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    What size do you carry

    What barrel size do you carry? I'm looking at guns that typically have a 3 or 4 inch barrel. It is relatively easy to conceal carry a 4 inch barrel? I've had a 3 inch barrel before, but I don't have any experience with a 4 inch.

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    I have a M&P 40, and a Model 59 both with a 4" barrel and I have no problems hiding them (1 at a time)

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    I carry a Glock 19 with a barrel length of 4.02 inches. I have no problem carrying it concealed what so ever.

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    For the most part, I believe it's not the barrel that's an issue with concealment, it's the grip of the gun that prints. I don't have my CHP yet (it's on it's way), but I will either be carrying an XD9SC (3" Barrel) or a G36 (3.78" Barrel).

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    Commander length 1911 ....4.25"

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    Very interesting to know. Thanks. I realize that it's typically the grip that prints, but I didn't know if the extra length created any issues with finding a good location for the holster or if removing the gun from the holster was more difficult. Do any of you do anything special to carry a 4" gun? A particular type of holster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    For the most part, I believe it's not the barrel that's an issue with concealment, it's the grip of the gun that prints. ...

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    +1...it's the reason I bought the XD 45C. It still has the 4" bbl that the service model has, but, so much easier to conceal with the shorter grip.
    I also recommend the Crossbreed Supertuck holster. Has to be the most comfortable IWB I've worn. Just my .02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanTn View Post
    Very interesting to know. Thanks. I realize that it's typically the grip that prints, but I didn't know if the extra length created any issues with finding a good location for the holster or if removing the gun from the holster was more difficult. Do any of you do anything special to carry a 4" gun? A particular type of holster?
    For the most part, you can often times use the same holster for the 3" and 4" models of the same firearm (this is not true in all instances, but it's quite common). Generally, there's no adjustment needed due to the extended barrel. Like I said above, with a longer barrel, the grip is usually bigger which may make the need for some kind of adjustment. Like tekhead1219 said, the XD45c is a great option to have the longer barrel but the shorter grip. Everyone is different in terms of what is and isn't concealable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanTn View Post
    Very interesting to know. Thanks. I realize that it's typically the grip that prints, but I didn't know if the extra length created any issues with finding a good location for the holster or if removing the gun from the holster was more difficult. Do any of you do anything special to carry a 4" gun? A particular type of holster?
    I use a standard concealed IWB holster, and also a shoulder holster depending on what I am wearing. As for a print I wear baggy shirts anyway.

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    When worn IWB a longer barrel, within limits, can force the grip to stay closer to your above belt body enhancing concealment.

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    just got and xd9 3" to carry

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    What barrel size do you carry?

    Quote Originally Posted by TitanTn View Post
    What barrel size do you carry? I'm looking at guns that typically have a 3 or 4 inch barrel. It is relatively easy to conceal carry a 4 inch barrel? I've had a 3 inch barrel before, but I don't have any experience with a 4 inch.
    I have a Kahr PM9 with a 3" barrel and can carry it anywhere. Usually in a wallet holster. I HAD a Ruger KP345 with a 4.2" barrel and it was just too big. Not just barrel length but grip width. Look at the total package. Test a gun with a holster. Can you see it?

    I now carry a Kahr KP45 with a 3.5" barrel but very slim and easy to conceal.

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    I carry my Kimber Ultra CDP II which has a 3" barrel. I used to carry it IWB but recently bought a Don Hume high ride OWB and really like it. This package can be easily concealed under a T-Shirt.

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    with the M&P 40 or the 9C I use the Don Hume pancake or a RCS IWB holsters I love both of them, prefer the pancake the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linux3 View Post
    I have a Kahr PM9 with a 3" barrel and can carry it anywhere. Usually in a wallet holster. I HAD a Ruger KP345 with a 4.2" barrel and it was just too big. Not just barrel length but grip width. Look at the total package. Test a gun with a holster. Can you see it?

    I now carry a Kahr KP45 with a 3.5" barrel but very slim and easy to conceal.
    What wallet hostler do you use to carry your Kahr?

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    Barrel length relationship to concealment

    I carry a full size Beretta 96 in a Galco S.O.B. or M.O.B during the summer months in Georgia, but typically carry the weapon in a shoulder holster with a dual mag carrier on the opposite side during this time of year. Never had any kind of problem concealing either. Take a run through Galco's website, they make some awesome leather.

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    XD9sc 3" in 9mm as my primary CC. NP w/carrying OWB. Or I use the wife's BERSA T380 -3" in a Desanti Pocket rig when the weather gets cold. It fits perfectly as a pocket carry in my leather coat, even though it's technically NOT a pocket gun.

    Did start out with a Beretta 92FS, but found it was hard to conceal sucessfully.
    Have used the 92 ocationally when I ATV in a BlackHawk Serpa paddle configuration, but again it's a BIG obvious gun.....so the BERSA usually goes in the front cubby or in my cheap nylon "EBay special" shoulder set-up.

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    Isn't that kind of a personal question

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    I carry either a 1911a1 full size of a Double Eagle full size.

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