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Hey I am not 21 yet, hell im only 19 but as soon as I turn 21 I will be in the next avalible CCW class and I am wondering what should I get for concealed carry? I have a Glock 21 which I love to death but honestly it is rather big for concealed carry. I don't really want a 9mm because I want more knock down power. What would yall recomend?
 

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All bullets are actually poor manstoppers, and shot placement is key. That being said - too many people worry about rounds other than 9mm. I am happy with the 9mm.

Be aware that recoil in some of these smaller guns increase when you get into 40 cal rounds.

I had a Glock 26 for 8 years, but always hated the Glock trigger. Then in 2005, I discovered the Walther P99. Now, my carry gun is a P99 compact.

I personally like the P99c, the H&K 2000sk (subcompact)and the XDsc (XD sub compact). If not for the P99c, my next choice would be the XDsc probably. But, I would stay with 9mm.
 

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I am a Walther convert too. I also carried a G19 or a G32 for years. My current carry is an Ed Brown Special Forces bobtail and I really like it but I agree with Ship, get something you can shoot well then practice, practice practice. Just make sure you get a quality belt and holster - makes a world of difference.
 

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I have and always will carry a Seecamp ( LWS.32 )....I was saving up for a LWS .380, but spent it on my ps90.

The only other gun I think that may compare to a Seecamp is a Rohrbaugh R9 ( 9mm )

It fits in my pocket with room to spare, even inside a holster. And with no sites there's no chance for a snag as it is drawn.



I agree with Ship on calibers. I have complete confidence in the .32acp round. Bigger is NOT always better, ESPECIALLY when it comes to a firearm for personal protection.

OH YEAH....Think a gun with no sites can NOT be accurate ????
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being you already are used to shooting 45 with your very large G21, Glock is about to come out with the new version of the G30, the G30SF----(SLIM FRAME) a slimmer grip, you might want to try that out when the time is right............
 

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One of the things about picking a CCW gun is that what you can actually conceal will depend on your size/shape and what clothes you are wearing (often controlled by job or weather, or both). Also, it is better to have a 22 with you as opposed to the 45 you left at home because it was too hot out, too heavy, etc.

So honestly, you will probably end up with 2 or 3 guns and several holsters, changing as appropriate for your dress, etc.

Personally, I'd be looking at a small 38 or 357 revolver, but then I live in Florida and wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt 11 months of the year. Then again, I don't have a carry permit since I work at a college and it wouldn't do me any good...
 

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So honestly, you will probably end up with 2 or 3 guns and several holsters, changing as appropriate for your dress, etc....
I did. Carry guns are like Lays potato chips to me. one is not enough. :-D

I currently have a HK P7, SIG P232, Walther P99cAS, SIG P225, P229, P239, P245, and a S&W 642, as carry guns. I like them all for different reasons and wouldn't part with any of them. They are all smaller than "full size" guns and I have Milt Sparks VMII holsters for most of them. I don't try to carry my full size guns like the 1911's or CZ75.

Usually, I choose which one to carry based on what I am wearing. The P7 and the P232 are the thinnest and easiest to hide if I am wearing nice clothes. If I am wearing a baggy t-shirt or untucked golf shirt I carry the P239 or P245. If I wear a tucked in t-shirt and also an unbuttoned short sleeve shirt over it, I carry the P229 or P225. The walther and S&W don't get carried much bu I like them anyway.
 

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IMHO, everyone's ergonomics are different. I am 5'11", 170 lbs. My 24/7 CW is a SIG P229SAS, .40S&W, with the STC 14 rnd. mag, ammo=WIN Ranger SXT 165 gr. +P, holster=Milt Sparks VMII. My bride carries a SIG P239DAK, 9mm. w/WIN Ranger SXT 127 gr. +P+ in a Coronado Leather Shoulder bag. Since we live in FL, I am usually in shorts and short sleeved shirt with the tail out. If you dress around your CW, you will find that concealment is not a problem. The more you carry, and practice, the more comfortable you will become. :)
 

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After 27 years as a LEO, I have several different CCW's for different situations and it is hard to tell you whats best. Because what works for me might not work for others. The best advise I can give is find a gun that you feel the most comfortable with and practice to give yourself confidence in using it. Theres a way to conceal most every handgun out there. And what ever way you carry it practice that way.
 

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My personal CCW when im off duty is a full size Springfield widebody/wideframe .45 and two extra mags in the left rear pocket(reload hand) my wallet holds the mags in place, and my badge hooked in the front left pocket facing inward. I use a Bianchi modle 82 holster in the small of my back. A t-shirt hides it very well for me. Im 6" 1" 235lbs with a 36" waist. 10 years from now when i earn my DIKY DO award (Belly sticks out further than my dick do) Ill probablly switch over to one of those weapons on a neck chain :lol: :lol: :x
 

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Summer or winter?

In Michigan that means a BIG difference in clothing.

Summer -

Kahr PM-9 in FIST IWB kydex
Second mag in front left pocket.

Winter -
Glock 23 in Glock belt slide holster (I wear A LOT of fleece vests in winter!!)
Second mag in Glock single mag belt pouch.


As stated before, what works for me might not for you....I'm in the fortunate position that I can afford to purchase many handguns and try them out - if they don't work for me I sell them and move on. This system I now use is the result of 12 years of daily carry & purchase/sell of many great guns that didn't work for me. See if you can try out other peoples firearms or rent them for a shooting session if your local gun shop allows that.

Thank God for an understanding wife with a good job!
 

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It is FAR from ideal, . . . but even a .22lr can be helpful, . . .and better than nothing.

I have a problem in that my only pistols I have is the FNP-9 (with a slip on hogue grip, making it a bit wide in the handle), a Five-Seven (which may be too large to conceal), . . . . . and a Walther P22. . . . . . . Well, there is my Mark II with the 6 7/8" bull barrel, but that's never going to happen. . . . would be the most accurate carry gun I own, though. :)
 
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