A Good Carry gun

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by gunguy25, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. gunguy25

    gunguy25 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    883
    Location:
    TN
    Hi i have a question what is the best carry gun that is reliable that wont break the bank to buy, am 25 and looking for my first handgun to be a carry. Personally i dont want anything under a 9mm thanks and merry christmas all
  2. bestseller92

    bestseller92 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    189
    Location:
    Oklahoma.
    Saying any gun is "the best" is impossible to do, because there are lots of great guns out there.

    Personally, I can recommend the Glock 19 (compact) or 26 (subcompact) as superb 9mm CCW weapons. Stone cold reliable guns, and you can find them for under $500 new or under $400 used.
  3. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2009
    Messages:
    4,938
    Location:
    SW Fort Worth
    Welcome to TFF !

    Are you looking for a semi-auto or revolver? Where are you going to carry? Tough question to put an answer to, only real way is to get your hands on some different guns and fire as many as you can. My personal choices are Sig P239 - 40cal and Ruger SP101 in .327 FedMag. Ask 100 people and you'll get almost as many answers. Have you fired any handguns extensively? Given your stipulation of not breaking the bank, I would opt for a Sig P6 on the surplus market, I don't think you can get a better gun for the price. Some price checking and shopping around and you can find them for a little less too. JG is a solid and reputable company to deal with.
    Heres some info on the P6.
    http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/products_id/1903

    Semper Fi,

    Woolley
  4. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,300
    Location:
    South Carolina USA
    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: Dec 26, 2009
  5. gunguy25

    gunguy25 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    883
    Location:
    TN
    yeah i shot a pt145 and hit everything i aimed at and i have shot a few other guns to
  6. gunguy25

    gunguy25 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    883
    Location:
    TN
    And thanks everyone for your input
  7. cluznar

    cluznar Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2012
    Messages:
    70
    Ruger SR9c
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers From American Rifleman poll: What caliber do you (or will you) carry? Feb 16, 2014
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers .38 or 380 for a womans carrying gun Jan 9, 2014
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers 9mm with grip safety for concealed carry -- warm climate Jul 30, 2013
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers mixing FMJ and HP in a carry weapon? Jul 2, 2013
Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers What gun should I get for concealed carry? May 25, 2013