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    Gun Selection guidance needed pleas.

    My wife and I are new to concealed carry. We need some help selecting a weapon to carry.
    Here's some things I currently think are relevant:
    -- I will be the primary carrier. The wife will carry only when she is traveling by herself to visit family.
    -- I plan to use 9mm to save on cost. (We both will need some significant practice time and training at the range.)
    -- I think I want a sub compact to ensure its comfortable so we'll carry it most of the time.
    -- I'm currently thinking Glock 26 with Pearce magazine grip extenders. Any other accessories?
    -- What is Glock-itis?
    -- Any holster recommendations would be appreciated.
    -- Recommendation of any specifics on 9mm ammo would be appreciated as well.

    I know all of you on this forum have much more experience in concealed carry than I do. Please fell free provide any guidance that you think we should consider!

    Best wishes and thanks in advance!

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    My advice is to go to a dealer which has a firing range. Most with ranges have handguns that they will rent. Test out a few to decide what works best rather than make a decision based on advice received in forums. Work with the dealer to determine the best weapon and holster combination, then repeat the entire process at another dealer in order to get a 2nd opinion. Then once you've determined the best handgun, and holster for your needs, make the purchase where you can get the best deal. Just remember, part of the "deal" is the level of service that you received from the dealer. If you don't have a range in your area, get more than just a few opinions from a forum. Talk to people who actually own the firearm/s you are interested in. Take your time, and get it right the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregAllen View Post
    My advice is to go to a dealer which has a firing range. Most with ranges have handguns that they will rent. Test out a few to decide what works best rather than make a decision based on advice received in forums. Work with the dealer to determine the best weapon and holster combination, then repeat the entire process at another dealer in order to get a 2nd opinion. Then once you've determined the best handgun, and holster for your needs, make the purchase where you can get the best deal. Just remember, part of the "deal" is the level of service that you received from the dealer. If you don't have a range in your area, get more than just a few opinions from a forum. Talk to people who actually own the firearm/s you are interested in. Take your time, and get it right the first time.

    While Greg's post is on the money, I am partial to the Glock 26!

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  5. You may also have to look at 2 different guns, what the wife likes and what you like may not be the same. Have fun with it, shoot as many guns as you can, and don't rush into anything.

    Chuck

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    I get this type of question a lot in my firearms classes. First of all, being that you're new to CC and being that you and your wife haven't fired a Glock 26 much (if at all), I'd strongly recommend getting out there and shooting one. As others have advised, find a range that rents firearms. Fire different loads and see what it's like. I would not recommend a Glock 26 or any sub-compact firearm to any inexperienced shooters. Keep in mind that the 9mm Luger round comes in various weight bullets, giving you various options.

    I'd recommend trying different firearms of various calibers to see what works best for you. If you're dead set on getting a Glock in 9mm, I'd recommend a Glock 19. This firearm gives you the versatility of having an easily concealable firearm yet large enough to be "user friendly" to the novice shooter.

    As for holsters, you'll have to check out different brands and see how they work with your firearm. Everyone's body shape is a little different, so the holster/firearm combination would make a difference.

    Bottom line is check out a variety of firearms and see what works best for you. Keep in mind that you may end up having to purchase 2 firearms, one for you and one for your wife. It would all depend on what you and your wife are comfortable with and how proficient you can become with your firearm.



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    For me, what took the longest was finding a holster that was comfortable for extended concealed carry. Guns, holsters, ammunition, training, practice...it's all gonna take some time and a bit of money to settle in, so be patient. You'll meet a lot of great people along the way, so enjoy the experience! But, it won't be cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    For me, what took the longest was finding a holster that was comfortable for extended concealed carry. Guns, holsters, ammunition, training, practice...it's all gonna take some time and a bit of money to settle in, so be patient. You'll meet a lot of great people along the way, so enjoy the experience! But, it won't be cheap.
    I'll second that! I'll also add you will need a good gun belt. Don't skimp on the belt. It's the foundation and will make your carry experience more enjoyable and more comfortable for your back! My 2 cents on the Glock 26...great gun for concealed carry. I almost bought one, but went with S&W M&P 9c. Nice gun and I love the way it shoots. Also comes with different palm swells to conform to different hand sizes.

    Welcome to the site!

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    Wow! Excellent responses all!
    Very helpful. The thing the jumped out at me was JJFLASH's comment to take my time and enjoy meeting a lot of great people along the way. With all of your great input, I think I have already met some great folks on this forum.
    I might mention to all that the advice of testing several types of guns seems very prudent, and I do in fact plan to do that. There is a range here in Tulsa, OK (U.S. Shooting Academy) that I think is just awesome! They offer training that includes gun/holster selection services, so I will take advantage of ththat aspect of their training. Also we've got a couple of gun shows coming to town in the next couple of months. I'll drag wifey out to those just to see what weapons she thinks feels good in her hand.
    Getting back to the shooting range I mentioned above. If any of you have the opportunity to be in Tulsa, it would be worth your while to check out the US Shooting Academy. They just opened about 3 years ago and I took a tour of their facilities last week. I was blown away! These guys train LEO's, Swat, Government and military special forces. My guess is if they can accommodate this kind of training, they can help me pick out a gun.
    I've rattled long enough! Thanks again. I look forward to corresponding more with all of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camodude View Post
    Wow! Excellent responses all!
    Very helpful. The thing the jumped out at me was JJFLASH's comment to take my time and enjoy meeting a lot of great people along the way. With all of your great input, I think I have already met some great folks on this forum.
    I might mention to all that the advice of testing several types of guns seems very prudent, and I do in fact plan to do that. There is a range here in Tulsa, OK (U.S. Shooting Academy) that I think is just awesome! They offer training that includes gun/holster selection services, so I will take advantage of ththat aspect of their training. Also we've got a couple of gun shows coming to town in the next couple of months. I'll drag wifey out to those just to see what weapons she thinks feels good in her hand.
    Getting back to the shooting range I mentioned above. If any of you have the opportunity to be in Tulsa, it would be worth your while to check out the US Shooting Academy. They just opened about 3 years ago and I took a tour of their facilities last week. I was blown away! These guys train LEO's, Swat, Government and military special forces. My guess is if they can accommodate this kind of training, they can help me pick out a gun.
    I've rattled long enough! Thanks again. I look forward to corresponding more with all of you!
    My brother lives in Tulsa and has been to the US Shooting Academy! Top notch from he tells me. We have the S&W facility out in Springfield (2.5 hrs from here) and the Sig Arms facility up in Exeter, NH also about 2 hrs from here. I haven't been to either yet, but am dying to go.

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    take the advice to try as many as you can. as you said that you and your wife will need lots of practice make sure that the gun you choose fits comfortably in your hands. if it does not feel comfortable then shooting it dealing with the recoil is not going to make it any more fun. as for myself the baby desert eagle known as the "jericho" now is one of the most comfortable guns I have held. but it might not be for you or your wife. hold as many guns as you can and make your own opinion.

    as far as holsters go. I use the smart carry holster which for me is very comfortable even with a full size 4.5 inch barrel. it keeps the pistol in front of you so no need to reach behind you if you have to draw it. you can check it out here.
    SmartCarry - Concealed Gun Holsters
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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