Does your carry rig change with the seasons?

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  1. huntsman

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    Not yet, my EDC for the last year has been a Shield40 2.0, prior 2 years was a Shield9.

    but I’ve brought a new gun(LCP max) into the house and I’m working it into some kind of rotation, maybe ;)
     
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  2. WheelGunMan

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    How can you possibly know what the threat level is on any given day?
     
  3. tactikel

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    I live in the Midwest, 100 F summer , sub zero winter. I cannot print. I absolutely fit my carry rig for the season.
    In the summer heat I really can’t conceal my XD-45 tactical, my LCP disappears in cargo shorts with a tee shirt.
    9 months of the year I carry my Shield 9mm in: IWB, belly band, conceal carry vest.
     
  4. Lennyjoe

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    Ah hell, I just benched the G32 OWB for a G43X IWB…..lol
     
  5. CDW4ME

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    I'll give it a try, based on experience. (This aint me)

    Lets say someone posts, "I usually carry a 32 but a 9mm when I feel the need"
    That implies that threats are immobile, one has to go to them - go to an area of greater anticipated threat, "bad people" stay out of the "good area".
    But "just in case" a singular threat goes on a field trip to the "good area" a 32 is deemed sufficient.
    Threat (singular is always assumed) in "good area" only require 32 whereas threats (might be plural there) in "bad area" merit 9mm.

    Unless work clothes are a factor, what goes unsaid is its less about threat and more about willingness to conceal/carry the 9mm everywhere.
    Would they prefer to defend themself with a 32? Probably not. Convenience is whats preferred and "its better than nothing" is at play.
    Rarely will someone say, "if I can't stick it in my pocket I'm not going to carry" instead what gets posted is threat level.
     
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  6. SST

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    I absolutely cannot print where I need to go. What I carry is based on how I dress. I carry a CZ P01 in an Alien Gear holster in cooler months when I can easily wear something to conceal it. Warmer months when I'm dressed in lightweight dress slacks and a Polo, I'm carrying a P365 IWB in a Celtic hybrid. When I can wear cargo pants, I'll drop an LCR in my front pocket. When nothing else works, I can always find somewhere to keep an LCPII on me.
     
  7. yeongjo

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    depends on the clothing. heavy winter parka I'll carry a 38 in the parka pocket. need be a revolver can be fired inside the pocket and not jam as an auto would when cycling the slide.
    however this depends on whether it is an wooded setting as compared to an urban setting.
    firing a 38 revolver from inside a parka pocket tends to set the parka on fire though..... so theres that
     
  8. Hangingrock

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    Does your carry rig change with the seasons? NO!
     
  9. Robbins290

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    Yes, because in the cold months I wear gloves while outside and grabbing a short handled pistol with thick gloves on. So i switch to a 19x at the start of deer season and switch back to my 19 when i no longer need gloves while out in the woods.
     
  10. crstrode

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    As the seasons change, my wardrobe changes.
    More layers = more an bigger guns.
     
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  11. SDGlock23

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    Honestly no I don't, I really fail to see the point of changing my carry loadout based on weather, what I feel works does so despite temperature.
     
  12. Flatbush Harry

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    Yes. In late fall and winter, when I wear a jacket, I go to a 5" 1911 Springfield TRP in either .45ACP or 10mm in a Galco vertical shoulder holster with two spare mags. The nice part of the Galco vertical SH is that, since it hooks to my belt, it keeps my pants up rather than pulling them down. If I can ditch the jacket, I'll go to my XDM Compact in .45ACP in a Galco Combat Master OWB under a sweatshirt for a no show rig.

    Spring and summer, my EDC is either a Glock 43x in 9mm with a 15-round Shield Arms gen 2 mag or a SAI XDs in 9mm with an 8-round mag in the gun and a 9-round mag in my mag packet in my 5.11 pants.

    I'm looking at a Glock 29 (in 10mm) for a year-round replacement in an OWB Blade-Tech.

    Harry
     
  13. lee n. field

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    Nope. Daily constraints keep me using a pocket carried .38 snubby throughout the year. Sometimes (over the years) varied by a pocket carried small automatic (XDS).

    Weekends I can do what I want, and experiment with larger stuff. But I find that I do not reliably carry anything over a certain size and weight.

    (Currently contemplating a "hipster gun" (a Kahr), in that same size range.
     
  14. Mistertex

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    I have three forms of carry. My preferred carry is a shoulder rig. But is only feasible for maybe half the year. i carry either a Glock 23 or 19. For work I carry a Glock 27 in a holster shirt. 511 had the best but have discontinued it. All though not a great carry setup. It can be hard to get to it and I do not carry with one in the chamber. It works well for me and I accept the drawbacks for the advantages it gives me. When the Shoulder rig does not work. I carry ISW at 5:00. And may step down to a Taurus PT709 single stack if printing is a issue. Also carry the PT709 on my ankle if I want a back up.
     
  15. tarosean

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    Gulf Coast TX = no seasons.. Unless you count hot and hotter as a separate phenomenon.
     
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  16. Lennyjoe

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    That’s for sure! I’d stick with my P365 or Springfield Hellcat if I lived down there.
     
  17. Rexster

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    Well, I am not the one you asked, but, in our case, when we go northward, into the next county, to my wife’s family’s wooded acreage, where cultural-bias-type threats have been made, in the distant past, and where arson, theft, and poaching have occurred, in the not-so-distant-past, well, I reckon the threat level is a bit elevated. That is no place for a G19-sized* pistol to be one’s primary weapon. Better for the handguns to be service-/duty-sized, more than the usual number of reloads available, and, adding a long gun is a best practice. (An “offensive pistol” may be a future substitute, for a long gun, now that I have accumulated enough .300 BLK for a meaningful sample size, to vet the DDM4 V7P.) Notably, the land is accessible by a road, in the front, and a creek, in the back.

    Another example of a changing threat level, is what I am doing, that may attract trouble. My wife and I are motivated nature photographers. Our obviously-visible equipment may attract interest, from afar, by undesirable types, who may decide to mobile-phone some buddies, team-up, and pay us a visit. (One thug, alone, would see that he would need help, carrying all of our equipment.) This is an entirely different threat level than I, by myself, dressed like a frumpy grandpa, walking in the same area, with two mutt-looking dogs. Plus, we are not able to move very fast, with my wife’s ability to run having seriously diminished, years ago, first by an acute injury, and then by a heart condition. If alone, I can dodge and weave, while evading trouble. If I am with my wife, I must stand, and fight. It helps that she carries, of course, but even so, I would have to stay, and fight. That means, if nothing else, that additional reloads are going to be a best practice.

    Edited to add: I do, of course, generally carry revolvers, these days. Using Glocks as examples helps a larger number of members understand my writing.

    *I can get a proper three-finger grip on a Gen4 G19, as the finger grooves actually work for my skinny fingers, but the “heel” of a G19 does not reach the “heel bone” of my rather long hand, so, a G19 will never be as stable, in my grasp, as a G17-sized weapon. The difference in accuracy potential is noticeable, especially if I fire one-handed.
     
  18. md7

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    Glock 26 pretty much daily. Every now and again a 1911 just because I like it.
     
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  19. golden

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    On duty, it is the issue GLOCK 19. Off duty, it sometimes is the GLOCK, but on my days off, it is usually my SIG 365 and before that it was a GLOCK 42.
    I live in FLORIDA and we rarely bundle up, so it usually goes to the most concealable pistol.

    Jim
     
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    I carry several handguns on a regular basis, depending on need and the circumstances of my travel. Revolvers are a frequent choice, maybe 75% of the time. We're rural folks and the daily needs on a farm differ markedly from those of a city dweller. Here a .22 will suffice for some chores, but I also carry a .357 or .44 when doing other work or developing loads.

    Trips to town and city demand a different level of scrutiny. For many trips it's a 3" bbl'd, M-60 Smith .357 with 'FBI' loads (900+ fps LSWC HP's or equivalent), but I do like and frequently resort to a Sig P365 9mm for its capacity, reliability and superb accuracy. (Out to dinner, off to the theater etc.) And rarely, a .45 Sig 1911 when going downtown to Louisville...this is a rare time when I pack a spare mag.

    Lastly, all of the above are carried OWB as in my avatar, in the old FBI 4 o'clock position with a jacket or shirt tail to conceal the gun...always in the same place....I have 50+ years of muscle memory to back up my draw movement from that position.

    HTH's Rod
     
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  21. .308 Norma

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    I agree. My "EDC" around the place here is a little Taurus 32 H&R revolver. It's dependable, and I don't much care if it gets dirty and dinged up a bit because I didn't pay a lot for it in the first place. Besides, it's accurate (enough), and powerful (again enough) for pests and even the occasional coyote.
    I also don't much care if it's concealed or not. Sometimes it is, particularly this time of year when I'm wearing a long shirt or coat when I'm outside.
    On the other hand, my "go to town" gun is a Glock G-19, and I'll be wearing it when we go to town for church tomorrow. It will be concealed.
    Not to cause a thread drift, but carrying when we go to town presents another problem for us rural folks. On Thursday this past week, I went to town to go to the credit union, pick up a few groceries at the grocery store, pick up some prescriptions at the drug store, fill the truck with gas, and last but not least, pick up the church mail (my wife is the church secretary and handles the mail) at the post office.
    Of course I don't carry my gun when I go to the post office. Consequently, I try to make the post office my last stop when I have errands to run all over town like I did last Thursday. It's not much of a problem, I guess. But it is inconvenient, and I have to plan out my route.;)
     
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  22. WisBorn

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    My carry choice would change with the seasons while living in the midwest and move from pocket to IWB.
    Now in the southeast I stick with pocket carry for my primary. The firearm may change... LCPII, 442, 605, or 415. This is driven by attire and hiking location.
     
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  23. aarondhgraham

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    When the weather says "wear a light jacket everywhere",,,
    I carry in a shoulder holster.

    When the weather says "It's Hawaiian shirt temperature,,,
    I carry in a DeSantis back pocket holster.

    JMHO

    Aarond

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  24. mope540

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    No seasonal change, but the carry rig depends the scenery....usually have a Hellcat in the waistband, but sometimes it will be a Glock 29 (w. G20 mag). There could be a 642-1 revolver in the console as well. Woods carry is much simpler. A G40 w. FFIII in a Kenai chest holster.
     
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  25. tomrkba

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    Sometimes I will go with a smaller 9mm pistol in the summer but a Glock 19 sized gun usually works 365 days a year.
     
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