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Old 01-20-2017, 10:28 PM
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Dont think i have found my perfect carry gun but have found some that come darn close for my purposes. My lcp w/ crimson trace laser is my go to carry gun. Kahr K9 is my second most carried. My Glock 19 is probably next in line.
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If I can have only one of my guns as the most perfect it has to be my Shorty Forty. Serial number 36 of the Paul Lebinberger design that the corporate big wigs said couldn't be built until he brought it to the next Board meeting.







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I have been searching for over 40 years for the perfect one and only CCW pistol, but as others have stated, it doesn't exist. I narrowed it down to 2 handguns, maybe 3.
The S&W 640 J frame in 357 mag.
The S&W Shield (I have one in 9mm)
When visiting high crime areas, the CZ 75B PCR.
My personal opinion, I aspire to the 3-3-3 rule; 3 shots in 3 seconds within 3 yards. (I used to think and say 3 feet, but I have adjusted my thinking as 3 feet is awfully close)
I am not a LEO, security professional or in any high level threat position; merely a mortal soul looking to protect my butt......
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Old 01-27-2017, 09:20 AM
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When I posted way back on page 1, I didn't even realize the OP asked about carry guns.

I bought a S&W 642 over 20 years ago, and have been happy with that choice for carry ever since. Ommmm
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CZ-75 Compact 9mm 14+1
SA Champion 45acp 8+1
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For the last 5+ years for me it's been an M&P 9c with thumb safety, 17 rounds with x-grip, in a Galco horsehide tuckable. I've tried revolvers and other calibers but this seem to work for me the best.
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The best I found was the Colt Commander. I liked it in either .45 or .38 Super, though generally I leaned toward the .45 since I used to shoot a few rounds just about anytime I had the chance. Was loathe to lose my Super brass, which was much harder to come by back then.
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I'd say my Bodyguard except that I still think it's a tad under powered, low on rounds, and I had to spend a decent amount on aftermarket parts just to "fix" the factory trigger.

So, maybe it's not the Bodyguard even though I carry it 5 days a week. It's not my Glock either, despite my love for it. Just a bit too fat and heavy.

I'd have to guess it's somewhere along the lines of a Sig Sauer P938 or maybe even a Walther PPS(v1)? I've held both but shot neither. Both seem like the right weight and size, plus 9mm, but only actual carry reveals the qualities of a gun that keep it in my rotation. I'm more citical of these things as I get older.
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Nope, I've tried to find the perfect pistol for over 50 years, still looking. But now I carry a 638 for social work & a No. American 22 with snake shot When out in the woods. Both are good but not perfect.
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:31 AM
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Since retiring from LE, I have tried every year as we come up on annual qualifications to cut down to just four. I think I've pretty well decided on the four I carry most often; M&P 340, 640-1, Shield .45, Glock 19. The 340 M&P gets the call a very large portion of the time, with the Shield being a close second.

This year, the 640-1 may get assigned to safe duty as I'm about to buy a new Model 66 2 3/4" .357 magnum. It's getting a little easier to decide as I get older and more used to comfort while maintaining capability, but I still find that different modes of dress, activity planned and locations dictate the choice for the day.
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Old 01-28-2017, 12:49 AM
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Glock 36. Single stack of 6 + 1 230gr HST with ridiculous reliability gives me peace of mind.
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There ain't much wrong with the model 3913...

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Summer - Ruger LCP
Winter - Ruger LC9s
Other CZ 75D ( PCR )
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No. And I plan to keep on looking. And looking. And looking . . ..
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Yes I have. The Colt commander (04692) is the perfect handgun. With the right holster and belt it is comfortable to carry. I am for the most part a mediocre shot but with this weapon I can actually hit what I aim at out to 25 yards.
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I'd have to say that my new model 69 with the 2.75 inch barrel is a real contender here. Lots of versatility since I can use holsters I already have for my 686 and the variety of ammunition it can handle.
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Well after 10 years and 15 or so guns I've come full circle started out with a Model 37. Somehow became enamored with bottom feeders. Those are all gone except for a Glock in the nightstand. I've narrowed it down to these two, sometimes I carry both. A M&P 340 that I weld it up the internal lock holes.. it's now wearing a bead blasted finish and a titanium cylinder that I fitted. I'm kind of a two is one one is none kind of guy so I picked up 340pd no lock. I don't see myself ever carrying anything but a revolver and these two fit the bill perfect.
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For me its my SIG -938 cocked and locked. In Winter time its my Colt Combat Commander
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I really love my Ruger SR9c, but it has become a home gun. My Shield 9 may end up being the one I carry until it wears out.
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I've tried the Shield 40, and Glock G27 which is 40 also.
Now I carry a CZ P-07 in 9mm.
I've decided that striker subs chambered in 40 aren't for me.
I like the DA/SA w/de-cocker in a compact size 9 a lot better.
It may not be perfect, but for me right now, its pretty dang close.
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Here she is, Walther PPKS .22 rf. In a shoulder holster, she is comfortable to carry, don't even know she is there. Handy to get to and CCI Minemags are cheap. Average shooting 20 rounds a day. has been with me over 20 years.
The PPK is a great gun that is too often overlooked.
The polymer guns may weigh less but none can match it's track record.

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BG380 w/ extra mag.
Me too...the thing about having a favorite carry gun is you need to really CARRY it. The BG380 is the only gun I actually carry reguarly. My other guns are all in a safe at home locked up begging to get carried!
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Perfect, I don't know, I haven't tried them all. But this is what I trust on my everyday outings.



Gee that was an easy choice.
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Glad to see this post is still active!
A lot of nice handguns have been pictured as well.
As of now my favorite and most easily carried is my Ruger LCP.
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My favorite pistol for EDC today is a new Sig P225A-1.


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I am always just one gun away from attaining perfection.
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My M36....accurate, powerful enough and easy to conceal.

Have to admit a close second is my 3" GP100 (sorry S&W)

....the 36 was my grandfather's and was the first handgun I ever shot. Still carry it a lot.

A much newer 442 is generally my EDC, but it's just a tool.

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Perfect? Nope, but what I am usually carrying is a 36, 442 or a Sig 938.
The Ruger LCP is usually along for the ride, regardless.
Colder weather it could be a G19 or a Commander but I find them a little more cumbersome after the previous picks.
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S&W CS9D or S&W 340 M&P
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I don't know about "perfect", but my Citadel 3.5CS certainly meets my current needs. It:
  • is in an effective caliber, .45acp.
  • is abundantly accurate at typical engagement ranges.
  • reliable enough to trust my life to.
  • is short and thin enough to be comfortably carried in a tuckable IWB holster.
  • was very reasonably priced from a local big box chain.
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Whichever gun I have holstered on the hip is the perfect carry. Right now it is a Uberti 51 Navy cartridge conversion around the house.

My usual OC is a Star Super A, or 4 inch GP100, but there are others depending on my mood.
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the Springfield XD-E may be the one I have been waiting for. Will buy one as soon as available locally. I'm too old to wait for the bugs to be discovered and fixed.
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For me it would be two, my 3953 (bought it new in 1991) and my 642 (bought in 1996 or 1997?).
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M&P 340! Very light weight, and I can comfortably shoot .357 Mag rounds with the addition of Crimson Trace LG-350 Lasergrips to back up the already incredible sights.


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I have an awful lot of handguns, but this is what I mostly carry:



A 340 PD, with a Galco horsehide pocket holster, and loaded with Speer 357 magnum short barrel 135 gr. Gold Dots.

I feel confident with it, and loaded in the holster, weight is just under 16 ounces. With me constantly, unless I feel like carrying something else just for variety.

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Not sure If I would call them my perfect carry pistols .. but the three I am very comfortable with and carry both IWB and OWB through out the year are the following in no particular order .. Beretta PX4 Sub Compact in 9mm .. S&W Compact in 40 S&W and my Sig P229 Legion in 40 S&W .. and my Sig P238 for my BUG ..

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It changes day to day, but most days its this 1970something LW Commander.
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For me it's my 640 pro. It has pach's and had a "action job" performed on it. It is PERFECT!!!!
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I posted my Shorty Forty awhile back but now I have a new candidate for the perfect carry gun:


S&W Model 547 9mm K frame 3" barrel

The gun is reassuring in heft, and points the most naturally of any of my many handguns. The balance seems perfect with the sight coming up into alignment naturally.

Statistically most gun fights last 3 rounds or less and I figure with the sixgun I can fire two sustained bursts of three, or three double taps more accurately and faster with the revolver.

I have a Kydex ISWB holster that I wear Appendix style. The thinner Kydex takes less space and prints less than some leather. Besides for all day wear in hot weather Kydel not absorbing or attracting water or sweat is a plus, especially with a carbon steel blued gun.



After that it's NY reload to my back-up gun, usually a 3rd Gen S&W of some sort depending on dress and environment.

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I know it's kinda vanilla as far as handguns go but for me it is my Glock 19. It's an early 2012 mfg Gen 3 that I installed a 3.5-lb Ghost connector in which has made pull extremely crisp, TruGlo night sights and a Hogue sleeve (yeah yeah lots of ppl don't go for them but fits my hand perfectly). I have over 10k rounds thru it and am pretty proficient with it. Lately it rides in a Foxx IWB holster that I picked up a few months back.
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My everyday CCW is a Ruger LCR 357 next is S&W 642 pro series 38. But my favorite hand gun is a S&W pre model 27 with 3.5 inch barrel produced in 1955 love the 5 screw. Sure wish it could be my everyday CCW but it is nice just showing it to my friends or anyone that appreciates a nice revolver.
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I think my Sig Sauer C3 45 ACP is about as close as I can come to a perfect carry gun....it's lightweight, very concealable and easy to aim.
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I have two favorites, they do everything I need, a Les Baer UTC, 45 cap, and a s&w 57, 6" 41 mag.
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You asked "Have You Found Your Perfect Handgun? " then listed 3 .. and going through the comments many include 3 also including myself .. so guess the question should have been asked in plural as "Hand Guns"

I think the best reason is that because of dress most who have been carrying tend to have a gun for the dress as much as dress for the gun !!

Take me for an example I have a full size Sig P229 .. a S&W Compact .. and a sub- compact Beretta PX-4 all three worn according to what/where .. Where I will be going and what I will be doing and what I am wearing ..
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Short answer is my Shield9. Now for my long answer (which I'm known for):

When I'm in HOT weather attire, the LCP2 disappears in my pocket or even AIWB - but it lacks perfection IMHO in caliber and drawing from the holster.

The closest thing I have to perfection for CCW is my Shield9. FOR ME - it's the perfect solution. 7+1 9mm with an 8rd spare isn't bad at all. But where it really shines is when I draw from the holster I can get a good grip and present it on target quickly.

My Glock43 was close to perfection once it was in my hand, but I just didn't like the way I fumbled the draw due to it's shape/size/whatever. The Shield just feels like a gun to me and FOR ME, it shoots like a gun is supposed to. The 43 is on GunBroker and I've purchased a second Shield to take advantage of the rebate. And I'm going to add a CTC Green laser AND XS Big Dot sights.

The best way for me to describe MY experience is to say that if you took a Glock43 and put it in a blender with a Glock26, the Shield would pop out. No, it won't make sense to a lot of people and you can argue that the description is nonsensical, but it's my subjective opinion on MY experience.
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