This is a discussion on Does weight really bother you? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by paaiyan I feel like I should be wearing the belt halfway between two of the holes. One is a bit too loose ...
I regularly carry a full sized M1911, a Glock 22, or a 3" S&W Model 65. All of them are carried in IWB holsters.
Never been bothered by my full size guns.
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20 years ago, I could carry my .357 mag S&W Model 27 all day and not notice it. I carried it not too long ago and it sure had increased in weight over the years.
I use an M&P 9c normally, sometimes a Sig P232, without much problem.
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I carry a XDM and the weight has never bothered me, sometimes I carry without a belt and my pants don't snag at all. It is tight against my skin which helps it not pull down my pants.
I am not like "nutnfancy" were he throws a hissy fit over a single gram.
Right now I'm wearing a full sized fully loaded 1911, two mags for my 1911, a kel-tec p11, and one mag for my P11 and I don't have a problem with it. But I'm pretty young so that may be the reason. <---- not trying to start anyhting with that statement.
I have a good belt and a great holster. When I was carrying my full sized M&P, I used to feel the weight of it but I had a poor holster.
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"Dressing around the gun" is not an option for some of us. I have to wear business attire at work - and since some of my customers and colleagues are gun-phobic, it is better for me to be discreet. Carrying a large gun on my hip where it could get noticed by an innocent hug is not an option for me.
The Smartcarry allows me to carry a Glock 26, which I consider a very capable defensive pistol. When standing or walking I hardly notice it is there. Sitting in the car for long periods is another matter, however - the backstrap of the pistol can push into your bend point and get annoying at times. This can be alleviated by moving the holster a bit left, but you still notice it.
For the utmost in discretion and comfort, nothing beats a thin/light .380 in a pocket (I have a Ruger LCP).
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Ive been overweight most of my life so big people dont bother me. I dont mind the extra weight in my gun either I carry a full size 1911. I like the accurasy of it and its thinness. For such a big gun it conceels well
I used to carry a full size 1911 but the holster is what didn't like the weight, not me. After carrying it for a year in a blackhawk serpa holster the paddle broke. I switched to a Glock 19 and have never looked back.
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I totally agree with quality belts and holsters, but the size and weight of your weapon is a very personal thing, which can be influenced by weather, choice of dress, body type, fitness, health issues, your ability to control and accurate shoot what you carry . . . .etc. . . . One gun does not fit all!
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I have a crossbreed supertuck which fits me well
I think once you have carried for 10 years you may have a different opinion. Due to summer heat, clothing choices or how well you wish to conceal with all these factors a smaller , lighter gun does become handy real fast. I used to conceal a HK USP , however a large gun does tend to get in the way at times. Finally, if I recall you cannot/ do not concealed carry yet?
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I have carried Kimbers, and now Gocks. I almost carried IWB, but about 9 months ago switch to OWB, and this has made a big difference in how I feel about the weight of what I do carry.
IWB was all tucked inside my belt and held tightly against my body...it was O.K.
Now I have discovered an OWB carry holster that holds the firearm (Glock-36, or 26) as tightly against my body as any IWB, but with better balance. This has given me more comfort and I hardly notice the weight of my Glock.
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My EDC is a Kel-Tec PF-9 because it is small lightweight and thin. I have carried full size 1911's, 3' revolvers and compact .45's. I prefer to carry something that I don't have to think about all day in the obnoxious heat and humidity of S. Texas.