Who feels more comfortable with their "big clunky" gun?

Who feels more comfortable with their "big clunky" gun?

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    Who feels more comfortable with their "big clunky" gun?

    So I go with my beautiful fiancee to Sam's club for some household items this evening and to meet some friends of ours for dinner at the local mexican place. The other couple is my coworker and his wife. He too carries. I acquired a S&W 340 a couple of months ago as a BUG/warm weather gun for pocket carry. I decided to carry it in my Galco Summer Special IWB for the evening stoked with .357 JSP. I had two speed strips in my pocket with Federal .38 Hydra-shoks. The overall carry package is very comfortable and lightweight and tends to make you forget you are wearing it. I have practiced with this gun and believe I am proficient enough with it to defend me and mine long enough to get out and away of the situation if need be. That being said, I just felt unnerved about how little and diminutive it felt on my person, on my stong side hip. This gun definitely packs enough punch. I just kept thinking how much better my Glock 23 in the HBE Com III would feel on my side (in my head). Or even my P228 in a Mitch Rosen Premier OWB.

    My question is this who takes out there "no gun" gun for EDC/Primary and just feels weird and wishes they had their "big clunky" with them?
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    My carry is either the Glock 22 or my Ruger P. Something about the weight/size just gives me a sense of security. I from time to time carry a PT145 10+1...but feel the big boys are just a little more my type.
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    My EDC is my G20 and G29...depending on how I feel. Worse case scenario is the G29 10+1 with 2 10rd mags...

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    I usually carry my G23, but once in a while I just stick my Taurus 650 5-shot revolver, loaded with .38 Spl +P in my pocket.

    The whole time I'm thinking, I really wish I had my 23 with me!

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    My edc when I'm not in my 18 wheeler is a Springfield XDM .40.
    As the saying goes: "It's a big gun when I put it on, and it's big gun when I take it out."

    The smallest guns I've ever carried were a glock 23 and a ruger p95. I just don't think I'd feel comfortable with anything much smaller than that.
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    My EDC was a Para-Ordnance P-14 (5" double stack 1911) and I sure do miss it over here. I have smaller, lighter guns I sometime carried (S&W 642 crimson Trace) but as has been said I always wished I had the P-14. The only comfortable alternative was the Glock 20.

    I am coming home over Thanksgiving and I am looking forward to once again having that comforting weight on my right hip.

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    I don't have a tiny gun anymore. I got rid of my Bersa Thunder after putting exactly 0 rounds in or through it.

    I got it at the height of the "Gun Run". Got rid of it about 2 months later when I couldn't find any rounds. I miss it now...

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    My EDC is a SIG P220 SAS DAK

    And yes, when for deeper cover I drop back to a smaller sidearm, on occasion, both the size and carry location feels strange.
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    If I can not carry my main gun, I carry TWO bugs. Yes, they are only 9mm and .38 but it does increase my fire power without reloading.
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    Not Me. I retired my G23 to home defense and have been carrying my CW9 for months now and never felt less confident in it's ability. +p 9mm vs .40S&W close enough for good defense IMO, + being that placement is the key in any gunfight.
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    The wife and I went to the city yesterday, so I strapped on the XD 9 sc, put a full box of ammo in between the 2 mags. It felt comforting, but I took along the Kel-tec 380, it got left in the car, but it sure was tempting to exchange the 2 because the 380 in the pocket makes life easier.

    Do I feel more comfortable with the "big clunky gun", no, but one would imagine if I ever found myself in a gun fight, I would sure be wishing for the big clunky gun, and maybe a 12ga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    The wife and I went to the city yesterday, so I strapped on the XD 9 sc, put a full box of ammo in between the 2 mags. It felt comforting, but I took along the Kel-tec 380, it got left in the car, but it sure was tempting to exchange the 2 because the 380 in the pocket makes life easier.

    Do I feel more comfortable with the "big clunky gun", no, but one would imagine if I ever found myself in a gun fight, I would sure be wishing for the big clunky gun, and maybe a 12ga.

    Z
    Carry both!!! I carry my P-14 strong side and my Grendel P-10 (grand daddy of the KEL-TECs) in my weak side hip pocket. When walking in real questionable areas I will "palm" the little 380 for instant access.

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    Wouldn't say "big clunky" but I know what you mean...

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    Big and clunky? I dunno, some might call my S&W 686+ big and clunky, but hey it is a Smith & Wesson revolver, I just call her Lucille.
    She is my preferred carry when the weather is cool enough to hide her, if not I'll carry the Kimber Pro Carry II, anything smaller like my S&W model 36 is a bug, never a primary carry gun for me.
    If I'm feeling a little more outgoing, I'll bring Harriet along. Harriet is my 4" Model 29, and while she is a bit big, she's still good looking too
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    I feel more comfortable carrying my Glock 22 over my Tarus pt140. I only sometimes carry the pt140

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