J-Frame hide easier than compact 9mm?

J-Frame hide easier than compact 9mm?

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    J-Frame hide easier than compact 9mm?

    I got my permit to carry in November so it has always been colder since I began carrying.

    I carry a H&K P2000SK IWB. I have a Beltman belt and HBE Com III.

    Now that there has been a few days I can wear my summer shirts I notice it's harder to hide my H&K from printing. I could buy larger shirts but I'd rather not.

    Would a S&W J-Frame like the 642 hide easier IWB than my H&K P2000sk does?

    I know I could get a PM9 and pocket carry but I don't want to spend the money on a PM9 and it seems to be a love or hate thing for that gun. I also don't want to use a pocket because I have other things I use my pockets for.


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    My primary carry is a Glock 23, but I had the same problem as you carrying in the summer. The glock grip would print in summer time shirts carried in Comp-tac c-tac IWB. I looked at lots of guns for a bug and summer carry and ended up buying a J-frame 637 airweight. I also carry it in a c-tac. I have been very pleased with the J-frame. It prints much less with the smaller grip and you have the dependability of a wheel gun at a mere 15 ounces. You still cant wear tight T-shirts, but I have had no problem concealing in normal short sleeve summer shirts.

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    I carry a j-frame in the appendix position canted about 20 degrees or so. It cant be seen. I would imagine crossdraw would be invisible too. As wormy said no tight t-shirts. Im 5'8" at 170 lbs. So a large t-shirt is all I need.
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    I rearranged how I carry my daily "stuff" to make room for a 642 in my RF pocket. It's what I carry about 90% of the time. A J-frame in the pocket is an almost fool proof way to CCW. It's almost impossible for anyone to detect, requires no adjustment or consideration WRT reaching or bending or using a public restroom, and it can be a fast draw because you can unobtrusively get a firing grip on the gun any time your "spidey senses" start to tingle. The only negatives, as far as I can see, are that it's hard to draw from sitting, and how to carry a reload.

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    The simple answer is yes...a J-frame is much easier to conceal than a compact 9. I pocket carry my S&W 642.
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    +1 on the J frame. The small grip size and rounded countours break up hard lines well, so that if there is any printing, usually, it is only momentary and not distinguisable as anything.

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    I've got to weigh in on this having discovered what folks have known for decades; A J frame is the ticket. I also carry the 637 in a Comp-Tac. The Shirt Tucker model. Allows me to tuck a tshirt in, and fairly deeply, over gun and holster. About 5 o'clock and that takes a little getting used to though not much. Rides comforatbly, no problems sitting, etc. You're aware that it's there, which is a good thing, but that's it. No printing. Get a couple of Speed Strips and you're good to go. I love mine. That model is less than handsome but IMO, the best that S&W makes for CCW.
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    Kahr MK9

    There is one compact 9mm that conceals as well or better than a J frame on the belt, and that is the Kahr MK9. The MK9 has a 3 inch barrel and the same "two finger" grip length as a J frame with boot grips. Capacity is 6+1 in the MK9 compared to 5 in the J frame. It also is flatter than a J frame, being 0.90 inches thick across the slide flats, and about 1.00 inches thick across the grip panels. I carry mine in appendix position with a Comp-Tac 2 O'clock holster.



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    The Kahr will definitly conceal easy, but at almost twice the cost of a 637 j- frame. And the j-frame will go boom when most of the pocket 9mm have had feeding issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    The Kahr will definitly conceal easy, but at almost twice the cost of a 637 j- frame. And the j-frame will go boom when most of the pocket 9mm have had feeding issues.
    No experience with the pocket 9s but will agree the J frame is easy to conceal and is very reliable.

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    I can't slip my Kimber Ultra in my front pocket, but I can slip my S&W 637 in my front pocket rather easily...so your answer is 'yes'.
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    Give a SmartCarry a try for your H&K. I do the switch in summer from a MTAC to SmartCarry keeping my EDC the M&P40c the same. You need a 642 anyway it's a great BUG.
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    I have a couple of j-frames, as well as a Ruger SP101, and have to disagree a little bit about concealability. Well not as much disagree as offfer a caveat: J-frames work great for certain kinds of carry for certain people. For me, pocket carry means either cargo pants or a jacket pocket. For any kind of holster carry, a slim single stack will print less for me than a j-frame; that cylinder is hard to hide. I don't care for appendix carry, and I haven't really tried cross-draw, so your mileage may vary, but for me snubbies are only part of the answer.

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    Any J frame is easy to conceal in poket carry, then put a couple of speed loaders in a small camera pouch on your belt weak side

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    J frame Smith with Barami Hip Grip is easy to hide, sits deep, printing isn't an issue. Pocket is available for P3AT or LCP.

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