Home Question of the Day Question of the Day: How Reliable is Your Everyday Carry Gun? Question of the Day Question of the Day: How Reliable is Your Everyday Carry Gun? By Robert Farago - August 14, 2017 123 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ TTAG reader adub writes: “In your experience, when do you consider a gun reliable enough for everyday carry? If it hasn’t jammed or failed (ever), that’s all well and good, but what if it has? When would you ever stake your life on it again?” ◀Previous Post Next Post▶ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR How Do We Get Open-Minded Non-Gun Owners to Buy Their First Firearm? Do You Correct Other Shooters at the Range? Where Do You Keep Your Home Defense Gun at Night? 123 COMMENTS Glock 34, always bang, no click. It may not be the fanciest gun on the market, but it just plain works. Reply G19. Same. Reply +1 on the 19. Short of getting the odd lemon, most of the common makes and models at a particular price point will work. Reply Here here! The 19 has never failed me. The 23 I carried before…enh not so much. Hence the 19 is now in the starring role. Reply Never had any issues out of my 23 or 19… now my 1911 is ammo picky… but thats par for the course. I compete only with Glocks (19, 17, 34, and 35), and they’ve all had malfunctions. Everything malfunctions. To answer the question, I shoot once or twice a week, generally 200 rounds a session, compete once a week, 1-200 rounds, and usually I don’t have a jamb in any given session. What’s that in numbers…I’m not sure, if I had to guess I would say I will have a hiccup once every thousand rounds (this is a guess, I haven’t tracked it). Waaaay back in the day I shot XD for a while, they also were very reliable. Usually if someone is having major problems the first likely culprit is their reloads, second likely culprit is a bad magazine, third limp wrist, and last a mechanical issue with the gun. I’ve owned four different 1911s, all of them were much more jamb prone than my Glocks, especially if shooting hollow points. Cheap steel case ammo generally results in more jambs. Cheap steel ammo + cheap pistol, you’re asking for it. Reply Omg. a logical Glock owner?! All kidding aside, you’re right on the money with everything can malfunction. Its mechanical. I wish more people would realize that and your comments vs immediately blame the brand for the issue. “its a xxxx its a pile of crap! only xxxx are reliable!” Reply My very early SIG 220 a true West German one from the early years with a heel mag release has served me well for over 40 years. Had to refresh a few mags over that time but it eats any ammo I load it with. Reply My CZ PCR has never failed. But just in case it does, I carry a J frame BUG. Reply THIS! ^^^^^ The only dependable solution is another even more dependable gun. Reply J-Frame revolver. Never any issues Reply S&W 6906 9mm Solid and reliable, first mag I shot was a little jammy but upon inspection is was old, cruddy ammo so since then it’s been fine. Reply GP 100… (drops mike) Reply That’s why I carry mine in the woods. It’s a 6 inch, so it’s a little hard to conceal, but can be done. Reply I’ve stuck my 6″ in my open ended IWB holster and it works surprisingly well, probably until you try to sit down. Might snag the sights on the draw though and I’m not sure you’d be able to find a 6″ IWB holster. Reply I just carry it owb with a long shirt, or a jacket. I’ve mexican carried my 6″ GP-100…. yeah, don’t even bother trying to sit down. I dont CC my GP100 but it has never failed me in any way, shape or form. It has always been a reliable and accurate gun. I shot PPC with it for several seasons. It’s a keeper. Heard some units carried them in Desert Storm. Reply Yep, my GP 100 (4″ barrel with a Cherrywood custom grip) is my favorite. Also have a Glock 43 which is very reliable. Desert Storm we had our 9mm Beretta. Reply 1000 FPS 150 grain wadcutter from 6-shot snubbies is about as reliable as they come. Note for low-information snowflakes: The word “snubbies” is plural. Reply Homemade? Reply SIG P226 Enhanced Elite 9mm NEVER any Fail-to-“anything” 15,000+ rounds on P226 in a little over 2 years. Like it a lot. And, no, not too big to conceal easily with Garrett STX 2.0 holster (occasionally a white Polo shirt and hides fine) Reply Same P226R for open carry around the property, etc. P238 for CC. Both just work. G19 on the occasion that I need something smaller than the 226, but larger than the 238. Have lots of options in the safe. These just rose to to the top. Reply I like to look at numbers. Given millions of handguns sold with no reports of an injury epidemic due to dropped handling, I like my odds and let this matter phase out like a North Korean war hype. Reply 3913 – Never failed Para Elite Commander – Never failed Kimber Compact – Sticky first 100 rds. only 686, 60, 65, 640 – Never failed Reply Any man made machine can and will fail sometime. That being said, I’m comfortable with my current level of self defense tools. Reply HK P2000sk 9mm. No issues and none expected, but any machine is fallible. Reply My CZ P07, getting upward of 1000 rounds and never a failure. Doesn’t matter what I shoot, from Tula to Horandy, they always go bang. I would not carry a pistol if it had any reliability issues. Reply Dead nuts. Reply Have you talked to a doctor about this? Reply It was the Doctor that told him! Reply I allow for a decent break in period then expect 100% with multiple commonly available SD rounds or it’s not going with me. Also needs to function 100% when mildly dirty but not filthy. If small amounts of range gunk causes a potential failure then the daily dirt and grime of a construction site, active lifestyle or even pocket lint/grime may cause the same. I also don’t like pistols that FTF weak wristed or when fired other than vertical. Situations change, better to be safe than sorry. Sig 938, Ruger GP100, CZ 40p and H&K USP have all gained my trust. My 1911s do NOT have that trust because they seem to be finicky with anything other than ball ammo. Reply Glock 26 Gen 4, three ftf/fte in the first 25 rounds, then over 5000 rounds failure free. Not counting two fte when the chamber was absolutely filthy, wiping it out with a t-shirt solved the issue. Clean your carry guns people, especially when you carry them on very dusty dirtbike rides. Reply ” If it hasn’t jammed or failed (ever), that’s all well and good, but what if it has? When would you ever stake your life on it again?”” From my experience in engineering failure analysis, most failures are not isolated incidences. I think it is fair to say that generally we all know the “reliable” guns and the “un-reliable” guns. All of my carry guns have had intermittent failures. Was it the ammo, or my technique, or the gun? Hard to say sometimes. Is going bang 999 times out of 1000 good enough? How about 990/1000? We have extensively talked about guns which don’t like to eat certain types of ammo. And then there are caliber specific issues like .40 FP or wide mouth HP. I generally regard all of the firearms I own good enough to save my life at a moments notice. I have carried high end 1911’s, Sig, Ruger, S&W, and now Canik. Of all my carry guns, the least expensive Canik is my most favored for both reliability and accuracy. Has it hiccupped? Not yet. But even a $2K 1911 can and will. Does that make it unreliable? I guess that’s a personal choice. Reply There are guns that can’t get through one magazine without a failure. Then there are the guns that just work all the time unless it has a issue with ammo, bad mag, bad grip, dirt. Then there is Glock. Reply Which fail, just like many other guns. Not to mention that Glocks stovepipe every time if you don’t iron-wrist it. It’s no Star 30M. (To be fair, it doesn’t weigh like one either.) Reply “Not to mention that Glocks stovepipe every time if you don’t iron-wrist it.” You should not have mentioned that. It is no true. If any part of your hand is high on the gtip, the gun will cycle. I have reproduced this “limp wrist” failure and it has nothing to do with the wrist. It is all about hand placement. To make my G19 fail, I had to grip it one handed half way down the grip and even then, it wasn’t “every time”. It was more likely to cycle than not as a matter of fact. https://www.dropbox.com/s/g0r9vfa3x6mk8j7/20170205_210123.jpg?dl=0 My 9mm California model Shield has been 100% reliable. I just don’t like how the loaded chamber indicator makes it easy for the slide to move out of battery. Reply Do you have a file? Reply Nah. Although Apex Tactical sells a low profile LCI for the Shield. Reply Nonissue. The LCR is essentially a spring steel cam that sits on the rim of a chambered case, and is connected to the slide. Since case extraction doesn’t get in the way of the slide, neither will the LCR, as it drops down the moment the case is ejected. I had one on my XD, and never had a problem with it. Reply HK USP40, and HK P2000 40s&w, never ever any type of issues, I’ll bet my life and family on either one, loaded with Underwood 135g Reply It depends on the ammo (new or reloaded) and the gun. I expect and get 100% out of full size gun / new ammo. Any failure is no good and trust takes 100’s and 100’s of rounds to build up. Small gun / reloaded ammo combines to have some failures in practice. 1 fail per 100 does not bother me as long as I can shoot 25/25 when I switch back to factory. Shooting more than 25 new factory self defense rounds every month gets too expensive for me, I rely on reloads to provide the bulk of my practice ammo. Reply somewhere shy of death and taxes. boringly? certainly runs fine at the range… Reply CZ 2075 RAMI 9MM, gone bang every time. Same for the P07, P226 and 5904. Reply search up recoil spring when the miles get high. solid little ingot, that. Reply no problems with the Steyr S9 as of yet. Reply Had a failure to eject a few times with my Sprinfield XD compact 9mm last year (after carrying it for about 6 years). Tore it down and discovered the ejector was fouled a bit. Since then I’ve make a special effort to make sure that is clean. No further problems. Nothing is perfect. What? You guys think you are going to live forever? LOL Reply M&P 45c. Has gone bang every time right out of the box. I field strip it once a month to blow any dust off if, and clean and oil it every 6 months or 500 rounds, whichever comes first. I rotate my carry ammo every 6 months also. It seems to like 230 grain Underwood +p Gold Dots the best. Reply The full size M&P45 has been my favorite 45 of all time. Didnt like the MP45c as much, but I love how S&W has kept the frame and slide thickness similar to the 9mm/40 models. I carried a full size M&P45 regularly, I recently got a full size M&P45 2.0 that I carry owb with a Streamlight TLR-1s, the trigger is a big improvement over the Gen 1 Reply Good to know about the 2.0 trigger. I do have some 0 round mags that I take when I travel to a city. 9 in he gun, and 18 rounds between to backup mags makes a person feel a little more secure. Reply Had a few fail to fires and a few stove-pipes on my main carry gun, with a very specific brand of cheap, re-manufactured bulk range ammo. No other ammo has even given the gun trouble and the same ammo did the same things on a couple of my other guns. My carry guns get tested with my defensive carry ammo periodically. If there were any hiccups running my carry ammo, for any reason, the gun would get shelved. Reply The full size M&P45 has been my favorite 45 of all time. Didnt like the MP45c as much, but I love how S&W has kept the frame and slide thickness similar to the 9mm/40 models. I carried a full size M&P45 regularly, I recently got a full size M&P45 2.0 that I carry owb with a Streamlight TLR-1s, the trigger is a big improvement over the Gen 1. Reply S&W M&P 40c. Plus or minus eight years and uncounted thousands of .40 cal. rounds with no failures at all. Also shoots 9mm with a Storm Lake barrel and 9mm mags. It’s swallowed all kinds of ammo, from the dirtiest range crap to the finest hollow points with no hiccups. The left-side slide stop button broke off during one range session (the right side of the ambi control did not break) but functionality was not impaired — the gun still ran flawlessly. S&W sent me a replacement part for free and the gun is still running. This S&W semi-auto is as reliable as a S&W revolver, and that’s saying something. Reply Remington 1858, “It never failed me” Quote not by me but by someone more knowledgeable….8-) Reply Cody. Reply The real question is: Is your life good enough to save. . . with a Beretta 96? Will you fail it when you need it most. Seriously, Anyone out there never had a gun failure? Anyone out there think they’ll never have another one. Ok. So we’re all good. Reply I have 2350 rounds through my g19. Between round count 1600 and 2100 I have had 7 failure to feed on the last round in the mag. After some testing I realized it was the mag (I mark them). So the last 250 rounds have been without using that magazine and no issues. I did question it for awhile during that period. Anyone else ever have the very last round of a magazine fail to chamber? Reply I number the plastic bases of all my mags. I’ve had a variety of probs. with .22LR mags but little or none with 9mm. Obvious question: Did you clean your problem mag well? Obvious suggestion: Replace the spring and maybe the follower. I bought a 1000 rounds of American Eagle 9mm ammo, and the cases seems to have sharp corners at the base which dig divots into the middle of the mag follower. Reply CZ P01. Never failed after 2k rounds. If it does, I carry a backup in my pocket, bag, and car. Reply Well, All weapons can and do fail to work.It generally will occur at the worst moment possible.(like in a fight for your life) This is WHY we train for them. I’m old school carry a series 80 colt 1911 .45 since they made it.Before that a 1911 a1. In my time it’s always been bad ammo caused every problem.That’s why only use modern factory clean ammo. I’ve also carried modern revolvers too same drillis.(.357 mags) Smart guy’s also carry a good SHARP knife in case. Train’practice for the worst so to avoid it. Reply 1996 Gen 2 Glock 22…30,000+ rounds and I don’t remember it ever jamming! It was taken out of day to day service when I retired and my Department gave it to me. Today I carry ONLY Springfield XD 45’s. My daily carry gun for the last 4 years is a 4 inch Compact XD 45 with about 2000 rounds (mostly lead FMJ Reloads)….NO FTF,FTC,FTF,FTE, Stovepipes or any other malfunctions! Reply Are you attempting to convince us you were a COP who actually PRACTICED with your issue gun? I thought that was illegal, or something! Thanks for your service. Reply Beretta PX4 Compact and PX4 Subcompact. Literally never failed with about 2000 rounds through each. Having said that, I’m very attentive with cleaning. Every two weeks if not fired. Same day cleaning after any range time, even if only 50 rounds. Reply Kimber Micro Carry .380 – Ran 2000 rounds through the first one. Experienced a 5% failure rate, mostly failures to eject spent rounds or extract spent rounds from the chamber. Three times back to Kimber within the 1st year of ownership – about 6 weeks for each visit. The last time there, Kimber agreed to replace it. Customer service was very nice about it, as they should be. Problem is, the new one is also experiencing a 5% failure rate. I’m going to keep using it and just hope the first round pops off and that’s all I need. Great firearm otherwise (but kinda useless with such a high failure rate). Based on others’ comments on the KimberTalk forum, plenty of owners have experienced similar problems, but some have had very good experiences. Reply Bought a Kimberly solo as my everyday carry gun to replace my older S&W detective special. Found out on the range it jammed or stoved piped even with 124 grain ammo. Got a Sig P938 which I’ve found to be reliable with good quality defensive ammo and regular cleaning. Looked at the kimber micro nine but my experience with the solo really soured me on kimber as a brand. Now I alternate between the S&W and the Sig. Both are plenty reliable enough for me. Would like to know what’s the word about the reliability of the kimber micro 9 Reply I bought a Solo a few months ago and I haven’t had any failures yet, but I’m only about 300 rounds into it. I’ve been running Federal Premium 124 gr and Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr. They’re pricey, but it seems to like them. Reply I think I read on Kimber’s website once that their pistols are designed to run on premium self-defense JHP and reliability will suffer otherwise. Can anyone else corroborate that? I think I’ve had maybe 2 FTE from my Ruger SR9C and they were both within the first 100 rounds. Somewhere around 2,000 rounds later I haven’t had a problem since. The vast majority of those were winchester white box; mostly ball, a few hundred JHP, I’m way too cheap to practice with SD ammo. I carry one of Chuck Norris’s boots. It always finds its way to a bad guy’s head…always. Reply Great plan, but … I heard his shit don’t stink, how ’bout his boots? Reply Chuck Norris once dropped his Sig 320 on purpose, and the earth gently handed it back and said sorry Sir. Reply Chuck Norris doesn’t shoot you. He manually inserts the bullets into your body. Reply Ouch! It all depends on the failure and the circumstances around it. Cheap ammo? Dry gun? Break in period? Limp wrist? Worn parts? Any number of factors outside your gun can cause it to malfunction. My father’s Baretta 92’s recoil spring wore after some 15K rounds or so and the gun didn’t wanna cycle certain types of ammo. A replacement spring and voila, it’s as good as new. I’m not trying to be dismissive, but how you care for most guns will affect reliability as much or more than factory designs. Reply Hi-Point C9 (don’t laugh). Yes, it’s ugly, clunky and heavy. But, and this is the most important part, it works. Flick the safety off (yes, it has one), pull the trigger, and it goes BANG, every time. 147-grain jacketed hollow points. Reply And you can beat a man to death with it without scuffing the coating. Only ~ thing is that small roll-pin takedown. Reply My Kimber Custom II just had its first jam, and several more after that. Then I realized I was about 7000 rounds in using the factory recoil spring, so I’m taking the blame for that. Reply I pocket carry, alternatively, a Ruger LCR and a Glock 42. Both are super reliable. The only trouble I ever had was from the LCR, ironically. I waited too long between cleanings and the cylinder started to seize up making the trigger pull ridiculously heavy. I fixed my mistake and it is all roses again. Reply S&W Shield 9mm – 3200 rounds and nary a hiccup, belch or fart. Reply Same, though I’m closer to 800rnds. Eaten everything I’ve fed it… Which is primarily Winchester white box (for practice) and Hornady critical defense (for not practice). And before you ask… Yes, I go through my carry rounds regularly. Reply I think most modern pistols (last 5 decades) are reliable enough for most modern applications. Even testing out worn out pistols on any litany of ranges, I have yet to think of any modern designed pistol whether it was Beretta, CZ, Glock, S&W, Taurus, Ruger, etc. I know there are a few key problem children (some modern Colt and Remington I’m looking at you), but they are generally outliers, not the whole. Reply I carry my Kimber Pro Carry II 1911 in 9mm which had one stovepipe that happened in a brand new magazine within the first 25 rounds of the gun’s lifetime (beginning of break-in period). About 300 rounds later it hasn’t had another malfunction so that’s good enough for me. As far as percentages go, I’d say I’d likely be comfortable carrying a firearm with a 99.7% success rate (my Kimber 1911 thus far). But for the last 275+ rounds has been 100%. My other carry guns – XDs-9, XD Mod.2 both have over 1000 rounds with no stoppages of any kind. Reply To me the better question is how do you determine when a newly purchased gun IS reliable enough to carry everyday? For me it’s betwixt 500-1000 rounds, and varying types of ammo including my carry ammo. During that break-in period I evaluate accuracy, recoil, and sight picture in varying conditions. That said, I purchase a carry gun WITH the anticipation that it will be my next carry gun and replace what I already consider reliable. So it must out perform what I have now. Reply Spring XD9 if I get in the mood to open carry. Only failure was a stovepipe with crappy Wolf green-lacquer ammo. No other issues in around 4K rounds fired. My new CC is a Spring XDS9. No failures yet, around the 500 round mark. It replaced a keltec PF9 (got tired of the trigger) which for all the bad opinions around them never had an issue in around 1500 rounds. Most modern, respectable branded guns are plenty reliable. They may have qualms with certain bullet profiles, but that’s why you practice with what you intend to carry, and maintain them like you would any quality tool. Reply My shield 9 suffered from premature lockbacks with – get this – no slide lock engaged. The slide would physically jam rearward occasionally. Sent it back, they replaced the barrel and it fixed the issue. Also failed both mag springs (well documented issue), but replaced those with Wolff springs. Put about 700 rounds through her since without a single hiccup. S&W had great customer service, and the gun shoots so much nicer than the Springfield and Glock competitors. No regrets! Reply I never had a jam with my Glock 30 that I’d carried for years and shot thousands of rounds, until it had a FTF on a couple of rounds, then it worked fine after that. Couldn’t figure why. I’ve OC’d my Kimber 1911 for years and have fired thousands of rounds with a couple of times I’ve had FTF or FTE after shooting hundreds of rounds without cleaning. I feel confident that it would serve me well and reliably if I ever need to use it for self defense, especially for the first 29 rounds, since that’s all the ammo I carry daily. Reply It’s more reliable than my ex-wife. Though that’s not saying much. Reply I’ve had more problems with cheap pracrice ammo failing to ignite than I’ve had with any of my carry guns failing to cycle/eject etc. Reply Glock 19 Gen3 Over 7000 rounds, 1 failure to feed due to out of spec ammo. Reply Glock 26 and 27, Sig P938. Never a problem with any of them. Funny thing, the 938 eats 115gr without a problem. On the Sig forum nothing but complaints that the gun only likes 124 or 147. I usually shoot 124 but bought some S&B 115 really cheap and the gun ate it all without a whimper. Reply My carry guns are reliable only to the point of how many rounds I have put thru them without a hiccup or failure. Mechanical things break. One of my carry guns could break tomorrow. Hopefully at the range and not on the street. Reply I live in New Jersey we CAN NOT carry here. So I have to use a Stick, Rock, or anything pre Bronze Age. Sometimes a stick will break so I recommend a big rock. It will not fail however it won’t be quite effective either. Reply Is a rock in a sock a legal legal carry piece in New Jersey? Reply No. Not anywhere in the US. A dirty sock is also considered a bacterial weapon of mayhem. Reply Summer = Glock23 gen 4. Only 1000 through it but no failures. (Had a gen3 with 10,000+ with no failures). Winter = Sig229 .40. 10,000+, 3 FTF failures cause an idiot friend gave a mag with one round backwards and the other two were with cheap Wolf ammo (same friend gave me that also, no longer a friend). Reply Quite. Reply My G23 recently had new Trijicons replaced as my old ones had gotten dull; replaced the recoil assembly as well as the extractor spring and bearing. A new striker mainspring was replaced as well as the trigger spring. Lastly I replaced the magazine spring in my three mags, they had a set of about 1″ to 1.125″… had no problems with reliability but the gun was made in ’06…it is a fine machine… Reply About 7,800 rounds (9mm, 115g) over 4 years. No malfunctions. Sig Sauer P290RS Reply S&W M&P 40c Over a thousand rounds, various brands of ammo, hardball and hollow points and not a single failure of any kind. Great carry gun. Reply My CZ P01. But, If I go out of state and there is any…any risk of loosing a gun for any reason, I take my Sar B6P.. 2k+ rounds and never a failure. Turkish trust. Reply Every gun I own will go bang once at the least. Some haven’t always gone bang 2 times in a row on any given day. They are machines and can be finicky if they wish to be. Reply Had a Sig P229C that jammed 50 times out of 700 rounds. I sent it in to Sig and they replaced the extractor and said it was fine. Still jammed some more after the fix. I couldn’t get rid of the pistol fast enough after that. Took the proceeds and bought a G19. 700 rounds through the Glock and not one issue. Functioned flawlessly. I prefer Sigs for comfort and accuracy, but I will probably never buy another one because of my experience and that of my brother (who had all sorts of problems with his Sig). Reply The general consensus on concealed carry forums is that if a gun has 500 trouble free rounds it is now considered reliable Reply Its a revolver (S&W 66 snub nose) so no… No Rack, slap, Dance… Reply XDs .45, Ruger LCP when I need to pocket carry. Neither has ever jammed. Reply I carry an FNS-40. It has never jammed or misfired on me, in 3000 rounds. I most likely won’t ever carry anything other than an FNH. Reply I’ve made every gun I’ve ever owned fail. Well, so what? All machines fail. Whoa, what a concept. The key is to maintain your hardware as to minimize the chance of failures. Some guns fail more than others, so I do have preferences, but maintenance makes a larger difference than make. Reply Kahr P9. A tad small for my hand, but I can shoot it pretty well, it’s easy to carry, and it hasn’t failed past the break-in period (200 rds). Reply Springfield XD MOD2 .45 3.3, never jams, always fires and in a pinch …I could throw it and stop a mid sized car!! Reply I HAVE BEEN SHOOTING A “STAR”, YES, I SAID “STAR” 9MM SINCE THEY CAME OUT IN THE ’70’S AND NOT ONE PROBLEM. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE OLDIES AND REMEMBER HOW GOOD THEY WERE AND ARE NOW. Reply Depending on time of year and weather (blazing hot or just warm) I carry either an Airweight 38 or laserless Bodyguard or Hi-Power. All 3 have been flawless over the years. The newest of the 3 is the Bodyguard and it’s had 500 or so reloads through it and plenty of Winchester Ranger T. Even when gritty and full of pocket lint it’s run fine when I tried it out of curiosity to see if it mattered. The J frame was a backpacking ccw gun for 20 years and thousands of miles. Went back to S&W twice for refinishing of the clearcoat. Once my own stupidity stripped it and second time was just normal wear. Reply It seems 90% or more of you are carrying Simi auto Pistols. As much as I love auto’s, for reliability, you can’t beat the wheel gun! Sure, they can fail, but if it’s an ammo issue, it’s a simple matter to go to the next round. And if you don’t have a “next round” you probably didn’t place your first few rounds well enough. When it comes to mechanical issues, the autoloader, and the wheel gun are not too far apart, but that where the similarity ends. Ammo issues are a whole different matter. And that’s why a carry a Ruger SLRX+P with a 3″ barrel. That extra 1″ of barrel. over the snub nose, may just drive a bullet an inch or so deeper into a bad guy. Of course if I wanted to take a walk in Gang territory on a dark Friday night, I would still carry my 38, but I would also have my 92 FS along too. Reply 1. It must be such that I carry it and not leave it at home. 2. It must not attract attention or cause strife with Hoplophobes. 3. It must be carry safe and drop safe with some form of in built safety to prevent a non trigger actuated firing. 4. It is desirous to be stainless steel. 5. it must be accurate and I must be able to engage targets accurately with it. 6. It must shoot every time I pull the trigger without fail. 7. It must possess at minimum two shots. 8. It must have a parts base to buy various modifications, holsters, magazines and cleaning gear. 9. It must be of such fashion and design to enable my family to use it safely and accurately to defend themselves if need arises. 10. It must be easy to disassemble with no special tools and easy to clean. My perfect three choices are. A Ruger LCP II in .380 acp. A S&W M-640 in .357 mag/.38 spl. My personal choice for just me is a 1911A1 Gov. Model MK IV Series 70 in .45 acp. Reply I have seen on this site where folks ridicule uses of J frames, and other revolvers which only have 5 shots to settle their argument with. And you, my friend, are willing to carry a weapon with only TWO! I don’t know what your intentions would be if you ran up against four or five bad dudes, but I hope you would be wearing really fast tennis shoes, and can run a three minute mile. Yeah, I know, they would be slipping in shit all the way! Reply It’s been said before – put enough rounds through your weapon to instill confidence in its reliability, at least 200 rounds. It’s a subjective evaluation. I’ve carried with confidence a number of Glocks, Kahrs, FNs, Smiths, Colts, Rugers, a PPQ and a 92S. I’ve considered them reliable despite having malfunctions at one time or another, usually due to bad ammo or improper technique, and a quickly applied t-r-b kept me shooting. Excessive dirt, fouling, or dryness would render some inoperative, especially otherwise reliable revolvers. The only pistol I ever owned that I considered unreliable was a KelTec P3AT – regardless of ammo type, maintenance or fervent prayer, it rarely fired more than a couple of mags before it had an FTE or FTF. In short, you should have confidence in any well-made, well-maintained firearm with quality ammo. Reply I’ve got a Sig P226. Absolutely positively goes bang each and every time. Yes I would put my life on the line with it. If I ever had a fire arm that failed just cycle or fire I would be very leery of using it as a CCW. I prefer to stick with what I know. My back up is the Springfield XD 40 S&W it also goes bang every time and I would trust her with my life also Reply My 9mm EAA Witness has never let me down Reply I have two very different carry guns. I carry one or the other depending on what I’m wearing (the weather dictates that) at all times and have for years. One is the compact version of the Sig P-250 and the other is a S&W 642. Both are completely reliable; both are also very safe to carry for reasons everyone reading this, I am sure, is already aware of. Although these two firearms are conceptionally poles apart, they have one feature I deem essential for a proper carry gun, viz. they both require nothing more than a trigger pull to fire; no safeties, no de-cockers, no anything beyond that DAO trigger to retract and release the hammer (I also prefer hammer-fired vs striker-fired guns). And, unless their triggers are pulled all the way back, they will not fire. Period. Reply Both my firearms are utterly reliable, neither have ever fired without me pulling the trigger. Reply HK P2000sk in 40 S&W. Concealable, reliable and only failures I ever had came early when I was a new shooter who didn’t understand the concept of “limp-wristing”. Reply I have a Rugar p95 since 1980’s I fired about a few thousand rounds of all types of 9 mm. Never jammed, misfire in all kinds of weather. Well build, hit every thing I want to hit! The next weapon is the XD 9MM 1st model.light then the rugar, but just as good! Reply My carry guns as a state trooper for 22 years were the DA/SA Sig P220 45acp, P226 40S&W and a P239 40S&W (I carried a S&W 686 for the first year). I was also a firearms instructor for 10 yrs and fired A LOT more than most of my compadres. I have NEVER had a malfunction with any of my Sig firearms caused by the gun. Not one. I did have one factory practice round that didn’t have any powder loaded in it – it pushed the bullet just far enough down the barrel to where the slide was BARELY out of battery when the next round chambered – it was so close at first I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then I disassembled the pistol and saw the bullet stuck in the barrel (my heart skipped a couple beats). If it had just gone forward about another millimeter or two further… Oh boy. That’s using filthy lead ball reloads, FMJ ball ammo and various hollow point duty ammo from various big name manufacturers (mostly Hydrashock and Gold Dot). I carried a S&W mod 60 on my ankle. For those who believe a revolver is incapable of malfunctioning, fire a lot of dirty rounds through it. I’ve fired about 100 rounds of some cheap reloads our department bought and soon realized my cylinder wouldn’t turn! All due to filthy burning ammo. Had a factory load once that was too long – it prevented the cylinder from turning. Lastly, we had to one by one fit EVERY round into the cylinders of our revolvers to ensure they would fit. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.