Size (and weight) can make a big difference in whether a gun is comfortable to carry for most people. Dependability and caliber are the other main factors for me. Most times one has to compromise to a certain extent because there is no perfect gun for every occasion. Whether you favor large or a smaller caliber though, any gun is better than no gun, and practice whenever possible can make a big difference on how you shoot.
Hope Ruger takes a look at this Thread. If they would do a little polling they could see what they need to produce to sell all us that carry. All the criteria listed is important but its interesting to see the 4 most important ones. Thanks to everyone for participating.
Seems like they're only taking input from college graduates who don't shave yet....all America is catering to the Baby Boomers, who are the biggest buying group today...Ruger?...nope....it'll show up on their bottom line, and soon....
Size and weight, it's a CCW after all, not an hand cannon!
Caliber, call me a snob but I won't use anything other than a .45. Of course .357 and .40 will do the job as well. 9mm and smaller it just does not make the cut IMHO.
My new CCW is a m-5 Ultra carry x. It's a 1911 with 10 rounds and an overall legth of 7". 1911s are also the semi-auto I am most familiar with, having shot them a lot, gunsmithing, customizing. I also like the fact that it's a SA, so the first and the last shot are always the same! Oh did I mention it's a 1911?
I went with dependability as #1 and ability to shoot it well as #2. Didn't really have a #3. I carry quite a few different guns. Everything from my fairly ugly KelTec to a full size XD & Sig. And to me they're all durable.
Big weight and size difference ( and price ). But I agree, you have to be sure it's going to go bang.