Whats the largest handgun you have carried?


February 1, 2010, 10:14 PM
I like to think there's someone out there carrying a Desert Eagle. Preferably in .50 cal. You have to admit, that would be pretty neat.


Stupid, but neat.

Let's here accounts of people carrying really large handguns here. Stuff like a Model 29 or a Wildey. Someone has to be out there doing it, but I'd be surprised if it were a HighRoader.

By the way, bear defense doesn't really count for this, unless it's everyday.

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Mad Magyar
February 1, 2010, 10:16 PM
.45acp is about the limit for me: either in full-size 1911 or the Officer's model.

February 1, 2010, 10:21 PM
A Constable here carries a .50 Desert Eagle!

February 1, 2010, 10:24 PM
A Constable here carries a .50 Desert Eagle!

I can't tell if you're joking or not.:)
That's exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for. What state, or city?

February 1, 2010, 10:24 PM
Not hardly a week has gone by since I started carrying this one but it carries better than my J frame in this Milt Sparks rig. Not large by DE standards but it is by average standards.


February 1, 2010, 10:29 PM
.44 Mag Ruger Redhawk 7.5 inch barrel concealed in shoulder rig.



February 1, 2010, 10:30 PM
I had a buddy in the Corps who carried a DE in a shoulder holster under a jacket.
I have only carried up to a .45 and thats enough for me.

February 1, 2010, 10:32 PM
No joke. As far as the town; Shelby County, Texas. He looks just like you would think, 6' 4" tall (at least) and probably 275 pounds.

February 1, 2010, 10:38 PM
S@W 500 in ankle holster.

February 1, 2010, 10:38 PM
^ You must have some mighty sturdy kankles.

HK USP Tactical in .45ACP. Its pretty big for a .45. I have to admit, I felt more comfortable with it than when I carry the .380.

February 1, 2010, 10:39 PM
I'm just wondering...
Are people larger on average down in Texas?

Whenever someone posts a weight and height it seems extremely large.

About 200 lbs and 6'2" is what I call medium large up here.
Larger than most people but smaller than a few.
But I've seen people from the States saying that they weigh over 300 lbs and 6'8"! Do Americans eat more or something?

What's considered large in your area?

By the way, when weights are posted it's usually on a thread about a large caliber like the .454 or .44.

Evil One
February 1, 2010, 10:40 PM
I EDC a 5" steel 1911.
I used to EDC a 6" S&W 629 .44 magnum in a Bianchi X15 shoulder rig.
I am 6'4" 310 lbs 54" chest and 42x34 pants.


PA Curmudgeon
February 1, 2010, 10:45 PM
Really? What do you wear on your other leg? :p

Friendly, Don't Fire!
February 1, 2010, 10:46 PM
S&W 500 Mag 4" with Desantis holster under a winter coat.

February 1, 2010, 10:50 PM
Colt 1991A1 and Sig p220. Also a Colt 1860 Army revolver, bigger still, but only when I wear itch blue wool...

February 1, 2010, 10:57 PM
arnold schwarzenegger carrys one http://www.imfdb.org/images/d/d2/TL-DesertEagle-1.jpg

February 1, 2010, 11:05 PM
6' 4" 275 pounds is considered huge here. I assume that's considered huge anywhere. I stated his size just in case anyone was wondering. Next time I will refrain from mentioning a persons size unless it's on a larger caliber thread like .454 or .44.

February 1, 2010, 11:08 PM
The High Road
I am 6'4" 310 lbs 54" chest and 42x34 pants.

The High Road
...used to carry a Mossberg 500 in a Galco Witness Protection rig. Of course he was 6'4' and about 220# of muscle...

I almost dropped the damned thing, and my wrist hurt for about four days. And I'm not really any smaller than you, 6'3" and about 260.

You ever shoot that thing in .454 P-man? That's the only round that I don't enjoy shooting. Now you know how big I am (6'2" and about 280 lbs.)

Alaska Outdoors Forum
I am a big man at 6'6" 330 lb. But I have noticed the gun slides down a bit on my belt holter (desanti) due to the weight of the gun.

EDC Forums
My buddy owns 2 of them. Of course, he's 6'8" and goes about 300 lbs and I run 6'1" 220. So they tend to look like standard 357's in his mitts.

Taurus Armed
I'm 6'8" tall and weigh 275. I loved the gun. I had no trouble with the recoil and in fact didn't think it had much recoil at all.

Primos Cabin Chat
Oh, by the way, the guy I pastor is 6'5" and weighs 350 lbs. He only sights it in before season, and hopes he only has to shoot it once during the season. This guy is a trigger pulling machine.

Please, please don't tell me these are typical sizes. Now I feel like I'll never be able to be comfortable firing a 454.

Evil One
February 1, 2010, 11:10 PM
Well... my wife is a lot smaller than me... and learned to shoot a pistol with my 6" 629... :D


February 1, 2010, 11:13 PM
Truly though...I'm ashamed of how little I weigh...
190 lbs and 6'1". Compare that to the numbers above, it's only about 70 to 60 percent of the weight!

Evil One
February 1, 2010, 11:18 PM
Maybe the rest of us big guys are just chunky... :D


February 1, 2010, 11:39 PM
Not regularly, but sometimes a CZ75B full size.


February 2, 2010, 12:07 AM
OK, I got off topic there.
Back on topic:

John Ross, author of "Unintended Consequences," believes in carrying the largest firearm one can comfortably carry and conceal. For him, it's this 4" barreled 500 S&W with the compensator removed, resulting in a 3" snubby:

He carries it in a SmartCarry. He says this about a concealed carry class he teaches:

"In every class, someone complains there isn't any good way to conceal anything but a mousegun when wearing typical indoor clothing. I smile and draw the 500."

February 2, 2010, 12:21 AM
4" K Frame and 5" 1911

February 2, 2010, 01:08 AM
I'm 130 & 5' 7" & carried a fullsize M&P before I got the compact. ;)

February 2, 2010, 01:22 AM
The largest guns I carried are all roughly equivalent in size, so I'll list them all:
4in 357 mag ruger security six
5 in government model 1911
full size glock 17

None of these are overly large handguns- And no, those aren't typical sizes. I'm 6'4'' 305 lbs. I think the gun community just gets a disproportional amount of hosses.

February 2, 2010, 01:32 AM
I'm 6'4'' 305 lbs.

Jeez! I think those might just be typical sizes fro the gun community. :D

February 2, 2010, 02:03 AM
Well I live in fl and people think big guns can't be carried here because of the heat and confortable dress but I carry a 3" .44 mag al the time in shorts and a t-shirt and uncomfertably caried a .500 and a 454 once or twice (oh, I'm 5'11 about 145 lbs) my backup gun is a 3" .45 apc

Willfully Armed
February 2, 2010, 02:18 AM
G20 here.

February 2, 2010, 03:26 AM
I carry a CZ75B 9mm fully loaded with 17rds. Unloaded it weighs 2.2lbs so it's quite a chunk in the chl respects.

I'm 6'10 and weigh 350lbs since we're all lying. :neener:

February 2, 2010, 03:55 AM
I have carried a 6-1/2" S&W 629 or a 6-1/2" 29 before under a jacket in the cooler months, but a 3" 64, 13, 2-1/2" 66 and a 3" 629 see most of the use. I like to wear teeshirts that are a size or two too big to hide my carry piece, when I was 275 pounds it'd hide my belly pretty good too! I'm down to about 230 now and between 6' and 6'-1".


February 2, 2010, 04:16 AM
350? Wow.

You do realize that a silverback gorilla weighs from 300 to 500 pounds?
They are from 5.5 to 6 feet tall.
A silverback's chest measures anywhere from 46 to 62 inches, usually around 50.

You are literally into gorilla range.

However, the gorilla is much stronger than a human being. To start off, their muscles are stronger, meaning they don't need huge bulking arms to have the strength of a bodybuilder. Their bones are denser and thicker, and their skin is tougher. Their bones are also scaled up.

A Gorilla's weakness is its legs, but of course this is relative to the rest of its body. A weightlifter uses their legs to help lift the weights, while a gorilla only uses its upper body strength. However, a gorilla can leap over 20 feet with a running start. A strong gorilla can lift up to 4600 pounds over their head. It is estimated that a normal male gorilla is 20 times as strong as a normal human being.

February 2, 2010, 04:18 AM
Sorry, I got carried away there.:D

Edit: I wouldn't want to try to stop that with a .45!

February 2, 2010, 04:28 AM
on top of that have you seen a gorilla'a teeth they are crazy scarey

February 2, 2010, 04:46 AM
If I was one of those gorilla guides, I'd want at least a 44 Magnum. I'd much rather have a 303 though.

Gorillas are explosive. I wouldn't get within fifty yards of one. Mountain gorillas are not very vicious though.

Go ahead. Make my day.
It looks like Clint Eastwood!

February 2, 2010, 04:54 AM

That gorilla's a good likeness!

OK, back on topic now. Does anyone carry a .44 Magnum or larger, and not for bears?

Evil One
February 2, 2010, 06:01 AM
I used to carry a 6" .44 mag 629... I have also carried a 4" .44 S&W M21... 4" S&W M22 .45acp... 5" S&W M27 .357... 2.5" 629.
I have 2 .44 mag snubbies on layaway that will be put into carry rotation once they prove themselves.
I love carrying a S&W N frame.
As for size honesty... this is me lifting a project car onto a pair of ramps.


February 2, 2010, 07:47 AM
190 lbs and 6'1". Compare that to the numbers above, it's only about 70 to 60 percent of the weight!

Feel good about that. You're just about right. We have a huge obesity problem here in the USA.

I think it's sad that in the gun community especially, sizes seem to be skewed toward the more rotund end of the spectrum. I mean, you have a bunch of guys preparing for the worst (SHTF situations and whatnot) who couldn't actually sprint toward or away from trouble if they had to. Staying in good shape is part of staying fit for survival.

Me, I'm 6' even, and 165-175 depending on the season.
Larget gun I've carried is my 4" K-frame with big ole' target grips. Only did that once. VERY uncomfortable. Largest gun I can carry regularly is my 4" M&P9.

February 2, 2010, 08:20 AM
I get the feeling lots of folks are either body builders or overweight. Hmmmmm :)

February 2, 2010, 08:22 AM
I'm just wondering...
Are people larger on average down in Texas?

Well, you know you are in trouble when you go to Texas, walk in to get a roll of trash bags and the label says " CONDOMS...TEXAS - SMALL" :neener:

February 2, 2010, 08:37 AM
Well, you know you are in trouble when you go to Texas, walk in to get a roll of trash bags and the label says " CONDOMS...TEXAS - SMALL"

That's wicked funny. :D:D:D:D

February 2, 2010, 08:42 AM
I dont think most of those weights are anything to brag about, just some background information on their carry technique.

And I am 5'11" 190. Pretty normal.

Evil One
February 2, 2010, 08:58 AM
Earl, you are correct... higher weight isnt usually something to be proud of.
Thats one reason I tend to give more than just my weight.
Tell a person who has never seen you that you weigh 310 lbs and they expect a marshmallow they rides a rascal thru walmart.
I just happen to not be the average 300 pounder, not that I couldnt skip a meal or 4. :D


February 2, 2010, 09:33 AM
A friend of mine had a shoulder holster that fit my 7.5" Redhawk so I carried it one day. It was cold out so I had a coat on. The shoulder holster actually did make it fairly do-able, if I must say.

February 2, 2010, 10:08 AM
Century International Arms/Romarms Draco (AK Pistol) in a backpack.

February 2, 2010, 11:37 AM
A 1911 is the largest handgun I have ever carried, and it was a PITA.
Too heavy and too long.
Even my Glock 22 is really too bulky for all day carry comfort.

Of course I'm merely 5'9" and 210 lbs. (yeah, I'm your typically middle-aged dad with a little beer belly).
Heck, if I looked like the typical UFC fighter I probably wouldn't need to carry a handgun all the time!!!

BTW, if you're 6'4" and 300 lbs of muscle, you don't need to carry a hangun...you just need to wear a bullet-proof vest.
Cause nobody is going to attack you straight on man-to-man since you're a freak'n monster.
You're probably going to get shot in the back and never even see it coming.

Criminals prey upon the weak.
Nobody says "Yo dawg, let's rob that 6'4" 300 lbs cage fighter".


February 2, 2010, 12:30 PM
at different times...a 7-1/2" barrel .44Mag Super Blackhawk and another time a 7-1/2" barrel 1858 "Army Remington" yeah..I packed a cap-n-ball revolver.

now, though I stick to 1911-A1's

February 2, 2010, 12:31 PM
A scoped 12" TC Contender in .30-30 Winchester.

February 2, 2010, 05:38 PM

February 2, 2010, 06:14 PM
the biggest pistol i ever carried was a Hi Point .45; my Sigma was at the 'smith, so i carried the HP fir a few days until i got my Sigma back. i use an Uncle Mike's to tote it in; it seemed appropriate.

these days, a full size 1911 is as big as it gets.

The Lone Haranguer
February 2, 2010, 06:21 PM
SIG Revolution Carry, a Combat Commander-sized 1911. Not particularly large, but my heaviest.

February 2, 2010, 07:06 PM
Well being six foot even and 145lbs I can't conceal very much without a heavy coat. Biggest I have tried concealed in my normal clothing was the glock 20. It was comfortable enough but printed to much for my taste. Gun was to thick and the grip was to long for me to conceal it well. I went back to carrying a j frame 38 even though I would rather have the 10mm. Not every texan can be 6'6 and 300lbs. ;)

deputy tom
February 2, 2010, 08:00 PM
Years ago I wore an S&W model 29 with an 8 3/8" bbl. in a Jackass shoulder holster.Now I'm old and carry as light as I can.YMMV.tom.
ETA since this is the auto loader forum I'll say the largest auto I've carried is the 1911.tom.

February 2, 2010, 08:17 PM
I'm 6'3" 250 and I carry a LCP or a single shot .22. Never considered anything much bigger CC on my person, it's just not comfortable to me. Now in a hunting/OC sitution 7-1/2" 44. Redhawk or 10" BFR in .500S&W. I imagine I'd probably get shot by the BG in a CC trying to whoop out the BFR or Redhawk. Just not practacle IMO.

February 2, 2010, 08:22 PM
you people may be able to comfortally carry a large gun comfortly, but can you draw it fast enough to compete with standard size handguns?

Evil One
February 2, 2010, 11:05 PM
1911 EDC from a non retention IWB at 3:30-4:00? yep... I can get to it plenty fast.
If you dont have your hand in your pocket... I will beat a pocket pistol draw every time.
My 6" .44 in a break front shoulder holster... just as fast.
1911 in my Bianchi Carry Lok... yep, plenty quick.


February 2, 2010, 11:11 PM
glock 35

and sometimes I carry my ruger redhawk 5 1/2

February 2, 2010, 11:12 PM
Either of these, but not at the same time. S&W 620, 5" Kimber


February 2, 2010, 11:22 PM
Well, in this crowd I'm an old, half-crippled up, skinny arse geek. I go 5"9 and 150 lbs. I can conceal and carry a 5" steel 1911 or a 4" N-frame if it's below 55 degrees outside. Long pants, real belt, jacket or sweatshirt.

When it gets above 65 or 70 and the wardrobe changes, it's time to downsize. I carried my Kahr P45 all last summer, including shorts and t-shirt Texas weather. I will be trying to carry a 3' or 4" alloy 1911 thsi summer...we'll see how that goes.

February 2, 2010, 11:30 PM
I carry a Dan Wesson Razorback 10mm when I'm not carrying my DW CBOB in .45 auto. The RZ-10 is a full sized 1911. Not to uncomfortable, but the grip can print on my shirt if I'm not careful.

February 2, 2010, 11:35 PM
6" anaconda.... you gata be real mad at some one to shoot em with that... mostly a kimber carry II

February 3, 2010, 01:07 AM
I carry a 10mm 1911 Bobtail IWB daily...

February 3, 2010, 01:09 AM
Glock 22.

February 3, 2010, 01:12 AM
My Dad knew a cop in Thermopolis. WY that carried a Desert Eagle .357 on duty. Me, personally, It's between a Glock 22 and Beretta 92fs...Glock wins for Caliber, Beretta wins for weight.

February 3, 2010, 01:25 AM
G20, Sigma, or 4" M19. None of which were fun and I can only carry the 19 without worrying about printing in the summer.

February 3, 2010, 02:18 AM
Beretta 92FS in a Galco IWB, kind of ungainly but still manageable.

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