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
    1,825

RoperJ109

New member
I generally carry a 45 but also have a commander in 38 Super that gets some travel time.

John
 

ohio pat

New member
another option

Don't know if anyone has seen this or shot it yet, but I think this might be my nest purchase.
SIG SAUER
The pistol disassembles in just a few seconds into its constituent parts, and the entire metal chassis of the gun — the serialized part that is technically the “firearm” in the eyes of the ATF — slides completely free of the frame. You can have an arsenal of different options from 9mm / .357SIG / .40S&W (.45 Coming Soon), and you can change barrel length and frame size to go from sub-compact, compact and full size. All pretty cool, if you only consider it as one gun that's just adaptable to whatever your current carry needs or ammo availability are; but the thing I like is the money you can save on q-tips trying to clean gun that don's come apart like this.

I own several Glock pistols, Versions 1, 2 and 3. I have found out that Wolf makes after market barrels for the Glock pistols. If you own a version prior to the 4the generation in 40 cal, you can buy barrels for the 357 sig and the 9mm that will fit into your compatct 40 cal glock 23 or your 40 cal glock 27.

I have found this to be enjoyable to fire my 40 cal 23 using my 9mm barrel (of course you have to use a 9mm magazine with the 9mm barrel, and use the 40 cal magazine with your 357 sig barrel)

You can save money by using the 9mm change in your 40 cal Glock.

Just some a simple method to save on range cost.

thanks

pat
 

whodat2710

New member
I own several Glock pistols, Versions 1, 2 and 3. I have found out that Wolf makes after market barrels for the Glock pistols. If you own a version prior to the 4the generation in 40 cal, you can buy barrels for the 357 sig and the 9mm that will fit into your compatct 40 cal glock 23 or your 40 cal glock 27.

I have found this to be enjoyable to fire my 40 cal 23 using my 9mm barrel (of course you have to use a 9mm magazine with the 9mm barrel, and use the 40 cal magazine with your 357 sig barrel)

You can save money by using the 9mm change in your 40 cal Glock.

Just some a simple method to save on range cost.

thanks

pat

If you didn't check out the P320 pics, the best part (since I couldn't afford multiple barrels or frames anyway) is the ability to clean it thoroughly. I know for a fact that no matter how much I clean my pistols, without submerging them in a solvent there are places I can't clean well without complete disassembly. It looks like you could not only get to everything better, but you could actually drop the whole assembly in a mild solvent if needed and not worry about damaging you frame, the bluing on your barrel or slide, etc. you could definitely use a can of spray solvent with a nozzle to get every nook and cranny. I like the assurance that a potential malfunction from lack of thorough cleaning would be greatly reduced too.
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Upgrading the trigger (if needed) would be a snap too.
 

MHas

New member
I carry a condition 2 Ruger SR22 every day as my ccw. I can put 148 out of 150 rounds in a 6" circle at 50'. I prefer accuracy over firepower. Anyone who say a .22 "is to small or has no stopping power" can volunteer as a test subject and we can answer this age old question. A liability waiver will need to be signed! I once heard "stopping power" is when you start shooting someone with any size bullet, they will STOP what they're doing. For anyone who's ever been shot at, did you ever stop and think about what caliber firearm was shooting at you while rounds are flying towards you? I feel that unloading 11 .22 rounds center mass is enough to stop anyone. .
 

cluznar

New member
Very good MHas I see another person who realizes that small calibers can be very lethal if needed. I carry .32 acp and find it to be accurate and easy to get shots off also. People should not overlook .22lr, .22mag, and .32 acp as carry guns, or also as home defense. Bravo Bravo!
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MHas

New member
I guess if I only had one bullet, I'd want a big one. Since I have 10+1 on my 4 o'clock and 2 full spare mags on my 8 o'clock, I think .22 cal. rounds will be. I only carry 2 spare mags when I'm out with my daughter and my duty to retreat is made impossible because of a baby stroller or carrying a 2 year old. I like to know I have the ability to lay down suppressive fire and get my daughter to safety. If I'm alone or out with the wife I just carry 10+1 no extra mags. My wife always carries my S&W M&P 9MM in her zebra print holster purse. For her I prefer her to have a larger caliber. She may only get one shot. I can't picture her unloading the full mag. If she ever had to use her sidearm I know she'd freeze after the first shot. It's a good thing she always hits the bull first shot. After that she thinks the recoil is effecting her aim even though she's taking 3-5 seconds between shots.
 

cluznar

New member
MHas have her try a .380 with good defensive ammo like Corbon Pwrball. Less recoil and low muzzle blast. The Beretta PICO is out now, that is a .380 which you can also buy a .32 acp barrel for. Another gun she might like is a Ruger LCR in .22 Mag which will get people off you. The more she feels comfortable with a gun and is not bothered by the recoil the better she will shoot. I bet if you let her train with your .22 that she will shoot as good as you before long.

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MHas

New member
she loves shooting my .22 but her brother is in the army and has her convinced she needs large caliber rounds. she originally wanted a .40 cal but i talked her into settling for the 9mm. she's stubborn. she wouldn't even let me buy her the s&w m&p shield, she had to have the full size. i was thinking about getting myself s&w bodyguard but after firing it and seeing how shitty the accuracy was even at 7yrds not sure if i want my life depending on it. im not really a fan of the 6+1 either. it just feels so nice to hold and i'm a really big fan of the built in laser.
 

whodat2710

New member
she loves shooting my .22 but her brother is in the army and has her convinced she needs large caliber rounds. she originally wanted a .40 cal but i talked her into settling for the 9mm. she's stubborn. she wouldn't even let me buy her the s&w m&p shield, she had to have the full size. i was thinking about getting myself s&w bodyguard but after firing it and seeing how shitty the accuracy was even at 7yrds not sure if i want my life depending on it. im not really a fan of the 6+1 either. it just feels so nice to hold and i'm a really big fan of the built in laser.
What you need to think about is that most times, a larger gun of the same caliber will actually have less recoil than a smaller one. A .380 pocket pistol (I carry one as a back-up) is at best "snappy". A 9mm subcompact (my LC9 for example) has more felt recoil than my full size 9mm. It's just physics. Less felt recoil will help a novice shooter in many ways.
 

MHas

New member
That's good to know. I'll have to test that out. The gun store I goto does try before you buy. I'll have to test a bunch out. I only tested a few last time. There's no limit on testing. You just have to buy the ammo.
 

ET

Banned
In my 53 years in law enforcement and currently remaining a Ohio State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and NRA firearms instructor I stress the point of "if a firearm is too heavy to carry all the time, then you have the wrong firearm."

My every day carry handgun is the smith and wesson model 340PD, If you are not familiar with it, please do a google search for it, if you wonder if my statements come from a person with credentials that are real, please google me.

thanks

pat
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Im guessing, because you quoted me, you are talking to me.... While I initially thank you for your input. Do you really think you are going to strongly stress, that my choice might be the wrong choice? After 50 years of combined combat action, and continued civilian carry, that after all these years, and the thousands of round that I have fired for both competition and qualification, that at this point in my life, with money not being a concern, that I would choose a bucket list weapon, that was not the absolute best advantage for me..." FOR ME "... my choice, not what some guy on an internet forum, who does not know me, nor my qualifications, or my ability to handle the weapon, , and then be so condescending as to suggest that someone he does not know might be carrying the wrong weapon. You might suggest that to a guy looking for " Help " to choose a weapon. I did not come here looking for help, I came here to share 70 years of my life experiences, which include 52 years of weapons experience, combat actions, and civilian carry.
I've been doing this a very long time as well. Kimber Ultra Carry II 45 ACP ( combat defense package ) 25 oz. 4.5 actual trigger pull.

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Specifications

Caliber: .45 ACP
Height (inches) 90° to barrel: 4.75
Weight (ounces) with empty magazine: 25
Length (inches): 6.8
Magazine capacity: 7
Ambidextrous thumb safety
Carry melt
Recoil spring (pounds): 18.0
Full-length guide rod

Frame

Material: Aluminum
Finish: Matte black
KimPro II™ frame finish
Width (inches): 1.28
Front strap checkering
Checkering under trigger guard

Slide

Material: Stainless steel
Finish: Satin silver

Barrel

Length (inches): 3
Material: Steel, match grade
Twist rate (left hand): 16
Ramped

Sights

Meprolight Tritium 3-dot night sight, fixed
Radius (inches): 4.8

Grips

Rosewood
Double diamond
Crimson Trace Laser grips
Kimber logo

Trigger
Premium aluminum, match grade
Factory setting (approximate pounds): 4.0 - 5.0
 

dodax2

New member
I have the M&P Shield 9mm. Very accurate and easy to shoot and control. Low recoil. I go to get my concealed carry permit the 24th at the range I go to. I will use the Shield as my carry weapon. I also have a 22 target pistol, and a Smith and Wesson 32 that was my grandfather and my dad's. Never shot it but I know my dad shot it when he was alive. For home defence, a 12 ga. shotgun pump. Just hope I never have to use any of them.
 

mtnsniper

Coastie
.45, 9mm, .22

I've carried lots of firearms over the 40+ yrs that I've been carrying. .45, 9mm, .22; although also .32. Am contemplating a Sig P938...that's the next pistol for me. Might also be a backup...
 

JAORE

New member
I'm quite happy with my Sig 290RS. Shoots well - the only weakness is the guy holding the weapon - conceals well and recoil is fine with the 9mm.
 

Muzzyuser

New member
New to this forum...
Also new to CCW...
Have a S&W 9mm semi and Ruger .357 revolver...
I voted 9MM but am currently looking for something a little smaller to IWC. Shot a G26 last weekend but still looking.

Answers are all over the place? Kind of like the Ford/ Chevy/Dodge truck preference...
 

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