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Summer carry

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by hongster, May 11, 2013.

  1. hongster

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    I EDC a G19 but with summer right around the corner I would like something smaller when wearing lighter clothing.
    I used to carry a LCP in a belly band but I want something in 9mm. I'm was thinking about some of the pocket pistols like the Kahr CM9, Sig P290 or the Beretta Nano. But those short grips makes it a little difficult to shoot with speed and accuracy. The single stack subcompacts like the Kahr CW9 and S&W Shield came into my mind. I could still use the belly band with them. But then the Glock G26 comes to mind. The only problem I have with the G26 is that short stubby grip and the width. Need some serious advice.
     
  2. dwm2112

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    I just added a G27 which has the same short grip and have no problems managing it so I would the the G26 would be a good option for you.
     


  3. G26 with GAP floorplate in an MTAC conceals easily under a t-shirt.

    PM9 in a CTAC really conceals well under just a t-shirt.

    PM9 also pocket carries nicely in an Aholster.

    I don't have experience with a belly band.
     
  4. barth

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    When a Glock guy wants a slim single stack 9mm?
    Walther PPS is usually in that conversation.
    Kahr's CM9 has been getting great reviews too.
    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Jeffrey Lebowski

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  6. Audiman77

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    I carry a 27 and sometimes a xds when's it's warm. 23 is what I usually carry tho
     
  7. Bruce M

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    More than a few here have reported shooting the G26 better than the bigger 9mm Glocks. Some have reported seeing this at various competitions and events.
     
  8. Audiman77

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    This. I shoot my 27 as well as my duty 22 and my 23. The pinky thing isn't a big deal w practice so the 26 is a great idea. My 27 has been my duty gun for plain clothes work for a long time now
     
  9. Glockgeezer

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    My G-26 is the best shooting 9mm I've ever shot. If this wasn't a fact, why would I keep buying other brands trying to find something better?
     
  10. uc1twinbee

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    I have a G-26 and G-27, both are a pleasure to shoot. There is a slight difference in weight because 40 ammo weighs more than the 9 mm ammo.

    I use the same holster for both.
     
  11. Inebriated

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    I carry a G19 a lot, but when I want comfort or maximum concealment, I carry my 26. Not a big difference in the size of the guns, but they are like night and day, for me.

    I carry my 26 in a N82 Pro holster. VERY comfortable in the summer (more comfy than leather or kydex/plastic, imo), and just absolutely disappears with the 26.

    Of course, you could get thinner holsters, and get better concealment, but for me, the thicker N82 works just fine, since I'm not having to work to hide the grip.
     
  12. EAJuggalo

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    What is the problem with the 19? usually when people start looking at smaller guns for summer it's the thickness that is the issue, not the length of barrel or grip. The thickness would be the same both of the grip and the slide on the 26 compared to a 19 so I don't think you'd get what you wanted to out of switching.

    If you really want to go smaller I'd go with either the Nano or Shield sitting in a good two attachment point holster, something like an MTAC, Supertuck or VMII.
     
  13. Audiman77

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    Length of grip and width are the too main issues. Length of the slide usually isn't an issue. Some ppl have an issue concealing grip length. I'm 5'7 190 muscular and have issues concealing a 23 sometimes.
     
  14. Simpleman71

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    I think the smith and wesson shield in 9mm is the best for summer carry. Not to small like an lcp and not thick and chunky like a g26. I carry an lcp when i run but would rather have atleast a 9mm for edc. Only problem is finding one. They are hard to get ahold of.
     
  15. Audiman77

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    The shield is sweet. I've been carrying my Springfield xds a lot off duty lately. That things bad arse!
     
  16. oldsoldier

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    Probably not what you're looking for but I carry a XD-S summer and winter. The pistol is easy to hide in a good IWB holster.
     
  17. Audiman77

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    Love mine. Had it nickel boron'ed through fail zero.
     
  18. hongster

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    I think I'm leaning towards the Shield. I use to carry a M&P9C so I'm familiar with the platform. Gonna go to the LGS this week.
     
  19. shockglock

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    After I got my CCW I was very paranoid about printing with my g26. I bought and sold several guns until I ended up with a g26 and CM9 for my carry rotation. The CM9 was for summer and the 26 for winter. I have come to realize that the 26 can be carried most of the time, even with just a t-shirt as a cover. I saw alot of people post that they could carry a 26 with just a t-shirt, but I didn't believe them. Now my CM9 is just for deep concealment. I carry my 26 about 90% of the time now. I carry IWB using a Galco KingTuk.
     
  20. Audiman77

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    People aren't usually staring at others wait bands so printing w a 26 shouldn't be an issue. I've done undercover work in Baltimore carrying my 27 iwb in a silent thunder and no ones ever seen it.