The weight factor

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    The weight factor

    Many folks make a choice based initially on cal and size (the two being in part sometimes inter related), to suit their carry options. I have said often, as I have very good concealment options, I choose large and heavy - I like control and capacity.

    If however you have made your size choice - the next thing is the weight factor ... to this end, outa pure curiosity a poll for y'all - just to sample the water and find out how many people go light as main choice or maybe don't even want to consider the weight aspect much at all.

    I guess I think most about snubs where weight choices are most variable - the airweights and Scandiums - not my choice. Then too with semi's - the choices between polymer vs all metal - perhaps choosing aluminum over all steel.

    Let's see how the weight choices stack up and reasons for choices..
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    I like the alloy framed 1911's. All steel gets a little heavy on the belt for me.
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    Went with unimportant. However, I feel that it's a nice tertiary third.

    If size and catridge are what I want, lighter is nice as long as it's still rather shootable.
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    I like a medium weight gun not to heavy but not super light. I want moderate recoil and good capacity. I don't mind carrying a heavier gun as long as I can conceal it and have a good belt and holster to make it comfortable, but I do tend to fatigue more throughout the day with a heavier carry as I have a bum right leg and I carry on that side. Anyways, if I was to pocket carry I would want something lighter, but I don't so I'm fine with my xd9sc.
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    Sweet spot - mid 20 ounce range

    Over time I have carried a variety of handguns, and have decided that for belt carry, my favorites are mainly in the 23 to 28 ounce range (empty weight). That seems to be the best compromise for me between being heavy enough to handle recoil well, but light enough for extended carry without discomfort or tugging on the belt.

    Some of my favorites in this weight range have been:

    23-24 ounces - Glock 19, Glock 23, H&K USP 40c

    25 ounces - Colt Defender, Kahr MK9

    28 ounces - Kimber Pro CDP

    If you're carrying in the pocket these might be a little too heavy, and I prefer a 16 ounce S&W 642 airweight revolver in that mode.
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    Concealability and weight are a big issue for me. I haven't been carrying that long and haven't revised enough of the wardrobe to accommodate a larger heavy gun yet. My current perspective is it's better to always have a small gun on me than no gun at all because it was too burdensome to carry. But I do have a longing to upside to something bigger in both caliber and round capacity.

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    I wear a .50 Desert Eagle in an ankle hoster.

    I don't find weight to be important. I'm sure that there is a limit, but I'm looking forward to a stainless steel 1911 Gov. I have carried as much as six pounds on my belt and in my pockets on a daily basis.
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    I don't yet have my permit, but I've been getting used to the idea (and reality) of carrying by lugging around my full-size Springfield GI 1911, and I haven't yet been bothered by the weight. And, since I currently work at home (and don't go out much), I am wearing it 12-16 hours a day. Now, the fact that is in a Fobus holster clipped on to my old, thin, cheap dress belt has been causing me some trouble, and that is no doubt not helped by the weight of the gun. But the felt weight is no biggie...
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    I do not care about weight, I choose concealability, capacity and power but not in that order
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agave View Post
    I wear a .50 Desert Eagle in an ankle hoster.

    I don't find weight to be important. I'm sure that there is a limit, but I'm looking forward to a stainless steel 1911 Gov. I have carried as much as six pounds on my belt and in my pockets on a daily basis.
    I'm sorry, but are you serious?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duisburg View Post
    I'm sorry, but are you serious?
    I had to start wearing bell-bottoms so that my jeans would fit around the pistol. It took a little getting used to, but now when I am in the gym, I only do presses with the right leg because it is not nearly as conditioned as the left now.
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    I prefer some weight. If I can conceal it I don't mind carrying it. Much more pleasant to shoot and easier to control.

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    I have never weighed all the stuff on my belt before. Keys, gun (steel 1911 full size), holster, mag pouch and full mag, super leatherman. wonder what that tallies up to?
    But caliber and concealability are my biggest considerations. Weight not so much with the right setup of belt and holster...that's what makes it all do-able.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joleary223 View Post
    I like the alloy framed 1911's. All steel gets a little heavy on the belt for me.
    Agreed.

    Last week I went all week (7 days) carrying a full size full steel SigArms GSR.
    Today I am back to carrying my normal CCW an alloy frame Colt Defender. The weight difference as felt seems to be 100%. As in carrying the Sig seems to be akin to carrying two Defenders.
    At combat distances I shoot equally well with either though am faster shot to shot with accuracy with the much heavier longer sight radius Sig which also has much better Novak combat sights.

    Weight is noticeable if and when you notice it.

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    Mine concealed carry preferences are all steel so I chose heavy. I like the way they handle and shoot.

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