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    I am going to get my ccw and I am trying to decide what gun to carry. I have thought about a pocket pistol, like the Ruger LCP or the Taurus TCP in .380. I have also thought about getting a compact gun in a larger caliber that is a little more comfortable to handle. I like the idea of carrying a pocket pistol for the concealability aspect but I don't like how small they are. I would rather have a larger gun and carry in the waist band but I don't know how comfortable that would be and if I would find it to uncomfortable to carry. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.

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    The bigger the better. Hmm That's what she said! Well just save some money and get both and see which one you carry more often. Seems simplistic but it is the only you will know for sure. If you carry the sub then you can also carry the LCP as a BUG

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    Many people have contemplated the same question. My best suggestion would be to discuss it with people you know that already have their license or trusted instructors.
    A lot of people want a small pistol for the simplicity of concealment, but a large pistol say a full size 1911 can easily be concealed as well with the right holster.

    I also look on a LOT of forums and a LOT of people have been selling their compacts and going more with a full size or mid sized pistol.

    I personally started with a compact...it wasn't long til I went to a full size and have no problems with all day carry of it.

    Carry safe, carry often and practice!!

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    When I started, I wore a Colt Detective Special in an inside-the-pants holster. On summer days, I carried a j-frame in a pocket holster.
    Then I got proper training, from a school that lent me a Glock 19. I discovered that the Glock 19, which carries 16 shots, was no bigger than the six-shot Colt. What's more, without the bulging cylinder it is much flatter and more comfortable. I switched to that and feel a lot more confident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpaul513 View Post
    I am going to get my ccw and I am trying to decide what gun to carry. I have thought about a pocket pistol, like the Ruger LCP or the Taurus TCP in .380. I have also thought about getting a compact gun in a larger caliber that is a little more comfortable to handle. I like the idea of carrying a pocket pistol for the concealability aspect but I don't like how small they are. I would rather have a larger gun and carry in the waist band but I don't know how comfortable that would be and if I would find it to uncomfortable to carry. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
    This one of those questions that has no one size fits all answer. Pun may have been intended.

    There are so many factors that need to be considered. Your size, weight, body shape and strength. The climate were you'll be carrying, your prefered mode of dress and the postition you intend to carry in. You also have to consider what is important to you in your choice of weapon... Magazine capacity, weight, construction materials, etc. The list of possibilities is long and will potentially change with your situation and experience.

    I'm not a particularly big guy, 6' and 190. But depending mostly on the weather I manage to CC everything from a Hawes .25 ACP to a Glock model 21 along with two spare mags. And more often than not I carry more than one gun.

    The point that I'm trying to make is that the only way you're going to find out what works for you is by trial and error. In my experience, seldom is a person completely satified with their first choice of gun, and never are they satisfied with their first choice of holster. That's why most of us have more than one possible carry gun and all of us have a "holster box".

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    Get a pocket gun of at least 380.caliber. You will carry it all the time and forget you have it on you til you need it.With most larger guns you know you are wearing it all the time and it gets old.

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    couldn't agree more... I have several larger guns that I love.... but rarely carry...the .380 that I can just stick in my pocket I have with me all the time... I know about the knockdown issues.. but the one you have with you when you need it.... is always better than the one you like but left at home

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    I initally carried a Makarov in a shoulder holster and somtimes IWB, then got a Kel-Tec P11. Love how the Kel-Tec fits in a pants pocket, and that it fires a bigger bullet, but the ergonimics leave something to be desired. It's a little too small for my hands, and that coupled with the snappy recoil and long heavy trigger pull make it difficult for me to be accurate with.
    I'm likely either going to break down and buy a shoulder rig for my Taurus 24/7 9mm, and/or get the Glock 19 I've wanted for years and get some leather for it.
    My suggestion is to try holding and shooting a few examples of guns you want, and get the one that's the best combination of handling and concealability for your situation.

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    my opinion is get a gun that you shoot the best with. having trained quite a few people i always laugh when they say they want a larger caliber handgun. i have them shoot my 9 then shoot a 45 that they think everyone carrys. low and behold they shoot the nine better. my wife just got a smith and wesson double action with a laser, 380 cal pocket gun. my duty gun was a glock mod 34. i could have carried a cannon but i shoot better with the glock. so do you want something that has alot of recoil or something that you can hit something with when it counts. as for a backup i carried a mod 26 glock. best shooting gun i have ever used for a compact model. i also love my officers mod colt 45 and shoot it great, but it weighs a ton. for a ccw holder and not a gunfighter carry something that your good with, i dont care if its a 22. a little fact most people are shot with a 22 cal.

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    I have gone through the same process. I currently have an old .25 Model 9. It is in my pocket and no one would ever notice it. Unfortunately I suspect the BGs would not either it hit with that round.

    What I need is something that would not show summer or winter. Lots of people here would freak if they knew I was carrying. Inside the waistband displays the mounting hooks. Granted, you have to know what those hooks mean. Ankle holsters are relatively inaccessible and may have issues with crossing legs. My feeling is I need a pocket pistol. That will fit normal pants pockets.

    I am going for a 9mm that fits a pocket. That would seem to me to be the optimal CONCEALED carry. Hand in pocket not an exceptional action. No printing a requirement; thus semiauto. Small capacity magazine unavoidable. +P a "duh" plus. The 9mm seems to be a good effectiveness point with modern ammo.

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