ok so I'm still on the waiting list for the ruger lcp. I was checking .380 ammo and that stuff is on average 5.00 to 10.00 more per 50 than 9mm luger. here's my question in comparitive size and know that the glock 26 is obviously going to be bigger but by how much? could the 26 still possibly be used as a pocket carry like the lcp? I love my 9mm, this is my round of choice but I like the concealability(dont know if this is a word) factor of the lcp but is the extra cost of ammo worth the size difference?
Only you can decide if the trade off is worth it or not. I can tell you the G26 is not a pocket gun. If you want a 9mm for possible pocket carry look at the Kahr PM9.
The Glock 26 is by no means a pocket gun... It's too long, and too thick.
If you want a 9mm pocket gun, you have basically 3 choices.
The Kahr runs around $700, and requires 400-500 rounds of "break-in".
The Rohrbaugh runs around $1200.
The PF-9 is only $250-300, but is also a bit longish for pocket carry.
The Kahr is the equal to the Rohrbaugh I feel, for $500 less. Which brings it down to easy-pocket-carry 9mm for $700, or the "half-price" but bigger PF-9, which still seems to be having some reliability issues, even after it's rework, and second release. Personally, I'd guess most of the FTF issues are user-related, rather than gun-related, in a small 9mm.
Size-test a PF-9, which you should be able to find anywhere, or price-swallow the Kahr.
Or, just go buy a P-3AT, for $250-300, and have the same damn gun as the Ruger, with a longer track-record, for less money, and own it in 3 days.
here the thing I'm new to concealed carry and I want to make sure that I have it down before I start. I don't think my xd9 is practical for concealed being that its a little big and my clothes aren't baggy they tend to fit just like thwy should so concealing will be difficult. I could conceal the xd9 during winter if I was wearing a jacket but that lasts all of 4 months in texas leaving 8 month to figure out how to hide a pistol under fitted clothing this is where my delema comes in. I'm trying to find something for concealed in those other months. I love the xd9sc but again its bulky under fitted clothing. hopefully yall see where I'm getting at.
so looks like the lcp or the p3at are my choices since 700 for a Khar is not in the picture. as always yall have been more than helpful. the only thing I like that the lcp has that the p3at lacks is the slide lock. jeffward how do you like your p3at.
There is really not much of a comparison to make between a "Baby Glock' and an LCP. The Glock is a serious shooter that anyone can learn to shoot plates with at 25 yards, and enjoy it in the process. On the other hand, the LCP is really just a 'get off me' gadget that is not much fun to shoot, after the first time. It's strong enough to save your life, if you do everything just right, but not something you should be very confident about having to ever use.
I carry an LCP often, in hot weather, because sometimes it is simply that or nothing at all, but, when possible I carry a 9mm in a tuckable IWB, or if I have a cover garment, a .45.
I've changed my style of dress to accomodate my 1911:
With long humid summers on the Texas Coast, Hawaiian shirts are common, comfortable, and conceal well.
When I can't go Hawaiian, I carry my Kel-Tec P3AT.
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.
I am with Wandering man. M&P40 IWB with a cover shirt works well in Arizona heat.
I have tried a snubby .357 in the pocket but it is still obvious and uncomfortable.
Compromise your dress code a little bit and carry that XD9
if you MUST choose the .380,i would highly suggest you use ball ammo and not hollow points.i would suggest truncated cone.that would be my first choice.
642 in a galco IWB
well on that note since I'm married with a child. I really wouldn't have much to prove
but when I say my clothes fit I don't mean it in such a way as I'm wearing hip hugger and shirt that show off my manly fisique(how ever you spell it) I'm a bigger guy in a short mans body I'm not fat but my shirts tend to go right below my waist line. so now I really need help concealing instead of a choice of pistol. everybody been very helpful up to this point and I much do appreciate the input. here's my dress style. my pants are loose fit and don't fit quite snug aroudnd the waist unless I'm wearing a belt. I normally wear tshirts. so what would be the best concealed for this type of styled clothing. and please don't make me post a pic of my fat @$$.
Personally, I think you need to invest in a good IWB holster. It sounds like you already have the pants for it, since a belt would be advisable anyways. All you need are bigger shirts, or maybe start wearing button-down style shirts over an undershirt (this would be easier). I think you'd be surprised at how easy this would be.but when I say my clothes fit I don't mean it in such a way as I'm wearing hip hugger and shirt that show off my manly fisique(how ever you spell it) I'm a bigger guy in a short mans body I'm not fat but my shirts tend to go right below my waist line. so now I really need help concealing instead of a choice of pistol. everybody been very helpful up to this point and I much do appreciate the input. here's my dress style. my pants are loose fit and don't fit quite snug aroudnd the waist unless I'm wearing a belt. I normally wear tshirts. so what would be the best concealed for this type of styled clothing.
On another thought, advice would be easier to give if we had a picture.and please don't make me post a pic of my fat @$$.
P.S. Please - No pictures.
TOF in 40 years I probably will but I won't let that get me down now.
Jeff when you say IWB holster I understand but with which pistol. you talking bout XD9sc in bi-tone or baby glock.
PS - don't lie
well I've held the xd9sc and if its really not that much diff than the glock. the glock23 had to short of a grip for me so the 26 will probably be worse for me. hope I figure this out.
or the right holster. I'm thinking I'm going to purchase a galco they seen to have the best ones out plus give a supporting company some business. any other suggestions for iwb holster.