Recommend a good carry pistol...


July 20, 2012, 11:58 AM
Can someone recommend me a good carry pistol? I am looking for something about the size of a Glock 19, but something that is not polymer if I can keep from it. I really like Glocks but I want to try something different. the reason it needs to be that size is because I am only about 5'10" 180-185 pounds so I am not exactly a huge guy and I want to be able to carry this comfortably and concealed as well as possible. I have some bigger stuff like a Sig P220 but that thing is huge and there is no way I can carry that concealed. Thanks for the help.

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David E
July 20, 2012, 12:13 PM
You can hide nearly anything with a properly designed and made holster and belt. That 220 concealed on your frame is entirely possible.

But if you want a metal 9mm the size of a G19 or smaller, consider the S&W 3913 or 3914 and their variants.

Also consider the Kahr K-9

July 20, 2012, 12:15 PM
How about a used S&W 3913? It's single stack, but metal and conceals well.

July 20, 2012, 12:45 PM
I will check them out. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Got any suggestions on holsters then for the Sig P220? I would like to give it a shot before getting another pistol but I assumed I would not be able to carry it comfortably or with ease since it is pretty large.

David E
July 20, 2012, 01:07 PM makes a very good IWB rig called the Braveheart.

Use it with a good belt and you're golden.

July 20, 2012, 01:28 PM
SR9c if your not too skinny. Otherwise I'd get a glock 26 or Beretta nano.

July 20, 2012, 01:41 PM
Look at Crossbreed holsters and Beltman gun belts. They make great stuff and it is definitely worth the price! The 220 should conceal easily with that setup after a little bit of playing to find exactly the best spot on your hip.

If you want something a bit smaller and like Sigs, take a look at the 228 and 229. It is roughly the size of the 220 (though maybe a tad bit wider) with a half inch shorter barrel/slide and a little bit off the bottom of the grip. It's in the same size range as the G19. I'm 6'0" 165 lbs and using a crossbreed and Beltman belt, I can conceal really well even under a light Tshirt.

July 20, 2012, 01:44 PM
Springfield EMP.

July 20, 2012, 03:46 PM
Like Sigs? Maybe try the P239, single stack available in 9mm, .40, or .357Sig. Easy to shoot AND carry, a nice combo.

July 20, 2012, 04:01 PM
I recommend this all the time and others before me have already, but check out a 3rd gen S&W semiauto. Great reliable guns that almost every LEA used before the tupperware craze. I have a 6904 and it conceals fine for me and I'm an inch taller than you and 30 lbs lighter. You can find these for under $300 also.

July 20, 2012, 05:29 PM
Cz75d PCR Compact 9mm.

July 20, 2012, 05:40 PM
I like Ruger so I'm a little diased but it's hard to argue with the lcr for a 357 that you can pocket carry.
There SP101 in barrel lengths 2.25" or 3" would also bring a compact 357 to the tabel (although this one is stainless steel).

July 20, 2012, 05:45 PM
Oh just realized this is the autoloader section. In that case glock 29sf. One gun that does it all! Or if you got money go with a kimber ultra carry!

July 20, 2012, 06:27 PM
If you want a good holster that will let you carry the P220, give the Raven Concealment Phantom Modular Holster a try. I used one of these in IWB configuration to carry an M9A1 while deployed. They have a bit of a lead and they run around 70-$100, but they are excellent, and can be converted to OWB in just it's really 2 holsters in 1. And for what it is worth, I am not associated with the Company nor receive any kickbacks from them, just a very happy customer.

July 20, 2012, 07:52 PM
CZ P01 or PCR or a 3rd Gen S&W would be my choices for a non-poly carry piece.

July 20, 2012, 08:19 PM
For your Sig P220, the Raven Concealment Phantom

It gives you the option to carry it IWB or OWB just by buying different attachments. If you find you don't like carrying it IWB, you still have a perfectly good OWB holster.

July 20, 2012, 09:25 PM
CZ po1 or p06...stoeger cougar.

Those are the only non poly guns I can up with that'd I'd carry in that category.

July 21, 2012, 05:50 AM
CZ 75 P-01 is about the same size as the G19 it has an alloy frame and IIRC it's only about 6 oz heavier than the G19.

CZ 75 Compact has a steel frame.

CZ 2075 RAMI also has an alloy frame and carries 10 rounds of 9mm.

July 21, 2012, 08:41 AM
If you like the Glock 19, I'd consider a Glock 26, for sure. If this is going to be an EDC piece, consider that you should stick with what works for you.

I've heard good things about the CZ.

Kahrs are wonderfully concealable and reliable (especially the stainless steel ones), but the trigger is very different vs. the Glock. However, I found that even though it was butter smooth, I could not get a level of comfort with a trigger that didn't have a crisp break point. They also lose a bit in terms of ammo capacity versus the Glock because they are single stack. I ended up trading my Kahr MK9 for a Glock.

I used to have an EMP and loved carrying it, but found that I could not count on it for reliability. Search around for feedback on that, they have had a lot of problems.

July 21, 2012, 09:01 AM
I love those 3913 Smiths. I'm gonna get one one of these days. :D I've admired 'em for 20 years.

I don't do Glocks.

July 21, 2012, 10:21 AM
+1 for the CZ PCR....its almost the same dimensions as the S&W 3913 and holds almost twice as many rounds.

July 21, 2012, 10:25 AM
Another vote for the CZ-75D PCR. It is my daily carry, and has been foir many years. Reliable, acccurate, 15 round capacity in a relatively small package. The lightweigh alloy frame also helps to keep the weight down.

Roadking Rider
July 21, 2012, 11:13 AM
Already have a CZ 75B and my next purchase will be one of these

July 21, 2012, 01:30 PM
Cz75d PCR Compact 9mm.


July 21, 2012, 01:55 PM
Take a look at the FNP, I got a lightly used one for a great price and it shoots good.

July 21, 2012, 02:30 PM
The problem with tall guns such as the SIG P220 is the grip tends to print. You can reduce this by carrying it in a holster with forward cant. Use a reinforced gun belt. Your shirt should be cut straight (avoid taper cut shirts) and go one size up. I am very skinny and I can hide it.

Sometimes fashion requires a well fit shirt; you'll need a smaller gun unless you wear a sportcoat. Your "metal frame" requirement reduces the number of available guns. Normally, I'd recommend the Glock 26 or S&W M&P 9 Compact without a finger rest on the magazine. In this case, you'll need to go with a 1911 with Officers length grip, Kahr K9 (or similar), etc. Look for guns that are approximately 4.5" tall from the bottom of the magazine to top of the slide. Also, the Browning Hi-Power in 9x19mm conceals very, very well for some reason. I find it prints less, especially in a good leather holster with forward cant.

July 21, 2012, 10:07 PM
CZ 75 P-01, a great concealed carry firearm.

red rick
July 21, 2012, 10:36 PM
An alloy frame 4" 1911 with officer grip.

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