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Who here prefers a full size carry gun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hawk45, Dec 16, 2009.

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  1. hawk45

    hawk45 Member

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    Of all the guns I have, I find myself going for my full size guns more than the compacts. Any others out there prefer full size guns?
     
  2. mcdonl

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    I do, because I cannot carry at work, so when I can carry (Just about every minute I am not working...) I can dress as I see fit. And, I prefer shooting full size and like to shoot what I carry and carry what I shoot :)
     
  3. Mad Magyar

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    Good question...Only in winter, cover garment concealing a full-size Colt 1911A1 in a shoulder holster by Safariland....I noticed very little difference in weight from my Officer's & the full-size Colt...
    A full-size on my hip is out-of-the-question due to my health...
     
  4. Sam1911

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    Yes, I do. 1911 or 629, generally.

    Every time I get serious about buying a compact or pocket gun it seems I decide to buy more ammo and go shoot the guns I like.

    If I worked in an environment that made it hard to conceal a full-sized gun (or could carry at work at all, possibly) I might find a need for one. Haven't yet, though.

    -Sam
     
  5. EddieNFL

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    With a weekly exception, full-size 1911 year round.
     
  6. BlayGlock

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    Sometimes I carry a full-size 1911 or Ruger GP100 3" barrel. Not everyday though.
     
  7. Deanimator

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    The smallest semi-auto I carry is a Glock 19. I really don't like any Glock smaller than that. My other carry semi-autos are a Norinco M1911, a Browning High Power, and a Glock 22.

    The smallest gun I carry is a S&W Chief's Special which I carry in a pocket holster. I wouldn't carry anything less powerful than a 9x19mm, so all of the .380s and .32s are completely off the table.

    I'm satisfied with the size of the guns I have, although I would consider a Springfield MicroCompact or a Commander sized M1911 of some kind.
     
  8. makarovnik

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    I used to carry a full size 1911A1. It is heavy but also slim which is important since my preferred method is IWB. Now I usually carry a TT33 which is almost as big but even slimmer.
     
  9. CorpITGuy

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    My primary carry is a S&W Sigma 40 or a S&W Model 66. Both large guns. Model 66 is HEAVY, too.

    BUG is a Bersa .380 CC.... it gets less and less carry these days.
     
  10. UpTheIrons

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    Full size 1911 here. Sure, I've got a Ruger LCR for my "Sunday go-to-meetin" outfit (and likely a Sig P238 soon), but otherwise its the big gun everyday.
     
  11. Avenger29

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    Yes, I much prefer to carry a full size gun. I don't like the weight and size, but simply because I shoot a full size gun the best and practice with them the most it only makes sense for me to carry what I shoot. I carry or have carried a Ruger Security Six (4"bbl), Glock 17, CZ 75 Compact (but it's heavy), and FN HiPower.

    My hands are very recoil sensitive. I sold the Glock 17 because it was very uncomfortable for me to shoot.
     
  12. armoredman

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    I used to, a full size steel frame Witness 40, for many years. Now it's the CZ P01, a Compact, but with a properly fitted holster, belt, and clothing, a full size rig can be carried concealed, even in hot old AZ. :)
     
  13. Creature

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    Not me!
     
  14. Willy G.

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    This is what I have.
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  15. LancerMW

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    i generally carry a Hi-Power, somtimes when the clothes just call for something lighter i have a Lightweight S&W J-Frame
     
  16. kanook

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    It's kinda funny, my compact Ruger Security Six with its 2 3/4" barrel is about a 1/4" smaller than my full size 1911
     
  17. sheepdog

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    ...Ruger KP90DC or GP100 3"...every day...
     
  18. EddieNFL

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    That's surprising. I would have thought it was wider than a 1911.
     
  19. P97

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    Ruger KP90DC every day.
     
  20. jaysouth

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    For about 40 years, it was a 1911. Nowadays, in consideration of a badly abused back, I carry a Smith and Wesson M&P 45c. The 1911 actually conceals better because it is slimmer.
     
  21. sarduy

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    i use a sigma and a glock 17
     
  22. 1911 guy

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    One of several 1911 types every day. On Sundays I put it in my go to meetin' holster. :p
     
  23. Shipwreck

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    I carry a Beretta 92FS all year long
     
  24. kanook

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    Rugers widest part (cylinder) 1.5
    Rugers OAL (mine) 8 1/4"

    Kimbers widest part (grips) 1.325
    Kimbers OAL (mine) 8 5/8"

    So it appears that it is 3/8" shorter but .175 (1/8") wider
     
  25. easyg

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    Are you sure that your 1911 is slimmer than your M&P .45c?

    The Sig 1911 stainless (standard 1911 dimensions) has a width of 1.4 inches, while the M&P.45c width is only 1.2 inches.

    I only bring this point up because it seems that quite a few folk think the 1911 is slimmer than it really is.
    I've won more than a few bucks by betting that my Glock G22 is slimmer than the 1911. ;)

    As for the original question....

    While I like the idea of carrying a full-sized pistol, the reality is that a light-weight compact pistol or revolver is so much more comfortable and easy to carry.
     
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