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If I could pick only one, the G26. If I could have a second one it would be the Smith 640. My most often carried concealed are a S&W M&P40c (Glock 26 size) and a S&W 642.
 

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UF61, I have to say this thread is superbly timely. Just last week I was still waking up at 0400 hrs thinking I need to do this-or-that when I get to the office. Thankfully that has stopped!

And based on something seanmac45 posted on another thread previously, I realized last night that I could CCW the NYPD Ruger Speed six or GPNY if I wanted to. LOL!!!!

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UF61, I have to say this thread is superbly timely. Just last week I was still waking up at 0400 hrs thinking I need to do this-or-that when I get to the office. Thankfully that has stopped!

And based on something seanmac45 posted on another thread previously, I realized last night that I could CCW the NYPD Ruger Speed six or GPNY if I wanted to. LOL!!!!

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Carry the dump pouches too...lol ... and the swivel holster too-lol

And I still have the old Nyclad 38 semi wadcutter ammo for my old off duty 38. I never had the old service revolver.
 

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It was 1996 or 1997 when the NYPD approved 9mm off duty carry guns. These were the choices I was given :

The Glock 26, Kahr K-9, Smith & Wesson 3914 DAO, Smith & Wesson 3953TSW, Smith & Wesson Model 640 (.38 revolver), the 38 Ruger sp101, and the Beretta 8000D Mini Cougar. All semi autos had the modified heavy triggers.

I chose the Glock 26 in part because I had a Glock 19 as my service weapon already. I already had a 640 but only as a back up gun. In those days, I carried the service gun home. My perceived threat level was a lot higher then.

The Glock 26 was my choice then. Under my current threat level and my last assignment, I might have chosen the Kahr k9 if I was working under those conditions

What would have been your choice of off duty among those choices and ONLY those choices?

And what would be your choice now among the current off duty carry options of the Glock 26, Smith & Wesson 3914 DAO, Smith & Wesson 3953TSW, Smith & Wesson Model 640 (.38 revolver), Springfield Armory XD-S, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and the Beretta 8000D Mini Cougar?
The 38 option is a grandfather cause only option for those who had the 38 before it was no longer an option.
Not being a cop, if my duty pistol was a Glock19, I would think the Glock 26 would be a great carry.
 

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Not being a cop, if my duty pistol was a Glock19, I would think the Glock 26 would be a great carry.
Out of the original choices, yes. When the choice of the M&P shield and Springfield XDS, most people I worked with jumped on it. Smaller thinner gun. Round capacity was secondary in an off duty / back up gun for most of us.
 

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UF61, I have to say this thread is superbly timely. Just last week I was still waking up at 0400 hrs thinking I need to do this-or-that when I get to the office. Thankfully that has stopped!

And based on something seanmac45 posted on another thread previously, I realized last night that I could CCW the NYPD Ruger Speed six or GPNY if I wanted to. LOL!!!!

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Yes, thank you for this nice, nostalgic thread UF61.

As to revolvers I started out walking a solo footpost on Tompkins Avenue back in June of 1982.

Had my authorized S&W Model 10 in the Jay Pee kidney pouch holster on my belt.

Backup was a Beretta 84 on my ankle. Having 14 rounds of .380 to access seemed a neat idea at the time. Once it got colder I switched to a 1911.

The good old days.
 

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Not being a cop, if my duty pistol was a Glock19, I would think the Glock 26 would be a great carry.
The G26 is a great complement carry to the G19/G17 because the G26 can accept all the longer mags. I've always carried a G19 mag as the spare, so on the rare occasion when I did carry the G26, I never gave a second thought about the spare mag.

Also, with my hand size, double stack guns just fitted me better.
 

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It was 1996 or 1997 when the NYPD approved 9mm off duty carry guns. These were the choices I was given :

The Glock 26, Kahr K-9, Smith & Wesson 3914 DAO, Smith & Wesson 3953TSW, Smith & Wesson Model 640 (.38 revolver), the 38 Ruger sp101, and the Beretta 8000D Mini Cougar. All semi autos had the modified heavy triggers.

I chose the Glock 26 in part because I had a Glock 19 as my service weapon already. I already had a 640 but only as a back up gun. In those days, I carried the service gun home. My perceived threat level was a lot higher then.

The Glock 26 was my choice then. Under my current threat level and my last assignment, I might have chosen the Kahr k9 if I was working under those conditions

What would have been your choice of off duty among those choices and ONLY those choices?

And what would be your choice now among the current off duty carry options of the Glock 26, Smith & Wesson 3914 DAO, Smith & Wesson 3953TSW, Smith & Wesson Model 640 (.38 revolver), Springfield Armory XD-S, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and the Beretta 8000D Mini Cougar?
The 38 option is a grandfather cause only option for those who had the 38 before it was no longer an option.
I carried a G26 or a S&W 649 .38spl snubby for many, many years off duty.
 
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Glock 26 for the win! When they first came out, there was a mad rush to get them. We were issued G19s, so it was the logical choice. Right after, we transitioned to G23s and G27s for plainclothes.
 

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Though never a LEO, I found the Glock 26 a superb carry pistol that was incredibly accurate, reliable, and easily hidden on my medium sized body.

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Yes, thank you for this nice, nostalgic thread UF61.

As to revolvers I started out walking a solo footpost on Tompkins Avenue back in June of 1982.

Had my authorized S&W Model 10 in the Jay Pee kidney pouch holster on my belt.

Backup was a Beretta 84 on my ankle. Having 14 rounds of .380 to access seemed a neat idea at the time. Once it got colder I switched to a 1911.

The good old days.
A gun at work has 2-3 Beretta 84 pistols. Couple variations of them over the years. He pretty much buys one whenever he comes across one.

Pretty neat little gun. If it was cocked and locked it would be perfect.
 
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... And what would be your choice now among the current off duty carry options of the Glock 26 ...

The 38 option is a grandfather cause only option for those who had the 38 before it was no longer an option.
You had me at Glock 26. I qualify under my agencies "grandfather cause" for revolvers. But revolvers are not practical in big cities.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s our policy changed every time we got a new chief. All the changes made for a big gun collection. :fred:
 
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