I like guns. Go figure, I’m a Marine and almost always have
one on me in uniform. While not in uniform I almost always have one on me, and
a knife or two.  Have I ever been in a
situation where a gun as saved myself or family member? You bet.  Below is a gun review for pistol users. It’s a
good review in case any of you are thinking “Hey, Major what type of pistol
should I get before every weapon known to man is against the law” well, here ya
go, a basic review for the beginner or expert. Plus! 13 Rules of Gunfighting Everyone should know.

Time for a C-Gar!

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The 9mm is a great round, and in my last concealed carry post I
covered some great concealed carry guns built around that caliber.

However, there are a lot of handguns in larger calibers that are
perfect for concealed carry as well — that are also designed for
concealed carry — and these guns carry the benefit of having more knock
down power, or more one-shot stopping power.

Specifically, I'm thinking about handguns chambered in .40 and .45 caliber.

To cover these rounds, I'm going to examine the Glock 27 in .40, the
Smith & Wesson M&P in .45, and the Springfield XDS in .45. 

Let's begin with the Glock 27.

Just as I wrote concerning the Glock 26 in an earlier post,
the Glock 27 is as close to handgun perfection as mankind can witness
in this world. It is compact, unbelievably durable, and it shoots any
kind of factory-loaded ammo you want to put through it.

Like the Glock 26 in 9mm, the Glock 27 in .40 provides great second
shot accuracy for those who take the time to practice, practice,
practice. Unlike the 26, the model 27 shoots the potent .40 cal round.
This round is very popular with federal agencies and police departments
and is a concealed carry staple because of its raw stopping power.

For anyone unfamiliar with the .40 cal round, it is slightly more
expensive to buy than 9mm, but not significantly so. And plus-P hollow
points in .40 cal are simply a force to be reckoned with.

The Glock 27 comes standard with two 9 round magazines, and it's so
popular that accessories galore — holsters, lights, lasers, etc. — are
readily available for it. 

Now to the Smith & Wesson M&P .45.

Folks, this is a serious gun. For the longest time, Smith &
Wesson was known for making outstanding revolvers — which they still do
— but their semi-autos largely consisted of guns popular with police
departments, while their civilian-level weapons simply weren't on par
with Glock, Sig Sauer, etc. The M&P line of semi-automatic handguns
has changed all that.

The M&P .45, which comes in standard or compact size, is as good
as they get. It has a safety integrated into the trigger (like a Glock),
and is available with an additional thumb release safety on the slide. 

This gun is deadly accurate. I bought one of the first M&Ps
carried in the gun store in my neighborhood, and after I shot it I went
back and asked the store owner, "Have you shot one of these?" I went on
to tell him that it was one of the most accurate, easy-to-shoot .45
caliber weapons I'd ever fired.

That was a few years ago and it still holds true.

Is the M&P as durable as Glock? They haven't been around as long
as Glocks, so time will tell. My guess, however, is that the stamp on
the side of the gun that says "Smith & Wesson" means you can bet
your bottom dollar this gun is going to last longer than you are.

On to the Springfield XDS .45.

The XDS .45 is the newest of the three guns reviewed here. It is a
single stack pistol, which means the magazine is narrow and the bullets
stack one directly on top of another when you load them in. 

In a double stack pistol like the Glock or the Smith & Wesson
M&P, the bullets over lap slightly when you put them into the
magazine, but they are offset so that you can get more bullets in. This
makes the magazine wider, and thus the gun wider as well. The single
stack magazine means the XDS is very slim — and therefore very
concealable — even though the .45 is such a big round.

Because of this, when you pick up an XDS you think it must be a .380
or perhaps even a compact 9mm. You are shocked to find out it is a .45

To maintain the small, concealable size of the XDS, it only hold 5
rounds (standard) or 7 rounds (extended mag). Those familiar with a .45
know that 5 to 7 rounds of .45 is still a lot of firepower, and in a
matter of life and death the XDS is an easier pistol to have with you
than some larger pistols are.

One suggestion: If you go with the XDS, shoot it over and over and
over again in practice; because of it's size, the recoil is significant.
This is not a negative — it's just a characteristic of this handgun
which you have to take into account if it's going to be your carry gun. (by AWR Hawkins) 

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  1. I like the Ruger P-90.
    Durable, accurate, and powerful.
    Personally, I’ll take the P-90 over just about any .45.
    It can be concealed, although this is not a standout feature.
    .45 HP center-mass makes a strong argument!

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