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    Comforting weight?

    Well, today I put away my Sig 365. I shot it well and it was comfortable to carry, but I went back to my CZ P-07. I still shoot CZ and 1911's the best for autos. Also, I'm not always checking my side to know if it is there or not.

    I decided this after yesterday's range session. I tore a single hole at 10 yards with the CZ. I do the same thing with some of my 1911's and race guns. Something about that little extra weight is comforting to know exactly where it is. It isn't about the lack of a safety, as I carried a Glock for a long time. I like it's big brother the P320C a lot and shoot it as well as the CZ.

    While I carried the P365, I also kept two extra magazines on me. With the CZ I only carry one. Both cases I have 30 rounds. I guess for me, there is such a thing as too light. With the P-07, I always know it is there. I seem to have the same issue with Wheel guns. The 3" 692 Tracker carries better for me than my LCRx 3" or SP101's. It maybe due to carrying 4" or longer revolvers for years as well.

    I got use to the the weight and everything lighter feels odd and off balance. However, my 22/45 LITE pistols don't seem to cause the same issues.

    You ever have the same experience?

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    For me it is the perfect balance for what ever I carry. Sure it is easier to carry a single stack, or a small hi cap micro. But I always know my PPQ and G3 will just fit my hand better, and accuracy is much better on fast drills. For example today I took my PPQ to test after 3 months of living in my holster. I ran triple taps to the body followed by a double tap to the head for 3 magazines. What is interesting to me is , that the body shots may not be dead perfect, but the followup shots to the head all stay in a 3 inch pattern. IT is the all the parts of the pistol working together to create that perfect balance, that allows quick and accurate follow up shots.
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    In the words of Clint Smith, Army veteran and head firearms instructor/owner of Thunder Ranch...when he was questioned about the weight of the 1911's and N-frame S&W's he carried....

    "Guns are not supposed to be comfortable, they're supposed to be comforting"
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    (that damned longhair stands up) "Hi, my name's Kevin and I'm a weight junkie". I get it, totally......I've kinda' got a thing for weighty guns. I'm the king of overkill, a true prince of poundage when it comes to building anything structural. If it has to handle a ton, I build it to take 10 or more and I like most everything that way, especially my guns. Growing up, there was really no such thing as a light gun. Everything was wood and steel and the bigger the caliber, the heavier the gun.......as God had always intended it to be. I find that weight gives better stability in almost everything and with a firearm, it also tends to tame recoil. I prefer my guns sturdy enough that if I were to drop one on the sidewalk, my only real concern would be that I might have to fix or replace that guy's sidewalk, 'coz it certainly wouldn't hurt the gun.

    Like you said, I also appreciate always knowing it's there without ever having to check. I recently got a Spectrum and the thing drives me nuts. I'm constantly having to feel for it to make sure that I didn't drop it or leave it somewhere......really annoying. It was my first and possibly last plastic pistol. No complaints about the performance, I'm actually quite happy with all that but it's just too light for a carry piece. As a pocket job I carry at work, I often have to relocate it to a different pocket according to what I'm doing at the time. More than once, I've had to pat myself down just to find the thing and that's something I don't wanna' have to do when I really need it.
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    Now you're making me rethink the CZ 75 Compact. It's probably one of the most accurate guns in my hands, has a 14 +1 capacity so I only need one spare and the weight isn't too bad. No decocker so it's either carried cocked and locked which I'm not that crazy about as the safety doesn't not have a very positive click on and off...or lower the hammer on the loaded round and use it DA. I've practiced lowering the hammer at the range, it just makes me nervous to do so in the house.
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    I know what you mean about finding that perfect balance between size and carry comfort. I either carry pocket, which I never find myself "double checking", or OWB. Today I had a lot of things to do around the house, so I carried my LCP in a Bianchi leather rig. The little pistol is so lite and small, that I do find myself feeling to make sure everything is there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    Now you're making me rethink the CZ 75 Compact. It's probably one of the most accurate guns in my hands, has a 14 +1 capacity so I only need one spare and the weight isn't too bad. No decocker so it's either carried cocked and locked which I'm not that crazy about as the safety doesn't not have a very positive click on and off...or lower the hammer on the loaded round and use it DA. I've practiced lowering the hammer at the range, it just makes me nervous to do so in the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taurustoter View Post
    Ha ha ha! Yeah, you might end up buying the wife a new floor!
    May be worse...I would do it i the basement and the ricochet may go anywhere. I just thought about it however...I could bring it to the range and load it for carry there!
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    I completely agree that weight is good. My .45 Defender probably weighs twice what my PT740 does, but it feels good, on the hip and especially at the end of my arm. I don't know if I'll ever buy another poly framed gun. Metal is good, and particularly steel.
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    I recently went through the same thing over the course of the Summer since I got my Ruger LCP.

    I had grown accustomed to the 25oz heft of my S&W PPK/S with wood grips, so by comparison the 11oz Ruger LCP felt like nothing, and it honestly was sort of disconcerting. I never felt undergunned carrying my PPK/S, yet the LCP made me feel strangely vulnerable, regardless of the fact that both firearms were loaded with the exact same 90gr XTPs. To this day I often find myself patting at my pants pockets just to make sure that I am in fact carrying it on my person.

    I've since gotten a S&W Sigma SW40VE for Winter Carry which weighs upwards of 30oz fully loaded with 180gr XTPs, so problem solved.
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