Why lightweight carry guns?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by txpossum, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Why the emphasis on "lightweight" carry guns? I personally prefer carrying a weapon with a little heft.

    I could carry just about any handgun I cared to, and I own many to choose from; however, my two carry companions for the last 15 years (that all alternating -- I don't carry two at the same time) have been either a full size 1911, or a .40 caliber Firestar, which was the first compact .40 caliber. Y'all all know the shape and size of a 1911; the Firestar is about the size of the Colt Officer's ACP that was my carry prior to switching to the Firestar. (Although different internally, the controls of the Firestar are the same as a 1911 -- a very underrated little gun, but that's another story).

    I carry in either a IWB holster behind my hip, or, if more concealment is needed, in a "bellyband" under my shirt, without printing or discomfort; their weight and size is so unnoticeable that I frequently forget that I'm wearing them -- I'll have been home a couple of hours before I realize I haven't taken them off yet. (I'm an average sized person)

    Why do I carry these guns instead of a smaller, lighter "concealment" gun?

    1. Caliber. I like self defense calibers that start with a "4". The .380 used to be known as a "mousegun" (yes, I know advances in ammo has increased it's stopping power), and I've never been a fan of the 9mm (but let's not get into that discussion here).

    2. Accuracy. Both of my carry guns are reasonably accurate up to 25 yards. (Yes, I know studies have shown that most gunfights occurs at less than 7 yards. My guns work just fine at this distance too.) Decent sight radius and you can get a good grip on 'em.

    3. Control. I believe that the ability to re-acquire a target (or multiple targets) is an important aspect of a self defense firearm. With my carry guns the ability go get back on target quickly is not a problem, even when shooting one-handed.

    So . . . why the preference for "little" guns?
     
  2. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    I understand your perspective on your justification for carrying bigger guns but its quite simple for most people who choose subcompact/small frame/lightweight guns: better conceal-ability.
     

  3. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Okay, but I still maintain that with the proper holster, it is just as easy to conceal a 1911 as it is a smaller gun.
     
  4. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Yes sir, i do it everyday.
     
  5. StainlessSteel215

    StainlessSteel215 New Member

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    Most people dont want to carry a large, heavy steel framed gun even with a decent holster. I'm 6'1 225lbs and I still prefer my compact Glock30 because its more comfortable and doesnt pull my pants down throughout the day. Thats what I prefer and Ive tried carrying my commander length 1911. I always go back to the Glock for its size and weight, while accommodating 10rds of hard hitting .45 ACP which is 2+ rounds than my 1911
     
  6. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Txpossum - I have "ZERO" ass and choose to pocket carry. Stuff a mid-size in yer pocket & get back to me. I live in PA, open carry is legal, but not practical or practiced.

    I choose compact (LC9) for fit and lessened print.
     
  7. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I prefer a bigger gun over a smaller one, although i sometimes do take my bersa .380 over the .45. Yes the full size 1911 is heavy but i have little trouble sticking it in my blackhawk serpa paddle under a tshirt and going on.
     
  8. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In my case due to a back injury I cant carry more than 30 oz on my belt without additional support. The best holster in the world wont change that. I agree that too hot a caliber in too light a gun is going be a problem to control which affects how well and how quickly you will be able to engage a target or multiple targets. One of the reasons I have a Sig P238 instead of a micro 9. That little Firestar is nice little pistol. My SP101 is a lot easier to shoot with 38+P than a light J Frame and falls within my weight limit. It gets very hot where I live so I usually pocket carry the P238. When clothing permits, I carry an SR9c. The SR9c and the G36 (45) are almost identical in loaded weight but the SR9c is faster, more controllable and it carries 4 more rounds.
     
  9. Sentry18

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    A long time ago my duty gun was the venerable S&W 4506-1 and my off duty gun was the S&W 4566. With a good belt and a good holster it carried just fine, but I did find myself being fatigued at the end of the day. Either that or just really pleased to take off that big hunk of steel. Then I purchased a compact S&W 3914 for the Mrs. and decided to carry it myself for a few weeks. Never went back to that 4566. Carrying that slim and light 3914 was pure joy. I even had to touch it from time to time to remember it was on my hip. For me it was and is all about finding balance between ease and comfort of carry and shootability.
     
  10. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Its just personal preferance -
     
  11. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    I agree with what has been said already for the most part. I am 6'0, 190 and have hardly any body fat. There just aren't that many places to hide a bigger gun on me. The biggest gun I carry out and about is a Kahr CW9 because it fits well OWB with a bigger shirt, and I carry my keltec when I'm just foolin around running errands. I'd like to carry a bigger caliber, but just haven't gotten around to buying one that would suit my needs.
     
  12. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I would check out the springfield xds. Its a compact 45.
     
  13. shaf45

    shaf45 New Member

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    I Would check out the baby gap from Glock g39 This is an awesome concealed carry weapons
     
  14. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    Kimber 3" in alloy frame.... Is this lightweight or does it have a little heft.
    All I know is that it makes a good all day carry.
     
  15. deadsp0t

    deadsp0t New Member

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    Carrying mine does not bother me :cool:
     
  16. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    What Hoss said. No need going down this road, again.
     
  17. RUG3R44

    RUG3R44 New Member

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    I agree w/ DONN.
     
  18. shaf45

    shaf45 New Member

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    I agree it's what You feel most comfortable with
     
  19. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    After shooting an LC9 I knew it wasn't the pistol for me. I was very happy with my Cheetah when I carried. I now have a Beretta Nano and feel its a great balance in terms of size and weight.
     
  20. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Er , , , then why are you commenting on it, instead of ignoring it?

    Jus' saying.