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Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by BeyondTheBox, Jan 19, 2013.
How much of a factor is weight in a carry piece for you?
Not really all that big a deal....then again I thought about it for several years and experimented around at the shop before I got my CCP
For me it all depends on the belt. I have a Black leather belt that was designed for carry that can hold anything without a problem. But if I'm wearing one of my normal dress belts with suit pants I usually opt for the smaller gun because it won't flex the belt which translates to less printing.
I can carry a 4 inch 629 with a good belt. That is a S&W 44 Mag in case you are wondering. Stainless...quite heavy.
If I am dressed up but want to be able to take off my jacket, I pocket carry a sub compact.
I typically carry in my pocket, so first consideration is size, second is weight. If I was carrying say in a shoulder holster, flip those considerations.
With back problems, weight is a huge factor (in both, body and firearm).
During the week I carry for 11 hours a day, so weight is a big factor for me. I did discover a great belt that has helped, but still after 11 hours, I cant wait to take the firearm off.
I used to carry a commander size 1911 and after a few months the weight of it got old, so I went with a Kimber CDP Ultra(officer size 1911) with an aluminum frame. The CDP was fine for a while too, but then I went to a SIG 9mm that was even lighter. Now I am down to a micro 9(Sig P290 or P938) and have not been happier. I have a closet full of holsters for all of the above mentioned, and for me it always came down to weight. I am sure you have heard the saying, the gun you brought with you is better than the bigger one you left at home because it was to heavy or uncomfortable.
Just to give you some background, I have had my CHL for 16 years and have carried almost daily since I got it, and in my experiance, a good belt helps a great deal.
What truevil said. EDC is always going to be about the compromise between size and comfort. While a good belt and holster make a difference, a full size piece with spare mags will get cumbersome. Try carrying a full size steel sidearm all day. I know some guys here do. If it works for you, more power to ya. In a perfect world, I'd be carrying my 38 Super 1911. In this world, it's either an M&P Shield or a snubby.
I'm still trying to decide if I should replace my current carry piece or not. I too pocket carry, a fairly heavy gun, but can do so without need of belt. I just wonder how much of a difference a lighter gun would make as fast as comfort. I like shooting heavier guns, my accuracy is far better. I like knowing is there and not forgetting and walling into a government building.
I just don't know... Any thoughts or insights Scott?
Ask me in a month. I head to the range today to break in my new carry piece (Kahr PM9). My old carry piece is a S&W Bodyguard 380. The Kahr is significantly heavier. I'll try to remember to post a comparison after a few weeks.
Would appreciate it. My current weighs 30oz Unloaded and I'm looking at one that weighs 16oz. Almost half!
I'm going the other way, starting with an 8-oz 5-shot .22 Magnum. Looking to graduate to a 11-oz, 7 shot .22 magnum. It's tough to conceal big heavy stuff in Florida.
That's still tiny! I'm carrying 30oz! Lol
But not in summer! My shorts can only conceal very small guns. Don't know why but the brands I buy have midget pockets in them. Lol
I pocket carry the Kahr CM9. It weighs in at just under 16 oz. It shoots like a dream. I can keep them in the center of an idpa target at 15 yards pretty easily. It is not a long distance gun though. I can hit a poker card at 20 yards with either my Ruger P95 or with my 1911. That is not going to happen with a compact gun like that.
I carried a Kahr PM 40 in a pocket holster for a BUG. Easy to carry but hard to control. Quality gun but beyond bad breath distance it was slow to get back on target because of recoil. I have it up for sale at my LGS.
I find the PM9 is very controllable. But considering what my XDM 40 was like, I don't think I would like the 40 in such a small package.