Which pistol should I bring

Which pistol should I bring

This is a discussion on Which pistol should I bring within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; We’re headed out west this fall for a two week tour including a stop for several nights in Las Vegas. Since we will be flying, ...

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  • Glock 19

    18 20.45%
  • Glock 26

    50 56.82%
  • Walther PPKs 380

    6 6.82%
  • Kel-Tec P3AT 380

    14 15.91%
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Thread: Which pistol should I bring

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    Which pistol should I bring

    We’re headed out west this fall for a two week tour including a stop for several nights in Las Vegas.

    Since we will be flying, and renting a car I am only bringing one pistol, and I am concerned about concealment in Las Vegas casinos, but we love to walk at night after dinner, so I am also concerned about our safety.

    With those concerns in mind which of the poll pistols would you bring?

    Also, can anyone give me an update on Las Vegas regarding carrying.

    Last edited by tns0038; June 12th, 2008 at 02:45 PM. Reason: update

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    Can't help with your questions about Vegas, but for carry I would take the 26. You loose some round count I believe (not a glock man), but easier to conceal it.

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    This is a tough choice. I live in LV. I have a Kahr P40 but am thinking about picking up a G19 or G23. I also have the Keltec P3AT.

    There is no law against carrying in a casino, nor is there any legal force behind a posted sign on private property saying no guns allowed. It is summer, so will be over 100 during the day, and 80 to 90 at night. You will dress light.

    If you can comfortably conceal the G19 with your summer garb, do it. Otherwise, I vote the G26 which would be more than enough. Nevada is also an open-carry (sorta) state, so you are breaking no laws if you print. However, open-carry is not a protected right here, so you will be harassed. Possibly laid out on the concrete, searched, ID'd, gun checked, permit checked, etc... Then handed back your stuff and let go if the cops are in a good mood.

    That seems to be standard procedure. But if you can stay concealed, you have no issues whatsoever. The choice is yours. Put on your summer stuff you plan to wear and holster your various choices. If you are able to remain concealed while performing activities you might find yourself performing while in a casino, etc, go with it.

    I can see sitting at a BJ table or leaning over a craps table as being the most obvious of ways you could expose yourself.

    If you only plan on carrying it while on walks, bring the G19.

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    I'd go with the G26. Best compromise between firepower and concealability.
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    Assuming that you have a Florida CCW Permit (Nevada now has reciprocity with Florida), Carry whichever gun that you like. I carry my Glock 26 ina Dsantis "Nemesis" pocket holster, and it works just fine. Also, rather than use that stipid accessory to increase mag capacity from 10 to 12, I just bought several 12 round magazines. I also use a belt holster for a spare mag, looks like a pocket knife holster. I also carry my XD 45 frequently, using a Max-con V IWB holster. The 26 is easier, since I don't have to worry about a cover garment (and it will still be pretty warm in the fall, depending on which month).
    I highly reccomend the Nemisis pocket holster. Nevada is pretty cool about concealed carry. When I was in Virginia last week, I had to consistently disarm when going into a restaurant that serves alcohol, I real pain. Here, you van even drink (not something that I reccomend), as long as you stay under a 0.8 BAC. You can carry in the casinos (some are posted, but as for me, I carry anyway- it's not a problem, the worst that will happen is that they ask you to leave. And if you're asked, leave. If you don't you can be arrested for trespassing. Enjoy your visit, and spend plenty of money- we need the revenue.

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    I'd also pick the G-26 and to take full advantage of it's size, get this for the magazine: T A C T I C A L A D V A N T A G E

    I have these on my G-27 and they're great!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    Another '26' vote here...small...9mm...10+1
    If ya' hit anything big...walk out...
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    I'd take whichever gun is most comfortable for you:

    Concealment, Carry, Shooting, Reloading, etc.
    "Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must." - The Duke of Wellington

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    G26. Still 10 rd capacity and very concealable.

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    Well, I like the idea of the G26 myself, and the main reason for considering the P3AT was being able to easily conceal it in my pocket should the weather be warm, and not be able to ware a jacket.

    I have a nemesis holster that fits my biker style leather jacket pocket, and a SGH holster for belt OWB carry.

    So since, Nevada and Arizona are cool regarding CCL, I’ll bring the Glock 26


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    I voted for the 19 because I don't have a 26 and am jealous. But seriously go w/ the 26 you don't want any trouble with the casino coppers.
    One more step and it's on!

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