What's The Most Popular Concealed Weapon Handgun Caliber?

What is your favorite Concealed Weapon Handgun Caliber?

  • .22

    Votes: 19 1.0%
  • .32

    Votes: 18 1.0%
  • .357

    Votes: 78 4.3%
  • .38 Special

    Votes: 137 7.5%
  • .380

    Votes: 259 14.2%
  • .40 S&W

    Votes: 446 24.4%
  • .41 Magnum

    Votes: 3 0.2%
  • .45 ACP

    Votes: 386 21.2%
  • 9mm

    Votes: 690 37.8%
  • 10mm

    Votes: 16 0.9%

  • Total voters


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So we've have the poll about which are the most popular concealed carry handgun so now I'd like to see which calibers are the most popular.

I know I only started with a few. I can't possibly post every caliber possibly so please if you don't see your caliber just post it to this thread.

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The 45 is a favorite of mine, and I have four handguns in that caliber. But when weather and clothing doesn't allow for a large gun, it's going to be the LCP that I carry.:redface:


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I carry a G36SF .45ACP and a Kel-Tech 9mm PF-9

Sorry for the edit.

I also wanted to add the .38 Special as a caliber, since lots of us carry a little snub nose .38 in the summer.
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220 and XD45 in .45.
226, 250 and XD9 in 9mm
Jericho in .40
238, 230 or Colt Mustang in .380

The 220 gets carried the most.


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I voted for .45. Even though I carry .38 SPL +P about 90% of the time. Unfortunately, it wasn't on the list.


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What about the .38 spl + P? I know over penitration is a issue but with the proper defense ammo it should not be a problem. Im sorry but when I think of CCing I think of my Ruger LCR. Perfect conceal gun!!


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I shoot 9mmP much better in IDPA than I shoot .40 or .45. I'm both noticably faster and significantly more accurate with 9mm, so both my main every day carry guns (G19/G26) are 9mmP. I carry one or the other as an EDC.

When nothing else can be concealed, I carry the .380 LCP. But I have a standing order for the first LC9 my local dealer gets in his store. I won't sell the LCP when I get the LC9, but the Walther PPK/S will be traded in on it because I will no longer have a use for it.



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Carry Caliber

Donald, I must disagree with you on the .45 kicking like a mule. I used to shoot in Combat Competition, and one of the best gunhands was a 12-year old kid we called 'Fly. He weighed 90 lbs, soaking wet with rocks in his pockets, and he could rap off 8 rounds and do a tactical reload so fast, you thought he had a 15 round mag. I don't know what the problem is that you have trouble with the recoil of .45 ACP, unless you have a very light weapon. Now, I have a Springfield Armory XD-45 that is comfortably light, but the slide is heavy on a composite frame. The felt recoil is easy to handle. I would recommend getting together with a good instructor. He might be able to help you overcome your problem.

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Can't beat the 45! My PM45 goes everywhere with me. I voted .45 SPC since 45 ACP was not on the list...:biggrin:

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