Concealed Carry and Weight

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by newbolddm, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. newbolddm

    newbolddm New Member

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    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.
     
  2. nywatt

    nywatt New Member

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    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.
     

  3. Eturnsdale

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

    Bellybands for one.
    http://bellybandccw.com/

    Pro carry Shirt tuck for another.

    http://www.theholsterstore.net/product-info.php?Pro_Carry_Shirt_Tuck-pid5031.html

    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.
     
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  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    CC'n styles are like anything new.You just have to do it and with time it becomes natural.
     
  5. Doc3402

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    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.
     
  6. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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

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    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.
     
  8. newbolddm

    newbolddm New Member

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    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.
     
  9. newbolddm

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    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
     
  10. newbolddm

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    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...
     
  11. GNXtreme

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    I carry a lightweight champion 1911 in a cross breed type holster on a good strong belt. I can carry it all day long. I am so used to carrying it that it feels strange not having it on. The holster distributes the weight nicely.
     
  12. GNXtreme

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    A good holster makes all the difference.
     

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  13. Eturnsdale

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    That looks insanely uncomfortable. It is wider than my hind end.
     
  14. Fathead00

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    Nice setup!! I carry my G35 in a N82 pro tactical IWB.


    image-779350153.jpg

    The othe holster is my Blackhawk serpa OWB.
     
  15. KG7IL

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    2 lbs loaded.
    Kimber Ultra Covert II (Alloy 3" with CT grips

    All day, everyday
     

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  16. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    How do you like the Crimson Trace grips?
     
  17. GNXtreme

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    It is pretty big but it makes the pistol disappear and is so comfy that I forget it's there.
     
  18. Eturnsdale

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    Im glad it works for you.
     
  19. KG7IL

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    The additional thickness is hardly noticable.
    The actual laser housing add's bulk on the clean side, but acceptable.

    I leave the switch in the on position at all times, but seldom use the laser sight.
    The laser can be activated with an off-trigger grip.

    I have used it to scan the pond and chicken yard when I think I hear predators.
    (I have 220 lumens in the other hand).

    Heck, I'll even admit to liking the digital camo print.
     
  20. Bootsdeal

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    I carry a TCP738 (same size and weight as LCP) in an Uncle George's wallet holster in rear pocket of my jeans and it is totally concealed and looks just like a wallet. The only downside is that I have found that Wranglers are the only brand jeans that have big enough hip pockets. Go to the webside and look at his videos and you can see the holster in action and even see the exact jeans he's wearing. They're definitely available at Walmart. I carry all day, every day. This same holster can be used in front pocket of "docker-type" slacks, especially if with front pleats. Works perfect. If you can't find the website, private message me and I'll give it to you.