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View Poll Results: Which one do you suggest?
Springfield XDs .45 36 29.27%
M&P Shield .40 18 14.63%
Ruger SP101 .357 (stainless steel & bobbed hammer) 31 25.20%
Other 38 30.89%
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Old December 22, 2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Which one?

Looking to pick up my next handgun, and hopefully when I get my CHL this year, my CCW. What do you think?
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Old December 22, 2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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By the way... Why did you vote for what you voted for
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Old December 22, 2012, 07:50 PM   #3
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I voted for other. I like Glock. They are rugged, reliable and accurate right out of the box. My main carry gun is a Glock 21SF .45. Under a coat / jacket in cool weather, under an oversized T-shirt in warm weather.
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Old December 22, 2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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CZ P06. 40 S&W version of the P01.

I had the SP101, couldn't shoot it worth a darn with 357's. I realized 5 rounds of 38 was pointless when I could have more 9mm +p in a semiauto.
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Old December 22, 2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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+1 for the glock. Proven design, reliable, and p
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Old December 22, 2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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+1 for the glock. Proven design, reliable, and the polymer is nice in case you swear while carrying the gun (no rust)
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Old December 22, 2012, 11:35 PM   #7
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definitely the .45
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Old December 23, 2012, 02:00 AM   #8
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I own (kind of) a version of each. When I say "kind of" I have an SP101 without the bobbed hammer, an XDm .45 and an M&P9 (Full size, not the shield). While I love the SP101, the trigger leaves a LOT to be desired. It is also heavy, its a freakin tank but it shoots great if you get used to the trigger. I put a Trijicon front sight on mine and it is my nightstand gun. Well, my 870 is by the bedside but the Ruger is on the nightstand.


The Smith and the Springfield are both solid pistols too, honestly you are putting up a really tough three to choose from. You will not be disappointed in any of them.


The factory Ruger grips leave a lot to be desired as well.
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Old December 23, 2012, 02:12 AM   #9
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Consider GLOCK 26/27 or Walther PPS.

Of the three you listed I would go with the Shield.
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Old December 23, 2012, 04:35 AM   #10
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I voted other, because of the three weapons you gave, I would go for the Shield in 9mm- just not a fan of the 40S&W. I don't carry a .45, but if I did, I would trend towards an all metal or a full size polymer, just to help absorb some recoil. In terms of CCW, if you wanted a wheel gun, I'd look at the Smith J-frame revolvers, and yes, in a .38 spec. As to Chris's point- while capacity is a consideration, I wouldn't call 5 rounds of .38 +p "pointless" by any stretch of the imagination.
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Old December 23, 2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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I picked the Ruger because as a CCW gun, it is easy to conceal and shoot. I would opt for a regular hammer however. You would want the opt of shooting both single and double action.

The XD and M&P are both good choices too. As a first gun, I just feel a revolver is a better choice and shooting .38s can give you a lot of trigger time.
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Old December 23, 2012, 10:06 AM   #12
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45acp, low pressure, bigger bullet. Easier to shoot than the hi pressure 40 or very high pressure 357 mag. Follow up shots are important for a CCW gun. That's my 2 cents worth free of charge.
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Old December 23, 2012, 10:36 AM   #13
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Second Krezyhorse's suggestion...
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Old December 23, 2012, 10:54 AM   #14
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Good feedback... But I never said this was my first gun... Not sure where that came from. Will be my first CCW... But definitely not first gun
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Old December 24, 2012, 10:28 AM   #15
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i voted for the xds just to give your poll some meaning. of the ones you listed, the xds is definitely the way to go. personally though, i like to carry 9mm, so i carry a walther pps when i want something as small and concealable as the xds, and it's big brother the ppq when i have a sweatshirt on.
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Old December 24, 2012, 12:24 PM   #16
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Had a PPS and loved it but sold it a while back... Started looking at the Xds because it's about the same size!
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Old December 24, 2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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I voted other; the other being the reliable, well-built, strong as Superman Smith & Wesson Model 6906.
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Old December 25, 2012, 01:04 PM   #18
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Voted "other"- Glock specifically for the durability, reliability and smooth, flat profile of the gun.
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Old December 25, 2012, 09:15 PM   #19
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GLOCK 21,45ACP just cuzz I like'um
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Old December 26, 2012, 08:15 AM   #20
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Since two of the choices are smaller guns I'm definitely not going to go with others and say a Glock (I'm not a Glockite anyway). But really if you are familiar with and comfortable with a .45 I would definitely get the XDs.

Myself, I don't own a .45, and probably never will, so I would go with something else like a Sig P238, P938 or P290. But, if you are comfortable with a .45 definitely go with the biggest caliber you can (within reason).
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Old December 26, 2012, 10:40 AM   #21
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I voted "other." I suggest a Smith & Wesson Model 12, with a 2" barrel. Six shots, 38 special. Aluminum frame. Add a Tylers "T-Grip" and you're in business.

Why? I've tried a lot of carry guns. XD's, Glocks, Shield, Kel-Tec P-11, J-Frame sized snub. The K-frame, Airweight is what I finally settled on. Light enough to not notice it. One more round than the five shot snubs. Not all that much bigger. 38 Special has plenty of power to suit me.

The down side is they don't make it anymore, so you have to look for one.
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Old December 26, 2012, 11:12 AM   #22
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I voted "other" for the Walther PPS: in my opinion it's better than the Shield in every way but price. And I'd pick the 9mm over the .40; in my opinion the tiny increase in power isn't worth the lower capacity, snappier recoil, and slower follow-up shots.
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Old December 26, 2012, 11:12 AM   #23
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I'm with CajunBass, find a good, used model 12
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Old December 26, 2012, 10:36 PM   #24
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Hard to beat a SP101 as a carry pistol. I like the 3" barrel best. It'll run 100% on any 38/357 ammo you can get. It's simple to maintain and teach. If I had to pick JUST ONE pistol to own the SP101 would be my choice.
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Old December 26, 2012, 11:50 PM   #25
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All 3 great pistols but it is the XD .45 for me. Of the ones listed it feels best in my hand.
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