Need advice on Subcompact for Harley biker

Need advice on Subcompact for Harley biker

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    Need advice on Subcompact for Harley biker

    My primary mode of transport is a Harley motorcycle. I have tried to carry my Sig Pro 2022 but it prints way too much. I need a better concealable pistol. I live in Georgia and have a permit to carry. I am an Army Vet and avid shooter and very comfortable with any style pistol. I am an average sized guy 5'9", 180 pounds.

    I am looking for a subcompact or possibly a compact. I am not familiar with any of the smaller pistols and need some advice. I don't want to spend a bunch, maybe up to about $400 and I will probably be looking at used guns. My primary need is for something that is very easily concealed and doesn't print. I am no fan of .22, .32 or other small calibur guns.

    Any suggestions?


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    Quote Originally Posted by DYI Hunting View Post
    My primary mode of transport is a Harley motorcycle. I have tried to carry my Sig Pro 2022 but it prints way too much. I need a better concealable pistol. I live in Georgia and have a permit to carry. I am an Army Vet and avid shooter and very comfortable with any style pistol. I am an average sized guy 5'9", 180 pounds.

    I am looking for a subcompact or possibly a compact. I am not familiar with any of the smaller pistols and need some advice. I don't want to spend a bunch, maybe up to about $400 and I will probably be looking at used guns. My primary need is for something that is very easily concealed and doesn't print. I am no fan of .22, .32 or other small calibur guns.

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    It could also be your holster. What do you carry in? I carry a Sig P220 with no printing issues.

    I also carry a S&W 908S at times. It's great for carry, but I prefer my Sig.

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    I was using an Uncle Mikes OWB. I can carry ok with a jacket on, but summer is approaching and I will be jacket-less. I am looking something that I can carry in jeans and an untucked t-shirt.

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    Better holster is definitely in order.

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    I am no holster guy, I admit my knowledge is pretty much nill outside of knowing OWB and IWB. The guy at the gun store recommend Uncle Mikes OWB over a kydex style holster.

    So looks like I need a new holster and a subcompact.

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    For riding and a lot of the rest of the time, I use a shoulder rig. Belt rigs, iwb or owb have gotten exposed for me due to wind.

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    I might be looking at an ankle holster. It seems that would work if I was carrying a small enough gun. I am no fan of small guns, but when no other option is available, they will have to do.

    BTW, this will have to be my standard carry gun since I ride my Harley and only take the truck when I have to haul something or it is really pouring outside. I ride all seasons, all temperatures and put about 15,000 miles on it a year.

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    I too ride a Harley and I carry a Springfield Micro Compact 1911 .45ACP in a well made pancake holster. In summer weather I wear a button up shirt two sizes bigger than I normally wear and make sure the bottom two buttons are buttoned.

    I have had no printing issues or exposure problems.

    Ankle holsters just seem to time consuming for me as it really slows down the speed of the draw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pajohnohio View Post
    I too ride a Harley and I carry a Springfield Micro Compact 1911 .45ACP in a well made pancake holster. In summer weather I wear a button up shirt two sizes bigger than I normally wear and make sure the bottom two buttons are buttoned.
    I like the idea of a button up, but wear it over my t-shirt while I ride and leave it with the bike. I have though about wearing a blue-jean vest while I ride since I have so may patches laying around. Either would work to keep it concealed while I ride. I really need to go to a better gun shop for a holster, there is one that deals with cops alot that is probably a better bet for a good holster. Ok, that is out of the way.

    Now the gun itself. Kahr, Keltec, Bersa, Beretta Tomcat, etc? Which is small and reliable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DYI Hunting View Post
    My primary mode of transport is a Harley motorcycle. I have tried to carry my Sig Pro 2022 but it prints way too much. I need a better concealable pistol. I live in Georgia and have a permit to carry. I am an Army Vet and avid shooter and very comfortable with any style pistol. I am an average sized guy 5'9", 180 pounds.

    I am looking for a subcompact or possibly a compact. I am not familiar with any of the smaller pistols and need some advice. I don't want to spend a bunch, maybe up to about $400 and I will probably be looking at used guns. My primary need is for something that is very easily concealed and doesn't print. I am no fan of .22, .32 or other small calibur guns.

    Any suggestions?
    S&W 442/642. It should be in the upper end of your price range.

    By the way, I ride an aircooled Ducati. Keep the shiney side up and the rubber side down.

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    I'm a fan of the Kel-Tek P3AT and the Glock 27.
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    How do the wheel guns like the 642 carry compared to a subcompact semi? Comfort, concealment?

    I have been hearing alot about the Kel-Tecs. Are they reliable enough to bet your life on it? I don't know anything about them. I have always been a S&W and Sig Pro guy. I have checked out a few Glocks, but never really got into them, they feel so blocky.

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    How about a Kahr CW9 mine costs $422 NIB it shoots OK and is pretty slim and it is a 9mm rated for +P if that turns you on.
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