Originally Posted by Pistolenschutze
Never sell the .380 short (if you'll pardon the pun), AGB. With good ammo, it is more than adequate for self-defense. I sometimes carry a Sig P230 myself and feel fully protected.
My thoughts exactly. I'd say how well you shoot the gun/how accurate you are with it is more important than how big your bullet is. I live in WI, so no conceal carry for me. But I'd probably go after a Glock 19. I shoot the 9mm Glocks pretty well. I just have a 1911 fetish so you'd always find a nice 5" .45 in my safe.
But anyway, here's a pic of my Rock Island 1911A1 GI .45.
It's a really nice gun. Shoots anything I feed it. This past weekend I put about 75 230 FMJs through it as well as about 20 semi wadcutters and like 5 hollowpoints. I threw out my targets, but I was at about 40 feet and hit the ring around the bullseye twice. I don't shoot my 1911 quite as well as the Glock 17 I rented there before. Then again, how accurate do I have to be? When I'm in a self defense situation, odds are I'll be within 40 feet.
I don't know, there are advantages to carrying smaller ammunition, etc, etc. One thing I love about my 1911 - the design is plain and simple, easy to understand, you can find parts for them anywhere, and it's just such a good looking gun. Things I like about the Glocks - they're lighweight, I think most of the 9mm ones have a pretty high carry capacity. I don't know if they're made as well as the 1911s, but they're still at #2 under the 1911 in my book.
One gun I've always wanted to try out is the Walther PPK. It's a small little gun. I would think it would be a good conceal carry pistol.
I'd stick by my 1911 for open or concealed carry. I have a nylon holster and my belt isn't very wide, so it makes carrying my steel frame 1911 a bit tough. I'm looking around for a nice leather holster and a good tough belt.