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Something I didn't mention in the original post:

When I went shopping to choose an updated concealed carry pistol, I did much research and narrowed my search down to 5 or so models of pistols (semi-auto).  The main reason for updating was a search for higher capacity in a still smallish pistol.  Call it a "medium size".  For me, anyway.

So, at my trusted local gun store, I asked to see those pistols.  I handled and opererated all the controls.  Some had safeties, some did not.  The main problems I had in deciding we're two:  Grip comfort and ease of magazine release.  With my smaller hands and shorter fingers, I had a harder time reaching and pushing the magazine release button without shifting the position of the grip in my hand.  This is why it is important to find a local trusted gun shop versus the big box stores...

The gun shop owner said, "K.C., have you ever looked at one of these?"  He pulled out the CZ P0-1, cleared it, and laid it on the counter.  As soon as I picked it up I liked the grip feel! It was secure in my hand and comfortable.  I operated all of the controls easily.  I liked the decocker (from the Beretta 92 in the military days).  Then, the acid test.  The magazine release button.  Yaay!  I dropped a mag (into my hand) without shifting the grip in any way.  So, it got down to a choice.  Glock or CZ.  My Deputy Sheriff buddy says Glock and for good reasons.  But, the CZ won the choice (for me).  Size, weight, capacity, proven reliability, price, function.  It was a tie.  The grip and mag release made the CZ right for me.

Faced with a choice of one pistol for the whole family, I would recommend it, again, today.

Bottom line:  Find a gun store that wants your repeat business and not "just a sale."  Look at many makes and models.  Keep an open mind.  Consider their recommendations.  Narrow the field of choices.  Select what fits you and your needs, best.  "I like it, but" is not a good thing!


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Yeah , Nah

I donot agree with the revolver being more reliable than a semi-auto , not my a long way in my limited experience .

The guns that have jammed and malfuntioned the most are revolvers for me  , its not 1896 , where the ammo was rubbush & the revolver had a edge because of it  , its 2018 , and ammo is outstanding .

I see to many people , use too many guns , like the guy uses a 1911 & the wife a PPK etc , standardise on one combat pistol & calibre  & practise .

Look at what the Brits used in NI for fighting the IRA .

Browning P35 , with std & extended mags , inside waistband




Those guns covered everything , only thing to up date would be the P35 , to a SIG P228 / 226 etc


Later Chris



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I'd want an alloy framed commander 1911 in 9mm, with a .22lr conversion unit. I can load the 9mm up to 500 ft lbs in that 4" barrel, and the kids and grandma can use the .22 unit. Only a fool leaves a gun unloaded, if it might be needed. WEAR it and it's there when  you need it and unauthorized hands wont be on it. It's only 32 ozs when full of 9mm and 26 ozs when the aluminum slide of the 22 is on it, and it's loaded.  Anyone who's too frail or young to handle that shouldn't be messing around with guns in the first place.

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