that also takes .38 and .38+P. For
defense, I use the .38+P Black Talon ammo. Getting used to a "snubby" is a real challenge, but the Ruger SP101 makes it a lot easier to practice,
because...like a lot of the Ruger products, it's counter weighted on the barrel end to reduce recoil.
When I go to the "big city"; or hiking or hunting, my concealed carry weapon is a Ruger GP 100, six shot, .357 magnum, (.38 and .38 +P), 4 inch
barrel. That weapon requires a shoulder holster for conceal, and I have two rigs, one leather, (for dress) and one "tactical" black web for hot and
humid conditions (hiking/hunting).
Question would be, and I'm sure a lot of people will want to disagree with me, which is fine...why "Wheel Guns"? Answer is simple...reliability.
I put a bullet in a Ruger GP 100 or SP101, and I know...its gonna fire. I have spent hundreds of hours on shooting ranges practicing with my
firearms and I can't tell you the number of times I've watched disappointed owners of automatics whose guns have jammed up. I watch them pound
their weapons trying to dislodge bullets and free up the mechanisms; all to no avail. Automatics are great weapons...if you diligently clean them
twice after every use. But even then...after cleaning one, you have to fire a round to be sure its working.
Its a personal preference I guess.
Before you buy...rent and shoot and get a feel for the different firearms available. Most of all, once you've found your "mate", practice,
As a last note, I'd let you know, that for #hits and giggles, I like to practice at the range with a "single action" .22, revolver, ten shot. Not
something you would want for self defense, but...its a lot of fun and one of the strangest things is that the .22 is the weapon of choice of a lot of
snipers and assassins. I am not a sniper, nor am I an assassin, but there are also a lot of competitions for that weapon. Fun!