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This is a discussion on Trend toward larger carry firearms within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by maddog63 What holster did u use? Simply Rugged Cuda holster with IWB straps at 4:30 and a Simply Rugged Single CID mag ...


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Old December 22nd, 2015, 12:28 PM   #61
 
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What holster did u use?
Simply Rugged Cuda holster with IWB straps at 4:30 and a Simply Rugged Single CID mag pouch with IWB straps at 9:00.
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Are u of large stature?
5'7" on a good day and ~190 lb.




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Old December 22nd, 2015, 01:39 PM   #62
 
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I am an old guy and I carry a 1911 because it has a big bullet and I know how it works. I have 3 extra magazines. I was issued a 1911 when I was in Viet Nam and having one available is comforting.

We live in an era of uncertainty and evil.
VN vet huh? you've been in an era of uncertainty and evil for most of your life. at least your trained. good luck and good shooting.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 03:35 PM   #63
 
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My EDC "concealed" IWB is a Springfield XDS 3.3 .45 ACP that presently rides "quietly" in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 hybrid holster.

I've been carrying the XDS for over two years now, undetected, as far as I can tell. I love the compactness and reliability of the gun. Not to mention the awesome round it fires. I am a big fan of the .45 caliber, ACP and Colt.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 08:29 AM   #64
 
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I had been carrying a 357 LCR but always felt under gunned with only 5 rounds so I recently purchased a Glock 27. Still small but double the capacity and 40 cal isn't to shabby plus I still have the LCR and LCP if I need a backup.
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Until recently, I carried either an SP101 snub or a S&W K frame snub. But, at my age they are feeling too heavy for my preferred cross-draw OWB carry. So recently I've purchased both a Ruger LCRX and a S&W 360 scandium. Both feel much better at smaller size and half the weight

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The more "experience" I have with my CC permit, the less I care about "printing", so I only carry micro guns when I'm dressed light AND staying in my immediate area, i.e. driving 3 miles to the grocery store, where I hope that a micro .25 or .380 will be enough. Then again, a lot has happened to people who are "just running out" for a minute.

I think at least subconsciously a lot of us are swayed by these active shooter ISIS terrorists, and people who are at least a little gun savvy are carrying bigger guns.........I have actually had nightmares about being at a mall or public place and shots are fired, and all I've got is my .22 NAA micro revolver or one of my mouse fart .25 autos. When you're with your family out in public and some nut starts dumping AK mags, do you really want some plastic .380 "dog walker" pistol as your final defense? I'd rather be a little more uncomforable carrying a bigger gun, so if the .001% chance does occur and I'm in the wrong place at the wrong time I have something to fight with. I also keep a Mossberg 500 loaded with slugs under the back seat of my car in a canvas bag with a shoulder strap, so I can take it in and out of the car when I park it for the night. It's invisible from the outside, but I figure, if something happens on the road or if I can make it to my car I have something with some defensive ability.

I had actually thought of keeping some kind of basic semi-auto there too, like my SKS, so that if my car or gun gets stolen while I'm inside the mall I'm not out anything high priced. I can keep 9 in the mag and an empty chamber, with a few stripper clips stored with it. Those canvas "rifle bags" are pretty cheap.
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You hit on many topics ExArmy11b and it is clear you have thought a lot about this. Personally I don't store firearms in my car unless they are in a locked compartment. Good for you taking it in every night. Even if not an expensive firearm, the idea that someone would be hurt by a gun stolen from me is bothersome. Same thing at home even though there are never any children in my house (they grew up). Yes, if someone stole my car and hit someone with it, that would bother me too.

As for a big gun vs. a little one, I have heard and believe that you will wish you had the biggest thing in your arsenal if you find yourself in a gun fight. A 12 ga would fit that bill as would an AR or AK. That being said I find myself gravitating towards pocket carry as it is so convenient, but make myself lug the full size .45 ACP for obvious reasons. Every time I put the LCP "dog walker" (yes, I use it for that) in my pocket, I hesitate and wonder if I'll regret that decision.

Basically if I can keep my Wilderness Tactical merse on me all the time I'll take it full of full size hi cap .45 ACP. There are no printing issues with this carry and the cover on a middle aged overweight man is perfect. If I would have to set the merse down like when visiting a doctor or when eating out, I'll take the LCP. I don't do ICW carry as it isn't comfortable for me.
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Ive always subscribed to a few basic "must haves" when choosing a carry gun. Weapon performance & accuracy are at the top. I also prefer an all steel weapon. 1st of all, we have open carry as well as conceal carry, so printing was really never something I worried about a whole lot unless i was heading into a crowded public place. I live rural. I always prefer for the public to be unaware, and in almost 30 years, have only been commented to a couple times. And that was conceal carrying a Beretta 92FS most of that time. Kenny hit on it,, a good heavy belt is a must to conceal carry and keep the printing to a minimum. If I really need to go into stealth mode, I stick a 92 or 75 inside my jeans, crossdraw, 7-8 oclock, without a holster. But a good belt is a must.
As far as caliber, 9 x 19,, (9mm luger) is as small, ballistic wise, as I will go. I want deadly accuracy @ at least 25 yards, knock down power, and as many rounds as can reasonably be carried. The 9 x 19 seems a very happy medium. My Beretta 92's perform flawlessly, although, not the most comfy or accurate. I also like my CZ 75 series. they have been flawless so far, and are incredibly accurate. My current EDC is a CZ PCR, But I still switch around with the Cz 75 BD or the Beretta's. The CZ PCR is nice because you can almost pocket carry it. The CZ Rami is even better if you need smaller. My wife loves hers. The best 1911 I owned was a Remington R1E. , but I just never trusted it like the 92's or 75's. I did find myself looking at a CZ 97 BD today. I see a 97BD in the safe in the future , as I do like the dump truck hitting power of the .45. I think the CZ 97BD solves alot of the failure problems the 1911 had.

But at the end of the day,, thats just me and my own personal preference and opinion. If you can carry a sidearm,, carry one. Anything really is better than nothing,, if you know how to, and can use it. If all you can afford, or all you can handle is a 22 mag,, then by all means,, carry it. I would borrow my wifes LCR 22 mag if I had too. Its a great and deadly little pocket gun. I just dont need , or prefer to. A good accurate 22 is better than throwing rocks,, or throwing your hands up and helplessly getting your head cut off by some extremist. So carry what you can. Period.
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I'm still very new to owning and carrying, I've only had my license since april of last year. My EDC is an lc9s. I like the trigger, controlable recoil, and easy for me to conceal. I've always used an Alien Gear tuck 2.0 IWB holster at about the 730-8 position which works good for me. Now that it is cold out and I am wearing sweat shirts and a long sleeve t under a regular t for work. I picked up an Wright Leather Works OWB holster, and carry it at about the 840 position. I always carry with one in the chamber so that gives me 8 wounds, and one extra 7 round mag in my pocket. I'd never carry any thing smaller then a 9mm or the size of the lc9s.
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What does everyone do in summer with shorts and collared shirt? Surely u cant effectively hide a full 1911 or revolver??? Can u?
I haven't worn shorts since I was 12 years old.
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I haven't worn shorts since I was 12 years old.
I'm sorry. Lol
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I can conceal my 1911 as easily as I can my XDs 3.3, and I've been known to carry both on occasion.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 09:55 PM   #73
 
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What does everyone do in summer with shorts and collared shirt? Surely u cant effectively hide a full 1911 or revolver??? Can u?
I live in Arizona. Shorts are a way of life. I carry a P345 with no problem. I usually where an under tank tucked in so the holster and pistol are not resting up against my skin. I then where a moisture wick polo un-tucked over it. Effectively hidden and comfortable.
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And then for people like me who stopped caring what others think years ago, there's what I call "open concealed carry", like those Sneaky Pete super-huge "PDA" cases that can hold a mid-sized pistol, as if a guy wearing a 6"x8" leather case on his belt doesn't scream "there's a gun in there"

Also yes, the old man-purse, just carry one of those fanny packs made for concealed carry and you can put pretty much whatever you want in there, it's still concealed.

I've been "that guy" that's had a 4" GP100 in an IWB holster, with a T-shirt stretched over it and not cared, Open Carry is legal by "proxy" in PA, I've just never chosen to go full bore with it. I have friends that do, that just walk around with a 1911 in an open holster and they have had endless contacts with police, who can do nothing about it but they still get hassled......I always figured if I ever do go Open Carry I'm just going all the way with it, and wearing a 6" GP100 in a western style rig.

I DO believe, if I recall one of my friends who's best friend is a cop, says the law in PA says you can't open carry with a round in the chamber, but however, since a revolver has a barrel that doesn't allow "one" in the chamber, since the cylinder is a seperate piece and not part of the barrel, technically a loaded revolver is not "loaded with a chambered round".
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 03:51 AM   #75
 
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I carry my RAMI normally and switch it out with the PCR or P-01. I am still interested in the P99 Compact though.
When I am around my home in the mountains I open carry a wheel gun, which will be the GP100 3".
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