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What Your Carry Gun Says About You

by G&A Online Editors   |  January 27th, 2011 56

Perception is often reality for the gun guy. For the riflemen among us, a classic Winchester 1895 lever-action speaks to the traditional, old-school nature of its owner, while the new generation tactical operator works, say, with a Bushmaster ACR.

Every gun you purchase tells other shooters in some way who you are, what you do and how you choose to defend your life. But, let’s face it, no gun reflects its owner more than the carry gun.

You should love your carry gun. It’s an extension of your personality that you should be happy to brag about at the range, and as such, be quick to defend. Bottom line: every time you holster your piece, it speaks to your reputation.

So, in service to our loyal readers, we examined shooting’s most popular sidearms and what they say about you….with a little help from some iconic movie images.



  • Mike

    Great lillte filler story guys, but Is it just me or does anyone else realize that this article is just for fun. I don't love any of my guns. They are inanimate objects incapable of accepting or returning any emotion. I have a profound respect for what a person with careful training can do with several different types of firearm as well as a deep rooted awareness for what an untrained person can do with one as well. I believe in function over reputation but do have an awareness of the beauty of design as opposed to beauty of the object. I carry a HK 45c in weather that permits heavy garments and a Taurus PT 740 Slim in my shorts pocket in the dog days. I have been known to drop a S&W 360 revolver in my pocket when in a hurry and a great little Sunday hip pocket church gun is the Colt Pony. If this says anything about me, I hope it is that I don’t need to identify myself with any stereotype of a firearm or of a person who uses one. Very cute article though guys, keep it up.

    • MadeInTheUSA

      This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
      My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
      My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…
      My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…
      My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…
      Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
      So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!

      • Dwight Hill

        Did you watch " Grass Hopper " ? Much ? I'm only funning with you . I think that was from " The Dragon " , you know ? Bruce Lee .

    • George Crawford

      I can only carry one gun at a time and I choose the Kimber Elite in 45 a.c.p. By the way I love the thing, not that I sleep with it.

  • Facepalming

    Great. . .take a topic with the potential for serious discussion and waste it by going straight to "They're cool because Clint, Bruce, and Mel carried them in The Overpaid, The Under-Researched, and The Sensationalist."

    I sincerely miss Jeff Cooper, but I'm glad he's not around to see this.

  • Facepalming

    Great. . .take a topic with the potential for serious discussion and waste it by going straight to "They're cool because Clint, Bruce, and Mel carried them in The Overpaid, The Under-Researched, and The Sensationalist."

    Any chance you can do a BETTER job of portraying the law-abiding, CCW practitioners of the nation as folks that are mentally lost in some Hollywood fantasyland?

  • Gringo Lobo

    Yes, I admit … I'm an old man, and a S &W Model 10 is enough gun for me…. (…of course I bring my Model 29 as back up…) :)

  • Mike in California

    I am a 31 year retired veteran of my local Sheriff's Dept. in California. I carry a Glock 22 .40 cal. and a S&W 19-3 .357 revolver depending on what I'm wearing. Over half my career was spent investigating homicides, armed robbery, and felony assault. Seen a lot of people with holes in them. Some still breathing. Others not. I've seen what these weapons can do. My handguns will take care of business well at close range (25 yards or less) since that is what self-protection is all about…and for those who think a 6 shot revolver isn't carrying enough bullets…I'm confident in my ability under fire and won't need more than that.

  • Charles Fulton

    You forgot the James Bond "types" and their Walther PPK in .25 Auto or .32 Auto if you are a "modernist".

  • Paul Moore

    Well, can't argue with a 45 acp, but love the SP101 in a 357. I know, I know, only five shots, but I don't live anywhere near the means streets of any large city, nor do I hang out in areas that angels fear to tread. No sense having more then you might need.

  • Paula

    One of mine is "Gun Guy". What about Gun Girl? I'm a woman living in upstate NY, where I can't legally carry full time. When I do, it's a .45 Kimber 1911 in an IWB, or sometimes my Ruger New Vacquero in .357.

    I also have a .22 Sig for fun. And a few long guns. Boy I do love guns…

  • Antonio

    I guess my GP100 with the six-inch barrel puts my in the Dirty Larry category. I'm okay with that.

  • No name yet!

    not everthing has to be serious for God's sake. As they say in stripes, Lighten up Francis. I've been carrying daily since 1978, you don't need to act like you are some tactical op all the time. Have a real life pal! Have some fun!

  • Pikemaster

    I too love my SP101 but in the .327Fed.Mag. and get the 6 shot cap. same power with the extra shot if needed. I love my .357 also but for a carry gun I use the .327 for the most part . Love all of them ! God Bless.

  • Mark

    Glock 30! Glock cause I am close to 40 and don't like surprises. The .45 cause I AM a gun guy. Maybe "reliable gun guy" ? fun article!

  • Adam Urbanski

    Buzzkillinton strikes again

  • Aaron Tank Buffington

    Totally Agree, 1911 is the way to go. I never leave home without my Kimber Crimson Carry Pro.

  • Donnie Sensback

    You can carry the biggest, baddest gun on the planet, but a well aimed shot from a Walther PK .380, or a Bersa Thunder .380, center mass hit will end the threat!!

    • PointShootAim

      Enjoyed reading the article and enjoyed reading some of the panty wasted responses from people that carry AND have a pole stuck up their arse.
      Me ? I carry my single shot, god given gun with 6" barrel with optional protection and have really ejoyed using it in close quarter encounters.
      For defense purposes, I carry one of the pistols I also have have mastery of handling and fits the clothing of the day and stays concealed.
      Either way you can't let them display from under your pants and need to use great judgement before you pull them out. A lot of guys are in jail and married for poorly chosen draws.

  • Ernest

    I think I personally would class the .22s, .32s and such as "Mr. Stealth" in the vein of this humourous little article. That may suit the "James Bond" set, or such, but fit into a class of "HUH!" for the bad guys when they see a gun coming out.

  • guest

    Gotcha beat…I have an '89 Iroc and I pack a Mk4/series 70. Why the 70? It's a great shooter and it was previously owned as a sidearm by a local Constable (now deceased)…who I admired

  • D.J. Donahue

    It's a PPK (not /S) in .380 for me. Enough to get the job done, but won't drag your pants down.

  • MadeInTheUSA

    Ok my first gun was a Bushmaster AR-15 for when the zombies come out and my first concealed was a Glock 26 what kind of guy does that make me? Looking foward to your opinion.



  • Alves Silva Nuno

    I got Hk Mark23 and Hk P2000Sk V3 9mm….
    For my gun must be, effective, tough, reliable….
    I like quality
    No Compromise

  • @rickerbilly

    Any gun is better than no gun. in other words "My NAA Mini .22 in my pocket is better than you Colt 1911 .45 back home in your safe!" Personally I carry between my Kahr PM9, Keltec 380 and P32, and at church I carry my NAA .22M. All in my right front pocket.

    • Dwight Hill

      I have a question for you people , are there a lot of problems with going to church that you have to be armed ? What kind of church to you belong to ? I mean , this is like the 10th person who said " when I go to church , I carry …….. " . I don't want to but into anybody's business , but , if you got to be armed to go to church , I'll rather change to a different church . But , that's only me .

      • Michael Bryan

        Many times throughout history, Pastors, Deacons, and Christians have been robbed at gun point, taken hostage for $, and even murdered for their belief in the Bible. To defend yourself, in the name of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, wherever you are, only make perfect sense to me. I hope everyone agrees as well. God Bless America!

      • Josh Harris

        It's the same idea as going to a bank to rob it (for the hoodlums) they know nobody has one on them so its an easy target and plus your family is usually with you and that is the utmost reason for having one to protect them. If your church or pastor is not against it why not? What if a woman whose husband is mixed up in drugs comes to find help and the crazy drugged up husband comes bursting through the door with a loaded gun are you going to give him 5 or 6 shots or are you going to blast him back out the door he came through?

      • Chief

        Remember, the Devil goes to church at times. Most churches have men and women on their staff that are conceal and carry. Moreover, the Great Kng David carried a sword while he prayed and danced before the Lord God. King David was very…Very good at protecting the sheep. Similar to a pastor protecting church members (sheep). Finally, David was a warror and a man after God's heart. Furthermore, many church members are conceal and carry. No matter what church you attend , you are well protected. God Bless You

      • 2TALL333

        In 2009(I think)there was an individual that was intent on creating the largest massacre in a church the U.S. had ever seen.The site this individual chose was in Colorado.Fortunately though he was "only" able to murder 2 people(as tragic as that is)when an old lady with a concealed weapon put an end to his rampage.The point is you never know when some lunatic might decide to wipe out a bunch of people.Better to have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it.All it takes is quick glance at the local newspaper or to watch 5 minutes of the news to realize how crazy this world has become.

    • dad

      I agree with your point – a 22LR with you is better that your 500S&W ou 45ACP at home.

  • Maryjean

    Well… guys will be guys… I suppose. Anyway, I am probably just as glad the lighthearted guys didn't try to characterize us gals by our carry choices!
    So I'll keep any other remarks to myself, and keep my usual S&W 38 special loaded and concealed at the small of my back, or carefully placed in that easy-draw pocket of the dedicated carry purse [that happened to be my favorite Valentine gift from my husband ;)]
    Do love the folks we're protecting, and I'm glad for the protectors :)

  • Joel

    Am I the only Springfield XD .45 carrier?

    • Sean Farquharson

      Nope. me too. 4" with Trijicon on top.

  • Dwight Hill

    Yeah hear ya sister ! Up State in NY , can't carry though . So , I ride around with a 12 gauge in my pickup . And , no , I don't have any issues . Other than we can't carry , but that's a different issue .

  • Joe

    Why isn't the Beretta 92FS listed? LOL!! Cmon.. One of the most iconic and popular handguns.

  • dad

    They forgot the Bond Type . . .

    Small PPK 380 or any small pocket gun as Beretta nano, Sig P238 or P938, Taurus PT709/740, SWS BG380, Rugger LCP, etc. A good reliable pocket gun. Also not to mention that you had put at least 1000 rounds in that little pocket gun, so it is broke, you know how to handle it and had pratice enough.

    PS: A laser will also help

    • Dale W. Logue

      I carry a Taurus PT145 Millenium Pro. 10+1 .45 Hydra-Shoks in a fobus IWB.
      I don't know what that says…

      • Valentin

        It means that either you know how to tinker enough to make a Taurus safe or your not afraid of your hand blowing up. (I kid of course)

  • KyLady

    Well Gentlemen….What does it say about a lady who carries a Glock 23, 40 cal with 3 full mags of hollow points? lol Went on a date and mentioned that I carried but didn't have it on me. Scared him to death. ROFL… Needless to say, he wasn't man enough for me…

    • Redbarron

      That's hilarious KyLady! I'll be more than happy to take you out. With your Glock and my S & W- M & P 9mm we should be prepared to defend each other quite well :-)

    • ttgf

      I hope my ruger p95 is enough, lol.

  • Phillip

    I OC a Ruger P95. I think it says "I want something cheap, reliable, with lots of rounds, and to heck with what everybody else thinks." Function and value above beauty! Although I do like the Sig grip a LOT.

  • Iowa Don

    I like my Springfield P-14 with one in the chamber and 14 in the mag. With two extra 14 round mag's I think I can emerge victorious from most ugly encounters. I carry either of the two FBI loads: the 230 gr. PDX-1 or the 230 gr. Golden Sabre. If it's good enough for them it's good enough for me, and will, I think, stand up better in court than some super-duper handload, should it ever come to that. Elmer Keith and Jeff Cooper both had it exactly right: big holes leaking a lot of blood are better than little holes barely leaking at all, and are more likely to end the problem more quickly. There is no such thing as "too much gun" when your life or another's is at stake. You only get one, and I intend to keep mine as long as possible. A little extra weight is cheaper than a hospital bill or a funeral.

  • adamho

    Sig P226 40 cal 12 rnd with laser and night sights. Carry 24/7. In love with this gun. Accurate, faithful with no probs so i reward her the the best ammo i can find and clean her after every shoot. I recommend a Sig to anyone that likes a good accurate right out of the box sidearm that does not have a problem droping some cash. Kimber 1911 is my second choice and Les Behr is my 3rd. Only reason its 3 rd is simply that their customer service is horrible but the gun is great but after dropping 3700 on it from the manufacturer it is more of a showpiece not an everyday carry. Good day all! Have a great 4th.

  • Traci Adams

    i dont carry any of those. i have a h&k .45 i got some heckling at the gun store when i went to buy it from other customers and even people working there because i guess some men still thing a woman shouldnt have anything over a 380. when i was first learning to shoot i carried a 380 and a 22. then i grew a pair and worked my way up the caliber ladder. i love my .45, and wouldnt trade it for anything.

    • Redbarron

      Outstanding Traci! Although I'm kinda curious about how you managed to "Grow a Pair." :-))))

    • Edward A. Kuchta

      Traci— I'm with you. I have several guns but the best of them all is my 45 ACP. I have two of them. Stick with it. Thanks. Ed from Countryside, Il.

  • Sean Farquharson

    Then I must be between the gun guy (Para Ord GI Expert) and Mr. Reliable (XD45). I wonder where my PPK/S .380 fits in….

  • LexingtonNC

    Still waiting for my CCL, so I want to thank you kind folks for so many good recommendations. The missus is comfortable shooting 9mm and I like our Taurus PD 2" … at self-defense ranges, using Federal 000 buck, it puts a nice circle of 9mm holes wherever it was aimed. And if four 9mm holes aren't enough, there are 16 more in the cylinder. But the Taurus PD is too wide for concealed carry … so I have been copying every recommendation you've made in order to look it up. There were almost two pages of recommendations when I got here.

  • Kazuki

    I carry a Beretta 92FS, what does my piece say about me? Your move, Guns and Ammo article, your move.

  • Cynthia Adams Sutton

    I own a Sig P229 Scorpion .40 and Ruger 1911 .45. Just for fun a Bond Mini Girl .38/357

  • Snidely Whiplash

    I carry a SIG P239 chambered in .357 SIG caliber – it’s my “go to” carry choice. During cooler weather when it’s easier to conceal, I carry a Springfield Gunsite Lightweight Carry 1911. Now and then I’ll carry my S&W P329 loaded with .44 Special defense rounds. If I’m going to a place where I feel it’s not an especially safe area, I’ll carry an HK.45CT.

  • hardridah629

    Duty gun is a SIG 229 in .40 caliber.
    House gun 1 is a Ruger P95 rail/w light in 9mm.
    House gun 2 is a Remington 870 Marine Magnum.
    Range queen is a Remington R1Enhanced.
    Range king is a SIG M400 kitted and fitted.
    Former Boy Scout, U.S. Marine, Sheriff’s Deputy,
    Christian beliefs, Conservative reasoning, African-American, VFW and NRA member.

  • Valentin

    I am thinking of getting a handgun but I am only 18 and live in Minnesota but I plan on moving back to the east coast (Delaware, Pennsylvania) what do y’all recommend? I think the colt or a revolver would be good and I always thought that the handle of p08 Parrabellum seemed practical for one handed firing but there aren’t a whole lot of those out there.

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