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Old January 3rd, 2017, 09:33 AM   #16
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No limits? Wow! You're probably going to get as many suggestions as there are members of this forum.

Is there a particular minimum caliber you're willing to carry as a primary?



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I can't help you with a gun suggestion because the issue of comfort is individual to you.
I can say that losing some weight, changing your mode of carry and selecting an appropriate holster is likely the real answer.

Inside the waistband [IWB] is probably one of the easier modes to conceal and most difficult to find comfort with. On the waistband [OWB] carry is a bit more difficult to conceal but generally more comfortable.

Pocket carry can be a very good option with the right gun and pocket holster. However there are limitations to pocket carry such as the size of the gun, the absence of a hammer and almost no access when in a sitting position.

I'm not a fan of shoulder holsters or ankle carry but sometimes those are options. Both of those modes of carry are a little easier to access the gun while in a sitting position as compared to other modes of carry. The downside to shoulder holsters is they are very difficult to defend in a physical confrontation and they require a large and often hot, covering garment.
Ankle holsters have their own problems.

Cross draw rigs are likewise difficult to defend (although not as bad as shoulder holsters) but are generally not a good choice in terms of comfort.

My suggestion would be: 1. lose some weight. The benefits are vast and that will solve all of your issues. If you're really serious about self defense you will put in the effort to improve your odds. Not all self-defense scenarios involve deadly force.
2. consider an OWB mode of carry and make the clothing choices needed to make that work.
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No limits? Wow! You're probably going to get as many suggestions as there are members of this forum.

Is there a particular minimum caliber you're willing to carry as a primary?
I really don't like anything less than a 40s&w but to get smaller and lighter i guess 9mm
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As i have grown older and wider, carrying my SR40c is no longer comfortable to me, i tried carrying my SP-101 but it also not comfortable I am not a fan boy off any particular gun manufacturer so the sky's the limit. Any recomendations would be greatly appreciated!
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I really don't like anything less than a 40s&w but to get smaller and lighter i guess 9mm


I had some work done to it but this shield in .40s&w is sweet! The original trigger wasn't bad but the new aluminum Apex trigger is awesome! I have a fs M&P 45 & the shield did seem to have a better stock trigger, got an Apex trigger for it as well just haven't installed it. I rotate between a SR9c & a Glock G30s, the shield is way more comfortable. I have a Crossbreed iwb for it but the Kydex is cracked & I haven't sent it back yet, it was very comfortable. Right now I have it in a single clip kydex iwb from a company called TRex arms. Real easy to take on & off. Most important thing to me is weight, shield is a lot more comfortable than the G30s cause it's half the weight.



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It's nothing glorious , new, or fancy.

I carry a S&W 6906, when weight or

size becomes an issue.
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https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...PACT+9mm+ALLOY

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...8+1+40S&W+3%22

Both generally come with pretty good triggers.
Both come with night sights.
Both come either decockers, or safety. I prefer the decockers.
The Rami comes in a 40, which should be easier to find.

I carry the PCR for an EDC. My favorite and most comfy EDC Ive ever had, but I carried full size for 25+ years.
My wife has the 2075 D Rami. Also very comfy carry.

Both are 100% reliable & extremely accurate.
Both are VERY good sidearms.

The SIg 938 is also a nice pocket size 9mm, if you like the cocked and locked carry.

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...+2-TONE+SAO+NS

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I had the same issue. I found the Springfield XDs series a good fix. And either the extended mags, you can get 7-9 (caliber depending) and still stays flat enough to conceal. The XDs 45 has really grown on me. Standard 5 rounds, extendable to 6 or 7 round mags. And if you carry the Polycase Ruger ARX rounds, the weight really disappears.

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One more suggestion... I see you have an SR22. Try carrying it to see if it's comfortable. If the size and weight suites your comfort, then get yourself an LC9s. It's about the same size and almost the exact weight of the SR22 with 9mm punch
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If you would rather .40 try to find a Kahr CT40/CM40.
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I will make a trip to Gander Mtn. to get a feel off as many I can!

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If a 9mm will fit you and you like more of a 1911 action, check out the Sig P938.
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I really don't like anything less than a 40s&w but to get smaller and lighter i guess 9mm
Well, with 9mm you have plenty of options (including Ruger's LCR 9mm) and ammo is plentiful and relatively cheap.

Many here have given a thumbs up on the SW Shield and I'd have to agree. Slim, accurate, relatively inexpensive, and you can likely find plenty of used ones on the market.

Whatever you decide, good luck.
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Ruger LCR!

After full-size guns (steel-frame 1911s, no less), I too was looking for a more carry-friendly solution. I wound up with a used LCR .357, and have never looked back. Paired with a set of Hogue Bantam/Boot grips (minimized grips that don't print or snag on clothing) in an old-school Bianchi suede IWB belt clip holster (originally sized for a S&W Mod. 66 2 1/2 inch) strong-side, the combo is very lightweight and virtually unnoticeable. I forget it's on sometimes, and can wear it with shorts and t-shirt in summer. I carry two speed strips in the right rear pants pocket for reloads. The strips flex enough to be comfortable when sitting, etc.

Yes, I've tried the mini semi-autos, but find it tiresome wading through all the ammo-related malfunctions and mishaps they seem to be plagued with.
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After full-size guns (steel-frame 1911s, no less), I too was looking for a more carry-friendly solution. I wound up with a used LCR .357, and have never looked back. Paired with a set of Hogue Bantam/Boot grips (minimized grips that don't print or snag on clothing) in an old-school Bianchi suede IWB belt clip holster (originally sized for a S&W Mod. 66 2 1/2 inch) strong-side, the combo is very lightweight and virtually unnoticeable. I forget it's on sometimes, and can wear it with shorts and t-shirt in summer. I carry two speed strips in the right rear pants pocket for reloads. The strips flex enough to be comfortable when sitting, etc.

Yes, I've tried the mini semi-autos, but find it tiresome wading through all the ammo-related malfunctions and mishaps they seem to be plagued with.
That's curious - if you've had so many ammo-related malfunctions that you now totally dismiss all mini semi-autos, I'm thinking it's time to change your ammo! Not to dismiss your fondness for revolvers - I love them too; however, in a self-defense situation (and if properly equipped) the most inept individual can perform a "tap & rack" significantly quicker than the most skilled speed-strip reload. Just my 2 cents.
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