What is your upper limit for comfortable carry weight?

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  1. cowboy1964

    cowboy1964

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    My Glock 26 weighs 26 oz loaded. It's about as heavy as my old back would want to carry all day. I'd like to get something like an M&P 45c or H&K 45c but that's pushing about 36 oz loaded (and a spare mag would be more yet). I just can't see it.
     
  2. flagg

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    fully loaded G19 — it gets to be a drag after a while, though I'm hoping a real gun belt will help that.
     

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    Your handgun should be comforting, not comfortable...
     
  4. Yellowfin

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    Depends on for how long of the day and what I'm doing. I've gotta get something lighter for my photography work: 1911 + camera with heavy lens + flash head + flash battery pack + spare camera w/ flash = ME TIRED!
     
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    I ran the numbers also and came to the conclusion that it is either the glock 26 or a gun similar to the Ruger LCP when looking at weight.

    In between weight guns didn't made sense for the weight savings versus the glock 26.

    For example, the Sig p238 is about 20oz loaded; a 6 oz savings versus the glock 26.

    Considering I can not find 380 ammo the 26 makes the most sense to me.
     
  6. Ryobi

    Ryobi SummertimeRules

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    You handgun should be both comforting and comfortable. Anything from a 27 to a 5" 1911 is fine for me. All you need is quality holsters and a proper gunbelt. Without a proper gunbelt, or carrying IWB all day in situations that don't lend themselves to IWB, even small guns can be uncomfortable.
     
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    Not sure of the weight but my EDC when home is a Para-Ordnance P-14; 5" double stack 1911, fairly heavy but comforting.
     
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    I comfortable with a full sized 1911.
     
  10. Lester R. Britton

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    Try a shoulder holster. It takes a little while to get used to but in the long run it's quite comfortable and you can carry a 1911 5" all day and not get tired. Just a thought. I carry that way.
     
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    Width matters, too. Especially for IWB carry. I've found a fully loaded G19/23/32 comes in at about the same weight as some commmander & officer sized 1911s I've owned. The thing is though, the 1911s were much more comfortable to carry & at the end of the day, I didn't noticed them nearly as much as I did w/my Glocks.
     
  12. Blitzer

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    With the correct holster my S&W 5903 TSW, normally the Kel-Tec P-11.
     
  13. beforeobamabans

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    This is a real issue that most people don't really think about. I recently changed my EDC from my G30SF to my G26 saving 7-3/4 oz on my belt. That is a very noticeable difference.
     
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    I just switched from a G19 for everday carry to a G26. The G26 is noticeably easier to conceal and more comfortable. My "shorts and T-shirt" gun is a S&W Airweight in .32 H&R magnum. My belt holster/untucked shirt weapon is the G19. So the G19 is my upper limit.
     
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    The G26 is my upper limit. It is OK but I'd want nothing heavier or larger. I still miss that little S&W Airweight that disappeared in my front pocket, but I just couldn't get used to the idea of only five rounds of .38 ammo.
     
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    Only suspenders I've seen in WM are cheap ripoffs of the Perry. Be careful.

    For me about 20 or 22 ounces LOADED is tops in the weight department unless using some sort of shoulder carry. I've got a Beltman belt and a drawer full of brand name holsters. Don't work for me, but my back is not good.
     
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    Love having my Sp101 in my pocket, it is very reassuring. That being said, the sp101 in my pocket is ALOT more comfortable than my g17 OWB.
     
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    Lately mine has been a G22 and one or two extra mags. My belts carry them very well and I do not feel it.
     
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    Looks like 2lbs, 11.75oz, the weight of my G21sf in my Comp-Tac MTAC.

    Works for me,................:supergrin: