How large a handgun can you comfortably carry in a tuckable IWB holster?

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    I carry a G30, a full size Kimber, or a G22 in a Crossbreed Supertuck or an MTAC. I'm no expert, but from my limited experience. barrel length is not as important as grip length or pistol thickness. I think it's easier to CC a full size 1911 than my Glocks because it's so thin in comparison. I increased the forward cant of all my holsters and the longer grip length is not an issue. I don't even print when bending over, although most folks tell you to squat if possible to minimize printing.

    I admire you for trying to conceal a wheel gun though. Good luck

    I am 6'1" and 225 and wear mine at about 3:30

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    Glock 19 is not a major problem to conceal.

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    I carry a Commander-sized 1911 in a Milt Sparks VMII and have used the tuckable clips a handful of times with NO problems. Have a full size Wilson that's taking over as my carry gun for a few months and I'll have no issue with that either.

    Any gun that's thin enough can be carried comfortably. Length plays a part, but not that big of a part.

    Now, my 1911's carry much better than any of my Glocks or HK's or even my M&P's (which I love, by the way) ever did.
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    With your budget, Smith and Wesson Sigma would be the way to go. It is a little bit bigger than the G19 and fits nicely in any hand from small hands to large hands.
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    My snub .38 conceals much better than any of my semi automatics, I don't see the issue with wheel guns IWB?

    Anyway to answer the original question, you can carry nearly anything if you're willing to deal with a little discomfort/weight. Usually I carry around 4:00 with a don hume leather IWB holster, I just adjust the cant to tip the grip forward enough it doesn't bulge under my t-shirt. Using this method you can conceal anything from a full size 1911 to a wheel gun, just be aware of any shifts especially after you get out of the car or bend down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    With a proper holster, you can carry anything you want. Why limit yourself? I carry a gov't sized 1911, because I want to. My IWB, from Little Bear Holsters, allows me to do just that.
    Bingo. I also carry a 1911, but it's a doublestack/hi-cap with a 13+1 capacity. Holster is a Crossbreed Supertuck.

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    For me, it's an H&K 45C in an R Grizzle "Southern Sidekick" holster at about 3:30 - 4 o'clock. The 45C has dimensions similar to a 1911 Commander, except the slide is a bit thicker. I am 6'3" tall and weigh approximately 220 lbs.

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    In that price range, even used, I would say you are probably looking at Taurus, Charter, Kel-Tec, Bursa and maybe CZ. Sometimes you can find good deals on police service models like S&W or Berretta that have been sold to brokers. They are usually in okay shape but are going to be larger and harder to conceal. If you are on a limited budget you probably don't want to be hunting around for 9 x 19 ammo so I would probably stay away from the Makarov.
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    I am 5' 10" and 235#'s I often carry a Glock 21 in a Minatour without any problem.

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    My Taurus CH85 Revolver carries better IWB than my Glock 23 did. The Glock 23/19 is the max size I could CC with. I could also carry a Sig P6/225 and prefer that gun to the Glock actually. I like your thought of using the revolver for your wifes sake also..if someone does not regularly train and you want them to be able to use the gun also Revolver IS the way to go! And in Revolvers IMO top of the hill right now for CCW goes to the Ruger LCR then the S&W's and Rugers in the 101 versions then the Tauruses...But DONT hesitate to get a Taurus if its budget considerations they are great thats what I have...wish I had the LCR but have the Taurus CH85 because I could afford $225 I could not afford $500 at that time.

    When I cant wear the Crossbreed ST because of its bulk this is what I regularly use as my CC rig..like I said its just as comfortable as my Glock 23 was for IWb carry. Its also my wifes HD/SD gun for the house..she can shoot the Ruger or the Glock BUT if it malfunctioned she would have no idea how to clear it so she would have a useless gun..with this she knows just pull the trigger again and she cant limp wrist it either....I do want to get a set of CT grips for it and a hammer spring set to slightly lighten the trigger pull..thats what I love about the LCR..that has the sweetest DA trigger pull ive ever felt outside something thats been worded by a gunsmith.

    Oh and BTW I love my Ruger SR9c for CC its a great gun and fully ambidextrous controls for the safety and mag releases.

    And do you mean the LCR or the LCP in your post...the LCR has a regular snub nose grip(basically your full hand) and has the best trigger you can get on the market??? I know the LCP the .380 pistol has a smaller grip and the trigger isnt anything great lol.

    You could probably afford a USED Kahr CW9 thats their cheaper version without the match barrel and is around $400-450 its a nice thin gun.

    I LOVE the sig 225/P6 as CC and is fully doable as its the same size as my Glock 23 was especially in a good rig at 3-430 o'clock carry.

    The Glock 19 is a good gun but probably the thickest you listed...and its the most gun I could carry comfortably..The Reason I traded the Glock 23 I had on the Ruger SR9c was because it carries better and is thinner. almost 1911 thinness. BUT you can get police trade ins for your $400 or LESS..I had a hell of a time selling my lock 23 I could not sell it for $375 so I ended up getting sick of waiting around and traded it on the Ruger SR9c instead.

    The Crossbreed ST is a good comfortable holster but its big enough that it rendered 1/2 my jeans too tight to wear with it..so keep that in mind...I can easily wear the same jeans with the holster pictured from the Taurus but cant even button them with the Crossbreed on with the Ruger SR9c... But it works well for me for winter time type CC where I can wear a sweatshirt or heavier shirt to cover it up..well worth the $$ for that.

    Oh and im 5'10" and 155 lbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedomofchoice View Post
    Here's my suggestion. You can get a brand new Ruger P-95 9mm, from Gunbroker or Bud's gunshop for about $300.
    But unfortunately they are the size of a greyhound bus lol...We used theoe at work and they are great for DUTY carry but not a great CC gun..they would be a GREAT home defense gun...but there would be no way I could carry one IWB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrider View Post
    With your budget, Smith and Wesson Sigma would be the way to go. It is a little bit bigger than the G19 and fits nicely in any hand from small hands to large hands.
    Actually this is my new thought on your budget...it fits the Bill..its basically a knock off of the Glock 19...and for the PRICE its not a bad gun..its trigger is heavy but that can be worked on...I think you can even send it back to S&W and have them do it for you if its bothersome..I have no doubts that its so close to a Glock but a LOT cheaper that it would fit Glocks holsters lol...Right B4 I traded the Glock 23 I was shooting it next to a guy that I thought had a Glock 19..then he said it was a Sigma I looked closer and asked if I could compare the 2..I let him run a mag of 9mm through my Glock 23(had the barrel conversion on) and ran a mag through his Sigma...the trigger was nothing to write home about BUT was NOT as bad as some guys on gun sites will have you think I could ALMOST maintain as nice a group with the Sigma as with the Glock and other than that they felt the same and laying them side by side they were the same size.

    this article
    has a Sigma and Glock 19 comparison of size

    http://www.gunblast.com/SWSigma9.htm

    they are around $300 new and if you can watch for just a little they run sales where you get $50 off to bring them to $250 or they offer like 3 free mags with them...

    http://www.academy.com/index.php?pag...357-03425-0025

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    If you are on a limited budget you probably don't want to be hunting around for 9 x 19 ammo so I would probably stay away from the Makarov.
    Mak ammo is 9x18. "Regular" 9mm luger/parabellum is 9x19...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoadedPipes View Post
    My snub .38 conceals much better than any of my semi automatics, I don't see the issue with wheel guns IWB?

    Anyway to answer the original question, you can carry nearly anything if you're willing to deal with a little discomfort/weight. Usually I carry around 4:00 with a don hume leather IWB holster, I just adjust the cant to tip the grip forward enough it doesn't bulge under my t-shirt. Using this method you can conceal anything from a full size 1911 to a wheel gun, just be aware of any shifts especially after you get out of the car or bend down.

    Agreed 100% I used to use my Snubby when I had the Glock 23 when I wanted a MORE comfortable gun on and that concealed BETTER..people for some reason(many of which just THINK it should be uncomfortable but have never actually tried it) think the cylinder is obtrusive..I wish I still had my pictures from my old computer but I had a great top down picture of the Glock 23 slide with the CH85 right below it so you could see how much thicker the cylinder was...you could barely even see the cylinder because the thickness of the glock lol. and with the glock the thickness is the whole gun...not just a small cylinder...

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    My $.02:
    To run upstream against the flow, check out a surplus 12-rd CZ-82 in 9x18 Makarov at CDNN.
    I picked one up recently ($217 for VG - Excellent, extra mag, shipping) and other than some minor cosmetic wear, it was in great shape. It's very nice to shoot, nice SA/DA trigger, ambi-safety and mag release. Operation is flawless. No complaints whatsoever. Catalog prices run from $158-189, depending on cosmetic condition. Would have no problem carrying it "locked and cocked" or hammer down in DA. Very well-designed pistol.
    For a project, I DuraCoated it and am waiting for it to cure (+ the weather's crappy for shooting).
    The ammo is a little hard to find in some local stores, but obtainable (certainly online), mostly FMJ. Power is between .380/9mm. Hornady makes a SD round for it. I'm going to reload it myself.
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