Small frame Conceal

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    Small frame Conceal

    I'm going to begin concealing in about a month or so and am a bit lost. I have been searching through the forum but it begins to get a little overwhelming after a while, so i figured I might as well ask. I'm 5' 10" and only way about 140lbs, so I have a rather small frame for a male. I currently own a Sig 226, but am purchasing as Glock 23 later this week. i tend to wear slimmer fitting clothes since i have the frame of a stick. Where I'm lost is how to go about concealing under these circumstances. Can anyone recommend a type of holster that might work well for this situation? Brand too maybe? I assume the Glock would be easier to keep from printing.

    I apologize in advance. I'm sure this type of thread has been started many times, but couldn't seem to find it. If you know any types of outfits, holsters, etc. please start me in the right direction.

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    I conceal my G23 using either a Smart Carry or a Crossbreed Supertuck. You may need to buy slightly bigger pants for either. I move up to a 34 waist from my normal 32 with these options. Either will disappear with the slightly bigger pants. I aslo carry my XD9 subcompact using these as well.
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    I think eventually you will come to the conclusion that for self protection, you really do not need the bigger, high cap pistols, and will tire of trying to hide it in the summer. After 15 years of every day carry, I have chosen an airweight j-frame. If I carry it on the belt, it is so light and unobtrusive I forget its there. If carried in the pocket, it disappears in a pocket holster. Then theres ankle carry and fanny packs, all of which the airweight is ideal for. The key is to balance percieved need with reality.

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    Ive only been carrying for few months now....and my Smith Wesson 38 special airweight j frame 5 shot is so easy to cary its just sickening actually...try this Gun Concealment holsters, shoulder holsters, leather holster I carry using their band style shoulder holster, very comfortable and easy to wear..sometimes wear using a fobus paddle holster on right hip...its just so easy carry extra rounds on loops I incorporated onto the shoulder holster rig 10 rnds

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    I think eventually you will come to the conclusion that for self protection, you really do not need the bigger, high cap pistols, and will tire of trying to hide it in the summer. After 15 years of every day carry, I have chosen an airweight j-frame. If I carry it on the belt, it is so light and unobtrusive I forget its there. If carried in the pocket, it disappears in a pocket holster. Then theres ankle carry and fanny packs, all of which the airweight is ideal for. The key is to balance percieved need with reality.
    Good advice...but if you fail to take it, then you can't have it both ways...if you want to carry a bigger gun, then you can't wear slim fitting clothes...so it comes down to a choice...less gun with more style or more gun with fishing vests or Hawaiian shirts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    I think eventually you will come to the conclusion that for self protection, you really do not need the bigger, high cap pistols, and will tire of trying to hide it in the summer. After 15 years of every day carry, I have chosen an airweight j-frame. If I carry it on the belt, it is so light and unobtrusive I forget its there. If carried in the pocket, it disappears in a pocket holster. Then theres ankle carry and fanny packs, all of which the airweight is ideal for. The key is to balance percieved need with reality.
    +1, I carry a 642 j-frame......very easy to conceal. If I carry anything bigger, I have to "dress" to the gun....bigger pants and shirt.
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    Do the research and here's what you'll learn; nearly all (as in 99%) of civilian SD situations involved you firing less than 3 rounds, no reloads, less than 3 seconds and less than 7 yards.

    Balance those stats with the real practical issue of carrying a gun always so that if the one in 10 million happens and you need it, you have it, and you'll have a more realistic view.

    Some guys carry 30+ rounds, 2 mags, hi-cap guns, etc. and won't consider any caliber that doesn't start with a .4. If you can carry all that and use it effectively power to you.

    I'm only a few inches shorter than you and slender. I found that i had to go to flat, single stack guns to keep the profile low. I carry a Kahr k9 for that reason. I also carry a Kahr MK9 which would disappear on a guy like you and I IWB and you have 7 rounds of 9mm vs 5 rounds of something in a J frame; plus you have the faster reload.

    CCW is all about compromise. We're not LEO's who can carry a lot without caring who see's it. It's a different ball game. Still, I think you need to carry the best you can with regards to caliber, capacity, quality of gun, etc.

    I think a lot of what you hear in forums is bunk. I'm also under the opinion that few people really carry all of the gear on a regular basis that they say they do.

    I've tried to consitently carry one of my stainless Kahr 9's with one extra mag and frankly, even that's a pain once in a while. So for those day's when I simply can't wear a cover garment or untucked shirt, I have a J frame for the pocket and yes "GASP" a little .380 Ruger LCP. On some sights, talking about a .380 will get your posts deleted w/prejudice and you banned if you persist. I agree it's a poor SD round but if that fits the cirumstances then I make the choice to carry it.

    I tried a 3" .45 1911 and could conceal that well because of how flat an auto is but I couldn't shoot it well enough due to the recoil.

    So consider options and be realistic. You probably can't conceal a double stack SIG under a T shirt.

    Think about it and keep at it, you'll get there from here :)

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    Got my permit 20 years ago and have 9mm and .40 Glocks, j and n frame S&W's, Walther PPKs, and Rugers.
    I also am 5'9" 160 and my every day carry (edc) is the Ruger .357 Sp101 in a Miami Classic Shoulder rig. It Disappears, is comfortable, and does not interfere with bathroom protocol. My .45 6shot S&W revolver rides vertically in a shoulder rig. I have never felt the need for anything more.

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    Wow! There are people out there who are realistic. I am not ashamed of my 642. I have carried everything from full sized 1911s to N frames and the little mini revolvers as well as the keltecs. I used to see bad guys with ak-47s around every corner prepare for war everyday. But after 15 years of wearing a duty belt, and then packing off duty, my sciotic nerve started acting up and my ccw dictating my dress for the day became a pain in the ***. I finally realized that the airweight j-frame was the best compromise of power, concealment, and comfort for wearing all day, everyday. No matter what you read on forums, or gun rags, in the real world carrying a big gun is a pain, and in most cases, not necessary.

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    I am 5f 10in. 190lb.
    I carry my kel tec p11 w/clip, in small of back, no problem.( no, I've never shot myself yet, despite not having it in a holster), and I carry my M&P9c in a single clip no name leather holster, sm/of/back also; with narry a problem.(no it does not weigh to much with 13 rds. of ammo)

    It works for me


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    smaller gun, change your dress to fit your gun. ankle and/or shoulder holster??
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    Start here:
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...concealed.html
    Plenty of pics and info to get you started.
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    I'm 6'00" 175lbs and I usually carry my Glock 19 in a Desantis Bellyband without any problems. It also has slots for an extra magazine and another gun if need be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    I think a lot of what you hear in forums is bunk. I'm also under the opinion that few people really carry all of the gear on a regular basis that they say they do.

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    I agree...I'm sure most everyone here loves the look of a nice custom holster, belt and mag carrier for a full size gun...but in everyday civies, most of what you see isn't all that practical unless you can always wear some silly looking fishing vest or a giant hula shirt...and even then, all that weight will wear on you....I carry a 442 much of the time....I also carry a P2000 other times in an IWB and it hides fairly well under a t-shirt...but it's only 22 ounces, 10 ounces lighter than the SIG...the grip is also pretty compact for a 13 rounder. I also don't carry an opposite side mag pouch because I find them more annoying than the gun. Another area to look at is the belt...some people will recommend belts that are so thick and stiff, it's like putting a steel hoop around your waist....I have a very nice Alessi gun belt that sits in the closet most of the time since I find it a bit uncomfortable for all day wear...so I use a wilderness belt instead...same rigidity, much thinner....I always wear an A shirt to keep the gun off my skin...another t-shirt over it and I'm good to go....




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