understand, it is an elegant accompaniment. But these pistols you are talking about...I don't get it.
Usually carry when out and about. I don't carry at work.
ruger p95 for when I wear a coat with a shoulder holster. I never liked the waistband ones.
My first handgun. Can conceal inside the waist band with something like a crossbreed supertuck or white hat holster. A bit bigger and bulkier than the lc9. Lc9 could be a pocket pistol with loose fitted clothes. Personally, I like the Ruger's because of the safety--though many find it a nuisance.
I had a used one (fewer than 100 rounds) in my hands for $315 and failed to buy it.
I regret that decision.
I was holding out for one with the Crimson Trace. I really like the safety and the magazine safety.
I like the safety features, but I know some think of it as a hassle.
I really like the size.
Only have about 200 rounds through it, but it has worked well.
Now that I think about it I should have purchased the one with the laser.
I did purchase an extra clip I use for target bullets.
I recommend it.
Easily done in the winter, not so much in the summer. Need to get a smaller framed pistol in .45 ACP or 40 S&W for warm weather carry.
My best advice in addition to the people who have advised you to get very proficient, is to get a round that has enough stopping power that an imperfect shot placement will still be effective. The 9mm is not that round.
Magazine size is over-rated.
I rarely have it on me though. It's honestly just not that practical
Used to carry a Glock 26, strongly prefer the Shield to the Glock.
It seems that there is a waiting list for them. I'm going to continue to search.
Do you have the .40 or the 9mm?
everything he has.
I wear my IWB Galco Summer Comfort or an ankle rig to conceal my Sig Sauer 239 (40 cal) pretty much whenever I'm off duty. I don't carry when I drink. I carry everywhere else within reason.
Carrying is a huge responsibility. Dont leave it in your car. Get a safe for your house. If you have time, go to the range at least once a season to practice, not to screw around with Osama Bin Laden targets like I see all the time. Take shooting lessons. The more responsible people that carry, the more travesties can be avoided.
Here are the handguns I currently have. My main defensive weapon would be the Walther P 99 in a .40 cal at the top but the smaller Ruger LCP .380 cal is what I carry with me most of the time and I emphasize "most" because if you don't have it all of the time you will probably not have it when you need it.
Please consider the second photo of the North American Arms .22 Magnum. It is ridiculously small but trust me, with a Hornady Critical Defense round at close range, it will get the job done. The trick is to have it with you at all times and this thing will be easy to carry and do the work. I am ordering one this week.
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... or do you use the Little Mermaid NRA holster?
I'm a pretty large framed human and I think concealing it will not be an issue.
I have a Glock 19 so shared ammo is a plus.
It is very similar in size to the Ruger LC9. It also takes a 7 round mag and is chambered for 9mm. They are very similar guns, but personally I prefer the feel and balance of the Kahr to the Ruger. Also, the action on the Kahr is very similar to the Glock with which you are already familiar.
Just my two cents.
I would be happy to part with my Ruger LCP .380 in order to purchase the LC9 and consolidate ammo (I have a 9mm for the house). I love the LCP, but with the introduction of the LC9, being able to just worry about having 9mm ammo is attractive.
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I have a lifetime carry permit, but do not exercise it. Some of this has to do with my profession (which is not carry-friendly), and some with my wife's comfort level (which is improving). I do keep a handgun in a locked case in my vehicle. It goes in the nightstand at night.
I have a S&W M&P9c, which I got before the Shield started to become more available. It was a compromise option that I felt was more concealable and ergonomic, for me, than a G19 or G26. If I could do it over (or, if I could get spousal permission now), I'd get a G19 and an M&P 9mm Shield. Shield for concealed carry and G19 for everything else.
I shoot the G19 better than the M&P, but the latter is much more comfortable for my hand than the former. The Shield, which I have not shot, I would expect to match the ergonomics of the 9c that I have, but with a thinner profile (which, if anything, will be an improvement).
If you're actually going to carry regularly, you need to research and try different holster arrangements. Even though I don't carry, I do have a Galco Kingtuk IWB holster (so, I could carry if I were so inclined). If I get the opportunity to switch to the G19 and Shield combo, I will likely get a Raven Concealment Systems setup for both. Lots of quality holster makers out there, and several different carry options (appendix, belly band, ankle, pocket, IWB, OWB, small of the back).
While I don't currently carry, I have the ability to do so if circumstances warrant. Down the road, especially if I get a Shield, I may carry daily anyways. We'll see.
One other thing to consider when carrying are safeties. Key feature for you to consider on a carry weapon. Preferences vary. Many CCW folks prefer no external safeties. Others prefer an external safety (grip or thumb). Others still prefer no safeties and carry unloaded, with magazine in pocket or otherwise concealed. Personally, I'd be more inclined to carry regularly if I had gotten my M&P9c with the thumb safety. Google "Glock leg"
Hope this is helpful to you!
I live in FL and carry it everywhere I legally can.
Most of the time I keep my Glock 19 (9mm 15+1) in my truck where it is easily accessible.
When I feel the need I may carry it, though it is difficult to conceal without a coat. When I do carry it, I use a Minotaur holster made by Comp-Tac. It's a little expensive but very comfortable for IWB (Inside Waist Band) carry because it's leather on one side and kydex on the other.
I also have a Kahr Arms CW9 (9mm 7+1) that is thinner and smaller. It can be more easily concealed under just a shirt. I use a kydex trigger guard made by Raven Arms that comes with a parachute cord and carabiner to allow it to be attached to a belt loop. This allows you to safely carry it tucked in your waistband ("Mexican" style) with the trigger fully covered. When you draw, the carabiner catches on the belt loop, pulls the parachute cord, and pops the kydex trigger guard off.
I also own a Kimber Custom TLE II (.45 ACP 1911) that I love to shoot but I find too large for concealed carry.
Let me know if you have any other questions. I have included my email if you would prefer to talk offline.