Summer Carry Gun


March 19, 2013, 07:53 PM
Since it's bound to get hot here soon in Arizona I decided to look for a summer carry gun. I went to a local range and shot a Walter PPS in the 9mm and a Springfield xds in .45. Liked them both but maybe prefer the xds a little more. Any insight on these two or any other suggestions.

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March 19, 2013, 08:02 PM
Try all you can .The khar CM9 works for me.

March 19, 2013, 08:11 PM
xds--with hartwell appendix carry-clips on, easy off, doesn't interfere with my junk and conceals wonderfully. sold my colt officers model--to bulky/heavy in my new state of south carolina (it get's hot here to). :D

Mat, not doormat
March 19, 2013, 09:16 PM
My gun of last resort in the heat is a Kel-Tec P32. I'd probably have bought the P3AT had both been available at the time, but this was before that one was born. I haven't seen the need to switch over since, though. For carry, either a pocket holster or a Beltster. The Beltster was actually built for a 1911, but I use it way more for the 32. Fits fine, and the little skeeter gun disappears under anything.

frank c
March 20, 2013, 03:05 AM
sig P938:D

March 20, 2013, 05:53 AM
1) Kahr PM9
2) SIG P-238
3) KelTec P3AT

March 20, 2013, 11:33 AM
I don't see anything that indicates you want to carry concealed, so how about a 1911 or glock in .45 or 10mm?

March 20, 2013, 03:32 PM
I live in Phoenix and I carry my G26 year round.

March 20, 2013, 03:39 PM
There is winter carry in Tempe?

March 20, 2013, 04:00 PM
Right front pocket, S&W Model 38. Airweight Bodyguard

March 20, 2013, 04:01 PM
I don't understand. Are guns more or less effective as the seasons change?

March 20, 2013, 04:03 PM
I am surprised no one has said it yet... get both. I just picked up a p64 from Classic Arms. Couldn't be happier for conceal carry and believe it or not the 9x18 is easier to get than 9mm, for now anyway.

March 20, 2013, 04:05 PM
XDS everyday with a crossbreed style holster.

March 20, 2013, 04:12 PM
mljdeckard. It has nothing to do with effectiveness. I'm just looking for something lighter to carry than my G23 when it gets really hot out here. It would also be nice to have a gun to put in the car or quickly put it in my pocket so I don't have to worry about a belt

March 20, 2013, 05:09 PM
I'm yanking your cord a little bit. I have always carried an all-steel, full-size 1911 year round, including 100+ degree summers. It has never once occurred to me to switch to something lighter.

March 20, 2013, 05:31 PM
Kahr P9 for IWB, J frame for pocket carry

March 20, 2013, 05:41 PM
Unless you start talking about the ultra micro-sized options like the NAA Mini revolvers, you just can't really beat the size and weight of the Ruger LCP/Kel-Tec P32/3AT guns. I love my Kahr CM9, and it's one of the smallest 9mm firearms made, but even the CM9 is like a big heavy brick in the pocket or on the hip compared to my LCP.

When it's t-shirt and cargo shorts weather, the LCP gets carried almost exclusively, in my front pocket, in a Galco pocket holster. I've added the Ruger finger extension on the mag, the Hogue Hybrid grip sleeve (helps a lot with control), and a dot of white Testers paint to the sights. Even fully loaded with 6+1, with the Hogue sleeve, inside the Galco pocket holster, the LCP still weighs only 14oz! That's 1oz. lighter than an empty S&W 642 Airweight revolver. You pretty much forget the LCP is on you.

March 20, 2013, 09:20 PM
I was looking for something similar and put my hands on every available pistol in the pocket nine, .380 line up.
I ended up with something I never would have guessed, a Polish P64 in 9X18.
Shoots great pocket concealable and smaller than anything else I found capable.
It isn't sexy, but it is extreamly accurate and pocket concealable.

March 20, 2013, 09:39 PM
Well my summer gun is a Glock 26... compliments my winter guns (Glock 21 and 19) pretty well... I'm sure a 27 would compliment your 23 well.

If it's pocket carry you want, the Kahr CM9 wouldn't be a bad option. Neither would the Ruger or Kahr .380's.

March 20, 2013, 09:46 PM
J-frame in my shorts left font pocket.

Derry 1946
March 20, 2013, 09:48 PM
J-frame in my shorts left font pocket.

Yep. 642 works well since it's reasonably resistant to moisture and salt.

Airbrush Artist
March 20, 2013, 10:06 PM
All year long ...

March 20, 2013, 10:10 PM
J-frame in my shorts left font pocket.

Yep. 642 works well since it's reasonably resistant to moisture and salt.

J frame for pocket carry

I love my 642. For me it's a great coat pocket gun. I even carried it in a pants/shorts pocket a few times one summer. Then I got the LCP. For those that wear any kind of normal (not baggy or Carhartt style) or fitted pants or shorts, or have a smaller, thinner build - the J frame might just feel like trying to smuggle a softball in your pocket.

It works for a lot of people as a pocket gun. But if you have the opportunity to try wearing a J frame in a pocket holster inside a jeans pocket all day, you might realize a small thin semi-auto is better for the pocket.

If you aren't even considering pocket carry, well, your options open up big time - and the J Frame is an excellent choice.

March 20, 2013, 10:24 PM
I keep buying carry guns, but I keep carrying the 642.

March 20, 2013, 10:53 PM
My Summer, Winter, etc. pistol for now is a Ruger SR9 or CZ83. It will be my Smith M&P c9 as soon as my holster arrives. I know, by way of experience, how challenging it can be to find "the one" pistol or revolver that works well in warm/HOT weather. And I did try a whole lot more weapons than I care to admit to. The Smith just works well for me, my lifestyle, and my dress style. Mostly jeans and t-shirts or work shirts. By the way. And in the years that I have had my CHL and have been carrying, I've yet to have a major problem.

So, as others have suggested, try as many different brands and models you can. Everything and anything. The 1911 5" a friend of mine carries is a perfect fit for him, but, not me. Neither is the XD 3" another friend carries a good fit for me. Yet it fits him perfectly. And yet once again, another friend will only carry a Sig 226 5". Because that is what he carried on and off duty when he was a Trooper. And yes he did/does carry a bug.

March 21, 2013, 01:44 AM
I keep buying carry guns, but I keep carrying the 642.

Same here. I also carry my little LCP quite a bit.

March 21, 2013, 03:45 AM
Really hot weather I carry one (or more) of the following.
Glock 27 ( one of three )
Kahr PM9
Smith & Wesson Model 60 38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 640 38 Special
Colt Detective Special
Smith and Wesson 342 Airlite Titanium 38 Special
Smith and Wesson 642 .38 Special
Smith and Wesson 640 Pro .357
Ruger Sp101 357
2 inch Smith & Wesson Model 64 .38 Special
2 1/2 inch Smith and Wesson Model 66 .357
Colt Pony Pocketlite .380
Walther PPK .380
Glock 26 9mm
Colt Officer's ACP Stainless .45 Auto
Glock 30 .45 Auto

March 21, 2013, 07:46 PM
Something small, easy to conceal with just a shirt and shorts. Ruger LCP, or something like it. Stainless would be a plus for obvious reasons.

Don't forget a good bathing suit holster. :D

March 23, 2013, 04:59 PM
I like the Kahr CM9.

March 23, 2013, 07:50 PM
My 642 or P3AT. The CM9 would work go too I think.

March 23, 2013, 08:43 PM
I rotate my carry guns depending on how I am dressed. The guns I rotate are: Kahr P380, PM9, Beretta Nano, Kimber Solo, and Walther PPS. The P380 is the easiest to carry and conceal as it is the smallest and lightest in weight. The PM9 and Solo are next in line in ease of carry, then the Nano, and finally the PPS. That said, usually choose one of the 9mm if possible simply because I like the 9mm over the 380. I find no significant differences in accuracy, reliability, maintenance between the guns.

March 23, 2013, 09:12 PM
LCR 357 or S&W Model 38.

March 24, 2013, 12:43 AM
Summer gun? Same as my winter sidearm; either a 1911 or a GP100.

March 24, 2013, 03:31 AM
I carry a Glock 26 because that's what I have. IWB Galco with the spare magazine pouch built in. Does get a little damp and sticky, but relatively comfortable. A good pair of cotton boxer-briefs and a strong thick gunbelt keep it from moving around and irritating the area when it does get damp. Also try pre powdering with talcum around where the holster will have the most contact. Helps alot.

March 24, 2013, 05:47 AM
Though I carried my M&P40c in a tuckable IWB holster last year as well as a K9 on occasion in a Thunderwear holster, I plan on scaling down to my P238HD and spare mag for carry during daylight hours.

Considering how well I can shoot this small thing (some impressive groups with 95gr Winchester RA380T!), I figure 7+1 rounds with a spare 6-round mag will suffice for most likely encounters... which is most likely to be a belligerent drunk who pulls a knife on family or an aggressive stray dog. Fortunately, any coordinated assault by an armed street gang is exceedingly unlikely in my town.

Obviously this is a serious step down from my M&P40c, but I do live in a fairly safe location and if I get even the slightest scent of danger before leaving the house or if it will be dark before returning home, it's back to the M&P or K9.

March 24, 2013, 12:44 PM
Kahr CM-9, all the way

March 26, 2013, 12:32 PM
Springfield EMP 9mm, in a Gazelle Speed Draw.


March 28, 2013, 02:02 AM

March 28, 2013, 10:16 AM
I had a Kahr PM9 for years - when I got an M&P Shield last year - I sold the Kahr that very same week. Fantastic pocket gun

March 28, 2013, 10:44 AM
I carry a Kahr P380 inside jacket pocket over my heart in the cold 6 months of the year.

I carry a Kel-Tec P3AT 380 clipped into my pants front pocket in the warm 6 months.

In a bad neighborhood, like Seattle at night, I will have a handgun in each hand in my jacket pockets, typically a 1911 with 45 Super loads in the right hand and a Kel-Tec PF9 with 9mm +P+ loads in my left hand.

In the bed stand I have a 357 mag and a big flashlight that is like a club.

March 28, 2013, 10:49 AM
My usual carry is my G23, but once I got my Gen4 19 that started to become my favorite. Then my wife bought an SR9c. The SR9c is rapidly becoming my favorite. We need to stay out of our LGSs.

March 28, 2013, 12:26 PM
Whatever you go with, be sure that it has a good finish. Sweat is a monster. Silicone cloths are your friends.

March 28, 2013, 12:47 PM
I carry a Beretta Nano all year round. I even go jogging with this thing using a belly band, very light and comfortable . In addition, beware the Beretta forum, the mods are total losers.

March 29, 2013, 08:51 PM
I carry the same gun if it's 110* or 0* out, Glock 27.

March 30, 2013, 12:19 AM
Right now, the only compact gun I own is an LC9. That's what I'll be carrying for a while.

Roadking Rider
March 31, 2013, 12:29 PM
Pretty much carry my PM9 all year around,but will switch off from time to time depending on the weather and where i'm going. In hot humid summer months I 'll pocket carry my P3at. In winter months I could switch off to a larger pistol with a larger round count from time to time. For the most part though it's the PM9.

March 31, 2013, 12:56 PM
Sig P 226 .40 year round 24/7.

April 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
Either a Kahr CM9 9mm, or Ruger KLCR .357mag, all year. Both are light, highly concealable in many ways, reliable in their own way (revolver-inherent, auto-many flawless rounds), and very accurate.

The Bushmaster
April 2, 2013, 10:06 AM
I am 5' 7". 150 pounds. 70 years young.

Fall...Kimber UCC II .45 ACP
Winter...Kimber UCC II .45 ACP
Spring...Kimber UCC II .45 ACP
Summer...Kimber UCC II .45 ACP

April 2, 2013, 10:47 AM
SR9c year round. Next two guns will be SR45 & Sig P290, so my carry decisions may change after I get the Sig.

But maybe not. SR9c is my perfect CC gun.

April 2, 2013, 11:10 AM
Around last October I started carrying my Ruger GP100 as my everyday piece,so I'll see how it goes this summer.

But I am thinking of getting a Ruger SP101 with the 4" barrel.
It would be about 10 oz. lighter than the GP100.
It might be the perfect carry revolver.

For the record, I'm just not that wild about snubbies.

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