Gun for appendix Carry

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    Gun for appendix Carry

    I'm planning on appendix carrying in the near future, and am looking for a suitable gun. I have a rather small frame so I am trying to find something as easy to conceal as possible. I have been reading up and a few different guns are jumping out at me. So far I have come up with a Glock 36, Keltec PF9, and a Kahr PM45. I'm looking to go with 9mm or larger.

    I have also looked at the compact 1911's. I'm not familiar with 1911's though, which leaves me a bit concerned about carrying one at the moment.

    Does anyone have any opinions on these firearms list? Perhaps some pros and cons for each? Also, if anyone knows of any others that may be suitable for the purpose.

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    PF9 or PM45 is gonna be your best option unless you are in great condition with no gut to poke.
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    Take a look at the SA XD40 SC, nice gun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwhite75 View Post
    PF9 or PM45 is gonna be your best option unless you are in great condition with no gut to poke.
    I haven't gotten the gut yet. That change anything?

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    Concealing either of the three mentioned weapons is an easy task, regardless of frame size or shape.

    It's all about wearing the appropriate attire..
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    I carry the PM9, appendix carry, every day. I love it. The PM.45 is only .14 longer, so, it should carry the same.I carry it in a Mini tuck.
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    I might be able to help. By "small frame"................what are we talking about. Tell us your height and weight, gut no gut. Chest size and waist size? Thanks
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    Short barrel, short grip

    I have two guns that I appendix carry, a S&W 642 snubby and a Kahr MK9, both in a Comp-Tac kydex "2 o'clock" holster. It works very well, doesn't print, and is a fast position for drawing. It also allows comfortable sitting in a car. The main requirement for appendix carry is a gun with short barrel, short grip and not too thick. Having a reasonably flat stomach is also good.



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    [QUOTE=pogo2;1671952]The main requirement for appendix carry is a gun with short barrel, short grip and not too thick. Having a reasonably flat stomach is also good.QUOTE]

    I don't mean to be argumentative, but I would have to disagree with your statement. I appendix carry a Glock 19, Springfield 4" 1911 and a 5" Government framed 1911 with no problems with printing. Barrel length and butt length can make a major difference depending on the body type of the individual. Which is why I asked for his size and measurements.
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    I'm about 6'1 / 200# and anal about printing.

    I like appendix carry because it it easier to conceal a pistol in that location than 3-4-5 o'clock; I can get a drink at a fountain or lean over to get something out of a shopping cart without worrying about printing.

    The Glock 26/27 and Kahr PM9 are "no worry" appendix carry pistols for me. I can conceal those under a loose fitting untucked t-shirt and printing is not an issue.

    If I put a pinky rest on the 26/27 or increase overall height past 4.1'' then the pistol becomes harder to conceal "print free". I've got a XD40sc and I had a PM45, they are more prone to print than the 26/27 or PM9.

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    [QUOTE=tmoore912;1671974]
    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    The main requirement for appendix carry is a gun with short barrel, short grip and not too thick. Having a reasonably flat stomach is also good.QUOTE]

    I don't mean to be argumentative, but I would have to disagree with your statement. I appendix carry a Glock 19, Springfield 4" 1911 and a 5" Government framed 1911 with no problems with printing. Barrel length and butt length can make a major difference depending on the body type of the individual. Which is why I asked for his size and measurements.
    Good points actually. Thing is we're all different, and it's going to come down to what's going to be comfortable for you and any specific length of time under certain circumstances. Comfort is the way you'll carry. Anything else could be uncivilized, painful, and possibly lethal. There are no "requirements" for appendix carry that I know of. I like it, and I know my limitations. Comfort is the bottom line. If you aint comfortable doing it, then you aint gonna do it and there aint no two ways about it. Best of luck to you in what you seek. It's within you that you'll find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmoore912 View Post
    I might be able to help. By "small frame"................what are we talking about. Tell us your height and weight, gut no gut. Chest size and waist size? Thanks
    5' 10" 145 lbs. pants i have on today are 29 in. checked chest. Came out to 38 in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeppelin03 View Post
    5' 10" 145 lbs. pants i have on today are 29 in. checked chest. Came out to 38 in.
    OK, I would think that you could appendix carry any size gun you want too as long as you don't wear real tight clothes. You don't need to get some small compact gun with low mag capacity. With a chest size like you have, you should be able to cover up any gun you put in the appendix position. The cover shirt should easily drape over your midsection and waist. Ram Rod is correct about if it isn't comfortable you ain't going to wear it. It took me months to find the right set up, but now it is so easy. You need to carry whatever gun you are most comfortable shooting and familiar with it's manual of arms.

    By the way, in case you haven't seen my other post about appendix carry...............I am 5'10" 195 lbs. athletic build with 44 inch chest and 34 inch waist and I appendix carry 4" and 5" 1911s or a Glock 19. Nobody knows it. Good luck to you. Get a good gun belt it greatly helps with this mode of carry. If I can help in any way, let me know.
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    My EDC is a Glock-36.
    Let me give you two ideas if you like front carry.
    First, Fist offers a bunch of holsters for your perusal to use with appendex carry. HOLSTERS

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    [QUOTE=tmoore912;1671974]
    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    The main requirement for appendix carry is a gun with short barrel, short grip and not too thick. Having a reasonably flat stomach is also good.QUOTE]

    I don't mean to be argumentative, but I would have to disagree with your statement. I appendix carry a Glock 19, Springfield 4" 1911 and a 5" Government framed 1911 with no problems with printing. Barrel length and butt length can make a major difference depending on the body type of the individual. Which is why I asked for his size and measurements.
    The reason I mentioned short barrel for appendix carry is that I have noticed that the end of the barrel can poke you in the top of your thigh when you are seated if the barrel is longer - a short barrel will mitigate this.

    The reason I advocated shorter "two finger" grips for appendix carry is that the grip can stick out from the body and print if it is longer, as with a 1911 - a short grip will mitigate this.

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