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  1. New to the CC world, need some opinions

    Hey everyone, I just joined this site today. My dad just got his CCL a few months ago and he got me interested in it. He carries a Sig 226 .40. I turn 21 in a few months and would like some opinions on what would be a good CCW weapon for me. I do have a few general standards to begin with. I would like it to be a .40. Around 600 dollars...and lastly, not a piece of junk of course. I am 6'1" and weigh about 280 so im not a small guy. I wear jeans and a t shirt year round and add a sweatshirt in the colder months. But thats pretty much all i ever wear. Can I get a few opinions on what would be a good CCW weapon for me. I am very new to the CC world and do not know much about guns yet. I plan on learning, thats why I joined this site.
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Also, I will probably be carrying on the waistband, not sure about in or out yet.


    Sam

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    Take a good look, read the reviews for, and shoot (find a range that rents if possible) the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols... I just bought the 45acp full size. Cost me $569.00 +Tax. The .40S&W should be a little less. I also ordered the CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe IWB concealment holster for same weapon.

    Crossbreed Holsters > Home

    You will have to shoot many and choose the one that works for you. Find a range that rents and try a few types and makes. Keep notes of the types and calibers and ammo used. See what works for you!!! It's your personal protection weapon NOT a conversation/show piece. Size, manageable recoil, comfort, and your ability to shoot with accuracy and consistency in a life and death situation should be the deciding factors. Good luck and welcome to the site. Keep us informed on your progress and final decision.
    You can give peace a chance alright..

    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

  4. thanks a lot for the input. i do have a local range, Target World, here in cincinnati. I know im going to have to spend some time there and see what works for me. I was just wondering if there was someone with a similar build to me that really liked one pistol above all others for CC. I definitely look forward to trying several, at least 15, different types and calibers out.


    Sam

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    Kahr PM40

    I am very close to your size, only a lot older. I also wear jeans all the time. I carry a Kahr PM40 in a RL Graham pocket holster. You can't tell it's there and very easy to access. I also carry a Colt 45 in a Galco Concealable sometimes, but the Kahr is with me 99% of the time. Hope this helps.

    By posting this I got rid of the Notice telling me I needed to post something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6shootercarry View Post
    You will have to shoot many and choose the one that works for you. Find a range that rents and try a few types and makes. Keep notes of the types and calibers and ammo used. See what works for you!!! It's your personal protection weapon NOT a conversation/show piece. Size, manageable recoil, comfort, and your ability to shoot with accuracy and consistency in a life and death situation should be the deciding factors. Good luck and welcome to the site. Keep us informed on your progress and final decision.
    NO truer words. What works for Joe or Al or Pete may just not be the best fit for you.
    Sounds like you come from a family familiar with guns, hence have some idea what your "ideal" is.
    Good luck and welcome aboard.

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    A good concealed weapon.

    Sam, I recommend you purchase a Sig Sauer 238. I suggest you take a look at You Tube and look at the clips of Nutnfancy. He is really good and he will give you comparisons in detail of concealed guns.





    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by sr975j View Post
    thanks a lot for the input. i do have a local range, Target World, here in cincinnati. I know im going to have to spend some time there and see what works for me. I was just wondering if there was someone with a similar build to me that really liked one pistol above all others for CC. I definitely look forward to trying several, at least 15, different types and calibers out.


    Sam
    I am almost exactly your build, but older (56). IMO, you'll find the weapon you like soon enough (I carry an XD .45, FWIW) but I think the bigger issue will be comfortable carry. After a lot of trial and error, I carry very comfortably with a Mernickle slide holster worn on the strong side hip at about 5 o'clock. Any farther forward and I find the gun to be canted too far forward and it tends to drag my pants down. At 5 o'clock, the weapon rides nicely, is more readily concealable, and can be drawn very rapidly. My .02 cents

    Welcome to our world and be sure to get some SERIOUS training, even if it costs a few bucks. Makes all the difference in the world.

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    Probably the only choice that is even more personal than boxers or briefs. Like everyone says, you need to handle them all (gun shows are great for this), narrow down a short list of what feels good in the hand and go shoot those, and the process will narrow down and you will pick your first carry gun, after which you will buy more guns and the process still continues.

    The most important thing is that you will carry it. There are a lot of cowboys out there with a .50 Desert Eagle that lays in the dresser drawer because it pulls their pants down. I wear shorts most of the time and have a nice Beretta but it stays home and I carry a Kel-Tec P-3AT right front pocket as my primary weapon ... because I will!

    Welcome to the lifestyle.

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    Welcome to the show, sr975j...

    Don't over the GLOCK compacts. I carry the 26 (9mm) and really like it!

    Good luck in your search!!!

    Reap the Vision...
    ...Mike

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    You should shoot several pistols and see which one suits you best, i.e. which one fits best in your hand, budget, et al. In the end, if you get a piece that's made by a reputable factory- it really depends what speaks to you most. The parady between the top manufacturers is so tight. As far as a holster goes, I picked up a crossbreed IWB supertuck with j hooks and crossbreed belt for my Springfield XD M and have been overly impressed with this rig. I'm 6'5"and range between 200-230 (winter-summer weights) and the all day comfort is impressive.

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