Any reason to not carry a full size gun?

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    Any reason to not carry a full size gun?

    I am curious if there is any downside to carrying a full size gun. The gun in question is a Glock 17. I bought the 17 a while back and at first I was a little dissapointed. I found I shot my 26 better so I sorta just put it in a drawer. I have now spent more time with it and I shoot it well. I find I can shoot my 26 great but when it comes to actually running the gun I dont have to readjust grip on the 19 or the 17. On my 26 I find sometimes I dont get a full grip and often have to readjust during a string of fire. I run them and shoot them all good and would feel confident with any of them for carry. Where my 26 and my 17 shine are at distance. I realize that shooting someone at 25 yards may be controversial and thats not my point. I am more likely to want to shoot a plate or an armadillo at 25 yards than I will need to shoot someone in defense at 3 yards. I find this is where my 19 fails me. I really like the xs sights but at distance I just dont shoot them as well. AFter carrying my 17 for a week or so I can say my 19 feels a lot smaller. I have even considered cutting my 17 to a 19 but dont know if I will lose the feel of the 17.When I grab my 17 it feels good and I have a good grip and it points well. My question this all boils down to is at 5'7" 135lbs if I can carry and conceal a 17 is there any reason not to?

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    There are compromises. But the general idea is to carry what you shoot best.

    This means different things to different folks. The only downside to a full size gun is carrying it.
    The only downside to a small gun is needing it, and wishing for something bigger.

    Your choice.
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    With all the holster options available now there are very few reasons not to carry a man's gun.

    That being said I still carry a sissy-pistol (LCP) when deep concealment is the only choice.

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    If you can carry it and run it properly, go for it. Once you get past the size/weight issue, there are only advantages to a full sized gun compared to a sub-compact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    There are compromises. But the general idea is to carry what you shoot best.

    This means different things to different folks. The only downside to a full size gun is carrying it.
    The only downside to a small gun is needing it, and wishing for something bigger.

    Your choice.
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    It may have just been lack of range time with the 17 but the longer grip and sight radius coupled with 7 more rounds in your primary mag make the 17 a superior carry gun. It's a lot of gun to CC (dunno if you plan on CCing or OCing) but IMO it's the best 9mm fighting gun in Glock's lineup.

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    ...in my opinion, no...I always carry a full-sized Ruger .45 and a snub...lately a Ruger SP101 2+" .357...once the mind's made up, the way becomes clear...for me, I dress daily in jeans and a pocket Tshirt...

    ...now, between the 17 and 19, I'd pick the 19...I just like it better, and shoot short-barreled guns just fine...but I want a good grip, so I don't like the babies...I had a Glock 22 and the size was just fine...carry what you shoot best...and make the adjustments to your clothing/lifestyle necessary...it's not that hard once you decide...
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    Harder to conceal, and on a day to day basis you may end up less likely to wear it sometimes because of the discomfort/extra effort.

    That's the real downside. How many people have you known that bragged about their giant full size .45 that they carry...but left it at home that day? I've seen a few. You just don't know until you've done it for a few months. Some say they would never carry a full size full time and then try it and end up carrying it all the time and it's no biggie to them. Others say it's no problem but end up leaving it at home and going unarmed half the time out of convenience. You just never know until you try it for extended time.

    I have a full size 9x19, a PPK size 9x18, and derringer size .38 spl carry. Full when it'll work or when I'm going to Flint/Saginaw/Detroit/Lansing (and I have to spend time in all 4, I'll wear a sport coat in 90 degrees if I have to to conceal a full size in those places). PPK size when the full size isn't convenient during normal life (it's actually a P64, PPK clone, I wear it probably 80% of the time), and the .38 spl derringer in the pocket as a BUG all the time, and sometimes (not often if I can avoid it) as the only gun when I need truly deep concealment.
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    For me, if I drive alot or am sitting a full size pistol can be uncomfortable and difficult to draw (quickly) from a seated position.

    If I am headed toward a rough area a full size gun is my preference but lots of guys tend to want to carry a full size gun, the get tired with the extra effort required and carry less frequently.

    So there is something to be said that a good carry gun is one you will actually carry. A full size gun does you no good if you leave it at home more than you carry it.
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    Carry what you're comfortable with, but before I'd "cut" a 17 to a 19, I'd trade a perfectly good 17 for a 19.
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    There is a saying assess your goals assess your actions. Do your actions lead to your goals?

    Assess your carry assess your threat. Does your carry match your threat?

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    You could put a Mag sleeve on your 17 Mag and carry it in the !9. I put one on my 19 Mag for my 26 Truck Gun.
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    Most people that are in states that require concealed carry, it's hard or next to impossible to conceal a full size gun with normal dress, especially in hotter climate states like here in FL. No way for me to conceal a full size G17 with clothing needed for a 95 degree 100% humidity day here in FL. I've tried.
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    ...but, but.......he's not talking about .45s here....
    Quote Originally Posted by KingWalleye View Post
    With all the holster options available now there are very few reasons not to carry a man's gun.

    That being said I still carry a sissy-pistol (LCP) when deep concealment is the only choice.
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    I carried a g17 iwb for a long time. Easy enough to conceal based on how i dress, but iwb made it a little uncomfortable while driving. I really wanted a gen 4, and ended up trading the g17 for a new 19. only holds two rounds less and I can still get a full grip.

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