Carry Observations from my Year of Discontent

Discussion in 'Texas Concealed Handgun (CHL)' started by RatBikeRod, Jan 13, 2018 at 4:07 PM.

  1. RatBikeRod

    RatBikeRod Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Throughout 2017 I was on a quest to find the right mix of guns. Both for range use and for regular carry.

    After spending more than I want to admit and going through a year of buying and selling I came to a few realizations.

    First, I prefer to carry as much gun as is comfortable and;
    Second, I like a change from time to time.

    I finally settled on the P320 as my go to EDC and have the ability to carry it in 9mm, .40, SIG 357 or 45. For the most part all in the same holster.

    So that out of the way I looked to the fact that I like to carry a 1911 from time to time as well. So this got me pretty settled on carrying either SAO or striker. My lone hold out from this theory is my Sig P229 SAS Gen II in SIG 357.

    THe interesting thing I also observed was that of all the 45’s I tried I kept coming back to the P320 for its 10 round capacity and light weight. It is a very soft shooter as well and very controllable.

    I had quite a few different types of 45’s through the year and aside from the P320 the other observation I made is, when it comes to 45 ACP it is truly very hard to beat the 1911.

    I know not everyone is a 1911 fan, but when you compare carrying an 8 round 45, which lets face it they mostly are all 8 round guns, the 1911 really is just about the best out there to carry.

    I even find myself opting for it over the P320 with 10 rounds because I like carrying it so much. Yes, I got a bit better an lighter version in commander length (Dan Wesson Guardian).

    Taking a nice slim 1911 Commander with an extra mag is really quite comfortable and with just a little practice I have found few that do not shoot the 1911 well.

    All in all a good year. Now, as I noted elsewhere, on to 2018 and getting to be a much better shooter.

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  2. skfullen

    skfullen In the woods... TGT Supporter

    Oct 14, 2017
    In 2017 I began a rotation that included the Jframe, which had been my go-to for decades, IWB with a Barami HipGrip. The rotation grew to include the PPK, the G 26, and the Beretta 92. The 92 has become one of my favorites!
  3. majormadmax

    majormadmax TGT Addict

    Aug 27, 2009
    San Antonio!
    Inasmuch as I love the 1911, I prefer the lighter weight and higher capacity of the Springfield XDM-45 5.25" Competition Series. Not ironically, outside of the width and weight, this pistol pretty much matches the dimensions of the 1911. Here it is next to my Loaded Target for comparison...


    And I prefer keeping to ergonomically-similar handguns, so if I am not carrying the XDM I will most likely have my XD or XD-S. Familiarity lessens the chance of any mistakes under stress.

    But that's the beauty of firearms, there is a large enough variety available that everyone can find one to their liking! God bless America!

    Cheers! M2

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