Be Heard: CCW Handgun – What and Why

It has been a while since we did an installment of Be Heard. This time, I want to hear what which handgun you choose to carry on a daily basis, and, more important than the make and model, I want to hear why you choose that particular gun. Is it the ease of carry, reliability, serviceability, accuracy, or something else?

So this is your chance to Be Heard. Tell us what you carry and why.

9 Responses to Be Heard: CCW Handgun – What and Why

  1. david October 16, 2012 at 08:29 #

    i have 2 choices for CCW, it really all depends on weather and what i decided to wear. i have a Ruger LC9 and Smith & Wesson Sigma 9mm. i picked the lc9 for its size, i believe you cant go wrong with 9mm. its powerful enough and in the small size of the LC9 it just disappears when carried IWB with a versacarry, even in hot weather. the sigma is very similar to the Glock 19, its reliable, even as a mid size frame it conceals very well in warm weather IWB with shorts and polo shirt that isnt super tight. both guns function with out malfunctions and are accurate enough to get the job done if the need arises

  2. Paul McCain October 16, 2012 at 09:51 #

    Which handgun?
    Glock 26, with Crimson Trace laser. Extended magazine. One extra extended mag on person.

    Why did I choose it?
    Reliable. More rounds available. Ease of use. “Always on”

  3. Scoty October 16, 2012 at 09:53 #

    I carry a glock 26. I like the compactness of the 26, and I am very comfortable shooting the 9mm. I have both the .40, .45 in the compact platform, but I like the control offered by the 9mm. I also like I can carry 10 rounds in the weapon, and a backup 17 round magazine. I carry in a blackhawk carbon fiber holster with matching mag and flashlight holster.

  4. Phil Wong October 16, 2012 at 12:26 #

    Glock 19 – because I’ve taken multiple 2-5 day training classes with it, fired over 5K rounds through it with barely enough malfunctions to count on 2 hands, and I’m intimately familiar with the design and how it shoots in my hands. I also appreciate that the Crimson Trace Lightguard fits my G19, and that I can carry it in a CrossBreed Supertuck IWB.

    S&W 640 – because it is still the best front-pocket gun I’ve ever used. It draws quickly, conceals easily, I can put the bullets where I want them to go, and .38Spl+P 135-gr GDHP’s perform pretty well when they arrive. The Centennial design also protects the internal lockwork from pocket lint and debris very effectively, and it allows me to make the gun fire as long as I can get to the trigger and pull, no matter how awkwardly I happen to be gripping it.

  5. Ian October 16, 2012 at 12:38 #

    I carry a G23 summer and winter. I have become very fond of .40 and feel a greater sense of security and effectiveness with it than carrying other calibers. I like the compact size for it’s balance of size and capacity. I like carrying a Glock because I know with certainty that I can rely on it with my life regardless of the conditions I have to use it in. I have no issue with making very accurate shots with it at any reasonable self defense distance. I also keep a light on it(Crimson Trace Lightguard) in case I ever have to use it in low or no light I can still positively identify my target. In an IWB holster carried at 4 to 5 o’clock I have no issues concealing it.

  6. Mike@ Appalachian Training October 16, 2012 at 16:24 #

    EDC summer or winter is a gen 3 G19 with X300.

    Decision based on reliability, capacity, and experience with the gun.

  7. Dann in Ohio October 16, 2012 at 21:53 #

    Usually carry a Ruger SR9c… 10+1 with and extra mag with 17… it’s a slim firearm with a short grip which keeps it from printing when carried concealed… in a Comp-Tac MTAC… it’s light, reliable, and shoots well for me..

    Dann in Ohio

  8. Roadkill October 18, 2012 at 17:12 #

    I’ve been carrying a S&W 638 bodyguard j-frame .38 special for many years now as my primary CCW. I had a small automatic, a kel-tec, but it wouldn’t work right and I had to send it back to the factory. So, reliability was certainly a big factor for getting the j-frame. However, I can’t express how much weight had a factor in it. Airweights barely weigh 17oz loaded and at the time there were not many choices for automatics in my price range that were that light. I do want an S&W shield next.

  9. JMK October 18, 2012 at 22:33 #

    kahr pm 9 plus 2 spare mags at work or in other “non-permissive environments”
    why: extremely concealable, but still full-power. not as reliable as my glocks, but it beats no gun.

    glock 27 plus one spare g22 mag evenings and weekends.
    why: everything you need, nothing you don’t.

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