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Posted: 7/30/2005 2:26:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2005 2:26:32 PM EDT by 82ndAbn]
I need a recommendation on a good carry gun.

Right now I am favoring the 38 special S&W model 642 Airweight hammerless.

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I can buy a new one for around $325.

Any other good guns to consider? Pros & Cons?

I'm looking for something small, light, inexpensive and reliable.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 1:44:48 PM EDT
GREAT price, reliable, Stainless... question is, How could you go wrong?
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 1:48:53 PM EDT
It was my carry gun for 2 years. Strengths... Reliable, light and comfortable and affordable. Cons... 5 shots so u better make em count. Reloads arent as quick as with a pistol/magazine combo. Nonetheless it was all good for the 2 years i carried it.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 1:50:09 PM EDT
A glock 19 is my choice for carry. I want an Airweight, for when even that little glock is too much.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:02:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:03:50 PM EDT
Nice pistol for a minimum in a carry gun.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:04:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2005 2:05:40 PM EDT by Red_Beard]
s&w 500
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:05:09 PM EDT

Nice for Hot Summer Days..when you just want to slip something into your pocket...

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:07:16 PM EDT
Springfield Micro-Compact for me! Can't go wrong with a 1911 style .45.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:07:39 PM EDT
I just bought the Kahr PM9 and the Kel-tec P11 for summer carry.
Both are reliable and somewhat accurate. Very small.
pocket auto comparison chart with pistol sizes, may need to copy and paste link.

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:07:49 PM EDT
I've been carrying a S&W airlite PD (the titanium one). More expensive but DANG, that thing is light.

5 shots of measly .38 has me switching though... I'll be picking up a Kahr PM40 in a week or two.

If I'm wearing a jacket or something I carry my SIG Pro .40.

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:14:50 PM EDT
Reliable, fires a decent round, easy to conceal. No problem. I have carried an S&W .38 for years. Makes me warm and fuzzy.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:16:18 PM EDT
Best is what ever is comfortable and will be carried at all times. Proficiency matters also. If it makes you flinch or is too heavy to carry, you are better off with a .22.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:29:18 PM EDT
That J frame is a good pick

My favorites are the S&W 442, Glock 26, Sig P225, & SW 3913.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:40:59 PM EDT
A 642 is an excellent choice in a backup gun...
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 2:54:42 PM EDT
I carry a Kel-Tec P40 in my pocket. Ten rounds of .40. And, if in a shoot, and has to be taken "for examination" or "evidence" it won't wind up in someone's "collection". Might actually find its way back in a timely manner.

When circumstances allow or dictate, however, my alternatives are a Browning Hi-Power in .40, in an IWB holster or Thunderware, or a 3" 629 which I can carry if I have a deep enough pocket. I'd love to find an IWB holster for it.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:04:25 PM EDT
Sig 230, but when my dick is shriveled up. i carry the 226

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 3:14:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/30/2005 3:16:31 PM EDT by DaddyDett]

In winter, CZ75B in .40 S&W

Spring and summer, CZ 2075 RAMI in .40 S&W, or Kel-Tec .380 when mode of dress dictates.

Link Posted: 7/30/2005 5:18:55 PM EDT
I find my self carrying a Sig 239 more than anything else.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 5:59:05 PM EDT
i'm partial to the keltec p-11 myself, size, power, and cheap- hard to beat imo.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 6:34:51 PM EDT
The 642 is probably the best choice for most everyday carry purposes. It's perfect for defending yourself from a mugger or two out on the street, but it would be almost useless if you needed it for anything beyond 5-7 yards in almost any realistic scenario.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 8:07:52 PM EDT
The 642 or Glock 26.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 9:09:17 PM EDT
Do they make speedloaders for the Airweight? If you are worried about not having "enough" rounds, carry a speedloader or two. Carried a 38 Special for a year while working a Federal Security gig. Just for shit and giggles, practiced reloading drills against a coworker who brought his Glock 17 to work. Needless to say, I was quicker than he was 9 out of 10 times. Of course, I practiced reloading drills with the revolver 5 minutes/day.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 9:46:43 PM EDT
Kel-tec P32 as the every day gun in a pocket or IWB holster. My S&W 39-2 in an IWB for winter carry and car/truck gun.
Link Posted: 7/30/2005 10:55:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 11:45:23 AM EDT
Its the best revolver choice out there IMO. They are'nt fun to shoot but with some practice you would be suprised. About the only time I shoot one is during an IDPA BUG match and I generally dread that. People with smaller hands seem to get by with them better than myself.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 12:03:23 PM EDT
i'd get it

also recommend: G19--hi-cap, and used/refurb can be got for around the same price
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 4:34:55 PM EDT
I have a 340pd I love. For a little less money the 642 is almost as light and everybit as foolproof. Buy a Barami hipgrip and you don't even need a holster.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 6:08:47 PM EDT
You can't go wrong with a S&W J-frame revolver as a CCW gun. Over the years I have carried a 2" model 49 (Bodyguard), a 2" Model 60 and a 2" Charter Arms Undercover. All were great for CCW carry, but most recently I picked up a 3" Model 36 Chief's Special and it has proven the best set up for me when I carry a revolver as my CCW. The extra inch of barrel allows for a full length ejector rod and it balances better in my hand.

My primary CCW is a Para Ordnance C7.45LDA, but at times that can be a bit large for everyday carry. So I rotate in my Model 36 and I also carry a North American Arms Guardian in .380 as a backup.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 12:42:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lu380:
...it would be almost useless if you needed it for anything beyond 5-7 yards in almost any realistic scenario.

I have a 442 that thinks it's a PPC gun. Bowling pins at 25M are not trouble at all. That said I have fired other J frames that I would trust at 10 yards. My dad has a used Model 60 thats not even on paper at 25M.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 12:44:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BIKECOP29:
Do they make speedloaders for the Airweight?

I prefer the Bianchi speed strips, which fit great in the coin/watch pocket of levis.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 11:22:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
s&w 500firearms.smith-wesson.com/userimages/163501_large.jpg

I like it. Once you run out of ammo if the villan does not have a concusion and his face is not burnt of you can beat him to death with it or use it to pull someone out of the pool if they are drowning.
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:08:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/2/2005 9:36:48 AM EDT by vaughn4380]
J-Frames are a great gun, You might see if you could try one out at a local range first to see how you like it. I find there are generally two groups of people when it comes to J-frame sized revolvers: First group loves their J-frames and carries them religiously every day of their lives, either as a back-up or primary weapon; group 2 claims that the revolver uses too weak of a round, doesn't carry enough rounds, is too hard to reload, weighs too much, should never be a primary gun, and is not as good as an autoloader of sometype. What it all comes down to is what you like and what you shoot well, so try one out and if it works for you go with it!

Regardless of what you go with, practice a lot and carry it with you every day!
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 7:12:58 AM EDT
glock 19 bar-none
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 8:09:31 AM EDT
Thanks for the advice fellers.

I went ahead and got the 642. Any pointers on carrying it?
Link Posted: 8/2/2005 10:34:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By red65:
Thanks for the advice fellers.

I went ahead and got the 642. Any pointers on carrying it?

The cheapo Uncle mikes pocket holster is very good. The Rengade is the best ankle holster. I also use a Kramer cross draw and a plastic uncle mikes paddle.
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