Originally posted by thexsword
So I will be 21 soon, and I plan on trying for my CCW. I have weapons already, and experience as well, but I do not own any that I would want to
carry on me everyday. I was wondering what your preferred choice in a compact handgun to carry on daily basis would be. I will need help choosing so
please show your input, it would be much appriciated.
There are a number of things you should consider when buying a CCW gun.
I have carried a gun CCW for almost 20 years for protection and work. I carry a number of guns depending on the conditions and requirments. For daily
wear you want a light to mid weight gun. Also I live in Florida and it is hot and hard to conceal a big old 1911 45acp in my shorts.
Daily I carry a Smith & Wesson 386PD in.357 magnum. It is a lightweight only 18 oz’s loaded, 7 shot and it conceals easy. Now being a revolver this
is a good gun to start off with. But the down side is going to be the felt recoil. This gun is a strict carry gun and I don’t shoot it a lot. It
kicks like a beast.
Sometimes I carry a Glock 26 , compact 9mm , it weighs a little more but I have more ammo capacity. The gun comes with a 10 round mag but I carry the
15 round G19 mags with a grip extension. But if you are new to guns an automatic may be more trouble than they are worth. If you don’t give the gun
enough resistance when firing the gun may not cycle.
I also carry a full size Glock 17 in 9mm for my work. It has 17 rounds of 9mm. I even have 33 round mags for it. Some will say 9mm does not have
enough stopping power but if you get the right round and you place the round correctly on the target you should not have a problem.
I also have a SW 340PD in .357 it is a 5 shot and it is hammerless and it works great in my pocket.
I also have a SIG 232 in .380 auto. This is a nice little gun with a thin profile but a small round.
My wife carries a SIG 239 in 9mm for self defense and work. It is a 9 shot automatic. It has a slim grip which works for my wife.
For an automatic a Glock is a great gun for a beginner. Stick with there mid sized guns like the G19 or G23 they are not to big or not to small. Also
you can never go wrong with a SIG but they require a little more training but still a great gun.
For a revolver I would stay with Smith & Wesson, Ruger, or Colt. Get a .357 because you can always put .38 ammo in it but if you get a .38 you can’t
put .357 in it. I would get a hammerless SW 340. You can get it in standard weight, air weight, or Scandium the lightest. This is one of the easiest
to conceal handguns by just dropping it in your pocket. Plus it is a J frame weapon and it is the most widely carried revolver in the US. They make so
much for this gun in the way of holsters and other stuff.
Now other things to think about is your weather. I live in Florida so I try to buy stainless steel guns to prevent rust. Also the weather determines
what you can wear and how you can conceal your gun. Again in Florida it takes some creative thinking to effectively conceal your gun. I have inside
the waist holsters, Pancake holsters, shoulder holsters, ankle holsters, fanny packs, vest, pocket holsters, planner holsters. If you wear a belt
holster you need to get a good thick and stiff belt to secure your holster.
Also a gun is part of the solution, you also need ammo. Get good Self defense ammo by a name brand company. I love Mag Safe ammo, great wound
ballistics and low recoil. Also good old Winchester HydroShocks are great self defense rounds for Florida, But these rounds don’t work so well in
Cooler areas where people where heavy jackets. You might want Speer Gold Dot, Remington Golden Saber, Or the Ranger SXT/AKA the Black Talon. Other
good self defense ammo is Corbon and Glasser Safety Slugs. Rounds like mag Safe and the Glasser safety slugs are good inside a house or trailer or
thin walled dwelling the do not over penetrate. That is a big reason I carry Mag Safe because I have children and if some one gets in my house I want
to reduce the risk to my family.
I could go on and on.
If anyone has any other question or comments feel free to drop me a line.