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6 years 3 weeks ago, 6:19 PM

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Concealed Carry Choise

It seems difficult to find a gun that can be properly concealed. I checked out my buddies Springfield sub compact xd and that seemed too bulky to carry. I was wondering if any one had any suggestions.

6 years 3 weeks ago, 6:29 PM

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carry

i carry my glock 23 or my sig p229 concealed. some consider those too bulky, but I don't have a problem with them

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6 years 3 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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Ok

How do you carry it?

6 years 3 weeks ago, 6:57 PM

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depends

i have an internal waistline lower back holster and an internal right side holster. both will fit both guns. depends on what I am wearing or doing on that particular day.

If you want something smaller... check the ruger LCP .380 out

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6 years 3 weeks ago, 7:04 PM

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Thanks

Ok thanks for the tips.

6 years 3 weeks ago, 7:26 PM

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carry choice

I ran through this decision process recently and started listening to everyone. went to a gun show and held them all. Pondered the carry method and magazine capacities. In short did all the normal evaluations. In the end it turns out to be a more personal decision. Gun type? what do you see yourself doing with it? Is it to be transported everywhere all the time? Going to shoot it often at the range? Want to impress others? How much money do you have to spend? What size is your hand? Strong wrist strength or a wimp? Are you willing to kill your opponent or do you just want to stop them and make the go away? these are only a few considerations I am sure others will pile on this topic.
In the end, for me I choose the weapon that felt great in my hand, was an automatic, resonably accurate at 10 feet,could be lethal with one hit then I figured out how to carry the damn thing. I don't shoot more that 100 rds a month so ammo cost is not a factor. I long ago adopted a don't give a shit what they think so it is not shiny plated and beautiful. Actually its quite ugly the way it should be in my world. My granddaughter has a plastic pistol and glocks feel the same to me, as do most of the plastic guns. Cold steel felt best for me. And large? hell I have a hand like a catchers mitt that just fits around a full size pistol. I was definitely unhappy with opera sized pistols. I choose double action only because you can bring the thing to the target a pull the trigger without screwing around with it. Yes it is safe with one in the chamber until you pull the trigger or talk to someone from Massachusetts or California. You decided to kill them right away? a frangable round like hydroshock will give you the stopping power of at least one or two calibers greater. this means lighter load more rounds but same hit as the big guys. And you can waste rounds at the range for less money. Do not buy a mouse gun either by any means. Eventually I found an ugly cordura fanny pack to lug my beast around. No, I don't get back aches from it

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6 years 2 weeks ago, 5:25 PM

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Carry choice

I agree with SAK. However he didnt mention what cal. he is using.. I'm on the other end ,, I'm older and not as large of hand so I choose A Beretta "Tomcat", cal 32. Very easy to conceal, BUT I carry a back up in my auto glove box,, a PA 63 9X18 Makarov.

6 years 2 weeks ago, 8:17 PM

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Kel-Tec P3AT

Generalswanny wrote:
It seems difficult to find a gun that can be properly concealed. I checked out my buddies Springfield sub compact xd and that seemed too bulky to carry. I was wondering if any one had any suggestions.

I'm a brand new guy here (great site!), but not new to guns. I carry a Kel-Tec P3AT (.380). I'm hesitant to recommend any pistol, but I will offer you my reasons for selecting it and my experience with it.

The primary reason I chose it is "carryability." It is extremely lightweight and thin, perfect for Florida weather of shorts and t-shirt.

I carry it in my front pocket, in a Nemesis holster. This keeps it in always in the same position, and away from my car keys or whatever else in my pocket. Prints like a wallet and it is easy to draw.

I have carried larger pistols and found that I often left them at home because of the weight or bulk. Having my gun at home (regardless of bore size) when I decided to stop at the ATM in the evening .... duh.

The Kel-tec is inexpensive, ugly, and the word is that some don't work out of the box. But Kel-tec has a great reputation for repairing or replacing any gun with a problem. Mine has been flawless. I have put about 250 rounds of varying types through it with no FTEs, FTFs, or any problem whatsoever.

However, it is not a range gun, and is not as fun to shoot as my other pistols. And it is "only" .380, which is a huge point of discussion. After researching extensively, I decided I was comfortable that .380 would suit my needs.

I also bought an Armalaser sight for it, also a point of discussion. I like it. It extends my accuracy of aimed shots quite a bit, and also lets me "shoot from the hip." It is incredibly small, light-weight, has an excellent mount - and it fits in the Nemesis holster for P3AT's with Armalasers.

Right after I bought the Kel-Tec, Ruger came out with the LCP. It's about the same size, only a little more expensive, and looks better. The fan base for these LCP pistols seems to be growing.

6 years 2 weeks ago, 8:54 PM

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Walther PPS

I carry a Walther PPS. Its a Smith and Wesson. 9mm round, feels like a tit. I love it. Sometimes I forget I have it becuase it light, thin and small. Also comes in 40 cal

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6 years 2 weeks ago, 9:09 PM

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My carry gun is a 1911. I'm looking at a Sig 226 in 40 S&W. If money was no problem, I would buy a STI 2011 Tactical 5.0 pistol in 40 S&W. Have been looking at the CZ 75 Tactical Sport in 40 S&W.

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6 years 1 week ago, 4:43 PM

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If you want to put a criminal down than you carry a weapon that will do the job with the least effort despite how comfortable it is. If your worried about comfort than get a .22 and hopefully you will scare your attacker away.

If you feel threatend, SHOOT!
6 years 1 week ago, 7:24 PM

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i wouldn't suggest trying to scare an attacker away with a gun. The only time you should pull a gun is when deadly force is necessary. If you pull it to scare someone, you will either end up getting killed, or you will be brandishing your weapon in an unjustified circumstance.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
6 years 1 week ago, 7:31 AM

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Too True

I had an incident with 6 guys with pool cues and one me with a .38 special. Only use a handgun for defense or in life threatening situations or the protection of your home from intruders.

My band was fired from a nightclub and I had words with the owner, who in turn, tried to give a beat down to this former employee. Of course, being a singer in a rock band, I never went anywhere without a handgun. Clubs are some really seedy places and some really bad things go down there...shake downs, robberies, drugs, alcohol abuse and such. Not a good place to be un-armed. Anyway, the 6 drug dealing thugs decided that I should wear an ass-whipping on my way home, but I was not having any part of that. They filed out after me with pool cues as I was walking to my truck. I saw that there was no way that I could get to my truck, unlock the door, get inside, start the motor and drive away before they got to me. I turned to face them, reached into my front pocket, pulled out my .38 special and asked them who wants the first round? They stopped dead in their tracks and stated that they didn't sign up for this and turned to run back inside. Knowing that they were about to return with their guns, I decided to high tail it outta there. Had they not stopped, I would have had no choice but to open fire. Thank God I didn't have to, but NEVER pull out a weapon unless you intend to use it. Hopefully you won't have to.

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