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Guess Im old school. It’s been a 38 snubby since 1976 ( although I rarely carried much in the 80s…….. moved to a better part of the state.)
Started up again in the 90s……..same snubby.
Upgraded to a 642 a while back and love it……..pocket carry…….and that’s 80-90% of my carry time. The rest is a GP 100 (3 inch) OWB at 330 when in the woods, hiking, or going someplace……………....weird………like say………..Portland.
 

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My problem is I have too many that I can carry. I used to always carry 1911's in govt model or commander configurations. I still do sometimes, but not as often as I used to. Now I kind of rotate between a S&W 642, 640 PC or Sig P365. I grew up shooting DA revolvers and have gravitated back to them in the last few years. I carry the Smiths in a pocket holster and the P365 in an OWB leather holster.
 

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I was introduced to a single-action revolver with 22 short ammo in 1952. The Navy introduced me to the 1911 in 1962. Most of my carry handguns are revolvers and government model 1911s.
 

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I can't remember everything I've carried. Started out with a PM9, then went to a 357 LCR, had a Caracal C, Glock 19 (didn't have it long at all), 2.5" model 66 Smith, M&P 40c, CZ P01, CZ 2075 Rami (my least favorite/most uncomfortable). It's seems I'm still forgetting a few.

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I went in the opposite direction from most arthritis hampered old guys. While I have owned pistols from 1970 to date I did not EDC until 2011. I bought a LC9, then replaced it with a LC9s. I replaced that with a LCP II. Three years I went to a hand specialist doctor who prescribed hand therapy to strengthen my hand. The therapist gave me several exercises to do at least 2 times a day. I do them 3 or 4 times a day. My hand strength was greatly improved and my arthritis advance has slowed down. Two years ago I made a decision to go for higher capacity in light od the mass shootings. I now carry a Security 9 Compact with either a 10 or 15 round magazine. I can rack it as long as I remember to use both hands going in opposite directions. So I went from smaller and lighter to bigger and heavier.
 

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For me, not for others, cause I only barely know my own self.... from the time I was small "a handgun's job should be limited to getting you to a rifle in a pressure situation"
Now, I never strictly adheared to this, I enjoy pistols. But the phrase has always been in my head. Along with "only idiots run toward gun fire" but that's another topic.....

Real-life self defense videos suggest that outside of on-duty enforcement uses, swapping guns or even magazines is less than a 1% chance.
 

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Real-life self defense videos suggest that outside of on-duty enforcement uses, swapping guns or even magazines is less than a 1% chance.
Those videos are a carefully curated or self-selected sample. The analogy is that a lot of tacticool advice is flawed because it imagines only a narrow subset of the infinite possibilities.

The broader cross-section of experience is that more than 98% of self-defense uses of a firearm do not involve firing a shot. A majority of the remainder are one-shot "stops" (because the bad guys run).
 

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Almost full circle - started with G17, then SR9c to LC9s to LCP Custom to Kimber Micro 9 and now considering a Kimber Ultra Carry II. Basically started large to small and working my way back to larger and heavier.
The pendulum swings.

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I'm a retired LE. I have many handguns of all calibers and design. My interests change often. But my off duty carry gun for the last 30 years has been a Glock 23, Gen. 2. That firearm is just my tool. It's reliable and durable. It's dinged up and holster worn but it's always done the job and I know it like the back of my hand.
And knowing it like the back of your hand is very important. Nothing like an old friend.

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I've gone full circle it seems. XD Compact, Walther P99c, LCR, M&P Full size. I've seemed to settled in on the Shield 2.0 for now. For whatever reason I shoot a single stack 9 very well and they seem to carry more comfortably with the thinner grip. Almost as good as the M&P full size. I'll switch back and forth between the flat base plate at 7+1 and the extended 8+1 depending on situation. It just seems to fit my hand very well. I would probably like 1911's because I seem to like a more slender grip, but have never really gone down that rabbit hole.
 

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Lead, you are going to love the CW9 more as time goes by. It is a favorite of mine and very accurate. Don't worry, none of the non LEOs here have done a tactical reload when they ran out of ammo from a single stack 9 during CC. Just don't deliver any warrants!
I believe you're right. I've had a PM9 and still own a CM9. They've always pointed naturally for me and have been very accurate. The CW9 conceals exactly the same as my CM9 with a pinky extension, but is more comfortable to shoot and you get that extra barrel length and sight radius. I absolutely love it.

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I've gone full circle it seems. XD Compact, Walther P99c, LCR, M&P Full size. I've seemed to settled in on the Shield 2.0 for now. For whatever reason I shoot a single stack 9 very well and they seem to carry more comfortably with the thinner grip. Almost as good as the M&P full size. I'll switch back and forth between the flat base plate at 7+1 and the extended 8+1 depending on situation. It just seems to fit my hand very well. I would probably like 1911's because I seem to like a more slender grip, but have never really gone down that rabbit hole.
To me, a pistol that feels natural to you is a very important factor in concealed carry. When they're also comfortable to carry, that's icing on the cake. I don't mind sacrificing a few rounds in the magazine for a pistol that is comfortable to carry and puts rounds on target from a natural point of aim.

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