Looking for some advice

Looking for some advice

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    Looking for some advice

    Hi all, I am a new member today and am looking to get some advice on what kind of pistol people prefer for conceal carry. Looking forward to learning from more experienced shooters.

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    Welcome aboard! You'll have to find what works for you, but i like IWB. You can carry in several different positions, whichever is more comfortable for you and with a tuck holster you can tuck your shirt when neccesary. I really like the Remora holsters - they are inexpensive and really hold position well. I usually carry a small 9 PT-709, Bersa ultra compact pro or .380 pt-738 because i am a small guy. I'd like to carry my cz sp01 because it's one of my best shooters but it's just too large. The Bersa really shoots well, good trigger, solid design, reliable
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    Welcome. Lots of threads for you to look at.
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    A semi auto handgun that you can shoot well and conceal.

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    Welcome from Wisconsin, thewandere81!

    I'm partial to semi-auto .40 cal myself. Glock makes several sizes from full size to very small. Many find they can conceal full sized autos fairly easily. Actually anything can be concealed but it might take some ingenuity. I normally wear mine on my right hip at 4:30 position for driving comfort & about 3:30 for normal activities. That's just in front of the hip bone & just behind the hip bone respectively. I have a S&W Vista, a Glock 23 clone & one size smaller than a full size. So far nobody has made me while carrying. It'll be easier in the winter with more & heavier clothing. I'm kicking around the idea of a shoulder holster for winter & inside-the waistband for next spring/summer. My neighbor likes snubby revolvers & also successfully conceals them. He's a really large man & has more places to conceal them, lol.

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    Head over to the Defensive Carry Guns forum, for hundreds of discussions on exactly this question. As you might imagine, everyone has a different idea of what the best/ideal carry gun means to them. You'll need to think about what matters to you most, in terms of features, capabilities and concealability, given your lifestyle choices.

    Myself, I prefer a relatively puny pocket gun, and a relatively high-capacity belt-carried pistol. Preference is for 9mm. But that's just me.

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    Welcome from Virginia.

    As to your question, ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different answers. It's an individual thing.
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    As much as I would love to tell you that you should go out and buy a certain gun, just because I like it or I think it’s best for you would be wrong of me. What I like and think is a great gun may not be so great for you? There is a vast amount of knowledge here from very knowledgeable people, but choosing a gun solely on others advice may not be the best way to go. Just as Some people settle on a gun based solely on the weapon's price (both expensive and inexpensive) and appearance.

    Keep in mind when looking for a gun:

    * What will be the Intended use for the gun. Will it be for home defense, self-defense or just range use?

    * Hand size of the person getting the gun, Does the gun fit in your hand comfortably?

    * The type of gun, revolver or semi-automatic.

    * Will recoil be an issue?

    So that being said, you should go you LGS and check out and hold many guns, find the ones that feel good to you. If possible rent and shoot these guns. Then research your intended guns and make your decision.

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    hello and welcome. hope you enjoy it here.

    my preferences:

    pocket carry: 1. S&W 642 in Galco or Kramer holster w/ 1-Speed Strip in Galco pouch and 1 speedloader in another pocket
    2. Kahr CM-9 in DeSantis Nemesis holster w/ 1 spare 6-round magazine

    belt carry: 1. Sig P-229/.357SIG in kydex or horsehide, FBI-canted holster. double mag pouch
    2. Sig P-239/9mm in kydex or Kramer FBI-canted holster. double mag pouch
    3. S&W K or N frame revolver in Kramer horsehide holster. two to four reloads

    belt: 1. The Wilderness 5-stitch nylon belt, 1.5" width
    2. Galco leather gunbelt, 1.25" width

    me: 5'7", 150 pounds

    my advice: borrow and/or rent as many 'possible' guns as you can - and shoot them - before settling on something, remembering that rental range guns are not always a true test of a gun's reliability. before i bought my first gun i did a lot of research and NO shooting. i ended up with an excellent gun that didn't suit me. if possible find an experienced shooter to go with, who can answer any questions that come up. BUT: we shooters are often strong-minded with strong opinions, so TRUST YOURSELF. you are getting a gun for you, not your adviser.

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    First, Welcome to the Forum! What we carry really doesn't matter, you'll need to go to a range and rents some pistols or have a friend take you out and shoot theirs. You'll need to take some classes on the legal aspect of carring a pistol. Then choose what ever you can run one handed, aka, all the pistol's control are within reach!

    Now with that said, my EDC is an H & K P2000 SK in .357 Sig flavor, but when I need a smaller form factor I carry a 9mm Walther PPS. I have a H & K P30 9mm that all my friends love to shoot. Again you'll need to find what fits your requirements and don't let the guys at the LGS talk you into a .50 AE!

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