Question of the Day: FIVE 9mm Handguns?

In the video above The Firearm Guy sounds a bit like Harvey Fierstein. I’m not sure what that has to do with anything, but there it is. More to the point, TFG recommends five “must have” 9mm handguns, for five different missions. He’s rasping on about a home defense gun, a truck gun, a precision gun, a budget handgun, a carry handgun and a show-off gun. If you have to beware of the man with one gun, this guy’s not him. I consider a GLOCK 19 or similar sufficient for everything, save wearing a suit (when you need a smaller carry gun) and showing-off (when you need a Wilson Combat 1911 or Smith & Wesson 686). The BBQ gun thing was number six, so it doesn’t count. How many handguns do you use?

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  1. avatar Jeff O. says:

    Five GLOCK brand GLOCK 19s then?

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      Well, variety is the spice of life, right? A hard-core Glocker could still get it done with all Glocks:

      Home defense: G34 with weapon light/laser combo.

      Truck gun: G19.

      Best shooter: G17C. Loud, but an accurate and mild-mannered shooter.

      Budget handgun: used G17.

      Subcompact carry gun: G26.

      As for a dressy/BBQ gun, I have a G19 with NP3 plating on the slide/barrel. Does that count? Close enough, right? 😉

    2. avatar Michael in GA says:

      What kind of suit is it that you need a smaller gun than a Glock 19 to conceal? A swim suit?

      Actually I have concealed a Glock 19 in a swim suit.
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      2. avatar AndyT says:

        When you weigh 150 pounds and wear slim fit suits and MUST conceal even without wearing a jacket. That’s when you need a G26 instead of a G19. And a good holster/belt combo.

        Ask me how I know…

        1. The G26 is a double stack just like the G19. Slim suits make no difference. Are you trying to pocket carry that G26? Is that what you are saying? How easy a draw is that from slim suit pants pocket? I would not call a G26 a pocket gun in any pants.

    3. avatar 2Alpha says:

      My 19 is my only pistol. I prefer practicing and carrying it by itself. By using only it, I feel I know what to expect at all times. I have been thinking about getting a shield as a backup for deeper concealment(haven’t needed it yet), but mostly in case it were to be taken or lost in a boating incident so I have a backup avalible immediately.

      1. I’d get another Glock 19. Train hard with one and get it all beat to hell. Carry the other one and shoot it rarely just to keep it warm.

  2. avatar Gordon Wagner says:

    I misread the headline. Five NINE MILLIMETER handguns? That sounds like wearing three belts and two pairs of suspenders. How about NO 9mm handguns?

    1. avatar SteveM says:

      I like to keep a 9mm around for the Mrs.

      1. avatar AllAmerican says:

        I know this dude that carries the full size standard .45 XD, the full size XDm, and an XDs, with spare mags for each, its ridiculous. He tries to conceal it all too, so he just looks like he’s carrying all kinds of shit on him, and literally gets tired and has to sit down frequently when we walk any long distances. I try to tell him he’ll be just fine carrying one or two with an extra mag or too but he won’t listen thats what he likes.

        1. avatar PeterW says:

          All 3 are on the CCW so… gotta carry all 3 all the time, right?

      2. A 9mm will stop more than just her.

        1. avatar Derek says:

          hahahaha

    2. avatar larry says:

      Let me guess U a reeeaaal man and you carry a Forty Five??

      9mm gets the job done as good as any other PISTOL caliber.

  3. avatar Dracon1201 says:

    All I need is my CZ SP-01 tactical. That covers precision, home defense, truck gun, and gun to show off, especially the multicam black it’s coated in.

    However, I do keep a the new Springfield XDG and the CZ-07 for carry. I swap them out when the fancy takes me.

    1. avatar lolinski says:

      Same here. The CZ SP-01 is pretty much the perfect pistol for the average user. Would love to get one engraved. Nothing fancy, just a bit tastefull engraving. Though that would be hard because I am in Norway and most engravers who won’t take my kidney aren’t in Norway.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      No, no, no.

      A shadow for IDPA.
      A CTS or CzechMate for USPSA.
      An SP-01 for home defense.
      A P-01 for concealed carry.
      An older 75B to mount the Kadet kit on.
      And a Scorpion on order for awesome.

      Then there are the CZ rifles…

  4. avatar jwm says:

    Use or own?

  5. avatar Chris. says:

    I currently have 2 handguns. FNX 9mm for general all purpose – I use it in a league, it is my carry piece, it is my home defense gun.

    2nd handgun – is my Sig Mosquito .22; I like to carry that one for plinking or shooting small game if the opportunity presents.

    I do plan to add another handgun over the next year. I think my first AR is going to be my next firearm purchase though. The handgun can wait — handguns I’d like snub .357; or small 9mm such as m&p shield.

  6. avatar Connor MacLeod says:

    There can be only one…

    1. avatar Anonymoose says:

      If you’re going to consolidate as much as possible, I’d say Glock 30S for a do-it-all pistol, and maybe a P239 for ultracompact CCW.

    2. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Nuns. No sense of humor…”

    3. avatar DJ says:

      P250 gets my vote for that.

      Pros:
      Accurate (more accurate I am)
      Variable profile (you can take it from full sized to sub compact)
      Reliable (I have no idea how many rounds I’ve put through mine with zero failures)

      Cons:
      Magazines are EXPENSIVE
      DAO = second strike at the expense of a LOOOONG reset

  7. avatar John Thomas says:

    “I can make a video, too.”

  8. avatar NJ2AZ says:

    i own several hand guns just…well i don’t have a reason 🙂

    But i have always said IF i could only have one, it would be my glock 19.

  9. avatar MotoJB says:

    I have only 3 9mm’s…and already feel like I have too many. 😉

  10. avatar Layne says:

    He’s described no more than 2 guns. A precise, show off, home defense gun, and a compact carry gun that will be in your truck when you’re in your truck if you’re carrying it on your person. Variety is the spice of life and all, but it’s not variety if they’re all 9mm. Get some shotguns.

    1. avatar Michael in GA says:

      I recommend two of caliber of choice in same gun of choice. One for training and one for carry. You can wear out the practice gun and keep your primary carry gun in top shape.

    2. avatar Stinkeye says:

      You raise a good point about the “truck” gun. I always thought of such a thing as an inexpensive rifle or shotgun kept in the vehicle for unforeseen emergency use. A handgun as a truck gun just doesn’t make much sense if you’re already carrying a handgun.

      1. My wife’s Nano is in for warranty work so I loaned her my G19. Now my truck gun is my CMMG MK4. I appreciate the collapsible stock now. I have to leave my gun locked in the truck while I work anyway so losing the Glock isn’t that big a deal.

  11. avatar Independent George says:

    If I were limited to a single gun, it’d be a mid-size 9mm semi-auto. If two, I’d add a single-stack pocket 9. For a third, I’d take a .357 revolver with a 4″ barrel. A fourth would be a 12 gauge shotgun. The fifth would be a bolt-action .22. I don’t have any ‘show-off’ guns, not do I want any.

    Trying to squeeze a 9mm into all those roles makes no sense to me.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      No BBQ gun? That’s un-American. I carry a .380 (LCP) but am about to switch to an LC9/laser, and have a 3″ Kimber .45 as a car gun. Am making evil plans for BBQ gun and leather in hopes that TX will legalize OC this year.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        What gun is good to hang on to if your hands are covered in grease after you plow through a rack of ribs? (This being a BBQ gun and all)

        Glock might be too slick to hang on to…

        1. My bar-b-q gun is a flame thrower.

  12. avatar John P says:

    Really not sure what exactly I need a 9mm handgun to do that my Glock 19 can’t do. Really, really not sure. Even sub-MOA at 50 yards is possible with the right setup, and it will still be cheaper than a high-end 1911.

    1. avatar John M. says:

      Try slipping it into your back pocket. My Beretta Nano will do that (with many pockets).

      1. I can carry a M&P45 in the front pocket of my jeans.

    2. avatar JR_in_NC says:

      Your Glock 19 shoots sub 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards? Any chance you got pictures of those targets? Would love to see ’em.

      1. avatar Michael in GA says:

        I would brag about 1/2″ groups at 50 feet. And you would see the video.

    3. avatar RenegadeDave says:

      I drink the G19 koolaid as being the optimally sized pistol, but man, I can’t get that kind of accuracy out of it. No expert or anything, but damn, 1/2″ at 50 yds? I’d be tickled pink with 1/2″ at 50′.

    4. avatar JWTaylor says:

      I’d really like to know what set up gives you a sub 1 inch group from a Glock 19. I’m not questioning the veracity if your claim. I’m really just interested. I’ve never found them to be particularly accurate guns, and maybe I’m just missing something.

    5. avatar MatKep says:

      Sub MOA at 50 yds is less than a 1/2″. With a pistol? Nice shooting.

  13. avatar KMONtang says:

    5 handguns, yes. five 9mm’s? no. sure I have a couple, but 5 9’s is uncalled for

    1. Saves money on bulk ammo.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Yeah, but your UPS guy/gal may put a hex on your ass for lugging all that lead up to your front door…

  14. avatar SteveM says:

    He should keep the Glock 19 and Shield and sell the rest.

  15. avatar Tex300BLK says:

    Other than the Shield/PPS/CM9 all of those handguns he listed were pretty much the same with maybe a a few hundred dollars spread in price. All duty/fullsize 4″ ish barrel, similar mag capacity, I guess you don’t want a tricked out H&K as a “Truck Gun”, but other than that this video is like doing a “5 cars you should own” video and 4 of them are a GMC, Chevy, Dodge, and Ford 150/1500 series trucks and the other is a Toyota Tacoma.

    A better video would have been, buy the Glock 19 it does everything you would need a 9mm handgun to do except for deep cover, and spend the rest of the money buying about 2-3 cases of FMJ (600ish) and maybe 500-1000 rounds of nice JHP ammo for carry (another 600ish). If you have money leftover buy yourself a real “Showoff Gun” not some generic pistol with a Homer’ed duracoat spray job that you call “custom”.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Yeah, that is one of my considerations, including thinking about Cimmarron’s offerings in cowboy guns and leather, any company that offers single action cowboy .45s in six different finishes is definitely working the BBQ circuit.

  16. avatar IdahoPete says:

    I respectfully decline to answer the question because it ain’t nobody’s bidness.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Relax, Pete. This isn’t an intervention.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Maybe he lives in Austin..

        Chief Acevedo wants to know…

  17. avatar Jim R says:

    All I have is my CZ75. I can’t afford to have half a dozen handguns lying around. I barely get to shoot the one I do have.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      If you had more money, you’d just buy more CZ-75s, different variations.

      Ask me how I know this…

  18. avatar DPV says:

    Yeah I disagree with this. At most the average civilian who only cares about self defense only needs 2.
    3 at max.

    1. Home defense handgun. Should have a light & laser, ideally.
    2. EDC handgun. Most want it compact.
    3. If #2 is ugly, a dress handgun. Wood grips, no polymer, etc.

  19. avatar Hannibal says:

    Why would anyone need more than one or two 9mm handguns out of five?

  20. avatar danthemann5 says:

    Before the tragic boating accident wherein I lost all of my guns, I would have responded with about 8 to 12. Carry guns were swapped around depending on clothing choices, weather, activity, or whenever the fancy struck, but usually no more than 3 at a time. I usually took 4-8 to the range on any given occasion just for fun. Variety is the spice of life right?

    1. avatar Frank says:

      You too? What a coincidence. I had a suppressed Glock in the night stand. Don’t want to scare the cats).
      Glock .40 cal for the car, Ruger GP100 .357 stainles. S&W .380 bodyguard for evening walks in the woods, a 1976 Ruger Police Service six my first gun bought in 1976 gave to my Dad and inherited it back when he died. I restored it with some 800 & 1000 grit sandpaper along with some S100 polishing soap, the same stuff I use on my stainless steel exhausts on the motorcycle. It looks better than when I bought it in ’76.
      I did my own trigger job on the .357 stainless GP100 last Sunday afternoon watching a YouTube video. Now it has a sweet, sweet trigger. I’m still amazed that I put it all back together and had no leftover parts.

  21. avatar jake from detroit says:

    I spent years and years harping that the Glock 19 was the perfect *do everything* gun, but now I’m a little conflicted. I have to say that if the glock *had* to go, or the shield *had* to go, i would probably hand over the glock and keep the shield (no thumb safety).

    I have AR’s and shotguns for home defense, and that shield feels like a service pistol in a package that can be, after a stretch, pocketed, or carried openly in a drop leg/pancake holster. It fits so many rolls so well, and I believe that as a civilian carrying in a generally safe environment, the additional firepower the glock provides may be unnecessary. Also, since i carry the shield almost every day and the glock very rarely, why not trade it up for the 17? If it’s only gonna sit on the nightstand?

    Again, this is all in the context of only being able to own a single firearm, i see no reason not to have both.

    1. avatar RenegadeDave says:

      34 > 17 if you’re not looking at the practicality of carry. OWB, a 17 and 34 might as well be the same gun. hell, they have the same frame, RSA, etc.

    2. What do you get from a G17 over the G19? 18 instead of 16 rounds? If you want capacity sitting on your night stand then just put a higher capacity magazine in the Glock 19. You do realize that the Glock 26, 19, 17 all hold a 50 round mag?

  22. avatar NoID says:

    S&W Model 36 for concealed carry with light clothing, H&K USP for concealed carry with heavier clothing or open carry.

    But I’m solidly in the category of man who only obtains “needs”. You’ll find very few “wants” in my home. The Model 36, which started life in 1956 as my Grandfather’s self defense pistol, might be retired of a proper .357 snubbie one day. But those plans aren’t even in the kitchen, let alone on the back burner.

  23. avatar Mike says:

    I’ve got 3 handguns – 2 9mm’s (1 for carry/everything, 1 for at-home/pretty/because I wanted it), and a .22 revolver. Not sure I need any other handguns, but I’ve got the basics covered at least.

  24. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    One for concealed carry.
    Once for winning bets at the range.

    The Mrs. has a concealed carry gun and a purse gun.

    Some of us live under laws that render impractical the concept of “truck guns” and open carry guns.

    The carry gun could be a BACKUP home defense gun, but it shouldn’t be your primary home defense gun.

    He who buys a gun to “show off” most likely doesn’t have actual marksmanship skills to otherwise impress people.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I probably have to ‘fess up to resembling that description. Old and weak, my eyes won’t focus on the sights any more, and my hands shake. Thus the ARs have optics (one EoTech, one red dot) and the new 9 has a laser, since distant vision is fine. Still can’t hold still enough for real groups, but can buy guns inlaid with gold and silver if I like, and matching leather. BBQ is for FUN! And 30 years ago I could outshoot you and six of your friends!

  25. avatar Kyle in CT says:

    Seems to me if you’re going to have multiples, they should tickle your funny bone in different ways. Say a carry gun, nightstand/range/OC gun, .22 plinker, and something in .44 mag to give you that nice warm tingly feeling in your soul.

  26. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    My G-17 has served me well for EDC.

  27. avatar Warlocc says:

    I have a USP .40 that I use for everything, really…

  28. avatar Tile floor says:

    I’ve got my 26 and my 17. That’s all I need

    1. avatar RenegadeDave says:

      Let me introduce you to Mr. 19 and 34.

      NOW YOUR WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!

  29. avatar yame says:

    I actually prefer my G26. But since I’m not limited to one gun:

    G19 is my HD gun
    G26 CCW
    LCP for deep concealment (not 9mm, I know)

  30. avatar SelousX says:

    I can say from some personal experience that a Walther PPS prints much less than a Glock 19 through a well-tailored suit, at least for strong-side carry in an IWB hybrid holster. That said, I carried a Browning BDM as an EDC when that’s all I could afford. The BDM would still be my EDC but for the fact that the backstrap has a horrible profile for those of us with less-than-beefy mitts.

  31. avatar ST says:

    Ive got three 10mms- one for carry, one for practice, and one for post-incident backup. Remember folks, if you shoot an urban ‘yute the five-oh WILL confiscate the gun you used.

    The reason behind 10mm-im not a big fan of my practice ammunition being substantially different from my carry ammo, as is the case with 9mm and 9mm +p .1100 FPS factory practice ammo , 1100 FPS carry ammo.

  32. avatar Biff Baxter says:

    Just 3:

    Nightstand – Smith & Wesson M&P 45c
    Everyday Carry – Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm
    Ultimate Conceal – Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380
    Show-Off – Smith & Wesson Model 586 – 357 Mag

    I just like S&W.

  33. avatar g says:

    Summer carry – S&W Shield
    Winter carry – Lionheart LH9
    Home Defense – Lionheart LH9 mk2 with light
    Bugout / Go to War / Sentimental – SIG P226 with 20 round mecgar mags

  34. avatar Ross says:

    Glock 19 for everything in my world, now I have a number of them all heavily customized but Glock 19’s all the same.

  35. avatar Desert Ranger says:

    PPQ for the BBQ…just sayin’

  36. avatar Noishkel says:

    Well asking the question of ‘why 5 handguns’ is kind of like asking ‘why do you have 5 wrenches’? Different jobs quire difference tools. That being said I have no idea why this guy thinks you MUST HAVE 5 9mms. Maybe I just never really caught the 9mm bug. There’s better rounds out there.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Yep. There’s better rounds out there.

      There are rounds that are more powerful, more expensive, generate more recoil with reduced magazine capacity.

      And there are rounds that are less powerful, less expensive, generate less recoil with increased magazine capacity.

      Take yer pick.

      1. What handgun has more magazine capacity than a 9mm handgun? I don’t see 22s with more than 18.

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          FN Five-seveN is 20 rounds…

        2. avatar Stinkeye says:

          Yeah, but 5.7 sure isn’t less expensive than 9mm.

          Other than .22LR, are there any handgun calibers that are generally cheaper than 9mm?

      2. avatar Noishkel says:

        Well that’s exactly what it is really. Personal preference.

        In my case I’m built like a tank, so the recoil and extra weight of the gun doesn’t bother me. For me it’s more important to make each hit count. That’s why I’m all about the .40/10mm. The add bonus is that even though I’ll have less round in the mag each hit will count for a hell of a lot more. Hit a attacker with a non critical hit with a 9mm they might still have enough fight in them to keep coming after you. Hit them with something with a lot more knock down power and that chance of the fight continuing drops rapidly, even with non-critical hits.

  37. avatar ActionSaxon says:

    What I carry depends on several factors. Suit = Seecamp 380, Jogging = Ruger LCP, Jeans + Tee shirt = Browning HP. Then there are a few others that I carry for no specific reason other than I like them….my Walther PPK is a good example of this.

    I think we often spend too much time discussing what guns we “need” as opposed to those we simply “want.” I’d say the vast majority of gun purchases fall into the “want” category. To me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. More guns = more fun.

  38. avatar Rokurota says:

    Harvey Fierstein’s categories sound like post-facto justification. I guess I do this too, but my categories keep changing based on what I would like to try next. When I trade out for the next shiny object, the categories change. For example, if I decided to buy a 1911, what would be the reason for that?

    1. avatar DJ9 says:

      Emptying your wallet even quicker?

      Practicing your stoppage-clearing drills?

      Getting to know your local gunsmith better?

      Giving-in to misguided peer pressure?

  39. avatar Ralph says:

    I only carry a 9mm handgun when I think that I need a less-lethal option.

  40. avatar James Miller says:

    Glock 19 Gen4 for home, M&P 9 Shield for conceal-carry…and when Texas gets open-carry, a Wilson Combat 92G for show 🙂

  41. avatar Accur81 says:

    Current rotation:

    G27 – EDC / Court Details

    G23 – EDC / Security details / Court Details / metallic silhouette / informal competition

    Smith 340PD – Summer / deep CCW / callous remover

    G35 – Security details / Metalic silhouette / informal competition

    Smith 4006 – Backup duty gun / safe queen

    Smith 4006 TSW – Uniformed duty gun / Uniformed competition / boat anchor

    Sig 227 – Back up HD / Wife’s gun

    Ruger 22/45 – Practice / plinking

    Ruger Bisley .44 – handgun hunting

    Smith 460 8 3/8″ – handgun hunting / signal flare / show off / knuckle hair burner

    I have spare G23s and 35s due to their low cost and magazine compatibility. I’d love to add a Sig 226, a good 1911, an M&P shield, and a bunch of others to the rotation. Maybe a CZ or FNS, or Sig 2022. The 9mm is a great caliber I just don’t have one yet.

  42. avatar Mediocrates says:

    Ruger SR40 for the home
    Ruger LCP/Sig P238 for light carry
    Kahr CM9 for deep concealment
    Glock G19 when only a double stack nine will do.

  43. avatar Texsylvanian says:

    Glock 19 (EDC)
    Glock 42 (Pocket carry when situation precludes Glock 19 appendix carry)
    Smith and Wesson TRR8 (post-destruction of civilization gun)

  44. avatar Chip Bennett says:

    And with the Ruger SR9c, I get a precise shooter, concealable, plenty of capacity, and a rail (in case I *must* have a mounted light), all for around $400. I couldn’t care less about the “sexy” factor. I have two: one is EDC/home defense, and the other is for travel.

  45. avatar KCK says:

    Sheild Carry
    XD 40 Bed side HD, but recently badly injured my only hand so substituting the less recoil M&P Full size 9 for now. Less power but 4 more rounds.

    The other five or so short guns are for amusement

  46. avatar JoshtheViking says:

    “How many handguns do you use?”

    As many as I can afford.

  47. avatar Taurus609 says:

    Full size M&P nine for IWB carry, Taurus PT 609 Titanium for pocket carry.

  48. avatar Bruce Badger says:

    Since I actually read the post “5 9mm handguns”…

    CZ 75b – EDC, home defense, competition, accuracy, BBQ gun (satin nickel finish – custom grips)
    M&P Shield – lighter clothing carry
    Kahr CW9 – really light clothing carry
    Canick Shark – truck gun

  49. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    Covered for all needs except for a show-off gun. For that, I’d really like a performance center 625.

  50. avatar JoshuaS says:

    When I carried it was an XD40sc. If I ever get to carry again (stupid California) this is my list

    1. SP-101, with full house .357 magnum when hikng, in the woods.

    2. XD-40sc has become my trunk gun already

    3. LCR357 was a back up carry

    4. XDs .45 for city carry when I need something small

    5. Haven’t decided on a bigger, high capacity carry gun when clothing allows.

    6. SR-45 is current home defense gun

  51. avatar mike oregon says:

    Main carry, S&W M&p40 pro 5″, back up M&P40c , show off= S&W 1006 , fun= colt 1991A1 . So yep 5

  52. avatar pyratemime says:

    I am actually planning on having a number of 9mm handguns in my stock.

    M&P Bodyguard* for exercising outdoors/super slim carry
    M&P Shield when the 9c is to big and the Bodyguard is to small
    M&P 9c for daily CC
    M&P 9 for OC, because if hiding it isn’t an issue then go full size
    M&P 9 with light for in the night stand

    Why all M&P 9 variants? Because the manual of arms is the same so no matter which one I pick up for whatever reason the muscle memory is the same.

    *No one said it had to be 9mmx19!

    1. avatar SpecialK says:

      I have darn near the same setup, except that I go with the long slide version of the M&P instead of the regular full size and I sub a Kahr P380 for the Bodyguard because I just can’t stand that trigger.

  53. avatar C. says:

    I currently own one handgun, I’ll eventually add more to the collection.

    1. HK P30L – The one I currently own. It’s my preciousssss.
    2. Walther P99 – Love that DA/SA trigger. James Bond…’nuff said.
    3. Glock 17 – Loaner handgun; when I take someone to the range with me, that’s the gun they get to shoot.
    4. SIG Sauer P226 – Always wanted a SIG.
    5. Beretta 92A1 – Another fun gun.

    Living in Canada, home defence and concealed carry is effectively illegal for us mere mortals. Also, magazine capacity is limited to 10 rounds and barrels have to be longer than 4.13″. So yeah, the handguns will only be used at the range.

  54. avatar Mike says:

    To me a “truck gun” is a long gun, if your in trouble and can get to your car, GTFO. If it’s bad enough you can’t, you probably want a long gun anyway.

    Any decent polymer pistol can withstand inclement weather and who drops the gun they’re carrying? That will probably get you in trouble.

  55. avatar RenegadeDave says:

    I have 4 9mm handguns.

    G19 for everyday
    G17 to leave in the safe for the MRS while I’m away. Sometimes for carry until I remember the grip makes it uncomfortable to carry for a desk job.
    G34 for competition
    M&P 9c for the Mrs. for when she gets froggy and want’s to leave the house toting a heater.

    Really, I’d be OK with just the G34 and G19. I guess I can use the G17 for GSSF matches if I ever want to take a stab at winning another GLOCK. Maybe a 35 if I ever start shooting USPSA Limited…? G41 for CDP in IDPA? G30s for carry if I start shooting a G41 for IDPA?

  56. avatar Dave Lewis says:

    Lots of choices in my safe but in most common use:

    Uniform duty – Springfield Mil Spec 1911 .45ACP
    Class C uniform/off duty/winter concealed carry – Kimber Ultra Carry (officers model frame) 1911 .45ACP
    Off duty/hot weather concealed carry – Smith 640 .357 or Charter Arms Bulldog .44 special
    Deep concealed carry – Ruger LCP
    Nightstand – Rock Island 1911
    Hunter – Ruger Super Redhawk 8″ barrel .44 magnum
    Plinker – Browning Buckmark .22
    Safe queen, plinker, and carry if everything else goes away – Smith 686 4″ barrel – my first duty piece
    BBQ gun – Uberti Cattleman .with case hardened frame in .357 riding in a tooled leather cowboy rig

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      That Ruger Super Redhawk 8″ barrel .44 magnum seems like an awesome gun. Never even seen one in person, but it’s in the back of my head whenever I think about new guns to buy. I have precisely zero practical requirement for one, though. So it would definitely be my “because guns” gun.

      1. avatar Dave Lewis says:

        I reload and once heard somebody say that you couldn’t put enough powder in a .44 mag case to blow up a Super Redhawk. I don’t know if that’s true, but I really like mine. It is big and heavy and looks a little clunky, but its strong, accurate, and a high quality American made pistol. You could do lots worse.

        1. avatar Stinkeye says:

          You probably can’t put enough powder in a Mason jar to blow up a Super Redhawk… 😉

  57. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    I disagree with the premise. I can agree with several handguns in the must have sense, but who’s to say they must all be nine mil? G26 is one of my EDC, but a TCP in .380 is my other, as I carry both daily. The Taurus was easy on the back pocket at the register, and easy on the back pocket as I carry it. I didn’t see at the time a 9 that offered both.

    For home defense, my go to gun should a window get smashed is my KRISS Vector. I don’t always double tap insane, meth head home invaders in the face with .45ACP, but when I do, I prefer my KRISS Vector.

    I guess I don’t do truck or BBQ guns.

  58. avatar tdiinva says:

    A subcompact may be his carry gun but a compact is the optimal size. I recently started carrying in church because there is a guy who I know carries and if there is only one guy in the room armed it’s going to be me. I carry my XD/m compact under my suit coat and neither he nor anyone else is any wiser. I am pretty sure I can carry a full sized and get away with it too with a Blackhawk Check Six holster. There are only a few situations where a subcompact is the only way to carry. Why give up capacity if you don’t need to.

  59. avatar tdiinva says:

    Standard carry: Springfield Milspec or Browning HP
    Dress Carry: XD/m compact 9 but I did order a check six for a Commander/HP
    Summer casual carry: XD/m compact 9
    Back country carry: RIA Commander in 10
    Golf carry: Nano
    Commuter carry: Nano
    What ever I have out of the safe is on my bedstand.

    Don’t have a truck

    1. Golf carry? Why not a Mossberg 590?

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        I would have to take out another club or take a 2 shot penaly (max of four strokes) for too many clubs in the bag.

        1. No. It doesn’t replace a club. It replaces your golf umbrella. Another item used for protection.

        2. avatar tdiinva says:

          It’s a matter of interpretation. I might want to use it as a putter. That way when I 4-jack I can pull the trigger and end my misery.

        3. Well then, it is obvious what club to leave out of the bag…the 9 of course.

        4. avatar Leadslinger says:

          You need a better bag. 🙂

      2. avatar 80 D says:

        Golf carry? M1919 a la General Ripper of course!

  60. avatar Shwiggie says:

    home defense gun – CZ 75
    car gun – CZ 75
    precision gun – CZ 75
    budget handgun – CZ 75
    carry handgun – CZ 75
    show-off gun – CZ 75

    Thank you; drive through.

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      Alas “budget” is no longer true. But otherwise, nothing wrong with your list, not in the least.

  61. avatar Joel says:

    so a super blackhawk isn’t the do it all gun?……

  62. avatar Ducky says:

    Usually have a .45 on the hip, a 9mm in a concealed under armpit holster, and a .22 mag NAA in a pocket holster.I also have a whole host of C&R guns and some guns I used to carry but switched out. I only sell guns I hate or when I am in extreme financial distress, so I have a bunch of others I don’t shoot often.

  63. avatar LordGopu says:

    Lol I remember seeing some guy post a video on YouTube about how he conceals two .50 desert eagles in shoulder holsters. His logic was that the weight balanced better with two otherwise the rig would pull too much to one side. I don’t know why I thought of this now.

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