What Your Carry Gun Says About You

From When the Balloon Goes Up. My favorite is his description of what the Walther PPK says about you:

Walther PPK – I don’t know anything about guns but the James Bond movies were awesome. I think Sean Connery was the best, Pierce was ok and Daniel Craig was a mistake.  I can’t believe that they went away from the Aston Martin… There is no way a British spy would drive a German car. Oh yeah, we were talking about guns. This one is a .32 just like he carried.

I don’t own a PPK, but both the guns I do own for carry are on there.

16 thoughts on “What Your Carry Gun Says About You”

  1. Of all the TV/Movie influenced guns I own, the Walther PPK in 380 has been on my side 98.9% of the time. The one I have was purchased in 1978 in the late prime of the 007 movies.
    I will openly admit that Sean Connery was beyond cool, and Timothy Dalton was not terrible. Peirce Brosnan waited to long and I hate Daniel Craig. But let’s remember Roger Moore and George Lazemby was by far the worst of all!!

    So the Model 59 S&W combined with my Colt Python doesn’t make me a huge Starskey and Hutch guy. Nor does my owning a 44 Mag model 29 or the AutoMag make me Harry Callahan.

    I can shoot the hell out of that PPK and before all these NEW small models, it was easiest to conceal multiple ways. Even with Q to help me.

    1. The PPK was almost my first carry gun. The only issue was the web of my hands got bit by the slide too often. I got a Bersa .380, which I carried for a few months until I settled on a Glock 19.

  2. Who carries an Ed Brown Kobra? Or a Sig P2455?
    I thought Gerorge Lazenby was all-right to pretty good, Sean Connery was the best, Roger Moore was still wet behind the ears as The Saint to me – too many smirks and winks to be a real Bond. Pierce was too taken with himself, and Timothy – sorry *BUZZ!* wrong name! No Timothy’s allowed. Daniel who?
    Haven’t seen any in a long time, but I predict that in 2020 a short little runty Scientologist will play Bond with a bad accent.

  3. Back in the Dark Ages when I was learning to shoot, the only non-revolver choices reasonably available to me were the Browning High Power, the Luger, and the P38 in 9 mm or the M1911. I wound up doing well with a GI .45.

    I’ve owned lots of handguns over the years, but the one I shoot best is a Kimber Stainless II.

    I’ve accumulated several of the guns on the list.

    LCP. Check. It is so easy to conceal.
    J-Frame. Check. An airweight was the LCP of the ’80s.
    PPK. Check. Two more rounds than a J-Frame.
    HK P7. Check. Bought when I was still driving Saabs.

    I still enjoy shooting these guns, so I’ve kept them and other, more idiosyncratic ones, not on the list, a Thompson Contender in .45/70, for example. Alas, I live in the Democratic People’s Republic of Maryland, so I rarely carry any firearms.

  4. If you read nearly all the Ian Fleming novels (as I did, when I was in elementary school and junior high), you would know that it was in Dr. No that Fleming was first issued the Walther PPK in .32 ACP (for deep concealment) and a S&W Combat Masterpiece by the armourer. Bond was recovering from a nearly-lethal curare injection from the shoes of the villianess Rosa Krebs at the end of From Russia, With Love, at least in part because the Beretta .25 ACP that he carried had become hopelessly tangled in his waistband. The armourer dismisses the Beretta as “a ladies’ gun.”

    1. Rosa Klebb. That name is a takeoff on a Soviet-era phrase for women’s rights khleb i rosy which is itself a direct translation into Russian of the Socialist International slogan “Bread and Roses.”

  5. By the way, those who have only seen the movies: do yourself a favor, and read Fleming’s Bond novels. They are gritty, not glamorous, and the most recent film version of Casino Royale at least gets a little bit of the flavor.

    The other novels will take you back to a time that you may find completely unrecognizable, but one that I still remember. You may find his portrayal of America absolutely quaint.

    Bond is not the womanizer of the films; he has one deep love who dies. The Spy Who Loved Me is quite an astonishing work, the only one of the novels written first person, from the perspective of the woman with whom he falls in love.

  6. Every day concealed carry gun (95% of the time) – Glock 26
    Going some place nice concealed carry gun – Walther PPK/S
    Backup/Toss in my shorts pocket gun – AMT Backup II
    Open carry gun (good weather days) – Sig Sauer P226 Tatical
    Open carry gun (bad weather days) – Taurus PT92AF
    Open carry in grizzly country – Ruger Alaskan in a chest holster

  7. Those all hit pretty close to home. The Keltec riff pretty much sums up my thoughts on all .380s after the horrible Grendel I (very briefly) owned; might as well have called it the .380 JAM model. Probably as a result of that bad experience, my usual carry choices since are so antiquated and out of date (things G&A can’t help but call “wheel guns” in their reviews) he didn’t even bother to mock me!

  8. FWIW, I think Daniel Craig is the second best Bond after Connery.

    And I carry, when I legally can, a Kel-Tec P3AT, or a Taurus 1911. Weather dependent mostly.

  9. Yea, my FEG .380 could also be called JAM .380. So I went with the Kahr for my CCW. The trigger is a hard pull but it’s waistband friendly for a female who doesn’t wear belts.

  10. “1911 – As far as I’m concerned, there is only 1 gun worth trusting your life to. The 1911 is the finest fighting handgun ever designed and it shoots the venerable .45ACP. A .45 shot from a 5″ 1911, will stop any attacker in his tracks and just looking down that .45 caliber muzzle will make a man piss himself with terror.”

    Nothing to argue with here. They stated it perfectly.

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