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Just passed my CCW class Sunday. Two days earlier, I purchased my first pistol. I ended up getting a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. The gun is pretty small and should be easy to conceal. Just curious what everyone else carries. I think my next purchase is going to be a Glock 21 .45 caliber. I'm going to try and find someone who has one so I can shoot it to make sure I like it.
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Was carrying a G30s, but wanted more ammunition and less recoil and more handle (30s has short handle with 9rd magazine). Now primarily carry a G23. Just bought a G21 and will carry that every now and again most likely.
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I too have a M&P Shield 9mm.
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Was carrying a G30s, but wanted more ammunition and less recoil and more handle (30s has short handle with 9rd magazine). Now primarily carry a G23. Just bought a G21 and will carry that every now and again most likely.
What is the difference between the G23 and G21? Just size, or caliber as well?
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I too have a M&P Shield 9mm.
Do you like yours? I have two different magazines for it; an 8+1 and a 7+1 I believe. Also, what holster do you have? That is the next thing I need to look for.
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Do you like yours? I have two different magazines for it; an 8+1 and a 7+1 I believe. Also, what holster do you have? That is the next thing I need to look for.
Honestly, I have only shot it a handful of times and have owned it for well over a year. I have a cheap holster that I can't even remember where I got but I rarely use it. I need to buy one that fits the pistol better and carries better. I have been looking at the Raw Dog holsters though. They seem to get good reviews. I may pick one up and give it a try.
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Yep Gen 4 Glock 23. Used to carry a S&W until I bought his two years ago.
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I carried a commander sized Sig Sauer 1911 for the past year. I just recently switched to carrying a Sig P229. 15+1 in the weapon plus two more 15rd mags on my hip.

I'm a huge Sig fanboy and 1911 lover obviously^ and a big fan of S&W as well, especially the whole M&P line of pistols and rifles. I'm not a fan of Blocks however. They're trusty guns but man they just feel like crap in the hand. I don't get all the hype over them. I'd prefer a Sig or S&W any day.
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I carry a G19 but will be getting a M&P shield 9 real soon.
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Can someone explain to me what a 1911 means? My instructor said he always carries his best gun, which he called a 1911.
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Can someone explain to me what a 1911 means? My instructor said he always carries his best gun, which he called a 1911.
A model 1911 is the year the colt .45 auto went into mass production in its final design. Many arms manufacturer's now produce their own model 1911 design but under their name. Auto ord, S&W, Kimber to name a few.
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I carry a 4" S&W 686 .357
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Originally Posted by dannyz View Post
A model 1911 is the year the colt .45 auto went into mass production in its final design. Many arms manufacturer's now produce their own model 1911 design but under their name. Auto ord, S&W, Kimber to name a few.
Thanks for explaining that.
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Originally Posted by Rise of the Phoenix View Post
Can someone explain to me what a 1911 means? My instructor said he always carries his best gun, which he called a 1911.
An M1911 is a handgun chambered in .45acp designed by John Browning that was the standard issue side arm for U.S. armed forces from 1911 to 1986. With the rise of lighter polymer guns with higher mag capacity, many see the 1911 as outdated. Others see it as one of the greatest handguns of all time and believe it is still a viable combat side arm. It is a very good looking gun, with amazing ergonomics and is a joy to shoot. It has a reputation for its amazing single action trigger, great accuracy, and the .45acp round. Personally I'm a huge fan of them. I've never held a gun that felt so good in my hand, had such a perfect trigger, and was so easy to shoot accurately with (the only ones that have come really close for me are Sig P series guns). Been around for over 100 years and been through several wars so it has stood the test of time and proven itself as a great gun. Feel free to google it yourself to get more info. The ONLY reason I switched from carrying a 1911 to a P229 was because I wanted to carry something with more round capacity in light of recent events.
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^^^ Appreciate it! I was looking a some of the Sig Sauer guns, and damn, they are expensive. I'm not sure why I can't get into a hobby that isn't so damn expensive.
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^^^ Appreciate it! I was looking a some of the Sig Sauer guns, and damn, they are expensive. I'm not sure why I can't get into a hobby that isn't so damn expensive.
I completely feel your pain about expensive hobbies lol. A lot of Sigs are expensive, but they do have some more budget friendly options. Specifically the P320 and the SP2022 have become extremely popular and for good reason. Great guns.
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I carry a Glock 21. It usually prints a little, but printing isn't illegal as long as it's covered up. I'd rather have full size accuracy and capacity than a smaller framed .45, although my glock 30 was very accurate as well. Come January I'll be open carrying in a thigh holster.
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I like the M&P sheild in a 9.

Also do like the sig p290
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Originally Posted by Rise of the Phoenix View Post
What is the difference between the G23 and G21? Just size, or caliber as well?
My bad. I meant G19. I carry the 23 now, bought a 19 and will carry that here and there too.
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Just got a Kahr CM40 (.40 cal).......friggin thing is tiny. Front pocket of jeans is easy, or back pocket. Without printing.

Got tired of carrying my big *** (full size) Colt .45.

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