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Posted: 11/9/2001 8:06:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/9/2001 8:04:24 AM EDT by entropy]
I'm close to getting my concealed carry permit here in NC. This, of course, gives me an excellent excuse to buy a new weapon.

I am leaning towards an ankle holster, as I normally wear business clothing, ie tucked in shirt, tie, slacks.

Any advice on what I should get?



[Edited because I'm a dumbass]
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 8:17:43 AM EDT
Look at a kel-tec.

Good quality, modest price, very concealable.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 9:17:39 AM EDT
I like a 5-shot 38 Revolver. Cheap option with adequate firepower that will ALWAYS work! I also have a pair of Glocks (G-17 and G-21) but these are no where as conceilable as the 38.

I bought a Taurus M-85 and for $175 it was a bargan for the purpose and it shoots very accurately as well!
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 9:25:54 AM EDT
When i want to conceal something less obvious than a HK , etc. i have a browning .380 BDA (essentialy a barreta), I like the gun a lot, a PPK would also be a good choice , specialy if your a bond fan !
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 11:59:55 AM EDT
I also am attired in "business casual" and I carry a Ruger SP101 .357mag all day every day. I took an Uncle Mike's size "0" holster and cut off the plastic clip. The gun and holster ride in my right front pants pocket. The material on the outside of the holster adheres to the inside of your pocket and the material inside the holster allows for drawing without pulling the holster out of your pocket. I've never been asked "what's in your pocket" since people rarely are looking there, and the way your arm naturally falls adds to the covering affect. This set up works for all pants except for the tightest of jeans.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:05:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:27:47 PM EDT
On line with Green furniture on the P 32. Since I bought mine, I am almost never without it. It is so light and handy, and the DAO trigger is a joy. Had a Tomcat before, and while it was a nice gun, thickness and weight made carry with shorts difficult (and the clip release stuck out so far, every time I sat on it, the clip popped 1/4" out, embarrasing). I made a pocket holster of sorts, 1 heavy piece of black leather with a thin 1/2 "pouch on it. the heavy piece goes out to prevent printing. I realize the .32 is noot a true fight stopper, but all I'm looking for is time to retreat to safety, and a mouse gun you carry all the time is better than a magnum you leave at home.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:31:48 PM EDT
I too use a 5 shot .38 revolver - mine is a titanium model 85 that's rated for +p rounds. It's pretty warm here in California so the full sized or even reduced sized autos won't cut it.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:51:26 PM EDT
I would go with a commander size 1911 in a Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 Holster. You can get clips for this IWB holster that allow you to tuck in your shirt with it.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:51:40 PM EDT
I think for serious CC, I'm gonna get another PPK/S. I had a sweet one I sold a couple years ago that I wish I didn't. It was accurate as heck, slender and small, perfect for CC.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 12:51:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:10:26 PM EDT
I carry a Glock 26 or a SP101, depending on the way I am dressed.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:24:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/9/2001 1:18:19 PM EDT by cloak-n-carbine]
Both in my personal and professional, albeit humble, opinion, I would recommend a Glock 26 or 27 if your situation allows you to wear a jacket or untucked shirt (IWB holster), or a North American Arms Guardian .32 or (new) .390 ACP., which EASILY fits right in your front or back pants pocket.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:36:36 PM EDT
Ankle holsters suck for ease of access and should only be for a backup gun unless you're really comfortable dropping to one knee to get to your weapon.

I am quite pleased with my Glock 27 in a Pager Pal for business casual and in a kydex holster for business slacks, tie and jacket. it's funny when one of my key requirements buying a new suit is that my concealed piece doesn't print.

God Bless Texas
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:45:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GodBlessTexas:
Ankle holsters suck for ease of access and should only be for a backup gun unless you're really comfortable dropping to one knee to get to your weapon.

I am quite pleased with my Glock 27 in a Pager Pal for business casual and in a kydex holster for business slacks, tie and jacket. it's funny when one of my key requirements buying a new suit is that my concealed piece doesn't print.

God Bless Texas



Has "pagerpal" got a website? I have never seen one.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:49:30 PM EDT
Check www.pagerpal.com

God Bless Texas
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:53:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 1:55:18 PM EDT
Really? My Glock 27 is really accurate. It could just be a preference thing, as some hate the Glock trigger. Have you bench tested it for accuracy?

God Bless Texas
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 2:15:14 PM EDT
I'm in much the same situation as you- business attire. But I find the ankle holster sucks.... Better to try my solution- a Taurus 605 357 mag and an Alessi pocket holster- made in either right hand or left. Looks like a wallet. My .02
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 2:30:33 PM EDT

I find that my .50BMG machine gun fits nicely in my shoulder holster. Easy to draw and you can even take out the bad guys vehicles if you need to.

Link Posted: 11/9/2001 3:58:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GodBlessTexas:
Check www.pagerpal.com

God Bless Texas




ahhhhhh,

Why didn't I think of that?
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 4:06:40 PM EDT
I carry a 92M Custom Carry II in a IWB holster. With CCW, one thing I learned is nothing is the same for everyone. You will try a few holsters/guns until you find something you are comfortable with.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 7:35:44 PM EDT
Smith and Wesson Centennial 642 .38/.357 2" revolver in a Ken Null horsehide ankle rig.

This combo works, I've never regretted it.

Link Posted: 11/9/2001 9:16:00 PM EDT
I also love the P32 for discrete (and deep) carry. No one is the wiser. Probably not a fight stopper though. If you are up against terrorists it aint going to cut it - but would stop your average criminal in his tracks. Stay safe! I had a Beretta but sold it for the P32. Get the chrome top if you can - better sight picture.
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 9:43:23 PM EDT
Wilson has a sweeeeeet lil. .357 that what I would go with.

But I really what a AOW 12ga.

Link Posted: 11/9/2001 10:10:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/9/2001 10:06:08 PM EDT by TREETOP]
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 11:24:44 PM EDT
H&K USP COMPACT
Link Posted: 11/9/2001 11:37:48 PM EDT
dude i set that as my walpaper
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 12:11:49 AM EDT
Beretta 92, SW 4506, Ruger GP100, and thinking about a USP 40.

One of the perks for living in the PNW is that during a good chunk of the year, the weather dictates clothing that can conceal just about anything smaller than a Desert Eagle.


The rest of the year I use a Gun Runner pack and I don't care if it looks "gay".
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:27:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Green_Furniture:
When I started carrying I carried my Glock 26. It's too heavy and if needed too inaccurate. I couldn't even qualify with mine, even after much massaging by the local Glock "master."


I was embarassing my wife by breaking clay pigeons on the 50 yard berm with my G26...
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 10:38:24 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/10/2001 10:38:08 AM EDT by Gunplay]
Kahr Arms P9 Covert(9mm) Only 17oz loaded! Great gun.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 10:54:48 AM EDT
I usually carry my little Baikal Makarov 9x18.
It cost me 80 bucks and is the most concealable and accurate little thing you can get for that kind of money.
I also like my Steyr S series ulta compact 9mm.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 3:42:24 PM EDT
Been carrying concealed regularly going on 8 years now. The only guns I have found comfortable to wear all day long are the Taurus Titanium revolvers and the smith and wesson airlights. I am down to having settled completely into a taurus .357 magnum 7 shot titanium model.
Light weight, great grip, always goes bang, no matter how much lint is built up in it. Sweat does not seem to bother the finish, and it shoots well at 15 and 20yds.
good luck in your decision, remember though the weight will make a big difference when you carry concealed, you'll see.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 3:53:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/10/2001 3:47:26 PM EDT by entropy]

Originally Posted By LilRhody:
Been carrying concealed regularly going on 8 years now. The only guns I have found comfortable to wear all day long are the Taurus Titanium revolvers and the smith and wesson airlights. I am down to having settled completely into a taurus .357 magnum 7 shot titanium model.
Light weight, great grip, always goes bang, no matter how much lint is built up in it. Sweat does not seem to bother the finish, and it shoots well at 15 and 20yds.
good luck in your decision, remember though the weight will make a big difference when you carry concealed, you'll see.



Yes, I have been leaning towards both of these, due to their weight and small size. Do you pocket carry these?

Thanks

[Edited again because i'm a dumbass, and can't spell]

Link Posted: 11/10/2001 5:56:34 PM EDT
Glock 27 in a IWB Sidearmor... very comfortable
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 6:02:48 PM EDT
Sig P228/P229. 228 in 9mm, 229 in 9mm, .40, or .357 Sig.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 6:28:03 PM EDT
Personally, I would NEVER carry a weapon smaller than 9mm for primary carry weapon (concealed or not)...unless it was the only alternative to not carrying anything.

I carry a full size Government-sized 1911 in .45acp (Les Baer Premier II) in a Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 holster. It's the best inside-the-waistband holster I've ever seen, especially for a full size gun like a 1911.

I humbly suggest that an Ankle holster only be for a secondary weapon. It's not convenient at all to get to when the SHTF. If you're carrying a small .32 or 9mm pocket gun, the Pager Pals aren't that bad an option. They suck for heavier/bulkier guns though...my snub-nosed S&W Model 66 is NOT comfortable to carry in a Pager Pal.

Whatever you do, spend money on a good holster. Milt Sparks and Mitch Rosen make EXCELLENT leather, and I would RUN AWAY from any holster under $40. Again, my opinion.

Congrats on your CCW decision.

"'Tis better to carry small, than not carry at all!" Tailgate, 2001
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 6:49:34 PM EDT
I usually carry a Glock 23 in an IWB holster. As I'm a big guy, concealing it is not a problem. Now, if you want something smaller, check out the line of Bersa .380's. They are light, concealable, and accurate. They can also be found at gunshows for under $200.

Vulcan94

Oh Boy, Only one post to 100!!!!
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:17:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By entropy:
I'm close to getting my concealed carry permit here in NC. This, of course, gives me an excellent excuse to buy a new weapon.

I am leaning towards an ankle holster, as I normally wear business clothing, ie tucked in shirt, tie, slacks.

Any advice on what I should get?

I am going to go out on a limb, I carry a colt mustang pocket lite and have all the confidence in the world in it. Okay, I know it is a .380, but I believe we are talking about a VERY unubtrusive weapon and that is the colt mustang pocketlite. I carry it IWB, but If I was in an extreme business situation better on the ankle than no where to be found. I would rather drop to a knee than drop dead. IMHO

Kentlik



[Edited because I'm a dumbass]

Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:18:56 PM EDT
Thanks alot.
Link Posted: 11/10/2001 8:56:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Green_Furniture:
I have found that the best CC gun is the KelTec P32. I can carry it in shorts and it's invisible, especially with the optional belt clip. My second fave is the Walther PPK, it's so slim you hardly know it's there.

When I know it's going to be hairy I carry my P229 Sig.



Ditto - and in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster, it's invisable. If your going to carry a gun get one your going to carry ALL THE TIME.

I'd also like to agree with the P229 option, but unfortunately I let mine go(still whining about that one [>(]), so I'll take the G19 instead.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 3:51:04 PM EDT
Glock 26/27 in IWB holster or J-Frame Smith with Barami Hip-Grip.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 4:30:34 PM EDT
I Carry full size 1911 Kimber .45 SLE.If I ever need it I want as much Gun as I can carry.
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 11:11:36 PM EDT
One of the most interesting quotes I've ever heard about concealed carry is from Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch, "Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable, it's supposed to be comforTING."
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 11:28:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vettman1:
Glock 27 in a IWB Sidearmor... very comfortable



I'm wioth vettman1, 'cept I carry the G19, same holster. I carry daily, and very comfortably.

-Gloftoe
Link Posted: 11/11/2001 11:52:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
Glock 36..cause it works for ME.



osprey21, I agree. I carry my Glock 36 in a sidearmor.....or my Springfield 1911 in a Concealco IWB.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:44:45 AM EDT
Glock 27 for summer.
Baer Officers 1911 for winter.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 3:49:13 PM EDT
1st choice - Kimber Ultra Elite with Laser Grips.

2nd Choice when can't really conceal - Colt Pocket 9mm.

Link Posted: 11/12/2001 3:57:34 PM EDT
I think of carrying concealed as a system of weapons and holsters. My system includes, among others, a NAA .22, Kel Tec .32, S&W 442, Glocks 27,23,22. I have various paddle, IWB, shoulder, belt, ankle, and pocket carry systems. With the above mentioned I can carry concealed in a bathing siut if I feel the need. There lots that works. Choose what works for you.
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:04:19 PM EDT
Sig Sauer P228............
Link Posted: 11/12/2001 6:22:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/12/2001 6:21:26 PM EDT by TheRedGoat]
Nobody else has posted this combo...

Ruger Vaquero in .45 long colt
El Paso Saddlery Holster http://www.gunblast.com/El_Paso.htm
Australian Duster
Cowboy Hat
Ostrich Boots


Walking into Wal-Mart with a Vaquero in .45 LC on your hip is quite a rush, imho... YMMV, of course.

and another thing....


In Texas you have more 'warm-hot' days that you will not want to carry inside the waistband, in an ankle holster, or under the shirt. Body heat leads to sweat, and sweat ain't a nice thing for a non-stainless gun.

NC is different climate wise, but think about long term durability of a primary concealed carry gun in the warm/humid environment of inside the clothing.

I carry a .40 Sigma on my right hip in a pancake with a cover shirt/jacket when possible.

On the hot days, I switch to a .380 Bersa in a fanny pack.

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