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Old 08-03-2009, 11:52 PM
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What caliber do you guys carry primarily for your carry guns? I am also interested in hearing from LEO, do you carry of duty the same cal. as on duty?

(My dad is retired LE and he has always carried 9MM since the early 80's when they went to 9MM from 38 special.)

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Old 08-04-2009, 12:11 AM
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I carry .40cal on duty (LEO) and carry .38 +P off duty which happens to be my BUG on duty.

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Old 08-04-2009, 12:45 AM
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Non-LEO, just carry a .357 Magnum.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:52 AM
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M&P40 FS on duty. M&P40c off duty. 38 in the form of a 642 for backup.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:59 AM
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Good ole 9mm for me

I'm not a LEO but I know a lot of LEOs that carry a .40 on duty but carry a 9mm off duty.....
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:55 AM
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Carried 9mm on and off duty whilst a LEO. Now retired, I usually carry .38+P in a 60 or 642.

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Old 08-04-2009, 07:44 AM
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I'm a LEO. I carry a 9mm on duty (Beretta Mini Cougar DAO) and my BUG/off duty gun is a S&W 360J rechambered to 9x23. I load them both with Federal 9BPLE 115gr +P+.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:15 AM
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While Chief I carried a 1911 .45 for many years. I am retired and a reserve officer with my old dept. New Chief issues Glock 40 for duty. Off duty I carry a 337 Ti all the time. I prefer a .45 to a .40 and don't care for Glocks but thats what I was given to carry when I work.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:21 AM
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Non LEO....carry .38 Mod 60 loaded with Federal Nyclads.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:24 AM
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Got my choice of .45 ACP in a 1911, .357 Magnum or .38 +P depending on the social occasion!

I prefer the .45.
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I carry nothing smaller than 9x19mm. I carry 9mm, .38 Special, .40 S&W and .45acp interchangeably.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:00 AM
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I'm a retired LEO. On duty, I carried a Glock 21, .45ACP, 230 grain Ranger, with a S&W 642 BUG, Federal 125 grain JHP+P. Due to advancing arthritis, I carry a S&W Model 3913 and a converted Model 637. Both are 9mm, Speer 124 grain GDHP.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:25 AM
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Not sure if the post got listed. On duty a G22 and a PPK .380 BUG. Off duty and plain cloths my 457s and PPK.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:48 AM
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37-2[.38spl] or 640-1[.357].[S&W's,'natch!] Non-LEO.
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Non LEO
Always 340 PD with BB 125 +P's.
Sometimes include a 640 (38)
with BB 158 (2 standard and 3 +P)
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:39 PM
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while i was a LEO i carried 9mm and 38's (issued) retired now and carry a model 686 snub with 357mag.in it
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:23 PM
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Non LEO. I carry either 32 ACP, 38 S&W, 9x18 or 9x19 for CCW. The times I was expecting trouble I carried a 45 ACP and/or a 12 ga.
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Not a LEO. 1911 .45ACP - because that's what I shoot the best.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:57 PM
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No cop here. I carry a 340PD with .357 JHP bullets and a P-3AT with .380 Auto Power Ball ammo as a BUG. The Power Ball has the polymer ball in the end of the hollow point bullet for smooth feeding in a semi auto pistol. Works very well too.

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As LEO...

Caliber/platform depended upon: Circumstances/situation/mission...and Agency P&P ...

U/C, Uniform, Plainclothes, SWAT and Off-Duty included: .22Mag, .380acp, .38Spl, 9mmP, .40S&W, .45acp, .357Mag, .41Mag, .44Mag...

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Caliber/platform dependent upon: Whatever I damned well please now ...

CCW/LEOSA includes: Same as above but added; .32acp, 9x18mm, 357Sig, 10mm, .45Colt...

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On duty I carried a Glock 21. As a civilian I carry a Glock 19 or Smith model 60 in town. Out in the woods I carry a Smith model 66.


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LEO here. On duty my issued Glock 23 with a 642 as a BUG. Off duty I carry either the 642 or my Springfield 1911 in .45 ACP.
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Retired Soldier, Retired LEO; I was grandfathered in the early 90's at my request - carried a S&W 4" 686 no dash 357 Magnum. BUG was a Taurus® Mdl 85 38 Special. Still carry a 357, albeit w/ a 2¼" barrel as primary, and a snubby 38 Special BUG. Guns are loaded w/ Buffalo Bore® ammo
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:58 PM
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Non-LEO, I carry either a Smith 66 snub, a Smith 19 snub, or my new favorite a Glock 29SF just because 10mm inspires lots of confidence.
Also a Smith Model 38
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Retired LEO. I carried a 45 semiauto (S&W 4506, 4566 TSW) as a duty gun with a 640 (38 Spl.) as a BUG. Now I carry a Springfield XD 40 and/or my 640 as the situation calls for. Two is one, one is none. Old habits die hard.
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most of the time my 442 38 s&w other my hammer less 357

or when I,m wearing my speedo my lcp 380
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Non LEO. Right now I carry 135 grn GDHP .357 mag in my 649 Bodyguard. I will switch off depending on what is available and what I want to rotate. I'm waiting on a couple of boxes of 158 gr LSWCHP in .38 special. Remington Golden Sabre 125 grn, .357 mag also shot well and I will not hesitate to carry that round again.
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Not LEO, I carry .45 or .40 cal. semiauto. I carry a .45 99.9% of the time and just carry in .40 every once in awhile. The reason I like the semiauto is it's simple to reload and quick.
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Former LEO, former military, current LEO of one sort, BUG is PM40 with extreme shock ammo, carry HK P2000 in 40 with, you guessed it, extreme shock ammo, Kimber CDP II, with what else, extreme shock ammo. Reduced recoil and much confidence in the stuff. Back up mags have Golden Sabres.

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Not a Lawman. Carried my custom Colt Combat Commander interchangeable with my 696-1 for a long time. Now it's mostly a Kimber Tactical Ultra II. Loads were/are .45 ACP 185gr JHP or the 200gr WW Silvertip in the .44Spl.
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Not in law enforcement, but I carry 40 cal in my S&W 4040 or 10mm in my 1066.
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Non-LEO, Pocket carry almost exclusively. S&W model 38 Bodyguard +P .38.
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LEO. My duty gun is a S&W Model 28-2 4" 357 Magnum riding in El Paso Saddlery custom leather. Also carry an S&W Model 36 as a backup on and off duty. The .357 is loaded with Remington 125 gr JHP and the .38 is loaded with Remington 38+P 158 LSWCHP.
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Retired LEO. Carried 686-1, 4 inch with 3 Speed loaders all filled with Federal Hydro-Shok 147 grain JHP, +P+, 38 cal. Also carried 357 some times. Now days carry either Glock 23 40 Cal S&W or model 686 snubby filled with same +P+ or .357.
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10mm

Either a Delta Elite or a 610

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Future LEO but for CHL ,I carry a Glock 19 or a S&W 6906. Both are carried in Southern Holsters IWB with 115 9mm hydroshocks.
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.45ACP on and off duty. Duty mags will also fit my off duty gun (although they do not fit flush). Biggest advantage there is that I have a whole pile of extra mags just for the range!
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.40 S&W for pistols, .38SPL+P for revolvers, .....maybe full house .357's if going into the woods or less desirable economically challenged areas where locals may have a propensity towards socially unacceptable behaivors.
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.357 Sig in a P229R plus one or two J frames in .38 special. Gold Dots in the Sig, Rem 125 gr +P in the .38s. (It's cheap and I have plenty, .38 hasn't been easy to find as of late and I ran out of Gold Dots and Rem FBI loads.)

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40 On-duty in uniform. 9mm off-duty or when working plainclothes.
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Glock 23 in .40 S&W on duty, BUG is a Walther PPK/S in .380. Off duty, depending on attire and activity, I carry my duty G23, PPK/S, S&W M65, or a Colt 1903.

If I was forced to pick only one handgun to carry, on duty and off, it would easily be the Glock 23.
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Non-LEO. Usually Commander-sized 1911 .45 ACP or a .44 Mag or Spl. Occasionally, a .357 (just bought my first .357s in the last few months, but still a 4something kind of guy).
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So the answer is ............ "anything you are comfortable with between .380 and .45"

I figured there wouldnt be a clear winner in this little survey. When I carried back in the old days I carried a 9mm 5906 in a Galco pancake holster.

Of course I lived in a state that allowed me to obtain a CCW at the time.
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Good question, he texted me the other day. He was shopping for body armor and wanted advice on which model to get and where to get a vest that was also stab proof ala some models meant for corrections officers. Some of his tenants didn't appreciate him telling them not to smoke crack on the porch, so they said they'd stab him if they saw him again.

They never taught us about things like that in business school. I should write the Alumni association and suggest that they consider modifying the executive fitness requirement to allow credit for armed and unarmed combatives classes...
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They never taught us about things like that in business school. I should write the Alumni association and suggest that they consider modifying the executive fitness requirement to allow credit for armed and unarmed combatives classes...
Maybe they didn't know you were from Lancing? They might offer extra credit for life experiences for people that lived in Lancing.

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So the answer is ............ "anything you are comfortable with between .380 and .45"

I figured there wouldnt be a clear winner in this little survey. When I carried back in the old days I carried a 9mm 5906 in a Galco pancake holster.

Of course I lived in a state that allowed me to obtain a CCW at the time.
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+1being comfortable is very important!
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Former Sergeant, Army Military Police Corps (mid-1970s) - issued 1911 as uniformed patrolman and field MP, issued two inch Model 10 round butt later as Military Police Investigator (civilian clothes).

Best caliber to carry is the most effective one that you can shoot accurately and quickly. Believe more in suitability to task than comfort ("A gun should be comforting, not comfortable" - Clint Smith, Thunder Ranch).

Primary carry gun is a full size Colt Government Model 1911, but a much nicer one than Uncle Sam issued me. :-) Use Winchester Ranger RA45T (standard pressure, 230 grain JHP).

Colt Stainless Series 70 by Bob Rodgers, www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com


For times when the full size 1911 wouldn't work (like my wedding, where my tux trousers didn't have belt loops!), I carry a 638 (pre-lock) with Speer +P Gold Dot rounds in a Kramer pocket holster. Glock 19 truck gun, with Winchester Ranger +P+ ammo.
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