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Got my CCW permit and....

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by AWGD8, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. AWGD8

    AWGD8 Sr. Glocker29SF

    Mar 19, 2006
    I got my CCW permit last January and a few days ago I had a chance to setup my CCW rig.

    I have a Glock 39 Subcompact 45 GAP and also bought a cheap combat holster from Glock too. The holster is great, very close to the body, but the gun still print if I put the holster @ 2:30 strong side (right side). And also bought a 5.11 operator belt for the rig setup.

    I really prefer cross draw since it is natural and faster for me to use the left hand to sweep open my jacket or shirt up and unholster the gun.
    The cross draw also minimized printing and easier to sit down inside the car.

    My thought is, there is no way I can conceal this Glock 39 during summer time.
    It is a bit heavy too. I had a Ruger LCR 357Magnum before but I sold it. After owning that revolver, i realized how good the LCR gun for CCW on summer time would be. Now I am back to square one to find a good revolver for summer carry.
    I am a bit hesitant to get another LCR bec. It is not really that accurate at 16 yards, it is doable but needs a lot of range hours to master. Unlike my Glock 39, I only need to practice 50 rounds once a month and still easily hit center mass at 7-10 yards.

    I am looking at S&W 360 PD for summer carry. I wonder if just stick with the LCR 357? Revolver is very light to carry and does not print that much when wearing light clothing.

    FYI, tried the LC9 , G19 , G26 perfect size but I am not very accurate with it...
    Should I invest into the S&W Jframe revolver or stick with the LCR ? I kinda like the Jframe, but I got spoiled with the Ruger LCR smooth trigger... :crying:

    BTW, not a fan of IWB holster.....
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  2. rbailey13


    Dec 17, 2011
    Congrats on the CCW. I too live in WI and got mine in December. I carry a glock 27 in a fobus holster. It does print, but rides nice. If I wear a really loose coat or my packer pullover it hides well. I like the strong side carry due to the fact your not swinging the muzzle around and pointing at something you don't want to. But I am unsure how I'll be packing it in warmer weather.

  3. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    My LCR (.38spcl) is my main pocket gun. I've got the XS front sight and CTC Lasergrips. There's no way i'd go with a 360 over the LCR. Just get the .38, it's only 13.3 oz. S&W makes a great gun, there's no argueing that, but to me the LCR has a better trigger and the same weight for a lot less $$.
  4. mhmills


    Aug 15, 2007
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  5. check out the lcp. its a great summer piece.
  6. WI_DeerHunter13


    Jun 14, 2005
    IMO, you're going to need serious range time to be consistent at 16 yards with a scandium J-frame or any lightweight snubby (and probably double that if you're shooting .357s). I've never shot an LCR, but I don't see the S&W getting around your issues. That being said, my 340 is still one of my favorite carry pieces and I'm comfortable with some of its trade-offs.

    A good single-stack 9mm or a .380 (LCP, etc.) might be a good alternative. Or you can just start stocking up on Hawaiian shirts and pick up a 1911. :supergrin:
  7. AWGD8

    AWGD8 Sr. Glocker29SF

    Mar 19, 2006
    Thanks for all the feedback guys. =) I am still considering the Ruger LCR 357 dang!
    If I get that again, I`m sure I have to replace the stock Hogue grip. The stock Hogue grip is great in recoil dampening, specially with the 357Mag round, but it is darn to big and rubber friction snag against the clothing when unholstering.

    I have heard that the boot grip is smaller, but not sure if it will be a good recoil dampener?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  8. Have you tried something like a single stack semi? I'm a pretty thin guy and I live in Texas so I've been thinking a lot about what I could carry that won't print. So far I've thought about the Walther PPS (you can get it in 9mm or .40), the Rugur LCP/LC9, or the Baretta Nano.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012
  9. AWGD8

    AWGD8 Sr. Glocker29SF

    Mar 19, 2006
    I really don`t know what is wrong with me? I sucked at 9mm :supergrin:

    I rented the LC9 this morning and at 7 yards, my old LCR 357 with 38 +p
    grouped consistently better than a shotgun blast coming from the LC9 :rofl:
  10. So did you do the Inauguaral (sp) Wallywalk yet???
  11. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    The guns are far more accurate than you are. That said 16 yards is fairly long shooting for a snub nose. Realistically they're made for confrontations within a few yards (statistically there is the distance someone with a carry permit will have to shoot).

    You may want to consider getting some button up shirts to wear for cover during the summer. That should cover up the gun. If you don't want to do that pocket carrying a subnose is a great idea just realize you need to put a lot of range time in to be accurate with them at that distance. Hickok45 can do it but he's a darn good shot.
  12. EAJuggalo


    Jan 17, 2005
    Eagan, MN
    A good belt/holster combination should allow you to conceal just about any handgun effectively. I can conceal a G21SF without too much of a problem, and my phone prints much more than my sidearm.
    16 yards is an unrealistic expectation from a covert carry weapon. Most altercations follow the 3-3-3 formula, three shots in three seconds at three yards.
    I'm not a fan of cross draw since it requires you to sweep the entire room to bring your sidearm on target, and it is impossible to practice anywhere. It may seem faster to you but with a little bit of practice you will see it really is not once you start timing where the gun is in a position to hit a target ten feet in front of you rather than when the gun is brought up to your eye.
  13. WMDoug

    WMDoug Keep&Bear Arms

    May 15, 2010
    I pocket carry my LCR and have always figured that it would be going off at a distance of far less than 16 yards. I carry the revolver so I can shoot through my coat if need be and know there will be less of a chance of the slide getting snagged.
  14. Thx-1138

    Thx-1138 NRA Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    I conceal my G39 all year long.

    Shorts + T-shirt is no problem.

    Get an IWB holster. Comptac M-tac is my current holster, but many manufacturers make excellent ones.

    Only time I have problems is when wearing cycling clothes. Skin-tight lycra doesn't make a good cover garment.
  15. EAJuggalo


    Jan 17, 2005
    Eagan, MN
    Smartcarry or one of the under armour type holster shirts might work for you. Of course cycling is one of the few activities where the fanny pack wouldn't look too out of place.
  16. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I usually wear button shirts and cargo shorts during summer and carry either a G22 or G20SF IWB.
    No big deal and no one seems to notice. 5' 10" and 212 pounds. :supergrin:
  17. AWGD8

    AWGD8 Sr. Glocker29SF

    Mar 19, 2006
    I am saving up some money for another summer carry revolver. The G39 summer carry, even if wont print, still a brick to carry due to a thicker slide and heavy when loaded with full magazine. My old Ruger LCR 357 weighs 1/2 or less when loaded...
  18. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    16yards is a significant distance for a citizen SD event. I dont know that I would discount a pistol over concerns that it might not serve well at 16yards.
  19. Really? My summer time (central east coast of FL, very hot very humid) daily dress consists of cargo shorts and an untucked polo. My daily carry is a 5" Colt 1911 in an IWB holster and a spare mag on the off side.

    Not judging you, we are all entitled to an opinion and this is just are comprising safety for perceived comfort. A G39 is not heavy and can be easily concealed under a shirt. It is advertised as "sub-compact." Less than compact by definition.

    With regard to printing....this is an area that I think people get too hung up on. Unless you are trying to look like every other 18-23 year old Jersey Shore wannabe wearing an Affliction or Ed Hardy skin tight t-shirt your average t-shirt or polo will adequately conceal your pistol. Who notices the dreaded print? Other gun guys. The reality is that most people don't notice it, if they do they think it's your iPhone.

    Your new to ccw and understandably a bit paranoid that the whole world is noticing your pistol. They are not.

    End of rant:popcorn:
  20. And also carries half the ammo.....