Heaviest weight for ccw

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  1. 357smallbore

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    What is the heaviest weight gun you'd carry for ccw.
    My heaviest ccw is a Speed Six in 357. It weighs loaded 32 oz. On the flip side my Shield 9 comes in at 21oz.
     
  2. jmohme

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    I carry a 10mm Glock 20 every day.
    I don't recall what the empty weight is, but it is 40.8 oz loaded with 15+1. Since I have carried it every day for 4 years. I am kind of used to it.
     
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    I carried a S&W 66 with 2.5in barrel for a decade or so. Got used to it and never felt like I needed more. Have also carried a 92FS, 1911, and Hi-Power over the years. Good belt and holster makes a huge difference, doesn't defy gravity but helps a lot.
     
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    Concealed, a g20 is as big and heavy as I'll do. Owb or shoulder holster- whatever a super redhawk weighs - it gets heavy.
     
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    Carried a full size 1911 for decades and than I went through a midlife crisis and now carry a 686+ with a 3" barrel.
     
  6. Corpral_Agarn

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    I draw the line at 42oz unloaded
     
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    double-action revolver, 48 ounces loaded, EDC for a little over a year now
    before that I carried a Ruger single-action in 357 for a while, which is about as heavy

    I would go heavier still, but I'm not sure there would be any advantage to it with a revolver. At some point, there are diminishing returns to the benefits of more weight and there are also tradeoffs - besides the obvious one of more weight to carry. On the other hand, I would go to 100 ounces for a PDW if it was small enough to conceal under a light coat and dependable. I'd go for some of the older open-bolt guns if their prices were a better reflection of the workmanship rather than mostly their scarcity.
     
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    I just got a steel-core gun belt and with that, the weight of 2 Charter 44s just vanishes.

    The belt is a little impractical for several reasons, but I was amazed at what a difference it makes.
     
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    I have tried for over a decade to edc a heavy gun. 1911, 92fs, Full size Glocks, etc. I just can't do it.

    The main reason is my work attire requires a very discreet carry. I wear a tucked in polo or tee most every day. I can't and largely won't dress around a gun. My lifestyle doesn't allow it nor do I care to do it.

    Now, out hiking or milling around at the cabin? Bring on the big guns. 42oz OWB on a belt is no problem. In the cooler months, when i switch to a jacket or flannel, I go back to the 1911 or .357.

    For day to day carry, though, my Shield. 45 comes in around 20-22oz and is about the limit I can carry IWB and not notice. Most work days, due to my attire, I carry a BG380 in my pocket. To the much gnashing of internet gun board teeth, I will sometimes ONLY carry a NAA revolver when the BG380 will print too much.
     
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    I don't know what my guns weigh, but I know what I will carry: S&W shield 9, Glock 19, Kimber Pro carry 2.
     
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    I carry a 13+1 Browning Hi-Power everyday.

    I don't know how much it weighs, I just carry it.
     
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    I have carried an all-steel 1911, so I can do it. I'm far more comfortable with a Shield, though. Currently a Shield 1.0 9mm, but hoping to switch to a Shield 45 4" soon.
     
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    I carried a full size steel 1911 IWB (two spare mags opposite it) for awhile, whatever that weighs is tolerable.
    Frequently carry a Glock 35 strong side IWB or 20SF AIWB (+ spare mag) I don't know the weight, but it aint bad.
     
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    I also carried 2 spare mags. Balanced out the weight on my belt reasonably well.
     
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    Yes it does. :thumbup:
     
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    A good belt and holster allows me to carry a full size 1911 or a full size CZ 75 with comfort.
     
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    I have several I carry!
    Depending on the season and the clothing I am wearing I go from a 1911 compact 45, Browning Hi Power 9 mm, to a Para 15 + 1 45 acp. When light just a belt! When heavy a pair of suspenders and a belt. The bet to hold up the sidearm and suspender to hold up my pants. Old men ain't got a lot of butt for just a belt :rofl:
     
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    On trail walks during cooler months I conceal a Glock 21 Gen 4, 38.8 ounces loaded. Otherwise it's an M11-A1, 28.8 ounces loaded. In Summer I usually wear the P365 which by comparison is hardly there.
     
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    A Ruger Redhawk. I can't carry anything heavier because I don't own anything heavier. I can and I have carried it concealed.

    It's not my first choice though. And weight isn't the primary factor.
     
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  20. BreechFace

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    Whatever a Glock 48 with 15+1 weighs feels nice. I could go a little heavier than this but not much on a day to day rig. Now out in the outdoors open carrying, I put up with a lot more weight.
     
  21. Armored farmer

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    When I am just hiking, or if I want to carry a sidearm when I am bowhunting I go super-light with my lcp
     
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    My M&P Compact 9 weighs in at 33 1/4 oz loaded with 15 rounds. I hardly notice it. Since I only weigh 130 lbs that's 1.5% of my bodyweight.
     
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  23. Jim Watson

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    I feel like such a wimp with my LC9s.
     
  24. Armored farmer

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    No bulk +no weight=not much gun(or ammo)
     
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  25. Jim Watson

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    Yes, I am looking at options to carry more gun. My previous attempt at a shoulder holster was not satisfactory, maybe I can find something now.
     
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