This is a discussion on Most important factors in a carry gun... within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am looking to purchase my first firearm. I plan to carry said firearm concealed on my person. I am 5'9" 180-185 lbs. In your ...
I am looking to purchase my first firearm. I plan to carry said firearm concealed on my person. I am 5'9" 180-185 lbs. In your opinion, what is the most important factor in the comfort and concealability of a gun? If you pick other, let me know what that other is. Thanks.
keeping within the scope of the question about comfort, I'm going to say width, followed closely by length.
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Sorry, I should have been a little more clear. This will be the first firearm that I will have personally purchased for the express purpose of carrying concealed. I was a LE/Security Patrolman in the Navy for several years, so I am well familiar with guns. Thanks.
Weight and comfort,
check out S&W 642
Other is my suggestion. At your size you'll be able to carry most any size pistol. Your ability with that pistol is more important than it's size, weight or even caliber. Good holsters and gun belts make the CCW comfortable or at least tolerable. A reliable weapon, any reliable weapon, in the hands of a proficient shooter is the goal. IMHO.
With reliability being a given, IMHO its width ( I speak more to the slide not the frame unless the reverse setup favord by a few such as cz tho i dont care for double stacks for ccw ) followed by weight . OAL and OAH can be addressed by holster rise and cant .
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IMHO in order of degree of concern; Weight, frame/slide width, grip length w/mag, sights, slide length, caliber, capacity.
- Janq voted 'Other'
The most important factor strictly in physically CONCEALING a handgun "on body" would probably be height since that is the length of the grip.
I voted other.
To me the main things are Reliability, and Weight. Although I have carried everything from a Colt 1911 45 down, to a 22 mag Deringer, I keep comming back to a S&W 642 Airweight. Just too easy to drop in pocket with a pocket holster, and be done with it. Powerfull, Light and Reliable.
I know you stated later, no revolers, but what more is there to ask of a carry gun?
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I have two Kimbers, a CDP II Ultra, and a CDP II Pro...both are great guns, but the Ultra is a bit easier to conceal...it's the length of the grip, which would be primarily...the height...less handle sticking out...less shirt sticking out!
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Try a Browning hi power in a comp t holster, Gunners alley carries the holster. This combo is comfortable all day and also tuckable if needed.
I have to vote "Other" because no matter the gun, the hardest part to conceal is the "butt".
I've carried everything from a Block to a 1911 and revolvers. Right now my Off-Duty EDC is an N-Frame Revolver with a J-Frame as a BUG. I put a pair of Eagle "Secret Service stocks on and find them to be very concealable.
"The part you hold is the part that gives you away." That's an easy way to think of it, but I find it true in most cases. I hope that helps.