(Curious) what kind of handgun for house carry?


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CoyoteSix
January 30, 2013, 07:14 PM
Hey THR!

So I'm pondering what would be a good pistol for me in house carry. It'd be cool if it were concealable and barely noticeable. I'm not real big on open carry in my home in peace time. It'd basically be a gun to deal with something when I can't afford to run upstairs to my armory, Uh, I mean bedroom...

So I'm considering a small pistol carried IWB, or even in a pocket holster. I own a wonderful Glock 27, but I feel it's a little heavy and too thick for IWB, maybe in a nice Galco shoulder holster, but I seldom wear an over shirt in my own home. Usually it's some kind of work pant with deep pockets or jeans with a loose fitting T-shirt. So the Glock stays field stripped in my bedroom and than is reassembled before bed.

I'm very open to ideas. I'd like to keep the price range under $400.

The gun's gotta be: Light, Durable, RELIABLE with careful maintenance, and (Here's the kicker) in a caliber that will be on the shelves by this summer. (Which is when I plan to buy it).

With the way ammo is right it's gotta be in a caliber that I can find and shoot 2-300 rounds through to break in and start getting a feel for the firearm.

A .380 would be preferable, but I don't know if .380 is really available right now. I know 9x19 is definitely out of the question currently.

Thanks THR!

P.S.

For what it's worth, I love the Sig P238. I think the gun looks damned sexy, wanted one but the price makes me shiver for such a tiny little gun :eek:. Anything similar?

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EBK
January 30, 2013, 07:20 PM
I just use whatever piece I carried that day. It stays on my hip IWB until I crawl in bed at which point it goes on the night stand.

If wearing sweats/shorts I will go to a lighter piece so my sweats/shorts will stay up.

CoyoteSix
January 30, 2013, 07:22 PM
@EBK What kind of pistol is your do you carry when you need to go lighter? EX: Shorts/Sweats.

EBK
January 30, 2013, 07:48 PM
Taurus 3rd gen PT111 MIL PRO
In the holster pictured of course you have to tie the drawstring.
http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq29/Eklypse13/IMG_1358.jpg

Thompsoncustom
January 30, 2013, 08:37 PM
I'd say the XDS in 9mm or .45 both are very slim guns but above your price limit. Kel tec has some cheaper stuff that is still thin and light.

OptimusPrime
January 30, 2013, 08:46 PM
LCP is perfect for put-in-your-pocket tasks.
Very light and easy.

Landric
January 30, 2013, 09:12 PM
My house carry gun is a Kel-Tec P32, small, light, reliable, .32 ACP has been available, and it isn't nearly as snappy as the .380 versions (P3AT and LCP). The pocket clip works nicely in my waistband or pocket.

Its the small one:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c85/Landric/IMG_2764.jpg

GLI45
January 30, 2013, 09:30 PM
Sig P238, if you can find one anyplace other than an auction site like Gunbroker. There's nothing wrong with Gunbroker, but in the current environment you'll be over paying on any auction site.

Evil One
January 30, 2013, 09:32 PM
Dress for the gun.
I dont wear anything without a belt.
With a belt and pockets your options are much more plentiful.
The P3AT/LCP is a great pocket piece, P3AT in my pocket right now.
You also have the option of the LC9, PF9, S&W Shield in a small and easy to carry pistol.


Jim

chris in va
January 30, 2013, 09:41 PM
So I'm pondering what would be a good pistol for me in house carry. It'd be cool if it were concealable and barely noticeable. I'm not real big on open carry in my home in peace time. It'd basically be a gun to deal with something when I can't afford to run upstairs to my armory, Uh, I mean bedroom...

I don't understand what that means...peace time. Why can't you open carry in your house? Somebody freaked out by the presence of a gun?

golfer_ray
January 31, 2013, 12:29 AM
He could be referring to the relationship status with his wife or s/o.

gscrasher
January 31, 2013, 12:50 AM
I like the Walther PPS. Slim, single-stack 9 mm. Very shootable.

CoyoteSix
January 31, 2013, 01:10 AM
@Chris in VA: My spouse doesn't like it. And honestly, a duty sized side arm is kinda heavy without a duty belt.:scrutiny:

I also would rather not answer my door and immediately scare the gentleman/lady there. :evil:

Also when I mean PeaceTime, I mean non SHTF/invasion/civil war/zombies scenario. Everyday life.

I'm not appeasing anyone that has a problem with guns, just making sure my spouse and company are comfortable. ... To clarify :neener:

CoyoteSix
January 31, 2013, 01:12 AM
The P32, P3AT, LCP, and definitely the Sig p238!


Would you folks say the P238 is worth that price tag? A .380 in DA/SA sounds really nice...

ku4hx
January 31, 2013, 04:36 AM
Generally a Glock 23 for me and a Glock 19 for my wife; both with CTC lasers for low light. But my wife has recently bought three Ruger SR guns and as soon as we can get a laser on her favorite it'll be hers.

Actually neither of us are all that picky for the house and is usually a matter of convenience since all are left cleaned, loaded and ready in the safe. Sort of a take your pick kind of situation.

sean326
January 31, 2013, 05:23 AM
Ruger LCP, first item in my pocket in the morning, last thing out at night.
I'm amazed at the number of of people who carry when they leave the house then dump their gun when they get home.

NYGlock
January 31, 2013, 07:09 AM
For me it is usually my S&W 40 shield or a S&W j frame 642 in the pocket.

bannockburn
January 31, 2013, 07:16 AM
I bought a KelTec P3AT because it was a gun you could carry anywhere undetected, even while wearing something as minimal as shorts and a t-shirt.

curlymaple42
January 31, 2013, 08:04 AM
The peace time thing makes sense. Different guns appear around here when we have a big storm or something similar. I try and carry all the time and a lot of that has to do with practice! If you carry all the time you are not fidgety when you do carry. CCW at home and just tell anyone who notices that you are practicing. Funny story, my mom was up (she is from MA) and she asked at dinner if when I carry if the gun was loaded. Lol! The whole family chuckled just short of a full laugh! Then we explained the whole concept behind being prepared.

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ku4hx
January 31, 2013, 10:32 AM
...I'm amazed at the number of of people who carry when they leave the house then dump their gun when they get home.
My wife and I have each had occasion to use a gun in self defense. Both times were at/in our home. Her's was at 11:00AM when she was home alone; mine was at 2:30AM several years later.

If you're going to carry .... carry. Our experience is there's just no place or time to let your guard down. And we live in a rather upscale "low crime area". Clearly that has little meaning to us.

Zombiphobia
January 31, 2013, 11:09 AM
I carry a KelTec .32 with hydrashoks and a 92fs 9mm with gold dots. I usually carry both, but at least one or the other pretty much everywhere.

C0untZer0
January 31, 2013, 11:21 AM
Drops in a pocket, super llight and super small:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176860&stc=1&d=1356847942
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176861&stc=1&d=1356847942

But tis also super expensive :)

98Redline
January 31, 2013, 12:23 PM
Another vote for the LCP.

I carry mine in a Galco horsehide pocket holster. Very comfortable and completely invisible in my pocket.

My LCP has been 100% reliable since the day I bought it. Never a jam and goes bang when you pull the trigger....every time. The .380 in this little gun is a bit snappy, but very controllable.

T-Bolt
January 31, 2013, 12:30 PM
Hmmm . . . you mentioned .380. Ruger is also introducing a new .380 this year called the LC380. Supposedly it's the LC9 (a bit bigger than the LCP) modified only as apprpriate for the .380 cartridge. Being a bit bigger it might be more comfortable and accomodating for extending shooting sessions over the LCP, yet be quite concealable. I have the LCP, but the LC380 might be interesting.

MedWheeler
January 31, 2013, 01:28 PM
I carry a Kel-Tec PF9 all waking, non-working hours. It's worn OWB, and typically concealed by an untucked shirt.
The holster and my belt are both black basket-weave in appearance. I go clean-cut, and am in reasonable shape. Anyone who has "made" me has likely assumed me to be still in law enforcement. No one has brought it to my attention.

About a month ago, I answered the door for two female Jehovah's Witnesses while wearing the gun openly. I was wearing jeans and a tucked-in tank top that would have been covered by another shirt had I been out and about. I'm receptive to Jehovah's Witnesses as they do as their beliefs teach them, and don't mind it when they come. The ladies appeared to have no concern whatsoever about the firearm, clearly visible, and they even asked, as is customary, if I would mind any further visits. I said that I would not.

Yesterday, they came back, but I was not at home. They're obviously not afraid of me.

mdauben
January 31, 2013, 02:39 PM
So I'm considering a small pistol carried IWB, or even in a pocket holster. I own a wonderful Glock 27, but I feel it's a little heavy and too thick for IWB, maybe in a nice Galco shoulder holster, but I seldom wear an over shirt in my own home. Usually it's some kind of work pant with deep pockets or jeans with a loose fitting T-shirt. So the Glock stays field stripped in my bedroom and than is reassembled before bed.
I generally carry my Glock 17 or 21 in an OWB holster while at home. I often wear loose fitting cover garments (sweater, sweatshirt, camp shirt or vest) which tend to cover even a full size pistol well enough for at home carry.

If I was more concerned about really being discreet (due to wife, girlfriend or room mate), there are still a number of small 9mm guns (LC9, CW9, etc.) that I would chose before stepping down to a .380 pistol. These subcompact, single-stack 9's can easily disappear in a "tuckable" IWB or even a pocket.

C0untZer0
January 31, 2013, 03:05 PM
And have a nice 12ga nearby ;)

Teachu2
January 31, 2013, 03:19 PM
I carry my usual CCW rotation everywhere. It has to do the same job regardless of location.

For me, that's a G30,36,or 26.

breakingcontact
January 31, 2013, 03:26 PM
In the house, you can carry your shotgun or rifle slung across your back or at the low ready.

CoyoteSix
January 31, 2013, 03:37 PM
@Breaking Contact:

I used to do that when my only gun was a Yugo M59/66!

WRGADog
February 1, 2013, 04:24 PM
Beretta Nano, Kahr PM9, Kahr P380, Kimber Solo, or G26. I own each of these and if I am dressed one of these is in my pocket in a DeSantis Nemisis. The G26 is the most difficult to pocket carry but IWB is no problem.

meanmrmustard
February 1, 2013, 10:00 PM
Guess its going to be the NIB Shield 9mm that I get out of layaway in a week or so...:neener:

Takem406
February 2, 2013, 05:48 AM
I just use my normal carry gun. And my full size is always close. Nice thing about a studio apartment is I'm always within 10 of all my guns.

Don't understand not open carrying at home. If your already concealing after your activities from outside the home of course. But as far as guests go if they are in my house they better not be hoplophobic!

If the FedEx or whoever stops by I could care less if he's scared of a holstered pistol. I'm not answering the door without a gun on.

Your way better of just open carrying a full sized gun when you can.


In God and Glock we Trust

Snowdog
February 2, 2013, 06:24 AM
Interesting you should ask this now, as I'm currently shopping around for a Sig P238 for the exact same reason. I do plan to carry it out and about as well, but I like the idea of an "always" pistol around the house and the P238 seems to be an excellent contender.
I'm pretty much locked into the .380acp as I already purchased the ammunition for it (Hornady Zmax as I'm fascinated by the green polymer tip). Seriously, I'm unfortunately silly that way.

Now finding one that isn't priced over $700 seems to be the real challenge right now.

Pilot
February 2, 2013, 11:42 PM
I often carry a CZ-75D PCR, Beretta M85FS or my HK P7 around the house, but I also CCW them, so I just leave them on in the house. Large enough to shoot well, but concealable.

dcar_roll
February 3, 2013, 12:30 PM
Around the house I carry my Taurus PT-709 Slim.

WCraven
February 3, 2013, 12:55 PM
Kahr CW9 (9mm 7x1) very small and the size of a Walters P22.. the CW line also comes in 40 S&W and 45acp

todd_g
February 3, 2013, 01:51 PM
There is no reason you need the CCW in your home or property for that matter depending on where you live I guess. You already have the perfect handgun ( G27 ) Get a fobus or some type of paddle holster that is easy on easy off and your set. I always OWB carry at home, I am not worried about my wife, 2 kids, dog, cat wrestling my gun to use it on me in my home. :)

Inebriated
February 3, 2013, 02:39 PM
I agree with Todd G...

Get a paddle holster that's fast to put on/take off, and just use your 27. That's what I do.

On non-class days, I leave the house, my gun goes in either a Nate Squared IWB, or Galco Matrix IWB holster. Both are clipped to the belt, so it's easy to put on. No loops. When I get home, I leave the gun where it is. On class days, I put the gun in a Safariland ALS Paddle Holster when I get home, or in one of the IWB holsters. Again, quick to put on. I carry either a G19 or a 26 (All my holsters work with either one). If you want something in an available cartridge, maybe look at a .357 Sig barrel for your 27. I've seen a lot of .357 Sig around lately, and while it's more expensive than .40, it is about the same price as .45, and it's AVAILABLE!

TimboKhan
February 3, 2013, 02:48 PM
If I were going to actually carry around my house, it would be the same gun I carry out in the world: Taurus 605.

But, I don't carry in my house. I just have guns sprinkled about in easily accessible places, lol. My bedside gun is my XD, I have a S&W 66 hidden, an old S&W 38 special hidden, plus my 605 in it's normal spot and a 1911 loaded for bear tucked away in my most common lounging area.

And, an AR15 in my closet that is my last stand gun.

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