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I had a very interesting conversation with the wife and she agreed I should apply for my California CCW Permit. 

I looking for a weapon and would like some recommendations, please.  I would like a Kimber, but they are quite pricey.  I’m unsure about Glocks because they have an internal hammer mechanism which, I’m sure, is at the cocked state with a round in the chamber, which increases the change of an accidental discharge.  I would like a weapon with an external hammer which will make it easier to decock with a chambered round.  Of course at that state, it will require more of a tripper pull effort, but I’d rather have that then accidently shooting myself in the leg, or other nearby sensitive parts. 

For a holster, I’m considering the “Urban Carry” holster. I think that would work better for me than a typical CC holster.

Your thoughts?

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While I am no expert by any means, when you mention Glock, the beauty of the Glock family is their multiple internal safeties that prevent accidential discharge.

Given that California keeps dropping handguns off the allowed purchase list, you need to make a choice soon. Remember the San Diego court ase that was filled against the sheriff and his restrictions that nearly prevented any CCW permits being issued.

I happen to like the Smith & Wesson family. I have the S&W M&P Shield in both 9mm and .40.


You are more than welcome to come out and visit and we can take them to the range for you to try out.

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I picked up a S&W M&P Shield in .40.  I really do like it.  It's probably the only plastic gun I've liked, that is, after I installed a slip on rubber grip.
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Gunny, we do need to get together and go shooting.  I will take you up on your offer.  We have to plan some time, either we come up there, or you meet us in Vegas. 

I'm still hesitant of the internal "striker" type firing mechanism.  I know there have been a LOT of accidental discharges by police because of the design. 

So many a 1911 small frame might be the way I'm headed.  But I'm not going to decide right now.  I need to look at all of the possible options.  My favorite local gun store is a zoo because it is so busy, so getting a lot of time with a sales person to look at 6 or more guns without impacting everyone else who pulled a "now serving..." ticket is kind of hard.  And it is like that at all of the local San Diego stores. 

Might need to road trip to Vegas and talk to the folks up there.  They seem a lot less hammered with customers than San Diego.  Of course, we can only talk California legal guns.....  Which they all don't carry because why should they?  Just sucks......
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Like I said, Steve, you need a trip out here again. The Exchange here has a firearms section, closed Sundays, however, and they have a fair selection. Plus I have a fair selection you can look at and better still, actually shoot!

We plan it right, Jo would join us along with Cris at the range.

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Yup, going to have to do that, Gunny.  I'd like to try a weapon before I buy.  Cris is up for a trip, we just have to coordinate a time.  We have to set up with our vet to board Rocky while we are gone, unless we all meet in Vegas. 
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I keep going with a small Ruger LCR (.380) in my back wallet pocket or the Glock 42 in my front pocket for my EDC. I don't chamber a round. I just feel better about not having an accidental discharge that way.


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At this point in time, I am kinda partial to either the S&W M&P Shield in either 9mm or 40S&W, as I have both.

In the Shield models they have a thumb safety similar to what we had on the M1911s. So I can chamber a round, flip the thumb safety and ready to go. The Shield family also has an extremely noticeable flag indicating there is a round in the chamber.

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At this point in time, I am kinda partial to either the S&W M&P Shield in either 9mm or 40S&W, as I have both.

In the Shield models they have a thumb safety similar to what we had on the M1911s. So I can chamber a round, flip the thumb safety and ready to go. The Shield family also has an extremely noticeable flag indicating there is a round in the chamber.

What kind of holster do you carry your every day carry in?
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Well, finally got off my butt and took my CCW class with my daughter yesterday.  We'll file the applications today (if the Sheriffs rep is available).

It's only been on the todo list for 4 years...
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congrats leo ! reminds me to go look back at my expiration dates...
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I got 3 more years on mine
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I put my Ohio and Florida CCW expiration dates on my smartphone to remind me.

I hope Trump comes out with one national CCW permit. However, I cannot see some states (California) will agree with anything Trump suggests.
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True, Rick.  California is too far gone.  I will get a CCW once I move to Henderson.  I recently created a Navy Federal Credit Union account and VISA card that is specifically tied to the Henderson address.  So I can order all the stuff I can't have in CA but have it delivered to NV.  Yay!!
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True, Rick.  California is too far gone.  I will get a CCW once I move to Henderson.  I recently created a Navy Federal Credit Union account and VISA card that is specifically tied to the Henderson address.  So I can order all the stuff I can't have in CA but have it delivered to NV.  Yay!!

That's the way to do it!
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