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    Question How to Determine Best Pistol for Concealed Carry as First Purchase

    What is the best way to determine the preferred weapon to carry without spending a boat load for several at once? I know I can shoot Dad's guns to determine the caliber I like best. From past experience, it is a 357. I do not expect that I will be able to borrow guns to practice carrying them. As a result, how would I know what is comfortable and what is not after I choose the caliber I am most comfortable shooting.

    Someone did try to break into our house last year unsuccessfully while we were home. I know what to use in the house as the 12 gauge pump action shotgun strikes enough fear you may see them running without having to even fire a shot as would be the case with the punks that tried to break into our house. I am mainly questioning the selection of one to carry as a concealed weapon. I currently have no pistols at this time, but plan to get a 357 even if it isn't my carry weapon, a 45 (another favorite) and the weapon I carry if it is not one of those. I may like the 357 and 45, but that doesn't mean they would be the best for me personally as a carry weapon.

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    Mark

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    General rule of thumb... the smaller the gun is, the easier and more comfortable it is to carry. Shooting the little ones, on the other hand...

    I wouldn't worry too much about comfort; a good holster will deal with that for the most part (mine do, anyway). You'll see it recommended a thousand times on this forum... go to a range and rent the guns you're interested in. Even knowing what caliber you like might not help... that .357 in a super light gun might not be so fun to shoot!

    When I was looking for a second carry gun (revolver is kind of bulky to hide in the summer for me), I went to a range and asked for all of their sub-compacts to try. Talk about a fun day!

    Also, I'm 5'9" and 120 lbs... bony. If I can find comfortable ways to carry, anyone can!
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    I am 6'1 and around 198 pounds working back toward my ideal weight of 170 to 175 pounds, so my frame is not huge either.

  5. The only way to come to a conclusion is to go to a range and test them. Everyone has their preferences and everyone's different. Try 'em and do what's best for you.

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    This is an extremely subjective thing. Best advice is to where you can rent a variety of firearms and try them out. What fits your hand the best? What are you most comfortable carrying and handling?
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by croute View Post
    The only way to come to a conclusion is to go to a range and test them. Everyone has their preferences and everyone's different. Try 'em and do what's best for you.
    That's exactly what I did. They did not charge extra to try several in the same caliber. I tried out 5 and chose the Glock 19 Gen4. Then looked for something for the woods and chose a Glock G21SF. The G19 can be carried IWB or OWB. The G21SF I carry OWB.


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    How to Determine Best Pistol for Concealed Carry as First Purchase

    Does IWB mean inside waist belt and OWB mean outside waist belt? I am not familiar with the abbreviations.

    The problem with renting is I am not sure if any have that service around me.


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  9. Quote Originally Posted by mwhals View Post
    Does IWB mean inside waste belt and OWB mean outside waist belt? I am not familiar with the abbreviations.

    The problem with renting is I am not sure if any have that service around me.


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    Yes it does.

    With IWB pants need to be one size larger unless you are already wearing them loose. With full size Glocks I carry OWB or in a shoulder holster. The G19 also fits in a chest holster such as the Air Marshall 3 by Kangaroo Carry.


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    My problem is I always wear dress shirts tucked into my pants. Not sure best way to conceal carry like that.


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  11. Quote Originally Posted by mwhals View Post
    My problem is I always wear dress shirts tucked into my pants. Not sure best way to conceal carry like that.


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    Then you will need a Crossbreed SuperTuck IWB. That is the one I use when wearing dress shirts.




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