Carry gun criteria.

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Filhar, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. Filhar

    Filhar

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    OK, what would be your top five reasons to pick one EDC over another? This came up because I keep seeing ease of carry and low recoil as primary reasons to pick an EDC.
     
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    1. Reliability, Reliability, Reliability
    2. Shootability
    3. Size / Weight
    4. Capacity
    5. Caliber
     

  3. ranger1968

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    This.
     
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    Also, how cool the name of the gun is, and how cool people on the Internet think it is; bonus points if some guy on Youtube says it's cool.
     
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  6. Fortunate Son

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    This and the jmontgomery post above.

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  7. Lockback

    Lockback Polymerlicious!

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    Good list. In the Shootability category, I would expand that to Ergonomics, meaning does it fit your hand and are the controls where you want/need them?
     
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    1) Reliability

    2) Shootability

    3) Concealibility

    4) Caliber.
     
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  9. Filhar

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    I realize we are not in a War, but these ar exactly the right things for me. In Vietnam, these all apply where ease of carry and low recoil might enter in farther down the list.
     
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    I think reliability is a given in any edc.
     
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    For most, sadly, its only comfort. A whole lot of people carry guns they dont shoot well, but that are comfy. So I look at comfort from the standpoint of can I conceal it & carry it all day. Nothing I carry is truely comfy.
    I would never carry something I couldnt fight with in any possible scenario that might come at me; contact to as far as I might have to engage. I am happy with any service caliber 9mm & up. Round count is IMporant to me because I wont get to pick my fight & all handguns tend to be poor stoppers. Add multiple attackers, 5-6rds of any caliber doesn't work for me.
    I have 5 guns on my ccw. G26 is my edc because it has the size I can carry iwb with comfort, it has a rd count that will likely work in any fight, add a spare mag & 21rds will go pretty far. If i could get a g43 or 365 easily i would likely carry one of those. The biggest gun I carry is my alloy 1911. It requires a bit of thought to dress around but thin & light, joy to carry. All are easy to shoot fast & accurate.
     
  12. FireForged

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    I simply ask myself:

    Is the weapon reliable?
    Am I reasonably proficient with it?
    Is it chambered in a caliber of suitable power?
    Can I live with the capacity?
    Can I conceal it properly?
    Will I carry it?
     
  13. Gauss Rifle

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    1) Reliability: This is a Glock forum. You already know what I'm about...
    2) Logistics: Commonality, availability and affordability of ammo, mags, and accessories.
    3) Concealment: I don't want people to be able to read the "fine print".
    4) Simplicity: Easy to shoot, operate and maintain. No extra levers or external safeties.
    5) Shares mags with a quality PCC or can mount a pistol brace to become a PCC:

    I lucked out by choosing a G19 as my first firearm. I find it to be a balanced general use weapon that fills all of these needs very well. So far, I haven't found anything that meets requirements 1, 2, 4 or 5 quite as well as a G19 without being at least $400 more expensive and notably more difficult to obtain. With that having been said, I welcome the opportunity to being proven wrong and learn something new.

    Whenever requirement #5 becomes my highest priority, out comes my G43.
     
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    I disagree, and think that there are many people who simply don't shoot well regardless of what they're shooting; a firearm does not an accurate shooter make. And as far as carry pieces, I find that many people carry what's been defined by other people and the industry as "popular", forcing themselves to put up with crappy ergonomics for stupid reasons like "There are soooooo many aftermarket parts available for them..." or "This is what the cops use so you know it must be good..." BS without investigating other manufacturer's products. Why? Because either they're just plain gullible, they don't have the willingness to find things out for themselves, or they just don't have the funds to do so.
     
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    I like that list.
     
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    Well it kinda sounds like you agree, on parts? Seriously, the vast majority of people I know ccw or leo off duty, don't shoot their carry guns. They carry something light & easy but range time is compact or full size.
     
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    +1

    I am a retired LEO and I qualify with my EDC Glock 19 but most retirees and some active officers qualify with Beretta 92FS or various Glocks and carry a S&W 2 inch or a 380 ACP off duty.
     
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    After carrying concealed for 40 years I got a good ideal of what works for me. BTW its a Glock 19 Gen 3.
     
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  19. PeterG

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    1-5 Weight
    6 caliber
    7 capacity
    Everything else I can adapt to and reliable means staying away from cheap brands.


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    Oh, so you mean a Commander in .45 ACP
     
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