How large is ''large''?

How large is ''large''?

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    How large is ''large''?

    We have covered this in the past indirectly - and I admit always to carrying ''large and heavy'' ..... my choice, because my carry options allow it and also I like the greater control and accuracy implicit for me in that standard.

    However while appreciating many folks have limitations re dress, environment etc and have to downsize .. what does anyone feel is the max practical size, for them - given that they are free of all constraints to do with concealment problems.

    I think my 226 ST is about ''it'' - much larger and weight and dimensions could make for discomfort. That said - a 6" 686 in a sho rig is easily concealed.!

    So - not so much cal in fact - more overall platform size - given free rein - what is your chosen max?
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    I'd have to say nothing larger than a standard service pistol.

    I.E. 5" all steel 1911
    Beretta M9/92FS
    Standard Sig 220/226.
    Glock 17/22/21

    Also nothing larger than a 4" revolver, but I'd opt for a 3"

    if you can conceal a HK Mk23, or Desert Eagle, more power to ya.

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    My HK USP F , IWB carry is about as big as I can effectively conceal, unless wearing cold weather (for MI) clothing.
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    I guess size is 'relative'.........it will depend on the person, their size & shape will dictate what they are able to carry.

    For me I don't think I'd carry a revolver larger than 2to3 inch. Semi would be anything smaller than a full size 1911. (I carry that size the most. I'm also not real big, 5'7" 160lbs.)
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    Full-size double-stack 1911 would be my practical limitation; granted there aren't that many pistols that are larger than that..
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    Don't forget folks - if all constraints are lifted! ............... forget your usual situation - what you'd go to if concealment options were your total ideal.

    I recall too how lima manages to tote a good sized gun and other examples have come up where quite small folks have easily managed full size (taking that to mean 5" 1911 as base line).

    Extreme tho it might seem (yes I am funnin') - with my hunting rig and a good outer coat - my BFR can be lost outa sight

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    Ahh yes Geoff ......... a double stack 1911 type - I like that
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    Even with all stipulations lifted I would stick with my above list.

    Anything bigger than those I listed are a lotta' gun to be toting around all the time, THEY GET HEAVY!

    Not to mention that you may still need to manipulate the gun one handed effectively, you loose that in larger guns.

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    I've got a S&W 64-3 revolver I'd like to carry. It's pretty heavy but I recently found a holster that would allow it to ride high. It may be mostly winter time carry.
    I've never carried a heavy gun , so its really hard for me to say.

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    Personally, anything in the 5" 1911 platform is as big as I could perceive carrying daily. I am leaning toward my Pro Raptor II as soon as I am confident it is 100%...but it is not making a believer out of me very fast.
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    If absolutely ANY carry options were available, I would carry a 4" 1911 in a solid drop holster, strong side with a speed cut and some kind of mechanism to keep any old idiot from taking it from me.

    That would be as large as I would go.

    I do carry a 3" 1911 in .45. I'm very happy with it and won't go larger.

    I HAVE carried a full-size 1911 before (government model) and though the weight was not bad at all, really, it was too long to draw from IWB quickly and smoothly and I think the longer barrel (for me) was a little too "front" heavy for drawing and acquiring targets quickly. I know with time and practice I could fix that, but I don't think I'd really want to.

    The max I would go is a 4" bbl.

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    I still stand by my USP as big as I go. I find I can shoot it well w/ o really having to try hard to do so.
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    Good input folks and thx .....
    you may still need to manipulate the gun one handed effectively, you loose that in larger guns.
    True John and valid point. I think that one can come down to personal stuff a lot.

    I used to shoot single hand with 6' 686 and can manage my 226 just fine same way - I guess my upper limit for single hand would be around my old Redhawk in .44 mag - I used to enjoy that with one hand but - sure enough - not over practical - not to mention slow aim recovery LOL!
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    I'd have to say after buying my P239, I am much more concerned about the butt of the gun than I am about slide length for concealability. The barrel is more or less pressed against my body and doesn't print at all, while the but of the gun may print through a shirt. I'd love a 220 or 226 with a 239 sized butt or even a bobbed 220/6 (one can dream, no?).
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    I'd love a 220 or 226 with a 239 sized butt
    Yes - the 228 is actually a nice compromize. Tho maybe still a tad large for some. Pity they dropped it, although it lives on I guess in other guises.
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    I carry a full size 4" service size gun during winter but summer my compact 3 or 3.5" gun is easier.
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