Originally Posted by DEADEYE1964
This got me thinking, do most people make their carry weapons based on size, power or combination of both ?
First, your logic about having a small, light pistol that you'll always have on your person is a good thing. A .32acp is a long way from being helpless and unarmed.
If I'm dressing for hot weather I like to stick my PPK/s .380 in my pocket or IWB. Same thing for a Taurus 817 .38spl, depending on my mood.
This time of year I carry a Glock 17 or Springfield 1911 on my hip or in a verticle shoulder rig. It's easier to carry service sized weapons in winter.
Comfort does make a difference, and sometimes something as simple as a better holster or wearing an undershirt could let you carry a larger/different handgun without it bugging you silly. (I don't care who you are, if sweaty metal or plastic digs in your skin long enough you will eventually start squirming and even tugging at the handgun. And no reasonable person would continue to do so if an option exists.)
Just speaking for myself, I think it's a balance of comfort and effectiveness. Comfort is mental and physical. If I'm not confident in my weapon or my ability to shoot it, then how pleasant it carries is secondary. Other side of the coin; if I'm suffering to carry a weapon I'm confident in, I'm distracted and not enjoying life. Effectiveness...if I have a weapon I'm confident in and can carry it without it causing me distraction/pain, it has to be one I can shoot good in a bad situation. And by bad situation, I mean fire accurately while injured, out-numbered, and in a position of disadvantage.
But your statement about the best gun being one you'll actually carry is very true.