Longer slide = more comfort? AND going OWB

Longer slide = more comfort? AND going OWB

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    Longer slide = more comfort? AND going OWB

    Does anyone else seem to find a longer side more comfortable to carry than a shorter ones - especially for IWB carry? Whenever I carry a subcompact or smaller (G26, P365, etc) the shorter slide just lands on the wrong spot. Something like a G26 is not as bad because I can use a G19/G17 holster.

    It has me thinking about moving more towards OWB carry more often (no issues with any size gun there)...and/or just carrying bigger all the time.

    I know some of you have gone bigger and OWB and just moved on with it all. How did you guys that went that route come to that decision? I don't have any issues concealing. I think for me it is just a matter of wanting to really settle in for the long haul with minimal changes in my carry setup.
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    I find full-sized always more comfortable in IWB and AIWB...just lays flatter...I don't notice the weight.
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    Plan A: I always carry OWB when I can, which is most of the time. More comfortable and to me it's the fastest means of deploying a handgun. Plan B: If OWB is not possible because of clothing then I go IWB. Plan C: If IWB isn't feasible I go pocket carry. Plan D: If pocket carry ain't doable, I go ankle carry. (and sometimes I go pocket or ankle with a BUG even when I have on OWB).

    If Plans: A. B. C. or D. or not doable …. I don't go !!
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    I am more accurate with a longer sight radius. I am more accurate with a crisp single-action trigger. That is why I carry a government model 1911 about 99% of the time.

    I have tried Kydex, leather, and hybrid holsters. I prefer leather. I have tried IWB, AIWB, SOB, OWB, ankle holsters, and shoulder holsters. I prefer OWB @ 3:00 for comfort with a large gun. I have tried many types of leather holsters. I prefer a leather pancake style that holds the butt of the gun very close for concealment.
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    For years I used to conceal government model 1911's no problem. I also sometimes carry a 4.2" GP100 (mainly if I'm any place where I might need to take a precision long shot) and find that for me 4" for a slide action and 4-5" revolver barrel is the sweet spot for comfort and carry retainment. Some of these other subcompact pistols are so short it feels like they are going to flip over the top of my belt line and fall out. They certainly don't pull in as tight to the body.

    Added bonus on longer barrel is better external ballistics for a given carry load. One reason I've pondered taking a Glock 48 slide and barrel and mating it with my Glock 43.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParsonBrown View Post
    Does anyone else seem to find a longer side more comfortable to carry than a shorter ones - especially for IWB carry? Whenever I carry a subcompact or smaller (G26, P365, etc) the shorter slide just lands on the wrong spot. Something like a G26 is not as bad because I can use a G19/G17 holster.

    It has me thinking about moving more towards OWB carry more often (no issues with any size gun there)...and/or just carrying bigger all the time.

    I know some of you have gone bigger and OWB and just moved on with it all. How did you guys that went that route come to that decision? I don't have any issues concealing. I think for me it is just a matter of wanting to really settle in for the long haul with minimal changes in my carry setup.
    Yes, I find longer slides and longer barreled revolvers more comfortable to carry. I never carry my subcompacts these days unless they are my pocket.
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    IWB / AIWB generally longer slides are more comfortable for me.
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    If I am carrying IWB I like shorter slides/BBL's. OWB, longer or it does not matter. But heavy, short guns do better IWB.
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    I have always carried owb small and large pistols and revolvers. Then one day A friend said iwb iis the way to go so I tried it. I found it to be very uncomfortable with any gun and it didn't take long before I went back to the old ways. Maybe I'm in a rut but its where I like it. If it aint broken it don't need fixin
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    Yes, G19 is a little less comfortable to AIWB than my G17, the extra length in the G17 slide keeps the grip tucked in a bit tighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParsonBrown View Post
    Does anyone else seem to find a longer side more comfortable to carry than a shorter ones - especially for IWB carry?
    Yes, with a 5" and where I carry at the 3:30 position, the barrel/slide will rest on my hip pushing the grip closer into the body.
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    OWB with untucked button down shirt. Slide length is important for me.

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    Depends on the gun. I find short barreled revolvers easy to IWB because the mass is under your belt. I find short semi's difficult for IWB because the weight is all above the belt in the grip and its always trying to succumb to gravity and tip outward. If I carry it low enough in the belt to counter that I compromise my firing grip when drawing so...I usually carry a < 3" revolver AIWB and a longer >5" revolver OWB cross draw style when boondocking.
    A 3" revolver in an OWB pancake @ 3:00 is another very easy to conceal option.
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