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Old 10-20-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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How has your daily CC changed in the last 10 years?

So just wondering if you have made any real changes in the past decade? I recall an American Handgunner article years ago where they polled all their writers about what their CC was, and 90% carried some form of 1911 with a J frame S&W as backup. Clearly that would not be the case today.

So I'm wondering what you're carrying today vs. 10 years ago?

For me the change came about 12 years ago. I used to carry a 9mm Browning Hi Power in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II, with a S&W 442 as my BUG.

These days it's a S&W LW Commander in .45 ACP that rides in a Milt Sparks Versa Max II, and a Colt's Cobra in .38 Special as my BUG....By modern standards I've regressed some.

I will admit I would prefer my LW Commander was in .38 Super, and I recently picked up a Super slide, now just need to get a good ramped barrel and make the appropriate cuts.

If I were starting from scratch and had to buy something today, I'd buy a Glock 19 as primary carry and a Glock 42 for a BUG b(or a Colt's Cobra). I'd carry the G19 in a Milt Sparks Criterion holster.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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Kevin Gibson,

A decade ago, I was carrying a BHP or a 1911a1 as my CCW.
(When I was working OCONUS, I often carried a pair of BHP.)

These days, I generally carry a S&W Model 12 snubbie, loaded with Hornady's Critical Defense ammo.

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Old 10-20-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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Moved the Kahr 9094n from inside waist band to Galco Light.
Optional carry a Ruger LCP in a cargo pocket holster.

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Still same old fullsize 5" 1911, just now backed up by assorted shanks (between metal-bodied pens and a flashlight with a glass-breaker/shank end) and a 2" folder.
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:25 PM   #5
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A Decade Ago...

...it was a pair of S&W 640-1's in IWB holsters, at 4:30 and 7:30. I don't recall precisely when it was that arthritis in the right wrist - coupled with a string of nagging doubts about the added blast and flash from the Magnum loads - led me to swap the 110 gr. Magnum loads for Cor-Bon's 110 gr. +P .38 DPX load.

Seven years go, I was finally able to clear out the left, front pants pocket and add a much wanted no-dash 640 to the mix. About five years ago, muscle spasms in the lower back led me to shift the belt guns to 1:30 and 11:30.

Even when I was only carrying the first two five-shot revolvers, I always felt better served by ten rounds divided between two guns than I would have with 15 rounds in one gun.

It works well for me. It may not for you.
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:49 PM   #6
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10 years ago I carried a 44 Special Charter Arms Target Bulldog (galco) inside the pants left hip butt forward.
Nowadays it's either a S&W 1911 or Glock 21 SF (galco) inside the pants behind the back. Night Sights and ease of reloading prompted the move from creature comfort.
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...it was a pair of S&W 640-1's in IWB holsters, at 4:30 and 7:30. I don't recall precisely when it was that arthritis in the right wrist - coupled with a string of nagging doubts about the added blast and flash from the Magnum loads - led me to swap the 110 gr. Magnum loads for Cor-Bon's 110 gr. +P .38 DPX load.

Seven years go, I was finally able to clear out the left, front pants pocket and add a much wanted no-dash 640 to the mix. About five years ago, muscle spasms in the lower back led me to shift the belt guns to 1:30 and 11:30.

Even when I was only carrying the first two five-shot revolvers, I always felt better served by ten rounds divided between two guns than I would have with 15 rounds in one gun.

It works well for me. It may not for you.
That's an interesting approach, one Tubbs would approve of. There was a time when I carried a S&W 65 on the hip and a 640 in the pocket. But I lost my love for .357 magnum out of short barrels.
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I started out with a Browning Hi Power, then packed a Sig 229 after that I went to a Kimber CDP, and now I pack a Ruger LCR in a pocket holster.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:20 AM   #9
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I have went from a full sized Kimber Raptor 95% of the time (I would occasionally wuss out and throw a 442 with a couple of speed strips into my pocket), to a Kimber Super Carry Pro, to a Colt LW Commander. Always carry at least two reloads for the 1911's.

Unfortunately, between a wife and two daughters, I have lost custody of Colt Detective Special, a S&W Airweight Bodyguard and Model 442. The only snubby I have left is a Ruger Factory Engraved (a TALO edition) SP101 that my wife gave me for an anniversary present a few years back. It is too pretty and way too heavy for pocket carry.

Oh well. An excuse to buy another gun...(my rehab didn't take).

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Old 10-21-2015, 08:07 AM   #10
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Yes, mine has changed over the years.

Right out of high school I worked in deep South Texas for a short period. I started carrying a S&W Model 37 Airweight. Later, when I made SSgt/E6, I bought a Colt Government Model 1911. I often carried it Mexican Style when in civvies or the S&W. Along about 1987 I retired and would sometimes stick my Ruger Blackhawk or the 1911 in my waist band or the smith in my pocket. It wasn't until 1996 when I was licensed to CCW that I got interested in holsters. I had acquired an AMT Backup in .45ACP and wanted to use it as a pocket gun. By then I had learned that pocket carry sans holster was hard on pants pockets and not the safest way to go. Traded the AMT off for a GLOCK 23 and spurged for a couple of Milt Sparks IWB holsters, one for the GLOCK and one for the 1911. As I got older the weight of the 23 or the 1911 began to become annoying so I bought a S&W 640-1 and a GALCO IWB holster. That too became onerous so I bought a Colt Pony PockeLite in .380ACP and made a pocket holster for it. That's my daily carry today. Oh, and a S&W 36 and spare Speed loader ride in the console as a pocket draw sitting in a car is damned near impossible.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:21 AM   #11
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For a long time I carried whatever the city issued, Model 10 and then 4046 sometimes a 1911 would sneak in. When I retired it became and Ed Brown Kobra.

When I moved to the country my second gun- S&W 332- became primary in a Kramer pocket holster and it's there all the time.

Did some testing and found that I could shoot 6 rounds of .32 H&R faster and more accurately than 5 .38s. In the rare event I go to the big city it's an M&P.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:30 AM   #12
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Charlie,

My other Bug is a S&W 431 in .32 H&R which is in my front pocket right now in a Milt Sparks pocket holster. The 6 shot J frame .32 H&R is a horribly under-appreciated CC revolver.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:55 PM   #13
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Top, that's one reason why I want a shoulder rig that can pull double-duty as a pair of suspenders. I want a load-bearing-equipment system that will look good worn with a suit, and still not just bear the load of my equipment but also the load of *myself* as I regrettably succumb to Shatner/Goldblum/Patrick disease, growing more Old & Fat than I care to admit and faster than I care to as well. (When I gain weight it's usually not inches around the waistline but where the top of the fat-mass is... most of my life it's been down around the bottom of my ribcage, but now it's started coming up over the bottom pair or two, just enough to impair mobility andbe uncomfortable.)
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The 6 shot J frame .32 H&R is a horribly under-appreciated CC revolver.
Yep.

I used to carry my "nicer" j-frames and 1911's; now I carry guns that I shoot well but that can be easily replaced if I lose them due to an incident.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:17 PM   #15
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By '05 I had pretty much settled on pocket carry with a J-frame--Have I been toting my M49 that long???
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Old 11-04-2015, 02:19 PM   #16
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Ten years ago I didn't carry at all. I've grown up with hunting and fishing (more hunting than fishing) but I only carried while working as an armed guard while in college many moons ago. In 2003 I returned from missionary service in the Middle East where 3 of my friends were murdered by an extremist.

Now that I've been home for a little more than 10 years, I've found my country falling apart and violent crime spiraling out of control while political idiots shout for gun control. We even have sub-categories for classifying shootings e.g., church shootings, school shootings, college shootings, mall shootings, theater shootings, etc. It seems the only sane, safe course of action is to carry as a matter of self-defense. My wife also carries and we practice regularly at the range, otherwise known as my backyard. We live in the country so we have family and friends who come over to practice as well.

Short story long, I now carry a Springfield Armory XDS-45. I don't carry a BUG, but I did begin carrying a second magazine on the advice of a deputy sherriff who taught me in an advanced firearms class.
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Welcome to GUNHUB, Brother Bill.
The XDS is a fine gun (I have one myself) and .45ACP is the perfect caliber for it.
Relax, sit down and enjoy the Gunhub comraderie!
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I'd like to add my welcome to Brother Bill.

My actual carry piece is a Kimber Tactical Pro II which hasn't changed mostly because I haven't been carrying as long as most of you on the board. Lately however it's dawning on me that I'm short changing myself in that I don't carry any spare ammo with it though I can visualize circumstances where it might be needed. I'm leaning towards getting a belt mounted pouch to carry a spare magazine or two and would like to hear the opinions of those of you who are more experienced.

Thanks in advance.
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I Was Taught...

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My actual carry piece is a Kimber Tactical Pro II which hasn't changed mostly because I haven't been carrying as long as most of you on the board. Lately however it's dawning on me that I'm short changing myself in that I don't carry any spare ammo with it though I can visualize circumstances where it might be needed. I'm leaning towards getting a belt mounted pouch to carry a spare magazine or two and would like to hear the opinions of those of you who are more experienced.
...many years ago that, short of certain breakages, a reload will correct any malfunction of an autoloading pistol, without needing to take a second or so for a diagnosis. Thus, I always taught and practiced the carry of at least two spare magazines when carrying a pistol.

Also, several years ago, I was discussing this with holster maker Mike Meredith a few years ago and asked him why he does not offer double magazine pouches. While Mike himself is not a big advocate of carrying even one spare magazine, he made a very valid point: It will generally be more comfortable to carry two spare magazines in separate single pouches than in one double pouch.
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When I did bodyguard work, I found one magazine in each pocket of a sport coat kept the coat from flying open in the wind. For daily carry, I carry my spare magazine just to the left of my wallet (wallet carried left cheek), where it tucks in nicely and secure next to my wallet. If I carry more than one spare magazine, then the other one is carried in the front left pocket. But I generally only carry one spare.
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