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Old 06-25-2009, 03:54 PM   #41
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:53 AM   #42
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:51 AM   #43
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:32 AM   #44
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still???

This ad bot/ user still hasn't been banned? Admin? PLEASE delete these accounts!
 
Old 03-16-2011, 07:32 PM   #45
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jeez, I carry so many. I never carry the same gun more than a few days in a row. I need to be able to "see" a gun just by feel. So I go from PT140 to Colt trooper lll, 1911's and everything in between. Speed loaders extra mags you name it. Nobody should ever depend on just one that you carry, get good with a bunch of different ones. Know each one as it were a woman. Blind folded you should be able to draw and fire, reload, anything...lets say a buddy dresses you......homo.....just kidding....you dont know what he puts on your belt or where ever you carry, and then you need to put that weapon into action. What will you do?
 
Old 03-16-2011, 08:13 PM   #46
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Doesn't really matter what you carry.

The key is; Can you hit anything with it?

Shot placement is the most important aspect..... the only important aspect of carrying a firearm.

My most common carry is a NAA five shot revolver in 22 short. Closer than 15-20 feet, and the small slug will go where I aim it.

Days off could find me with my Sig P229 in a Galco shoulder hoster... but the NAA is still tucked in my pocket.

Find something that you can shoot well, and conceal. Done.
 
Old 03-17-2011, 02:45 PM   #47
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Hey There, Sounds like you have a great deal of good advice on this thread. I will offer only what has worked for me. I have a Sig Sauer P229 in 40cal. I holds 12 plus one in the pipe. Its small enough that I can carry under a long shirt without printing. I have a slender build so that is as big as I would want to go. Also it shoots real nice, very smooth with minimum recoil. The holster I use is a serpa solid composite that locks the gun in it. I hope this helps. good luck and happy carrying!
 
Old 04-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #48
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Rent a couple well knowns. See what feels best in hand and is most accurate for you.

For me, ten round capacity was a requirement. Quality holster availability was important too.

I ended up with a M&P 40c.
 
Old 04-06-2011, 05:15 PM   #49
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Nothing smaller than a .380 for me, they are easy to hide even in the summer.

 
Old 04-06-2011, 06:11 PM   #50
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That's not pink!

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Old 04-06-2011, 07:36 PM   #51
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That's not pink!
OK...I'll tell ya the story behind that, when I was setting up my account/screen name here I chose PiNk TCP just to see if the leghumpers would come out of the woodwork thinking I was a girl...it never happened<<truestory

 
Old 04-09-2011, 01:19 AM   #52
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^lol, i always thought you were a girl. not enough people on here to be leg humpers. theyre all on pnwriders.com
 
Old 04-09-2011, 01:24 PM   #53
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Smallest I carry is a G23. The right holster makes all the difference in the world.
 
Old 04-09-2011, 02:11 PM   #54
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TCP, Grendel P-12, Walther PK380, Taurus 92, PT840, PT140, sometimes I have 2 on me?
EDIT: For me it depends what time of year it is and what I'm wearing, generally it's a 9mm or a .40 S&W in the winter and .380's in the summer. And as mentioned above "The right holster makes all the difference in the world", I have a holster ordered from http://kholster.com/ that should allow me to carry my Millennium Pro PT140 any time of the year.


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Old 04-09-2011, 07:59 PM   #55
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Here is my 3 I carry.





 
Old 05-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #56
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I just picked up a Smith & Wesson 380 bodygaurd. It's comparable in size to the Ruger LCP and most of the other 380 auto's but feels like it has all the same features as my full size auto's, ie slide locking back on last round. I've only got about 100 rounds through and so far I'm very happy with it. Pics to follow.
 
Old 05-15-2011, 02:05 PM   #57
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Depends..

G23 in either an off-side belt holster, strong side IWB, or in a discreet bag.
1911 (45) in either a strong side iwb or paddle. ocassionaly in a bag.


Discreet bag = tripple layer McDonalds bag. Works in places other options may not.
Just give the BG 2 double quarterpounders and a $100 gift card instead of shooting at him. It's slower, but just as deadly...
 
Old 05-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #58
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The only issue for me is I can't stand the Emily Post thing with my pinky out. I need all my fingers on the grip. Ultracompacts are just that, but I can't shoot them. If you can, great. Glock 19 is the smallest, and weakest, I like. I believe in shooting the crap out of any gun you ever plan to protect yourself with. 9mm is IMO the best balance of stopping power/cost of ammo ratio out there. If I reloaded, I'd go 10mm for plenty of power but more rounds in the mag than a 45acp. I don't so 9mm is it for me!
 
Old 05-16-2011, 09:47 AM   #59
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I'm in a similar situation, so small is the way to go. I would encourage an IWB holster, single stack auto such as the LC9 (my choice,and love it), Kahr series, baby Glocks, SIG P-239/250, S&E 3913 series, etc. I chose the 9mm because the .40 torques in my large hands too much in sub-compact weapons. If you're a revolver fan,great,but remember my experience with torque. You will want a light weight HP round of some kind,to lessen recoil, and an extra magazine/speedloader. I also use fanny packs a lot,but that will depend on your particular situation; in my case, I can't do it at work as it'd be obvious what was going on.
Finally,listen to Ayoob-he's an old pro. Hope this helps,and good luck.
 
Old 05-20-2011, 09:39 PM   #60
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Is your name actually Paul Wall?
 
Old 07-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #61
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Colt mk IV series 80 lightweight officers model .45 acp in custom leather out in the open for all the world to see.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 02:21 PM   #62
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I say, always carry the most gun you can carry. A good belt and holster make most guns (up to service size) quite manageable.
I like A.E. Nelson out of Scio Or.

As far as caliber... 9mm/.38sp on up.
I know .380 has it's place, just not for me.

I carry a Colt Delta Elite, when possible. IWB is great for a full size single stack. I am thinking of giving it the bobtail treatment, though.

I like a S&W 642 or 442 for when smaller is better than nothing. It's simple and reliable.
Something like a LC9 would be a close runner up for this role.


I've carried any number of CCW pieces. I've found most stuff works ok. So I carry what I shoot well, what I enjoy shooting, and what I find appealing to own. Shot placement trumps caliber. If you can't run your equipment, it doesn't matter what it is.

All guns carried for self defense are combat weapons. Most if not all firearms advancement comes from military development.
Get training, know the laws, stay legal and justified.
An over zealous DA will charge you, whether you carry a Glock or a Smith or a 1911 or...etc...
A schiester lawyer can sue you civily afterwards, regardless of what you carry or whether you're even guilty.
How and when you defend yourself is much more important than what you use.

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Old 09-03-2011, 07:28 AM   #63
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I always tell folks to shoot as many guns as they can before they buy their first. Concealability always takes second place to finding a gun you LIKE to shoot. If you don't like to shoot the gun you own, its just one more stumbling block to becoming a proficient shooter. So I recommend they go to a range that rents guns and that they try several. Have them try different calibers. In the end, caliber doesn't matter. 9, 10, 11. Whatever. I do recommend having as many BBs in your gun as you can. If you've ever done force on force, you'll understand the issue of only having 8 bullets on board. I've seen a lot of folks change their minds and move to higher capacities after a weekend force on force class. Other stay with their 8-shooters. To each their own.

I've carried many different handguns over the years, from very heavy 1911's and HKs to the Glocks I carry now. They all were carried easily with a little thought. Carry-ability ended up not being considered when I decided to standardize on one platform. I've always managed to comfortably carry whatever I was using.

Once you've found a gun you like and will shoot regularly, then build you wardrobe around it. I'm not a fan of trying to work your EDC into your wardrobe. You need to work your wardrobe around your carry. There's some clothes I just don't wear, even though I want to, because I can't carry in them. So don't not select a gun you like to shoot just because it doesn't work with your metro-sexual skinny jeans. Change your jeans. Heck, change those jeans either way... those skinny jeans are ridiculous! =)

I prefer carrying inside the waistband appendix. Keeps everything on the center line and I don't have to worry about the casual/accidental/bump pat down. Allows for a smooth draw with less shoulder articulation. I use the Archangel by Dale Fricke. Again, there's a lot of trial and error with how to carry. I have a whole basket full of holsters I tried and didn't like. Been using the current one for several years now. Whatever you do, however you carry, practice the heck out of your draw stroke. Do what works for you and then become proficient at it. Nothing else matters.

So, in summary:

1. Find what YOU like to shoot, not what someone else says you should like.
2. Shoot it a LOT.
3. Decide how/where you want to carry it.
4. Build your wardrobe around what you've selected and how you want to carry it.
5. Practice your draw stroke a LOT.
6. Get some civilian-focused training.

Good luck.
 
Old 09-03-2011, 07:27 PM   #64
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5oo Smit & Wesson magnum with A 10 1/2 inch barrel, hell with the holster hang it around your neck on A lanyard its easy to get to. And one shot is all you need if you don't hit them they will shi* themselves to death.
 
Old 09-14-2011, 08:56 AM   #65
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Kimber Raptor Ultra in a IWB and/or Sig P238 in front pocket.
 
Old 09-19-2011, 09:36 AM   #66
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What do you feel is the best gun for concealed carry? When making your choice what factors did you take into consideration?

- Caliber?
- Physical size?
- Capacity?
- Weight?
- Your own body size for concealment purposes?

Anything else that helped you decide? What did you end up with?
All of the above plus my ability to accurately shoot a particular handgun.
- Glock 36, 19, Kahr CW9, S&W 642 or Ruger LCP- all depends on mood, mode, when and where I'm going and sometimes just the way I feel that day.
(Ahh, today's a nice day to tote a wheelgun...)

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #67
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tuarus pt 740 slim. good safety features, good size for me, weight i took them all into consideration.
 
Old 12-11-2012, 11:27 PM   #68
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WOW! This thread has really gotten some action...

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What do you feel is the best gun for concealed carry? When making your choice what factors did you take into consideration?

- Caliber?
- Physical size?
- Capacity?
- Weight?
- Your own body size for concealment purposes?

Anything else that helped you decide? What did you end up with?
Not sure if you're looking for assistance of just trying to make conversation.

My take on it (which is the most important opinion, btw) is you should figure these things out for yourself.

There are different schools of thought on caliber and which is the "right" one. Some studies show a .22LR is as effective at making an attacker stop as any other caliber. Other studies show certain calibers having the best stopping power. The trick is to not just listen to opinion, but do your own research. There are definitely popular opinions about this sort of thing though.

My take is to get whatever you'll shoot. I like shooting all sorts of calibers but I tend to shoot 9mm & 45ACP the most. I also like 380. I tend to shoot a lot though and I shoot my carry pieces as much as other guns. If you don't enjoy shooting what you carry, odds are you won't become as proficient with it as others.

As for concealment, good luck! There are tons of variables -- many of which you mentioned. If you have an LCP, LCP, Sig P238, etc. and don't sit a bunch of the time, then you might want to go for appendix carry. Or maybe you do a lot of walking and would prefer a wallet holster. Or pocket holster. If you have a larger gun maybe you'll do strong side or back.

One thing I'd say though is be prepared to go through some holsters. I've taken advice from people that "swear by" a certain holster, only to find it doesn't work for me. I'm a bit on the portly side. Appendix carry is super comfortable when I'm walking around for the day -- but for sitting/driving, it stinks (at least with the size of guns I've tried it with).

My carry guns? I've primarily carried 3: Glock 36, M&P Shield 9mm, 1911 compact. My next will probably be a Sig P238.

Holsters? Back IWB, strong side IWB, appendix IWB. I have 2 new holsters on order that received favorable reviews -- both for my Shield. One's a Comp-Tac Two O'Clock IWB appendix, the other is a N8Squared Professional IWB. I'll let you know how they work out.

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Old 12-12-2012, 09:32 PM   #69
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I carried my S&W 360PD (357) Christmas shopping in the inside pocket of my Carhart all day today. Didn't even know it was there..
 
Old 12-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #70
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BTW, I was thinking of a different holster -- I don't have the Comp-Tac on order, it's the Clip-N-Go Appendix from Harwell...
 
Old 12-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #71
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SPFLD 9mm

I carry 24/7 with a SPFLD 9mm subcompact w/ Blackhawk retention holster.

Well not in the shower...
 
Old 05-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #72
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What do you feel is the best gun for concealed carry? When making your choice what factors did you take into consideration?

- Caliber?
- Physical size?
- Capacity?
- Weight?
- Your own body size for concealment purposes?

Anything else that helped you decide? What did you end up with?
Personally I carry an LWS .380 with HydraShok SD ammo. The craftsmanship with this little pistol is 1st class and it is small enough to conceal in swim trunks at the beach. Some have criticized it for such a short barrel and no sights, however I carry it strictly for SD. I usually respond - if you are going to shoot someone far enough away to need sights you will probably be arrested for assault or homicide as you were not in "immanent danger".

 
Old 05-14-2013, 05:40 PM   #73
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I feel the biggest gun you feel comfortable with.

I carry a glock20, not much larger that you can conceal.

The key thing to me is that it's something that your comfortable with. You can have the biggest badest gun on the planet but if your not comfortable with it and not familiar with it then it might as well be a rock to throw instead of a gun.

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G29 or my Rock Island Tactical 10mm. I really don't care if I print with a bigger gun. If you're stupid enough to do something worthy of deadly force, you deserve the best I can give you. Hornady 180gr XTP hand loads means I care.
 
Old 06-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #74
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I really like my G27, .40 sub-compact Glock. It'll fit completely inside my jean pockets. Personal preference, but I wouldn't carry anything under a .40 cal with some nice Hornady Self-Defense rounds.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 09:55 PM   #75
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First you have to ask what is your build. It is worth it to go to work out and be in good shape. I have a swimmers build and I keep my waist down (10 inch drop from chest to waist) it allows me to wear a T shirt, jeans and my Sig 229 every day of the week and no one can see it. I am sure I could carry a 1911 as well but the sig is smaller. I carry on the small of my back with a cant. Shirt shows off the chest for the lady but hides the gun in the small of my back. My Glock 23 and berretta 84 380 works fine as well with no problems.. If you have a gut the world is different. So work out and carry anything you want on your belt.

As far as holsters go. i went with the religion and purchased the expensive custom hide mitch rosen holster but frankly I love the stupid off the shelf Galco King Tuk almost as much. Galco is not as sexy but it is as comfortable for me. The issue is your body build. Holster and carry has to match that.
 
Old 05-03-2014, 02:10 PM   #76
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Does'nt matter what you carry, Just carry. Practice...Practice...Practice
 
Old 05-04-2014, 07:17 PM   #77
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I like my BG380. It's pocket sized and concealable on a summer day. Other times 40 sw when I can wear a coat
 
Old 05-08-2014, 09:26 AM   #78
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SR9 in a paddle holster.
works for me
 
Old 05-08-2014, 10:47 PM   #79
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I've been considering a Ruger LCP for a long time. Then today I drove by a shop I've never been to before. I dropped in and found a Colt 380 Mustang on display. I like! Now if Colt can somehow make that into a 9mm, I'd be sold. The shop showed me a Sig 1911-ish pistol that was nearly the same size and in 9mm, but is considerably boxier than the Colt.
 
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