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Full size vs Compact size?!

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  • Full Size (1911)

    71 17.75%
  • Compact(4)

    164 41.00%
  • Sub Compact(3)

    151 37.75%
  • Other

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    5" 1911 mostly. Sometimes I carry a 442.

    Austin


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    I have been known to carry all of those sizes.........


    But usually; a compact.

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    im small but i've got enough crap in my pockets to hide my full sized 1911 IWB.
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    I never carry a full size 1911. The grip size makes it harder to conceal, and the added weight is also a disadvantage.
    I carry a SA Compact SS LW. If that won't do it I don't think a 5 inch is going to either.

    I would rather carry something else such as my Kahr P9 or G26 than a full size 1911.

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    I'm glad a thousand times over that I went with a 3.1" XD rather than a larger model for my primary carry gun. I have no neeed for a longer barrel unless I were gonna do some slow fire target competing.
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    XD.45 compact for me. Because it conceals so well and there is no real significant difference between a 4 or 5 inch barrel as far as performance is concerned. i.e. accuracy, penetration or expansion with Federal HST, within normal SD ranges. Since I have had the XD I have never left home without it, to be honest with full sized guns I would find reasons not to carry, leave it in the car or whatever. Full sized are just plain to big and cumbersome for me.
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    Most of the time i've got the Compact cdp. The g26 a close 2nd then the kp3at. or a combo...
    g 26, Compact cdp,FN 5.7x28,gp100,
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    I have all 3 sizes, my EDC is a 5 inch, my BUG is a Colt Defender. The 4 inch has beed relegated as a safe queen. It will sit there till I wear out all the 5 inch guns I have, there are a few of those.

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    I would like to carry full size but they are just too heavy. I carry a 16 oz Kahr CW9 just about all the time. It's light, thin and with the extended magazine holds 8 + 1 of 9mm. Works for me. I do think I will try Rugers new SR9 soon. It's light, thin and holds 17 + 1. Oh la la!

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    4.25" bobtail to be exact.
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    Commander sized 1911.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    Commander Sized 1911!

    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    I almost always carry a "Full Size" and a Sub-Compact.

    I choose what I carry based on my needs, but also carry a BUG. If I have a choice I like to select the full size guns as while they may be harder to carry, they are easier to shoot. When I need it, I want every advantage I can get.

    While Glock list the 19 as a Compact, I find it to be a good Full Size Duty Weapon, as well as good for off duty carry. In Revolvers I select from either a 4" N-Frame or a 3" L-Frame sized weapon. In autoloaders I like the Glock 19 or a 5" 1911. The 1911 is new, based on recently learning how to properly hold the son of a gun after thinking they weren't appropriate for concealed carry. Thank you FLETC for showing me the light.

    I then have two "sub-compacts" to choose from. The Kahr PM9 that I seldom carry, or the 442 J-Frame Revolver. I shoot all my guns frequently out to 25 Yards, but I do shoot further at times for fun. I like shooting 50 Yards with the J-Frames. It tends to astonish some people that a "Belly Gun" can hit something that far away. Truth be told, the 2" J-Frame is more accurate than I am cabable of.

    I didn't vote in your poll because I have too many to choose from, but will select the full sized gun as my first choice everytime.

    Biker

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    Always carry my HK .40c

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    I carry a 5" 1911.

    Other stuff includes two reloads (sometimes one), flashlight, pocket knife and small fixed blade knife. Mini-baton also in my left pocket.

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