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Old 06-21-2011, 11:09 PM
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Thoughts on full size carry?

I'm about to get my concealed carry and i'm thinking about carrying my full size Springfield XD .45 w/ 5" barrel. Any thoughts on this? Its my favorite pistol that I've shot and I feel very comfortable w/ it so I would like to carry it. I'm a fairly big guy so I don't think it will be too much of an issue. What are y'alls thoughts?
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:34 PM
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Carry what you're comfortable with and can shoot well under stress.

That being said, a full size .45 is A LOT of gun to carry concealed every day. I'm 6'4" and 240 pounds and I in no way enjoy carrying my 5" 1911. A good holster and a good belt will definitely help, though, if you're dead set on carrying it.
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:21 AM
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yeah, its a lot of gun to have around but i found a really good holster for it that i think will make it pretty comfortable. i'm 6'3" and 260 pounds so i think my frame can help hide that big of a gun.
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just do it
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haha..i hear ya. i can't wait to finally get it.
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I have carried a gun both concealed and while working since I turned 21 (which was a while ago). I have found I like the smaller guns for comfort and being able to carry in any clothing: under t-shirt, shorts, under armpit, ankle, small of the back, hip pack, or any where you could hide a gun. I carry a .40 cal Glock 27 with the +1 mag extender in a DeSantes SOB holster most of the time. The .40 is a very reliable round, although lighter than the .45 it is faster and has better penetration through clothing. I carry every day, almost always in this configuration. I have carried 1911s and other full frame weapons, but the comfort is worth it. The glock is a reliable and sharp shooting gun, but the are others that are similar and just as reliable. Good luck with your selection and be safe.
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thats good info. i plan on eventually probably getting a sub compact 9mm for my carry, but for now i dont have the money for another gun, so i'm thinking on this one. plus i feel very comfortable with it. i'm just wondering if it is too big to carry all the time.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:28 AM
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There is nothing wrong with carrying a full size... I have carried both, just make sure you find a holster that you are comfortable with and is completely hidden. The idea is that nobody knows you have the gun. You have a slight advantage being that your aggressor doesn't know your armed vs. him targeting the known threat.. Guy with gun..

Make sure you have quality ammo and practice ( both dry with out ammo and at the range). Do dry drills no ammo or mags at all; drawing the weapon, pointing in at a target and then depressing the trigger. Practice wearing the clothing and holster that you are going to wear Dailey.
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thanks man. thats some good advice.
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practice both dry with out ammo and at the range
None of the ranges here will allow any type of "draw" in the range itself unless you're in a class for CCW for liability reasons

Just something I'd throw out there J.I.C.
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