What are your 3 favorite carry guns?

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 21,280 Senior Member
Or, most commonly carried?

Carry for me is pretty utilitarian. It's gotta work and it's gotta work well in my hands. For that reason, I am a Glock fan, hands down. They accomplish both of my stipulations with aplomb.

Most often concealed carried? Glock 23c, now with 4.5" Lone Wolf barrel.

This gun fits my hand well, shoots well, and just makes sense. With 14 rounds of 155gr HST in the gun and 17 rounds in the spare mag, I feel comfortable at making an........inconvenient target to someone. It's simple and effective.

My second most carried gun is the Glock 43 with 7 rounds of Speer 124gr GD in the gun and 8 in the spare mag.

Not being a mouse gun fan.........this is about as "mouse-ish" as I go. It's small enough to easily carry unobtrusively and will make enough noise to hopefully get me out of a less than ideal situation. With a small gun comes limitations. Limitations in both range and capacity. So, thought is given as to when and why I carry this one. But, for those times I deem it necessary or practical, it's my go-to gun.

Now, my FAVORITE carry gun is not my most often carried. But, it's my favorite none the less.


"Perdition", with 11 rounds of 180gr HST in the gun and 10 in the spare mag...........she is wicked accurate (1.5" @ 50yrds) and stupid comfortable. Designed by me and purpose built by Tripp, it is my finest fighting gun. Points and shoots like an extension of my arm, the safety is crisp, the trigger light. Perfection.

But, I have a lot in her and she means a lot to me. So, she is not often carried. Just because. She is not a Bar-B-Q gun as I don't believe in them. But, she is more of a special purpose gun. And I feel no less prepared carrying the G23 in her place. But, if I feel I am likely to be facing a greater distance to a threat, that is when she gets to play. That is why I carry a heavier bullet in her.

So, what are your 3 favorite or most often carried handguns? You may expound as to why if you so choose.

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,900 Senior Member
    S&W 431 pd pocket carried

    Bulgarian Makarov concealed 5 o'clock

    G22 / G20 depending open carry / OWB

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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    My favorite is my Baer Comanche in .45acp in a Sparks Versa Max for general carry. Next for times when I need a little deeper carry a SA EMP in 9mm in a Remora holster appendix carry. My best jacket pocket choice is my Grandpa's old S&W 49 .38Special which rides in a jacket pocket and can fire from there with no problems since the shroud lets the hammer function without snagging.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,715 Senior Member
    Most often is Charter Arms 44spc, if I have to go to Miami a 1911 clone 45acp with extra mags, and open carry Ruger 3 screw Blackhawk 41 mag.

  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,038 Senior Member
    Primary carry, Model 469 Smith in 9mm. It's smaller than my 1911, but still bigger than what I really would want to carry.

    Second in pecking order, German Mauser pocket pistol bring back from WWII by my dad in .32 ACP. It worries me with such an under powered cartridge, but it carries and shoots so good!

    Third, and last (only because it's bigger than I really want to carry but I shoot it pretty well), Springfield Armory SS 1911 .45 ACP.
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,121 Senior Member
    My 43 and 26, in that order

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 20,823 Senior Member
    My 43 and 26, in that order

    How do you like the 43? I shot one last time I was in Fla, and have to say its the first Glock that I really liked. I guess it was the Gen 3 ergonomics - I previously shot a 26, and it shot competently enough, but I was like "meh". The 43 I think I could grow to love, although there's plenty of others for to try in my quest for a carry 9.
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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,121 Senior Member
    I like it!!!
    zorba wrote: »
    How do you like the 43? I shot one last time I was in Fla, and have to say its the first Glock that I really liked. I guess it was the Gen 3 ergonomics - I previously shot a 26, and it shot competently enough, but I was like "meh". The 43 I think I could grow to love, although there's plenty of others for to try in my quest for a carry 9.

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 9,088 Senior Member
    Even though they are different platforms, The Shield and Glock 43 split the duty. When in climates that call for more cloths the Commander comes along
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,454 Senior Member
    Para LW Commander 45 IWB
    Kahr PM40 pocket

    Guess I should add a third, Tie: Remington 1911R1 45/ RIA 1911 10mm, though they are a DISTANT third, which is why I can't rank one above the other.
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  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    Three of my two favorite carry guns are my Taurus 738TCP (.380ACP) and my NAA Mini-Revolver (.22WMR). Nothing else I have fits as well in my pocket.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,053 Senior Member
    XDm; SP 101; LCR
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 21,280 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Kahr CW9, and a keltec .380. Why only two favorites? I've only got two to begin with.

    Well, you have a third.............you just don't..........use it often.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,376 Senior Member
    The three I choose from most often are;
    1911 Commander
    1911 Compact
    Full size 1911

    There is a Ruger LCR that goes in the back pocket often
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  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    1 glock 19
    2 kahr pm9 Hate the trigger, but I can carry it whatever I wear.
    3 Keltec 380 Don't really love this one, but I can work all day, and have it with me. The other two not so much.
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,518 Senior Member
    Kahr P380
    Kahr PM40
    Glock 20
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,383 Senior Member
    Favorite is my full-size 1911.
    But it's too big! It's too heavy! You can't wear it with shorts/dress clothes! I've found that with a good belt and holster... it ain't a problem that can't be figured out.
    It's got decent power for a handgun, it's what I can hit with the best, controls are pretty well instinctual, it's controllable for me, and the SA trigger allows me to extract the most accuracy with admittedly infrequent live-fire practice.

    Second favorite: my Hi Power clone. It's got most all of the pluses of the 1911, only issues are the front sight isn't fiber optic, the Pachmayrs are a little "snaggy" on my cover gear, and the corners of the spare mag are sharp. I'm not concerned with the 9mm vs. .45. The trigger's a little different and takes some re-acquaintance, but on the plus side it'll fit into every holster for the 1911. Mag carriers aren't interchangeable, alas.

    Third favorite: FN Barracuda 3" .357. It needs a purpose-made holster, and the front sight's a little narrower than I like, but I was reminded how much I enjoy shooting a full-size revolver. It's got all the normal revolver issues - kinda thick, reloads take more practice than an autoloader, etc. - but I like it.

    Distant tenth: Smith and Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard. I just don't practice with a J-frame often enough for it to be more than a get-off-me-gun.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,685 Senior Member
    Kahr PM9 - 90%
    XD40SC - 8%
    Range Officer - 2%
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    Shield 9mm
    Hatfield custom CCO

    (and sometimes a Beretta 92A1...) :jester:
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  • Hondo341Hondo341 Member Posts: 448 Member
    1) Ruger LC9s Pro Heat in FL makes this a great pocket gun. Great trigger, shoots accurately, and cheap enough I don't care if it gets some bumps and bruises.

    2) Les Baer Stinger .45acp

    3) Colt Officer's SS custom job by Wilson Combat
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  • North ForestNorth Forest Member Posts: 314 Member
    1) XDs .45, extended mags, for CC

    2) XDM .45, truck gun and HD

    3) S&W 19 .357, alternate
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,781 Senior Member
    XD45 Compact, with 10 round mag and 13 round spare, IWB @3:00.

    XDs.45 in pocket (or sometimes 9mm Shield, in pocket). It prints, but who cares?

    Glock G-20 woods gun, OWB or across the chest.

    I may substitute my 4" 1911 occasionally, or a revolver, but mostly I stick to striker-fired weapons.
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    Most often carried?

    Glock 22 or 17
    Kimber SS Ultracarry (when the wife isn't looking... I "borrow" it back :devil:)
    S&W 36 Sq. Butt
    S&W 66
    S&W 29 4"

    Pretty much in that order for frequency.

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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    Hondo341 wrote: »
    1) Ruger LC9s Pro Heat in FL makes this a great pocket gun. Great trigger, shoots accurately, and cheap enough I don't care if it gets some bumps and bruises.

    2) Les Baer Stinger .45acp

    3) Colt Officer's SS custom job by Wilson Combat


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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 10,036 Senior Member
    1- old, ratty, beat up Glock 22
    2- CZ P-07 Duty
    3-Kimber Pro Carry stainless
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  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,553 Senior Member
    The gun I carried before, the one I'm carrying now, and the one I'll carry later.

    So far, all some form of 1911
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 7,299 Senior Member
    1. S&W 640. I don't like aluminum and avoid it whenever I can. The all-stainless, 25oz package does a fair job of soaking up a .357's recoil. It's surprisingly accurate to a surprising distance once you figure out how to run DAO. It can be carried without a lot of preamble.

    2. Full size 1911. It's the "old friend" I know and understand the quirks of better than "the rest of humanity".

    3. Trials starting on 4" revolvers soon. I've been shooting them a lot over the last couple years and shooting them well.

    What? "No big capacity" you say? I expect most encounters to follow the Akira Kurosawa samurai film path of draw, cut once or twice, and either go home or hit the ground in two pieces, as opposed to the Three Musketeers "filler fight" of tinking blades against each other for 20 minutes. As a wise forum member once said "I won't even go to take a piss without a reload", but I feel that a large, onboard reservoir often (not always) detracts from the shooter's ability to solve the problem quickly by giving up ergonomics for round count.

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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 6,664 Senior Member
    The PF9 is with me most of the time. 9mm in a little package that can get past in work cloths.
    Used to go 1911 so the Kimber goes along unless I know I am going to sweat and bang it around, then the old Auto Ord.
    There is no #3 carry, but I have been known to toss a carbine in the truck if things feel wierd.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    My .40 Shield, my LCP, and CA Bulldog in .44special, in that order. The Bulldog is stainless and I usually have it when at the ranch because it is easier to clean off dirt and sweat and I keep two rounds of snake shot and three bullets in it.
    snake284 wrote: »
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  • bobbyrlf3bobbyrlf3 Senior Member Posts: 2,475 Senior Member
    Primary carry sidearm is also my most recent CC purchase, an SA XD MOD 2.0 in .45acp. After carrying full-size-only for years, I decided to give myself more options for when the weather is hotter and I don't want to carry so much extra weight.

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    I carry it IWB in a Raw Dog tactical hybrid, or OWB in an Alien Gear cloak slide. The Raw Dog took some getting used to, but it's broken in now. The Alien Gear.......not so much. Just don't like it.

    I have owned an XD before, so getting used to the trigger break was quick and easy.


    It carries 10 in the compact mags, and 13 in the extended ones. I usually carry one reload, though I'll carry two when I get a double mag holder.

    Secondary is my Kimber CDP, in .45acp; this used to be my primary sidearm. It's still my go-to when I don't need deep concealment and want to be more confident about possible moderate-distance shots.


    I usually carry it OWB in a leather Avenger-style, which is easiest, but I have a Crossbreed for when I need to conceal more discretely. Either way works perfectly.
    It's plenty accurate for cc. All carry magazines hold 8 rounds. I carry 1 reload if my cover garment is just a shirt, two if I'm wearing a suit or jacket.

    Third is the FN FNP45.

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    I've become confident in my ability with this gun, mainly because it absorbs recoil so well. It is DA/SA, but the safety allows me to carry cocked-and-locked, just like my 1911. Still, I mostly keep this one at home. It's the AM General Hummer of handguns; big and heavy, with 14 and 15-round mags, so I don't carry it as much now that I have the XD as a higher capacity option. I changed out the backstrap to a flat one that came in the case with the gun.

    When I do carry it, I keep a reload on me. I have a custom Brigade Gunleather OWB for cold weather and the woods, and a Crossbreed for concealing under simple shirts.

    All three have proven accuracy and precision with these two loads, so I rotate between them about once a quarter:


    For those days when I'm feeling lucky, I may carry the GP-100, loaded with either Hornady Critical Defense or Gold Dots.

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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,690 Senior Member
    Warm weather: Model 85 Taurus, Walther PPS, Charter Arms Undercover
    Cold weather: G22, Colt 70 series, Model 57 S&W
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