Picking a piece...

Discussion in 'Concealed Carry' started by jcsturgeon, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. jcsturgeon

    jcsturgeon Member

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    Hey guys, there's a lot of choices out there for concealed carry, and I am just trying to narrow the field a little bit, can you help out with some suggestions?



    -Price range is <$500

    -I have big hands, so it needs to be something compact, but big enough (maybe with a magazine extender like a Walther PPK) to fit my big ol' paws!

    -I think I would prefer 9mm but I am open to other calibers like .380 maybe?

    -Needs to be semi-automatic

    -Would prefer something with an external hammer. Glocks and Springfield XD's are great, but I think I would like something that can be fired in single action.

    -I'd like about a 10 shot capacity.

    -This is a style choice, but nothing nickel :)



    I'd appreciate any help on narrowing down the options. I've seen a few I like, but I want to do my homework.
     
  2. judgeparker

    judgeparker Well-Known Member

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    I'm kinda partial to 1911 and some company's make them with a double stack mag. I saw a rock Island like that the other day.It was in your price range.
     

  3. Will_Carry

    Will_Carry Well-Known Member

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    I'll go +1 on the Rock Island 1911.
     
  4. jcsturgeon

    jcsturgeon Member

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    I have a full size Rock Island 1911 A1 and I like it okay, but it took some time with the dremmel tool and a lot of rounds to make it reliable. If I had a carry gun, I would want to make sure it didn't jam on me.



    Of course, I've seen some compact .45's and they look awfully nice, still... 1911's in particular are made to shoot hardball rounds and even though the .45 has great stopping power I was thinking about a 9mm... something where I could put a hollow point type of personal defense round in.
     
  5. GOANRA

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    Seems you might like the Ruger Model P95 Pistol, 15 + 1, 9MM w/Picatinny Rail/Blue Finish and 3.9" Barrel. It has the exposed hammer & should be good for large hands and doesn't have that nasty beavertail that makes it so hard to use the hammer as a safety.

    Under $500.



    An idea, anyway.
     
  6. whitehood

    whitehood Well-Known Member

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    Goanra, this guy jc is a liberal who is playing everybody. Look at his list of stipulations. He's really talking about a Springfield Amory EMP without putting out the bucks for it.
     
  7. lotsip81

    lotsip81 Well-Known Member

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    Liberal or conservative, lets make sure we keep it polite. If he wishes to see what is out there that is similar to a Springfield Armory EMP, then let him look. Maybe he can find something similar at a less expensive price, or maybe he can't. Are you sure he has even seen an EMP? If you don't shoot often it is kind of a steep price for a safe queen.



    BTW the Springfield Armory EMP is a nice looking piece!
     
  8. jcsturgeon

    jcsturgeon Member

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    Honestly, I've never heard of a Springfield EMP, but you're right, after a quick GIS I can tell they are a nice looking piece.
     
  9. GOANRA

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    If someone wants a Springfield EMP for under $500, the Bersa Thunder 9 [13 rnd] and 40 [10 rnd] Mini / Ultra-Compacts, would seem logical alternatives. The exposed hammers are quite popular.

    They also come in 380 acp.



    I always want twice the shooter for half the price, myself ... just doesn't happen very often.

    To be particular... either pay the price, buy used or get a clone. Otherwise, the alternative is the inevitable "compromise", which I've learned leads to a collection over the years. LOL
     
  10. whitehood

    whitehood Well-Known Member

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    Look at this guys stipulations. Single action, exposed hammer, 9mm, I don't think he means nickel but non-stainless. He also says he's big with big hands but wants it to be compact, possibly in 380 for less than 500 bucks. Lots of compromises here that don't make a lot of sense. Only two/three easy production weapons that fit the bill and none of them are 500 bucks. Springfield EMP, Colt Defender and one the short slide Kimbers in escalating price range. Best deal for our liberal buddy here is to find a used Colt Officers model and make due.
     
  11. GOANRA

    GOANRA Well-Known Member

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    jcsturgeon, if you can 'compromise' on the exposed hammer, you will have many, many more options.

    I have XL hands, but they are 'thick', so I prefer thinner grips, but realy don't need a place for my pinky. The longer or extended mags cause me to print too much.

    However, I believe a range gun & a CC piece, are 2 different subjects; especially when it is 98* outside.
     
  12. pirouge

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    this is a can of worms, my suggeston would be to go to a credible indoor pistol range and use (rent) various models, sure you'll spend some bucks but you will get to use a bigger variety. I've owned more guns than I can remember, I'm 71 and when it was all settled and done, I own a Bersa Thunder .380, a outstanding buy. It's got all the right stuff in all the right places. I carry a NAA mini-mag when I'm walking the neighborhood, wearing only shorts and a t-shirt, snake shot the first two rds for bad ass dogs, the rest are H/P's for their bad ass owners The Bersa goes with me on the road or to the big cities. Its always a compromise when you carry.