Anyone like to carry a Big Gun?


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rjk2475
March 28, 2011, 04:28 PM
the guns i shoot best are my german p220, SA 1911, and a XDm9--all large guns with different platforms. lately, i'm troubled by the difference in capacity(8 vs 20) for ccw. how do you guys feel about this?

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Shadow 7D
March 28, 2011, 04:39 PM
and here I was thinking you were talking about an Automag or DEagle...
those are just service or FULL sized guns

Large gun, talk about a .500 or so revolver...

AK103K
March 28, 2011, 04:58 PM
Ive always carried full sized guns, and never had any problems doing so.

It makes more sense to me to carry what you shoot best, than what you think goes best with those shoes. :)

norseasaurus
March 28, 2011, 05:11 PM
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norseasaurus
March 28, 2011, 05:12 PM
i have an xd 9 and find that with winter/ fall clothing the provided kydex holster conceals quite easily......in the summer i swap to an uncle mike' IWB Holster and carry just as easily. when the situation simply doesn't allow a full size pistol, i carry a cobra derringer in 38. Spl.
I slide it in a can huggie/coozie and slide it in my pocket. a camera case also works well for this and an extra pocket allows me to carry a bianchi speed strip easily as well.
"Any gun will do if you will"

Remo223
March 28, 2011, 05:16 PM
no. I never like to carry a big gun.

easyg
March 28, 2011, 05:25 PM
Big guns are a PITA to carry around.

AK103K
March 28, 2011, 05:26 PM
Actually, they really arent. I find it more trouble to carry the smaller ones than I do the full size.

Then again, Im usually carrying them in addition to the full size. :)

NG VI
March 28, 2011, 05:26 PM
Started on a USP .40, does that count?

I always liked the compact versions of full size guns, or full size guns that have a manageable height for carry.

rellascout
March 28, 2011, 05:27 PM
I carry a 5" 1911 and P220 and a BHP... In the right holster and belt I have no issue.

SharpsDressedMan
March 28, 2011, 05:34 PM
Mind over matter. If you carry a bigger gun long enough, you get used to it.

Sam1911
March 28, 2011, 05:35 PM
My carry guns are pretty much limited to a 1911, a 629, and an xDM -- neither of which are what I'd consider large guns. As far as capacity goes, I'm very comfortable with only 6 rounds of .44, or 9 rounds of .45 before a reload. With the xDM ... I'd expect to have "a few" left over in the mag by the time I was done getting off the X and reaching the end of hostilities.

I keep thinking I'm going to pick up a really small gun one of these days, but I really don't have a need.

rangerjake
March 28, 2011, 07:39 PM
Michael Bane had some good thoughts on this subject last week.
Check out that podcast here:

Down Range Radio #205: Compromising on gun choices

http://www.downrange.tv/blog/down-range-radio-205-compromising-on-gun-choices/8995/

DesertVet
March 28, 2011, 08:27 PM
I normally carry a Glock Model 22 or a full size Colt or Les Baer 1911 without much trouble at all....if I HAVE to carry something smaller then Glock 27 or Colt Officer's ACP are preferred "hot weather" carry options....if absolutely FORCED to carry something smaller yet...S&W J-frame .38spl +P or Colt Pony Pocket Lite
I have carried Glock 21 & Beretta 92FS concealed without a problem in the past also Sig Sauer 226 & Browning Hi Power have done concealed carry in the past! Carry the gun you will have the best chance of hitting with that you can possibly get away with carrying ... If you need it you will wish you had brought enough gun!!!

kyletx1911
March 30, 2011, 07:42 AM
i carry fs 1911s everyday i have a bad back and knee and i have no problems

earlthegoat2
March 30, 2011, 08:00 AM
The first gun I ever seriously carried was a Colt Commander. It was a pain to carry because I just put it in my waistband without a decent holster or belt. Im not counting this one against the carry of full size pistols.

Then I got a Smith M60 J frame to pocket carry. It was easy. It felt great. It is not a lightweight J frame which is so fashionable these days yet it rides in my pocket just fine. I even carry my M38 which is an airweight, from time to time and I cannot tell a difference. (mind over matter I guess you could call it)

Then I bought a Milt Sparks belt and VMII to carry a Browning Hi Power. This was comfortable in nearly any position and I carried this gun for more than a year.

Then I went back to the J frame. I decided there was not much reason to carry a bigger gun on a day to day basis. I tried to convince myself I could carry a service sized gun for the rest of my life but the compromise of convenience and carryability over size and weight won the day.

There are limitations to my choice though. As I mentioned earlier I carry the steel framed revolver. I do this because I want the added weight. This helps with shooting one handed, which I believe will be the way in which I use it to defend myself. I have a bobbed hammer on my gun because I think this adds to its concealabity when carried crossdraw which I am doing more and more often so both my hands can have access to the gun should the need arise. Even though I carry a small gun, it is by no means the smallest. The ultra small guns have a niche that is probably a little too overplayed by marketing and perceived needs. They take a lot of practice to shoot well and are probably something that should not be gotten as a first gun even though many are the only gun owned by some.

The jist of it is this. Carry what is comfortable and comforting. I have carried the larger guns but ease of the smaller ones trumped any advantages of the bigger ones. I practice quite often with the M60 and am supremely confident in my abilities with it.

MikePaiN
March 30, 2011, 08:19 AM
I don't like too carry a 'big gun". My POS PT709 broke(twice :mad: ) I was forced to carry my Sig P220R for a month. It was December here in New England, I could hide the pistol well enough since I had heavy clothes but damn....it was uncomfortable and unruly..I have to say I hated it.
I carry a K9 now and plan to go even smaller for summer as soon as I can get my hands on a CM9.

legumeofterror
March 30, 2011, 08:22 AM
Or perhaps some people have trouble concealing a larger pistol because they are overweight...

I carry a CZ75B both IWB and OWB the vast majority of the time. It is really not hard to conceal under a shirt if your shoulders are wider than your midsection and you have a decent belt/holster. It is the gun I am most comfortable and best at shooting, and if I am going to carry a gun I might as well carry a gun.

CHEVELLE427
March 30, 2011, 08:38 AM
i like the xdsc40 and compact 45 , the tactical was too hard to conceal for me.

and the
DE50 PULLS MY PANTS DOWN

FIVETWOSEVEN
March 30, 2011, 08:51 AM
What some consider as a primary carry piece, I consider it a back up. Hi Power here.

2wheels
March 30, 2011, 08:53 AM
Nope, I'm way too skinny for big guns. I prefer subcompacts for daily carry.

Liberty1776
March 30, 2011, 12:17 PM
Yep, I do. There's some ad out there that states "Carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable." I agrees... my usual carry is a Ruger 345. I also use a Taurus Tracker in .44 Mag. I'm a bigger, heavier guy, and I carry IWB, left side, butt forward for a cross draw. My right shoulder is kindof wonky and I can do this much easier and quicker than if I had the gun on my right side. At any rate, I've also muchly carried my Kel Tec P11 and my Colt 2" Detective Special - I really don't find the bigger guns to be any more inconvienient or bulky, (and they're a whole lot more comforting, as well. And more accurate) Your experience may differ from mine.

Ben86
March 30, 2011, 02:51 PM
I don't actually LIKE carrying a big gun, but I do like having a big gun with me. Wearing my M&P45 is not all that comfortable, or concealable, but it's great knowing I have substantial gun on me. Sometimes, mainly during the summer months, I'm just not up to it and carry a glock 26 instead. The g26 is light, and doesn't jab my kidneys. When I'm hot my comfort level is already low, after I strap a gun on it gets even lower, so I want something light and small.

Sometimes my want of comfort overrides my want of a large gun on me. I haven't had a handgun yet that I couldn't conceal under a loose fitting t-shirt (and that includes my ruger 22/45).

milefile
March 30, 2011, 05:00 PM
Yes. I like to carry a big gun. Government Model 1911 IWB every day.

SharpsDressedMan
March 30, 2011, 05:05 PM
People who have actually had to defend themselves tend to carry big (ger) guns. :D

One-Time
March 30, 2011, 05:20 PM
Yup, i started carrying a SA 1911, now I carry a SIG p220, occasionally ill carry my 229

jglcolosprgs
March 30, 2011, 05:41 PM
Or perhaps some people have trouble concealing a larger pistol because they are overweight...

Nope, I'm way too skinny for big guns. I prefer subcompacts for daily carry.

Gosh I love the internet...

AK103K
March 30, 2011, 05:47 PM
Ive carried a full size gun, both fat and skinny, and no problems either way.

Now maybe if you tried to do it fat, wearing skinny clothes...... :)

rjk2475
March 30, 2011, 05:54 PM
so how about the mag capacity of a 1911 or 220? are 7 .45acp as comforting as 20 9mm?(my dilemma)

AK103K
March 30, 2011, 06:04 PM
Having carried both, I like the 17 rounds my Glock carries a lot better than the 8 my 1911's and P220's carried.

With the advances in ammo these days, there isnt enough difference to make a difference.

Better to have rounds left in the gun when its over, than to be caught short in the middle.

FIVETWOSEVEN
March 30, 2011, 06:10 PM
Nope, I'm way too skinny for big guns. I prefer subcompacts for daily carry.

Being skinny is the ideal body to be able to CC a full size. I'm 6'3 and 160 lbs and a full size doesn't bother me.

milefile
April 3, 2011, 12:27 AM
Having carried both, I like the 17 rounds my Glock carries a lot better than the 8 my 1911's and P220's carried.

With the advances in ammo these days, there isnt enough difference to make a difference.

Better to have rounds left in the gun when its over, than to be caught short in the middle.
Curious what you mean by there being no difference... Is there an article, or a ballistic study you can guide me to?

Here's an article about he .45 ACP.

http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/other/jh_45acp.htm

milefile
April 3, 2011, 12:29 AM
I went hiking yesterday with my 5" 1911. I was a little worried about how it'd work out. It was fine. I just had to cinch it up every once in a while. Probably hiked 5 miles, moderate/easy terrain.

AK103K
April 3, 2011, 09:15 AM
If you like the .45, and shoot it well "realistically" (not based on your bullseye target shooting), carry it. You dont have to prove its worth.

Same goes for the others. A good it with any of them is going to give basically the same result. A peripheral hit will any of them, will give basically the same result.

Regardless of caliber, no pistol round is the bolt of lightning some caliber fans want to think they are. Shot placement is the key. Having the capability to load them up, and shoot them to the ground, is a major plus.


If you like to read, this was interesting, and involves both a SIG P220, as well as a .45 Glock....
http://fmgpublications.ipaperus.com/FMGPublications/AmericanHandgunner/AHMJ11/

Starts at page 32.

dondavis3
April 3, 2011, 09:47 AM
@ AK103K - you are right on. IMHO

While I do carry full sized guns. (Sig P220, etc.)

I've noticed that as I'm growing older.

And as the newer guns are getting smaller and better.

I grab my compacts more and more. (CZ, Beretta, Sig's)

And if I'm just quickly running to the store & right back ...

I stuff my Ruger LC9 in my front pocket in a DeSantis Nemesis holster.

:cool:

AK103K
April 3, 2011, 11:00 AM
As Im getting older, I just find Im usually carrying less guns. :)

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