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Anyone carry a full size or midsize during winter?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by ORHunter79, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. ORHunter79

    ORHunter79 ... Active Member

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    Starting to get cold again (more clothing), so I'm thinking of switching to my Glock 23 for carry. Anyone carry a non-subcompact? If so what gun and holster combo? Pics are nice if you have them.

    Thanks
     
  2. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I carry a full size pistol 99% of the time all year around. If it's cold enough for a coat I use a Galco vertical shoulder holster and carry a compact in my front coat pocket. We (my gal and I) have new matching G23s with the differential color nite sights. She will use a Bianchi pistol Pocket and I'll either use my G23 as the pocket gun/BUG to back up my G22 or BHP 40
     
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  3. 1stIDFMP

    1stIDFMP North of Salem, south of Portland Active Member

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    Carry my Glock 23 pretty much year round - more so in cooler weather (i.e. wearing a jacket, fleece vest, or sweatshirt). Carry my Glock in a Kydex belt-slide holster, Fobus paddle-holster, or IWB holster. In the fall/winter, I will sometimes carry my Kimber CDP II - mostly in a Galco belt-slide pancake holster. Always carry an extra magazine too.
     
  4. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    I carry my Commander-sized 1911 (used to carry a fullsize USP) year round.
     
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  5. lamrith

    lamrith tacoma Active Member

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    Carry full size M&P year round in Crossbreed supertuck. Even shorts and a tshirt it just vanishes. Long as you have a good belt you are set.
     
  6. MrFiux

    MrFiux Tillamook County Member

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    Yeah my usp is uncomfortable to carry everyday.... but looking at a caracal compact

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
     
  7. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I carry off and on a government 1911 through out the year - when its not a government it is a offcier model 1911 - no issues so far.

    James Ruby
     
  8. Schwabdl

    Schwabdl Hillsboro Active Member

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    full size 1911 in sparks vm2 all year
     
  9. Solomon

    Solomon Vancouver Active Member

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    Mid-sized year round here. Usually a CZ P01. I am more likely to have an extra mag or backup gun in jacket weather though.
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I always carry at least 3 reloads for the main gun and at least 2 for the BUG
     
  11. RBid

    RBid Wilsonville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Still carrying my SR9c. I may finally get around to ordering a solid OWB holster for my PPQ, though. I could easily carry that under a jacket.
     
  12. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Glock 23 with two spare mags. I got 13, 15, or 22 round mags to choose from as far as backup mags go.
     
  13. cwegga

    cwegga Helena, MT Active Member

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    I've always been confused by this so maybe someone could explain for me. The theory is that in the winter it is colder so you wear more clothes and can carry larger guns, maybe even a shoulder holster. Is that only for people who work outside? Or do people only carry outside? Because everywhere I've been people still keep their houses and businesses at a nice warm temperature so the majority of the time I'm inside a building and not wearing heavy winter clothes.

    I'm just wondering if I am more sensitive to heat and so other people just wear coats inside in the winter or are they just talking about carrying larger guns when they are running errands and won't be anywhere long enough to heat up and layer down? How does winter allow someone to carry a larger gun when it is still 68* inside every building and that's where I spend the majority of my time?
     
  14. Longshot34

    Longshot34 Moses Lake Member

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    I carry some flavor of 1911 year round. Usually in my galco kingtuk. Really disappears in my usual jeans and a tshirt wardrobe.
     
  15. ORHunter79

    ORHunter79 ... Active Member

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    Though your remark seems condescending, I will assume it is not and give you an answer.

    Some people cannot carry where they work because its against the rules or the law. I work in a federal building where carrying a firearm is illegal. While I disagree with this law, I do not violate it.

    Yes, colder weather means you can conceal a bigger handgun because you wear more clothing. I don't wear a jacket during the summer, but during the winter I do, pretty simple really. When I visit business establishments, I do not regularly take off my jacket. I go in conduct my business, and leave. As far as my home, I don't wear a piece, but it is always within 3-5 seconds of reach, depending on my location within my home.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  16. gunjunky

    gunjunky Arlington, WA Active Member

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    I always carry a 'full size' G22, 1911 (4 1/4" or 5") the only thing that changes is the holster used and that is a daily choice based on clothing.
     
  17. solv3nt

    solv3nt Portland Well-Known Member

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    I was carrying a Glock 23 year round in a Comp Tac MTac tuckable IWB holster. The 23 isn't difficult to conceal, except in business casual. I'm 5'8, 155#'s, and my problem is having a freakishly long torso, which makes it hard to keep my shirt tucked in. Shouldn't be difficult for anyone else of normal proportions :)
     
  18. Allfat

    Allfat Marion County Active Member

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    Good question. For me personally, I carry all the time, at work, in my home, doing errands, everything except sleeping. I have been carrying a Ruger SR9c in a IWB holster under a tucked or untucked t-shirt all summer. In the winter, the only change I have made is to tuck my t-shirt behind my holster instead of over it, and wear a jacket for concealment. I usually just wear a light jacket since I am usually not in the elements long, just like your argument says.

    At work, I work in a manufacturing shop as an engineer. I am mostly in an office, but back and forth between the shop and office drains the heat from the office. Since I can handle it fine, I usually just leave the heat off, and keep my coat on for concealment and comfort.

    At home, I take off my coat and untuck my shirt, thus making my shirt the concealing garment. This covers me if I am working in the garage, the yard, or whatever else would take place at my home.

    Using this method, I could carry a full-size gun during the winter, but not as much during the summer when I only have a t-shirt for concealment, instead of my jacket as well.
     
  19. cwegga

    cwegga Helena, MT Active Member

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    Thanks for the answer. I'm not trying to be condescending. I'm honestly trying to find out what people's situations are that make winter carry easier. in my case I can't carry at work either but it is also generally inappropriate to wear shorts to my work so my dress doesn't change much year round. Personally I take my coat off as soon as I get where I am going so I wanted to know how other people do things.

    Sorry if this is badly written, I'm trying to respond from my phone.
     
  20. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    Carry full size all year, even when taking a nap. Pants, shorts, T-shirts, Polo shirts, of coarse I don't dress all GQ with the jeans and shirts painted on. Here's the G21 with an X-concealment IWB all kydex holster. Do I print? You bet at times. Bend over and that big ol' Glock tumor shows. Bending at the knees and having a Wife run interference helps out.
    Good luck and stay safe,
    Mike
     
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