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Old 01-06-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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Full-sized autos for CCW.

Like many people, I have various small revolvers and autos for concealed carry.

My primary concealed carry gun is a Glock 26 9mm.

Lately, though, I've taken to clipping on my Glock 22 as my concealed carry gun whenever I'm wearing enough clothing to properly hide it (and, with the cold weather we've had here lately, I'm usually wearing enough clothing to hide a Ma Deuce!).

As much as I like my G26, I just find the full sized, 16 shot G22 more comforting.

Clint Smith has said, "If you ever need a gun, you'll wish for a big one", and lately I find myself thinking that he's probably right about that.

Does anyone else here carry a full sized auto as their CCW when they can?
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:08 PM   #2
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

Do you call a Colt's combat commander close to full size? Carried one almost everyday for 26 years.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:35 PM   #3
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

My present piece is an Ed Brown bobtail which is Commander size but for years I carried a full size. One of the keys is an IWB holster such as a Summer Special or Rosen ARG
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Old 01-07-2010, 03:32 AM   #4
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

I have carried a Springfield .45 since the late 80's. Full size over right hip. Current holster is a Crossbreed IWB. Best holster I have ever used and I have used virtually every style.
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

As our "Southern" weather reminds me more of winter in north-western Pennsylvania, I have been CCW with a Taurus PT101. 12 rounds of .4- S&W in a stone reliable pistol is a bit of overkill for the local bad guy(s), but, what the heck, I can just imagine that I'm walking in downtown Atlanta at 0300.



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Old 01-07-2010, 04:10 AM   #6
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

I'm thinking a Glock compact, a 19 or 23, might be the perfect compromise for me.

Might be just the excuse I need to get another Glock .
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Bestseller, do not compromise on what you need. Get the best out of the gate. Understand what you are going to be asking of the weapon and decide what you need. Never compromise
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:51 AM   #8
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

i've found the best way to ccw is to put on your sport coat or whatever and roughly position your gun where you think it should be and look in a mirror to see if you can "see" it- of course, it depends on how the garment is draped, etc- but tyically , i go for the just over the buttcheek, left side, fbi cant- no matter how i wear a shoulder rig, i can still see the "crease"- there's only one that is thin enough to not show it, and that's a tokorev or something with a similar width to it- but the hammer gets caught on the way out
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:52 AM   #9
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

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I'm thinking a Glock compact, a 19 or 23, might be the perfect compromise for me.

Might be just the excuse I need to get another Glock .
I personally think that everyone should at least try a Glock 19, but that's just me. Speaking of Glocks, though, a full-sized 17 or 22 with a grip modification (bringing the frame's grip down to G19/23 dimensions) works well for a lot of people.

I thought about doing this a couple of years ago...but bought the G19 instead.
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

Plus 1 on the Crossbreed, it's the best IWB holster I have ever owned, and I've got that same box full we all have. Since I acquired it, I've been carrying my gubmint model almost exclusively. If you have a need to go without a cover garment, you can tuck a shirt over the gun and it disappears...

I know this is flogging a dead equine, but a good belt is the key component.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:11 PM   #11
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If you are a sport coat or suit guy, Wear your gun to the fitting. They have lots of tricks in hiding creases or bumps. Done right you can hide a uzi mini with a can. I know that from experience
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Old 01-08-2010, 08:47 AM   #12
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I carried a G-22 for 17 years, I now carry a compact PT 140, but I sometimes carry my 1911 Gov. Mod. I found that "appendix" carry is a great way to carry a large pistol, depending on your body type.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:05 PM   #13
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

When I started carrying, the choices were full size iron or something like a PPK or Chief's Special. The choice was obvious. I lugged a full size 1911 for 18+ years, then a 5906 for around 15 and now an M&P9 full size coming up on 4 years. The proper holster, belt and dressing around the piece makes it disappear. Ken Null makes some great stuff. Safariland is more affordable.

If you're wearing enough to hide a M2, you need a piece in a outside pocket.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:54 AM   #14
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

Ironically, yesterday when I went to town to get groceries, I didn't clip on a full sized auto, or any auto at all.

I dropped my Taurus 85CH .38 in one coat pocket, an HKS speedloader in another and off I went.

Oh, well.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:53 AM   #15
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i'd LOVE to see a mac-scatter rig for something like an m17 bushmaster or a tavor
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:47 AM   #16
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A small revolver like my 649 is adequate in some cases. I think you have to make a determination on where you're going and where you live.
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

I usually carry a full size 1911 with two mags using a rig I got from Haugen's Handgun Leather in Bismark, N.D.. Even in the hot Alabama summers, I simply wear a t shirt with an oversized sports shirt as a covering garment.

I have picked up an Officer's model that I'm still playing with. If it proves reliable through the long haul, that might replace my full size gun.

I've also been known to slip an old S&W Bodyguard in my front left pocket as a "New York Reload."

Badge or not, I don't like to "flash" off duty. It's tacky.
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...... As much as I like my G26, I just find the full sized, 16 shot G22 more comforting. Clint Smith has said, "If you ever need a gun, you'll wish for a big one", and lately I find myself thinking that he's probably right about that. Does anyone else here carry a full sized auto as their CCW when they can?
That's exactly the CCW carry philosophy I practice and subscribe to! My usual EDC is a G-21 and 30 rounds of FMJ ball ammo. In the wintertime, when I'm all buttoned up, there's a little Beretta 3032 (Alley Cat) in an outside left pocket.

Once I'm inside the car the doors are immediately locked and my jacket is zipped open. I never - as in never - place the seatbelt on top of a front jacket lapel. That's something that I always leave open whenever I'm sitting down.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:59 AM   #19
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I have been comfortable carrying my Gov. 1911 "appendex" style. It gives 2 important factors IMO no "bump" frisk and keeps the weapon in the power center of the body for great retention control with either hand. Of course this isnt for all body types.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:36 AM   #20
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Re: Full-sized autos for CCW.

I'm another one who won't carry anything I wouldn't be really satisfied with if I had to go up against your typical AK-47 toting, completely insane, 'shopping mall gunman'.

I used to carry a Colt 1911 - That is until others began telling me I'd be shedding large tears were I to ever have to use it, and then become forced to surrender a prized Colt into a cold and drafty police evidence locker for who knows how long.

With this point-of-view in mind I went out and bought my first Glock Model 21. In the beginning I hated it! The barrel was too short; the balance was all wrong; and I kept wondering what I was going to do with a pistol that could be rendered inoperable by being left on top of a heat register for too long.

Then I discovered how easy it is to maintain and work on a Glock. Compared to your typical 1911, modifying Gaston's plastic, 'wonder pistol' is ridiculously easy. A Dremel Tool, alone, will take care of better than 80% of whatever you might need or want to do to a Glock. True, you can't pistol whip people anymore without damaging the pistol; and nothing is easier to limp wrist than a Glock - nothing - but these suckers just keep on shooting, and shooting, and shooting.

Talk about carrying a full-size pistol: Sure my typical belt load is a G-21 with 13 rounds on one side, and an extended magazine with 17 additional rounds on the other side. (Usually a large folding knife, cell phone, and two key holders are included. So is an occasional Beretta 3032.)

All of this gets carried on either of two gun belts: A heavy Wm. Tucker or a polymer-reinforced BeltMan. Both are more than stiff enough to carry the weight without sagging. All, but one, of my holsters are also IWB designs. The one that isn't might as well be because it's a very flat riding Wm. Tucker HF-1. My cover garments are on the loose side and I'm (almost) positive that I haven't, 'patterned' in years. In fact nobody I know of has, 'made' me in, at least, the past three years.

Anyone can carry a full-sized pistol (A G-26 or a G-19 is NOT a full-sized pistol.) if he simply puts a little thought into how to, 'dress for success', keeps the pistol's butt tucked in tight to his side, and uses a heavy non-sagging belt. It's really just that simple! Nowadays, whenever I have to take my guns off I actually miss that additional weight around my waist. (Makes me feel, kind 'a, undressed!)

Yes, there is a certain inconvenience to lugging around a large, heavy, full-sized pistol with you all day long; but, inside 35 yards, I remain (more or less) comfortable with the idea of having to go up against a centerfire semiautomatic rifle. The only caveat I'll offer is that whatever pistol you decide to carry, you need to be very well practiced with.
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