What caliber fire arm do you open carry,and why?


Eidolon

Alter Kocker
https://pistol-forum.com/showthread.php?4337-Service-Caliber-Handgun-Duty-and-Self-Defense-Ammo

Anything on this list will perform satisfactorily. The guy who compiled it did some pretty extensive research on the ballistics.
Reading through his reports in that subforum will give you an education.

I carry 124 grain 9mm Speer Gold Dots. Because I happened to ask Kathy Jackson (cornered cat) "What's in your Glock right now?" and that's what she was carrying
 

richbuff

New member
"What caliber fire arm do you open carry,and why?"

10mm. Because .460 Rowland is too much gun to edc, and because factory .45 Super is loaded too low for the cartridge size, and because .40 S&W can be improved upon a lot by making the cartridge just a little bit longer, and the gun just a little bit heavier and bulkier.

If I were reasonably certain that my first shot would hit CNS, I would carry 22.
But, I am reasonably certain that my first shot will have reasonable chances of only hitting the periphery of the target, so I need something that will deliver more than ho hum psychological stopping power.

The 10mm cartridge is the largest cartridge that when loaded to efficient pressure, is not too much for the standard duty autoloader.

Glock 29 with 15 round magazine with upper-end Underwood is what I think is the optimal balance between terminal effectiveness on one hand, and ease/comfort of open or concealed carry on the other hand. I do not have license to violate the laws of physics. If I could pay a lot of extra money to get 460 Rowland performance from a gun that is smaller than a G29, I would plunk my money down.

For the sake of variety, and when I have the idea in my head that maybe I won't face the usual possible ambush threat on the street when I go on my daily brisk, hilly walk in my single family residential neighborhood, I occasionally mix it down a bit and OC my 40 Shield 1.0.

So far, so good. 25 months of walking six miles per day equals 4,560 miles and zero minutes of hospital time. Less than 24 hours of legal trouble time.

The only reason why I carry is because when I need to stop a threat immediately, I can potentially stop a threat quickly enough.
The only reason why I open carry is to save critical draw time.
 

since9

New member
"What caliber fire arm do you open carry,and why?"

10mm. Because .460 Rowland is too much gun to edc, and because factory .45 Super is loaded too low for the cartridge size, and because .40 S&W can be improved upon a lot by making the cartridge just a little bit longer, and the gun just a little bit heavier and bulkier.

If I were reasonably certain that my first shot would hit CNS, I would carry 22.

If only we all were that accurate!

But, I am reasonably certain that my first shot will have reasonable chances of only hitting the periphery of the target...

Really? How so?

...so I need something that will deliver more than ho hum psychological stopping power.

I'm fairly certainly that pretty much everything from a .380 ACP to a .44 magnum delivers roughly the same degree of "psychological stopping power" in the form of widely varying but equally alarming sharp reports.

The 10mm cartridge is the largest cartridge that when loaded to efficient pressure, is not too much for the standard duty autoloader.

What do you mean by "autoloader?"

If you're referring to the firearm itself, then pretty much every semi-automatic firearm from a .22 to a .50 is capable of handling the round it's designed to handle.

If you're referring to the device capable of loading magazines, well, then again, devices are made to fit a range of calibers.

Glock 29 with 15 round magazine with upper-end Underwood is what I think is the optimal balance between terminal effectiveness on one hand, and ease/comfort of open or concealed carry on the other hand. I do not have license to violate the laws of physics. If I could pay a lot of extra money to get 460 Rowland performance from a gun that is smaller than a G29, I would plunk my money down.

That depends mostly on the shooter. There was a time when I thought nothing of firing my .44 magnum. Then, one day, my wrist ached for a couple of days after the range. Now I'm a fan of 9 mm. I have a friend who can fire a .50 single-handed without blinking. Another, much more diminutive friend, has difficulty firing a 9 mm, so she's opted for a .38 with special loads.

So far, so good. 25 months of walking six miles per day equals 4,560 miles and zero minutes of hospital time. Less than 24 hours of legal trouble time.

The actual statistical odds of encountering a situation where one might reasonably need to use their firearm is roughly even (50%) in about 37 years. These odds do, however, vary wildly depending on your location and excursion habits.

The only reason why I carry is because when I need to stop a threat immediately, I can potentially stop a threat quickly enough. The only reason why I open carry is to save critical draw time.

I carry because I'm a bit too old to run. I open carry both for deterrent value and rapid employment. I conceal carry in situations where the threat is low and it's important for me not to alarm others as it tends to disrupt the event I'm attending.
 

richbuff

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Stepping out my door onto the sidewalk directly adjacent to my residence brought me there again, six mile walk daily, eleven and a half months later, 2,100 miles later, 42,000 blocks later. Medium-large size dog full-bore charged me from residential property directly across the street, I stopped it 12 inches or less from my feet. This time, no arrest. Blood spattered onto my pants leg cuff.
 

JimmyGuy

New member
I have two 1911,A1 45's a .38 special.357 Magnum,but when I do OC,its a M&P 40 Shield. The 1911 A1 45's are just big and heavy, and the 357,i just never carry no reason for not carrying it.
Caliber is relevant to open carry...how?
 

Michael48632

New member
I agree caliber is as individual as their choice of firearm and holster , but I carry a Kimber Custom CDP 2 in .45 cal and it is just because it is a gun and caliber I have loved since the days I was in the Army .
 

tinytank

New member
I was pretty confused over what caliber arm I wanted to open carry. Took me a good year to find one I was comfortable enough to carry around with me. Its been a year and I keep the S&W TRRS DA/SA Revolver with me at all times!
 

defcon4

Member
I am old school. I carried the .45 in the Military for almost 10 years and find no need to change what ain't broke. I am presently carrying a Ruger P345. It has been a very reliable and accurate companion. Bought it when it was a brand new model and first hit my dealers shelf. Loved the 1911 but it became too heavy for this old fart.
 

corneileous

Member
Since times have changed since my first post to this thread, the only time I open carry is when I’m out in the woods so for that, I chose 10mm. 220 grain full power hard casts, or 165 grain full power solid copper extreme penetrators for protection against four-legged predators. Sure, 44 mag probably would be better but the only 44 magnum semi auto that I can think of is a desert eagle and even though that’s a nice pistol, and would love to have one, that was a lot more expensive than my Sig P220 Elite. Just don’t really care for revolvers.

But I’m still trying to figure out why it even matters what caliber you choose for open carry because whether you open carry or conceal carry, the caliber really shouldn’t matter. I mean, I guess I could see some importance in it because if you open carry and if you’re not concerned about concealing your handgun, that means that you can very easily carry a full-size pistol which means that it’ll handle the larger calibers better which means that a full-size pistol will be a lot easier to shoot and will hold more ammunition. Some people might struggle with a compact, short-barreled 45 with only a 3 inch barrel that would be ideal for concealed carry but they could be dead on balls accurate with a full-size 1911 that’s chambered in 45 so I would think whatever you could shoot the best in, go for that. Take Advantage of carrying a full-size pistol and shoot the largest caliber you can that you’re accurate with.


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gtr1963

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I carry the P320 carry in 9mm and switch out my Astra A100 in 9mm
 

tinytank

New member
40 calibre XDM for me. It's exactly what an open carry gun should be. It's light and doesn't look incredibly intimidating as well.
 

corneileous

Member
40 calibre XDM for me. It's exactly what an open carry gun should be. It's light and doesn't look incredibly intimidating as well.

Any gun’s intimidating...lol. As far as light, I dunno but I believe if you’re gonna open carry that you should carry no more than a full-size pistol because concealing it normally isn’t an issue and then you get the benefit of most rounds carried along with better accuracy and better control because it’s a bigger gun with a longer barrel.

If I was to open carry, I’d be carrying either my 45 or 40 full-size beretta PX4 or even irregardless of how heavy my fully stainless Sig P220 10mm is, I’d probably be carrying it sometimes as well but because that one works too much like a 1911 and since I’m not a fan of having to carry it cocked and locked in an urban environment, that’s why it wouldn’t be part of my carry rotation. The only reason I am ok with carrying it that way is because of what I bought it for, which was for protection against four-legged predators out in the woods.


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corneileous

Member
And I suppose you think that Hillary Clinton has a long and bright future in the adult film industry.
Her and the porn industry never even crossed my mind but it’s funny how they did yours enough to mention something like that but I’m still waiting for an explanation on why you shouldn’t open carry an ugly gun…..
 

G50AE

Active member
Her and the [adult film] industry never even crossed my mind but it’s funny...

Yeah, that's what happens when Hunter Biden runs out of hookers. He gets Nancy Pelosi to include a pork-barrel line item in the defense spending authorization bill. And speaking of Bill, he's ok with this so long as he does not have to view the finished product.
 

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