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Old 10-11-2018, 09:10 PM
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Concealed Carry Weapons

I have multiple 1911s, numerous Sig “P” firearms, and a lot of other various manufacturerers firearms. I have shoulder holsters, owb holsters, and numerous iwb holsters. The firearm I carry daily is a cheap M&P Shield. I have one in 45acp, two in 40S&W. I don’t particularly care for the Shield with the integrated laser. I’ll probably get rid of that one. I have a bit of a beer belly and the Shield disappears completely. I use a Blade Tech Nano IWB holster and don’t even notice it’s there. I really like all my firearms and I wouldn’t use the Shield for USPSA, or even IDPA, but for everyday carry it’s hard to beat. I am not a polymer pistol fan and am a little embarrassed by admitting this, but I like the Shield for iwb carry.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:31 PM
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They have their place. I don't understand the pissing match between polymer and steel guns.

I for the most part tend to go with a larger full sized gun for carry, and have been on board the polymer has merit for carry for near 20 years. Lately I have chosen to leave the full sized guns put up, and have opted for a 9mm XD Sub-Compact Mod 2.

With a Pierce +2 extension on the mag, I get 15+1 rounds of 147g +P Federal HSTs in a more compact package. The off side back up mag is of course a full sized, full cap magazine.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:41 PM
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Carry the biggest & best you can do comfortably.

If that's a steel 1911, Great. If it's a plastic .380, so be it.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:51 PM
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I’m using either 180gr Federal HST or 230gr Federal HST. I carry a spare magazine in my pocket and feel that if I need more rounds than that, I’m screwed! I don’t know for sure why I prefer iron over plastic, maybe it’s the weight. Kinda like the toys when I was a kid compared to the stuff I buy for my grandchildren. Every polymer pistol I own shoots fantastic. I can’t explain it but I prefer to shoot iron. That’s why I’m a little disturbed by my love of the Shield!
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:12 PM
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I have 3 plastic semis ranging from 10 ounces to 24 ounces as well as a FS 1911. Half have external safeties . However, I have never been comfortable with keeping one in the chamber so I went a different direction. I have a 24 ounce stainless 2" hammerless snubby in 357 magnum. It's small and very powerful and I don't think there is any danger with an accidental discharge with no exposed hammer. You won't practice with it a lot because it bites hard when you shoot it but I feel safer with it.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:38 AM
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Carry the biggest & best you can do comfortably.

If that's a steel 1911, Great. If it's a plastic .380, so be it.
This pretty much sums it up. Although I have many smaller options, Iíve Been carrying a Sig p225 a1 this summer and soon Iíll be transitioning to a tan HK 45c in the fall and winter.
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:22 AM
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I agree with much of the above advice: Carry what works best for you. Because of where I live, I rotate my carry depending on the weather. Deep Summer, I carry a Bersa 380. I know, but it’s a good piece. Winter, my carry’s are either a BHP or a 1911 Commander . And a Sig P 239 in between.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:31 AM
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My winter carry was a Sig P229 40 with a Galco vertical shoulder holster. It’s a little bulky and semi noticeable when you remove your coat. I have always been a shirt tucked in guy, but have changed that habit for easier carry/draw abilities. I have a couple 1911 tuckable holsters, but could never get them to feel right. I have been working with an M&P CORE 40 with a Trijicon RMR mounted, using a Bladetech Nano iwb holster. We’re doing a 6 hour road trip this weekend. If that works out comfortably, the M&P could be the new winter carry. I carry chambered, very careful holstering, and I don’t monkey around with the weapon. I believe that if you don’t pull the trigger, you won’t have any ad’s.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:47 AM
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+1 for the Shield, I use a FoxX IWB holster, very comfortable.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:53 AM
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If I carry it's a Colt Defender 45 acp with an extra 7 round mag .
Easily conceals , large bullet , and it's very accurate up to 25 yards .
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:05 AM
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Both the 9mm Shield and the 45, fit me like they took a mold of my hand. I carry rarely except for my pocket .22 mag NAA. I don't carry a 1911, although God knows, I have enough of them. I've read every explanation of how safe cocked and locked is but that cocked hammer over a live 230gr , still gives me the heebie- jeebies. My 9mm Shield resides in my console. If I want something bigger to carry than my pocket gun, it would probably be the 45 Shield or a J frame.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:07 AM
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bigwyo was there a point to your confession ?? You want a smaller lite pistol for carry carry . Nothing wrong with that . I have carried smaller pistols at times too but other than at work where smaller easier its been a 4" class pistol for 32 years in a very adjustable iwb at 3:00 . I carried a p320compact 40sw for the last 4.5 years , tp40 kahr years before that and a firestar m40 going back to '90 . For a 5-9 225lber I can conceal the p320c very nicely and my arm helps with concealment .

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Old 10-12-2018, 10:30 AM
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Plastic VS. Steel: At 72 years old, I now have now had many years to observe the deterioration of every plastic tool I own. I have most recently been dismayed at the polymer hose nozzles & connectors breaking after a couple of years of UV exposure.
There is NO DATA as yet, on how long the various polymer formulas used for pistol frames will remain viable for use. I certainly don't know - What I do know is that I own STEEL firearms older than I am that function perfectly. Because of Steels tensile strength they have a less chunky size without sacrificing strength.
We all can choose what we want to spend our money on - I prefer assurance of an unlimited expiration date. Just my $.02
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:49 AM
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You like what you like. No shame or harm in that.
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:00 AM
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I carry one of my commander size 1911s in a Milt Sparks VM2. As a matter of fact my MV2 is almost 21 years old now and its getting to be time to order a new one.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:19 PM
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hardluk1 there really was no point to my confession. I just felt like chatting with fellow cc carriers.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:11 PM
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I own 3 plastic fantastic's all of which I do not conceal carry. I live in super hot Houston so I wear as little cloths as possible. I carry a Kimber Micro 9 in a Garrett AIWB Holster and often forget I'm wearing it.

In cooler weather or when I have larger cover garments it's a compact 1911 or 2011.

I prefer to keep the same manual of arms on my carry guns.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:22 PM
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For me I have found that the Glock 43 and 42 were the easiest pistols to carry, both were carried in a Raven Concealment trigger guard style holster. They just disappeared with that setup,but I couldn't shoot either worth a hoot so the guns had to go.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:25 PM
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I recently traded a Colt Delta Elite for a Dan Wesson Guardian in .38 super. I didn’t read the USPSA rule book close enough to discover that the 1911 single stack division requires government length 1911’s. The caliber kind of intrigued me, so I might try to carry it once it’s broken in. I’ve only put 99 rounds through it and the slide sticks occasionally, which the manual states will happen.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:54 PM
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My Kahr P380 is on me all the time, even at home. When I go out I try to supplement it with either a Taurus PT-111 or S&W M&P 2.0 Compact, but with the little .380 at least I always have something. For awhile I was carrying a NAA .22 mini revolver for my constant carry, but I finally decided it's useless unless I'm able to shove in the other guy's nostril first.
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:29 PM
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tacticool I hear you. I had a Sig P938 and didn’t shoot very well with it. Both the 40 and 45 Shields are easy to keep on target under 15 yards. The 40 Shield 2.0 with the integrated laser is okay, but it’s kinda difficult to activate the laser. That’s why I’ve been working with the RMR’s. My vision isn’t as good as it used to be, particularly in low light situations. I wish Sig would come out with a replacement rmr cut slide for the P227!
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:04 PM
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I carry guns ranging from a Glock 26 to a full size 1911. I had a Shield for a while, but decided the skinny guns don't really make sense when you can carry something bigger.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:12 PM
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Love 1911s, but love other types of pistols too. I carry a Glock 19 in an MTAC.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:48 PM
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My Kahr PM9 and S&W 342is what I mostly carry all year round in South Florida.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:14 PM
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I appreciate everyone for chatting with me today. If I could figure out how to delete this post, I would. Good night!
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