This is what happened to me well. I started off carrying 5-round revolvers, or small and easily concealable 9's with 5-7 rounds, etc etc. Then as more and more crazy #%$@ has been happening over the past year or so, I started just wanting to carry as much of the biggest caliber I could.
Originally Posted by Bark'n
Hence, the XD 45c with 10 rounds... I realize that ballistic-ally there is little difference between calibers, especially when considering HP ammo, etc... however I feel better with the big 45acp's on my belt, so thats all that matters. If I ever have to pull that gun god forbid, the BG is going to be presented with a bigass 45 containing a bigass hole in the front, and hopefully thats a deterrent. :redface: At 6'3" and 250lbs, I have no problem concealing a larger gun...
For me, "dressing to the gun" is, unfortunately, not possible.
I unfortunately must tailor the gun and support-gear to my existing wardrobe.
For me, for how I prefer to carry (and I'll get back to this in just a second), this means that I usually use a "Compact" sized autopistol. Basically, I need the abbreviated frame/grip "height" in order to conceal well.
For me, because of my daily routine and my requirements for comfort, I carry at my 3-o'clock. This is partially what limits me, in terms of the frame/grip "height." If I were to go with appendix/inguinal carry, I can easily conceal a full-sized autopistol. My body build and my current gear selection has made this a no-go, but I'm working on the former, as well as am looking to revise the latter, to give it another try, a good, earnest try.
I'm not exactly Top Shot material, but I shoot reasonably well. I know from several "run your gun" training classes that at typical self-defense ranges, my choice in a smaller "Compact" carry gun is not a liability, that I perform pretty much the same with either it or its full-sized counterpart. Nevertheless, the "Compact" does give up a bit on ergonomics (with the base of the "Compact" magazine, using a Pearce "pinky extension," that reaches precisely to just below the pinky of my shooting hand, I cannot get a full DRM/Fist-Fire-style wrist-lock on the grip, and that does compromise recoil mitigation and control with longer strings of shooting) when compared to her full-sized sister. Similarly, although I do carry a full-sized magazine on the off-side, it's undeniable that, in terms of firepower from the get-go, there is a lesser round-count in my palm, with the "Compact" versus her bigger sister.
For me, concealed carry has been about compromises. Find what works *for you,* as an individual, and train with a good eye towards reality as it fits *your* every-day life.
I pocket carry a Sig P238, but I also own a Beretta PX4 Storm (mine is a 9mm) that I sometimes carry IWB, tucked in the small of my back. I'm 5'8 and weigh about 180 pounds. I have no problems concealing the Storm, but the smaller Sig just feels more comfortable to carry all day long. When I don't carry the Beretta, it serves as a very noble friend at home at night with a fully loaded magazine.
Yep, I'm a user & fan of the Crossbred SuperTuck & I carry a fullsize or commander size 1911 winter through summer.
Carrying a full size 1911 "is" all about the holster......lots of good ones available.....for me, it's TT Gunleather's Slim IWB &'DDP Pancake for my Kimber Pro Carry HD ll......EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE and Concealable!
I've bounced back and forth between full size and compacts. I've gone from a full size Beretta 92fs - Walther PPK (.380) - Kel-Tec P-11 - 5" 1911 - Glock 26 - to my current EDC, a full size Springfield XD .45. At first I preferred the compacts. But now I don't think I'd carry anything but a full size. I use a Crossbreed Supertuck. I'm 6' 2" and 200lb. I have to get 1 size larger shirts since I'm back to carrying a full size pistol. But that doesn't bother me a bit. Although, I think I will get another compact (I only have the 92fs, 1911, and XD now) for those quick trips out, for certain situations when a compact is more practical for the situation/dress and for when it gets warmer. Plus, I would like to have a BUG. Been thinking of a Ruger LCP. .....Or the new XD .45 compact.
I carry/carried all the guns in my signature. A good IWB and belt can hide anything almost.