The 4 rules of gun safety

*The 1st Law of Gun Safety - The Gun Is Always Loaded!

*The 2nd Law of Gun Safety - Never Point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy!

*The 3rd Law of Gun Safety - Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It!

*The 4th Law of Gun Safety - Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What to carry when my CCH permit comes in?

As I sit and wait for my permit to come in, I'm starting to wonder what to carry when it does come in. I qualified on my Smith and Wesson, Military and Police 9mm which is an excellent firearm, but it's also my IDPA firearm. If I use that, I can't really make any changes to it other than maybe sights which I want to replace anyway. I also have a Taurus PT-92 which is a great shooter, but is even larger than the M&P9. Last, I have a Taurus PT809 which is smaller than the PT92 and the M&P9. All of them are 9mm firearms and I shoot them all pretty well, but I'm wondering if maybe I should go up to .40 or .45 for concealed carry. In the future, I will get a 1911 model .45. Can't go wrong with John Moses Browning's design which just had it's 100th birthday. If I decide on the 1911 for concealed carry, it's a toss up on going full size, or going commander size which would be a bit easier to conceal.

After I decide on my concealed carry firearm, I'll then have to decide on the type of holster to wear. I only have one holster now and it's a Bladetech outer waist band for my M&P9. It's a belt type holster and not paddle, so it's not the perfect solution for concealed carry because you have to take it off your belt when you want to remove it. I do prefer it for IDPA as it's nice and snug. No drawing the gun and the holster together :)

Decisions, decisions. At least I have time to investigate and evaluate before I have to make the final decision.

That's it for me. Shoot safe, shoot straight!


  1. John,

    There are even smaller barreled versions of the 1911. Colt Defender and New Agent come to mind immediately (go figure, right?).

    Holsters are vexing. No wait, they are not, finding one that works for you is! Good luck!

  2. Yeah, you have definite experience in holster shopping.


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