Does 1/2" make that much of a difference

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    Does 1/2" make that much of a difference

    Ive been comparing many guns but have narrowed my search to a handful, all of which have slightly different dimensions. 2 examples are the G30(45acp sub comp) and G23(.40 compact). the G23 is slightly longer and slightly taller, but its also narrower than the 30. Even though I prefer the caliber of the G30, I would rather have the full size handle on the G23 but i wondering if the .25-.5" in length & height will make it that much harder to conceal?

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    I'm short and skinny, so yes it does for me. I've got to work to conceal an M&P Compact, but with the right holster I can wear it all day long with just jeans and a T-shirt. I've bought many slightly larger pistols and never ended up carrying them for an extended period of time. YMMV.

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    Grip length is what snags you on concealability. Width blows your comfort. I never had a problem with slide length or height. Used to carry a full size XDm. That is a big pistol, long barrel, very long grip. It stayed hidden just fine in an MTAC.

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    It all comes down to carry method,type of holster,degree of cant,and body style,and clothes.Sometimes all you may be able to get away with is a pocket pistol,nexr day you can conceal a 5" 1911
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    That's not as simple an answer as you'd think. I carry a full sized N-frame revolver around with no problems. The biggest thing is, does the longer grip on the gun cause you issues? As it was already said, the grip is what you really need to hide. Depending on your body frame, the answer could be there is no difference, or a big difference.

    If you can, strap them both on in a holster and see for yourself.

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    A 1/2 inch makes a major difference to me but that's mainly because I'm a slim build and I don't wear over sized shirts to cover my guns. My G26 conceals well but if I wanted to or felt the need I could put on a large sized shirt and carry my G19.
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    I've Carried both the 19 & 30. I have to say if I had to make a choice for carry it would be the 30. I sold my 30 to my dad several years ago and miss it dearly. He's a Vietnam Marine vet who swears by the 1911 and scoffed at my choice to buy Glocks. Now he wont sell it back to me.
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    I used to carry the G30 and it concealed well but felt bulky when carried IWB due to its thickness. I now carry a Sig 1911 Ultra and it works well both inside and outside plus being an officer size gun it is light too.

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    I've carried both and, with a proper holster & belt, each conceals well. Barrel length isn't a problem. However, the 30 is heavier (when fully loaded w/ 230 gr) and thicker, but not so much that it is a problem to carry. I prefer the 30 and would rather carry mine in an OWB with a cover garment. I think you should find the gun you like and shoot best, then find the most comfortable means for you to conceal the pistol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rotorblade View Post
    Does 1/2" make that much of a difference

    Size doesn't matter...it's how you use it!
    Which weapon can you control the best? Which weapon can you conceal the best? Which weapon are you more accurate with? Size doesn't matter if you can't control it, conceal it, and be accurate with it when you need it!!!! So, as Rotorblade said, "Size doesn't matter...it's how you use it"!
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    No one can answer the question for you. Everyone has their own needs/wants and requirements. For me personally it wouldn't matter.
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    I'm 5' 11" and 175 lbs. Depending on what I'm wearing, the weather, and some other variables, I'd rather carry my single stack Colt Officers .45 or my single stack Kimber Ultra Carry II .45 than my Glock 30. But in a questionable environment, with the right clothes, I'd carry the G30. So I guess it's not THAT big an issue.

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    My CT lasergrips makes my Glocks a full 1.5" wide, but have no effect on comfort or concealability. My 17's extra grip length does make it only slightly more subject to printing than my 19, but beyond that, no worries. The extra barrel length makes no noticeable difference. Holsters and belts are what make the most difference for me, so everything always rides in Brommeland Max-Con Vs, usually on a Wilderness Instructor belt.
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    Those are both pretty big guns for EDC, so .25 inches isn't going to make an enormous difference. It would be a big difference when considering smaller guns like the G26 and single stack nines. If this is going to be your primary, everyday, only gun you buy for carry, then I'd get something smaller than either. I have a G19 that I consider my "winter gun" after buying my M&P Shield
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    My EDC is a Glock 30. I never have any problems concealing it. I think with the right clothing, belt and holster you can conceal most anything and the slight difference in dimensions won't really matter.

    (And we should ask the young woman in your picture the same question!)
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