Re: A Good Carry gun
That really is an impossible question to answer. ALL guns have compromises when purchased.
The one thing I will say is: Since this will be your first "carry" weapon, stay away from a full size handgun, "SUB" compacts and stub nose revolvers.
A FULL-Size handgun is easier to learn on and practice accuracy. But! they are more difficult to conceal and more uncomfortable to carry.
A "SUB" compact and stub nose revolvers are more "concealable" weapon and comfortable to carry. BUT! They are very specialized weapons and take time to learn how to use AND shoot with "consistant" accuracy.
I would probably focus on "compact" model "semi-automatic" handguns. They are a good compromise between the extremes.
My choices are:
I carry a Taurus 24/7 Pro Compact 45acp. It has a Full-size grip w' a 3.3" barrel; with a TEN rd concealable magazine and a THIRTEEN rd back up mag.. I have found this handgun to be reliable and extremely accurate; especially at combat distances. It is also very concealable AND affordable. (A good compromise!)
I also like/own a 24/7 ProC 40 S&W; 24/7 ProC 9mm AND I like the XD compact models. They have a longer barrel but shorter/more concealable grip. (The grip is the most difficult part of a handgun to conceal.) I've also tried glocks; but a glocks grip did NOT suit my tastes.
I would go to a local range and rent a few guns to try. I would also start visiting some gunshops and handle has many as possible. Be sure and visit a number of shops. (Dealers are known to push certain brands for kickback $$.)
Ask a LOT of questions at the range and gunshops. See what the majority of other shooters may be using at your local range.
Comfort, Concealability, Fit and "EASE" of Function should be you primary concerns.
Beyond the above: Caliber, Capacity and Affordabilty should be the least of your concerns.
YOU have to decide what's the MOST important to you; AND what you are willing to "compromise" on.
Take your time and good luck!
Last edited by tcox4freedom; 12-26-2009 at 11:05 AM..