October 28th, 2007 04:50 AM
Suggestions for a running gun
I've started running again, and I currently have no reasonable way to carry while doing so. My smallest gun is a Glock 23C and I can't imagine securing that for prolonged sessions.
My first thought was a snub nosed .357, but even that would have a lot of size/weight (I don't think anything lighter than steel would be pleasant to shoot, and the cost of the alloy models is also prohibitive).
I'm fond of Glock but I think they're too thick for this purpose. 1911 is my other carry weapon but they don't get small/light enough (that I know of.
I'm not at all a fan of 9mm but would deal with it if the weapon could handle +p loads. If there's nothing reasonable, a .22 is better than nothing.
Also, any advice on carry methods would be great. The only thing I could see working would be a belly band or a tight shoulder rig.
October 28th, 2007 05:03 AM
October 28th, 2007 05:04 AM
Look at the Bersa Thunder .380
Its pretty easy to conceal and very comfortable to shoot.
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October 28th, 2007 05:53 AM
I too recently started running again, as I'm wanted on the "SWAT TYPE" Team my agency has.
I use my BUG as my "running gun". That's either a Kahr PM9 or a S&W 442. Actually it's the 442, the PM9 hasn't been out of the safe in over a year.
October 28th, 2007 06:10 AM
Kahr MK9, MK40
How are you carrying it?
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October 28th, 2007 06:11 AM
I've never had a problem with a Glock 29 IWB on my hip for it never seems to shift around, wiggle or drift anywhere.
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October 28th, 2007 06:18 AM
A thin leather pouch (very thin), kydex IWB, or previously mentioned belly band with a KelTec P-3AT should work just fine...
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October 28th, 2007 08:01 AM
October 28th, 2007 08:16 AM
KelTec with a waistband clip. 380 or 32 for even lighter.
October 28th, 2007 08:23 AM
Yup... this is the way to go. Spend a little extra and get a hard chrome one, it will save you some trouble down the road.
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October 28th, 2007 09:00 AM
October 28th, 2007 09:01 AM
S&W airweight J frame in fanny pack
My wife used to run and carried a S&W 642 airweight .38 revolver in a small fanny pack at her waist. This is a 15 ounce gun and doesn't bounce up and down as much as a heavier gun would, and the fanny pack completely enclosed it so it won't jump out, as it might in a holster. Lots of runners use a fanny pack to carry their wallet or cell phone, so it won't look out of place.
October 28th, 2007 09:02 AM
In no particular order:
Keltec P3AT in .380
S&W Airweight 642 .38
All three are light and a decent round with the .380 being on the low end. If you get the P3AT get the chromed slide or you'll have rust issues. The two autos will be thinner and therefore a little easier to conceal.
The Bersa will seem huge compared to all of these; nice guns but not ideal for your purposes.
Belly band is a good choice if you find one that isn't too "rough" as far as the material goes.
October 28th, 2007 09:07 AM
I made my own version of the Smart Carry (wish I had the cash to get one) - see http://www.netdataconsultants.com/holster/ for plans. I would use a wider belt next time, and would probably make a sleeve for the belt out of fleece for comfort. But so far as weight distribution/comfort and concealability under gym shorts, it is great! Not that I run, of course... you can kind of tell...
October 28th, 2007 10:54 AM
I agree witha fanny pack. A Glock 26 or 27 in a fanny pack is an excellent running companion. I carry my 27 in one while running/biking and it works great. Lightweight and compact.
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