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G23 vs J Frame

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by G21MAN, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. G21MAN

    G21MAN

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    I love my G23, and I have a great Galco carry rig for it. I like the power of the .40 round and the G23's capacity. The thing is that it's so much easier carrying my 442 in the pocket holster. I can even carry it at night while in my sleeping shorts. Any of you guys/gals find yourself going for the easier carry option. Even my clothes are better fitting with the J Frame.
     
  2. kimber6

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    It is all personal opinion when it comes to caliber/size and has a lot to do with what type of environment you are in. I spend a lot of time in bad neighborhoods/homes for work with people I don't know, so I usually opt for larger option (19/20/23).
     


  3. HarleyGuy

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    For a civilian, the chances of needing any gun at all is very small, and if needed, 5 rounds would probably be more than sufficent.
    The most important issues (at least to me) is that you are justified in unholstering a weapon, and if necessary using lethal force, and hitting the intended target.

    When the weather allows, I usually carry a G-27, or a Kimber Ultra CDPII. However, lately I've just been carrying my Kel-Tec .32 in a pocket holster simply because of it's samll size and light weight.
    I recently saw a Kel-Tec 9mm at the gun shop looked like ti would be pretty easy to conceal but I've had a S/W 642 for years (that has never been fired) so I may start carrying as a compromise.

    Sleeping with a loaded gun?
    I hope your holster safely covers the trigger.
     
  4. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    Ironic. I have my G23 on my hip and my J-frame in my jacket pocket as we speak...
     
  5. tall terry

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    It takes 3 J frames to match the firepower of 1 G23 and not to mention the recoil of 15 rounds of magnum ammo out of a less than 16 ounce j frame lol 5 rounds of anything don't give me a warm feeling
     
  6. either/ or. both guns will do the job. between the two it comes down which one you like the best. both gun have shown that they can do the job.
     
  7. If you want the 23 to be easier to carry get the 27! Then a good IWB like a FIST holster.

    I find the J .38 and the Glock complimentary weapons. I prefer the 26/27/33 series and airweight J 642s.

    Deaf
     
  8. Carver

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    Edc'd for 5 years w a j frame 340pd iwb, but latly g33 is my friend owb.
     
  9. cowboy1964

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    I'm a big believer in making carry as comfortable as reasonably possible. The gun that is with you is infinitely better than the gun that isn't.
     
  10. Ahmid

    Ahmid CLM

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  11. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    I just don't shoot revolvers well. With the J-Frame in particular (I have a S&W 642) for some reason I have an extremely hard time not using the joint of my finger on the trigger. Maybe it's the grip or the gun, maybe it's the weight of the trigger? Anyway, I used it as a BUG anyway to one of the guns I shoot well (G23/G26/LC9).
     
  12. Bullwinkle J Moose

    Bullwinkle J Moose Quick! Duck!

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    I hear you, bro. I have many handguns, but my J-frame is the one that is so lightweight, comfortable and dependable that it is my edc for the most part. The J-frame you will carry trumps the G23 you won't.
     
  13. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    The jframe and the g23 are not even in the same class of gun. The 442 is a discreet CCW/BUG piece.

    The G23 is a medium size duty gun, that can also be carried concealed.

    There is nothing wrong with having two carry guns. Everyone needs a pocket gun to carry in warm weather, quick trip to the store, when wearing dress clothes and tucked in shirts etc...
     
  14. WASR10

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    I carry a 642 around the house and when running errands in town. But if I'm going in to the city, or will be out of the house all day, I carry the G23. I carry the 23 in a Kholster and don't find it any less comfortable than the 642 in its Don Hume. The 642/Hume is simply easier to unclip and throw in the center console if I'm running in to the post office or what have you.
     
  15. para40

    para40 curmudgeon

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    My gunsmith, and good friend, said I was like his Dad.

    The older you get, the lighter the gun!


    And you chase slower women! :embarassed:
     
  16. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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  17. CTfam

    CTfam DREAM BIG.

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  18. writwing

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    What realistic scenarios do you see where you need 15 rounds?
     
  19. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    When I went out yesterday I had my P7 behind my right hip and my 442 in front of my left hip.

    Regards,
    Happyguy :)