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newbolddm 10-14-2012 02:32 PM

Concealed Carry and Weight
I don't know how anyone carries anything weighing more than about a pound concealed. I carry a Ruger LCP concealed in a pocket. Rarely in an ankle holster but sometimes that way. I've tried other guns like a Kahr CM9 but find they are too heavy and awkward. And that's light compared to what some folks seem to be able to carry. For me, anything heavier just pulls on my clothes and such to the extent that it looks and/or feels terrible. I can't deal with it all day long. I don't know how people do it. Also, I have to wear a tucked in shirt and slacks or jeans at my job. No jacket all day which would cause me to roast anyway. So I don't seem to have any option except pocket carry or ankle carry. And... Ankle carry is very annoying to me even with a light gun.

Am I just being a weenie or do most people have the same problem. At least I do carry the LCP pretty much full time so I figure at least I am armed and not leaving my gun behind due to these issues. Although I'd rather be carrying 9mm instead of .380 with me if I could make it work for me.

nywatt 10-14-2012 02:36 PM

It probably isn't the gun ... More likely your holster. A crossbreed style holster is extremely comfortable compared to a holster with one belt clip.

Eturnsdale 10-14-2012 02:45 PM

There are holsters that are designed to be worn with tucked in shirts.

Bellybands for one.

Pro carry Shirt tuck for another.

Back when concealed carry was first becoming popular it was all about gun weight, and size as far as comfortable carry went. But now there are so many options that it is more about the quality of the holster and manner of dress. Couple that with the small lightweight pistols and you can carry comfortably without anyone being the wiser.

hardluk1 10-14-2012 02:58 PM

CC'n styles are like anything new.You just have to do it and with time it becomes natural.

Doc3402 10-15-2012 05:26 PM

The first thing you need is a good belt, preferably designed for use with firearms. Next you need a good holster. Together they make any carry much easier whether it's OWB or IWB.

Threetango 10-15-2012 08:14 PM


Originally Posted by newbolddm (Post 976158)
Although I'd rather be carrying 9mm instead of .380 with me if I could make it work for me.

Have you considered/checked out the Sig P938 in 9mm.
It's weight comes in at 1 lb.

therewolf 10-15-2012 08:22 PM

You're going to have to get away from WalMart to carry heavy.

Good holsters aren't cheap, and won't be found at discount stores.

You'll probably wind up like the rest of us, with a box of

tried and discarded holsters.

I'm on the larger end of big, at 6'2", so it doesn't affect me as much.

being primarily a range shooter, I don't deal well with smaller

and CC pistols. If you're primarily a CC person, and don't actually use

your pistol at the range much, a world of opportunities opens up.

That said, I prefer a cross-draw for CC. And it conceals a full-size

pistol well.

newbolddm 10-16-2012 01:03 AM

I've bought Galco holsters and I have a 5.11 belt I bought at my local gun range. They work well but don't really conceal at all. I'd have to go in the waistband since pocket and ankle can only hold just so much weight.

I've thought that ankle carry would work so much better if the calf strap was on both sides of your leg instead if just one side. Then the gun wouldn't pull so much on the one side. I don't know why they don't seem to make them that way.

newbolddm 10-16-2012 01:06 AM

Also I do a lot of concealed carry and range time. I have guns for both. I am up to 12 guns now in just 1.5 years. Prior I had none. Kind of became addicted I guess.

I had a P238 but it was the HD model and weighed more. I traded it for a Colt 1911 in 9mm. I've considered the P938 but have had to slow down my purchasing for a while. The bank account was getting wore out. Lol

newbolddm 10-16-2012 01:08 AM

I wish I could conceal carry my Springfield EMP 9mm but its not light... to me anyway. I can't imagine it inside my pants and waistband all day. Definitely not on my ankle either. Oh well...

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