View Full Version : the best handgun/holster for ccw and me

04-24-2010, 11:09 PM
I realize that this question is a bit subjective but after I get my ccw i would like to get a pistol that is accurate but also inherantly concealable. I would also like some input on how to carry the pistol. For example how to balance comfort, accessiblity, and concealment. Im 6'2, 200 pounds with larger than normal hands if that helps. Thx for your help.

04-24-2010, 11:39 PM
If I were your build I'd have my 1911 in an IWB.

04-24-2010, 11:47 PM
I should also mention that I'm a gun newbie so acronyms like IWB or LE only confuse me.

04-25-2010, 12:26 AM
iwb = in the wasteband

04-25-2010, 12:27 AM
oh and LE= law enforcement

04-25-2010, 12:35 AM
Go to www.crossbreed.com and look at their IWB (inside the waistband) holsters. In my opinion, they are the best and most comfortable available. I use them for two of my carry guns.

If you're new I'd suggest taking some pistol courses to familiarize yourself with weapons. Then take some defensive pistol courses to learn how to carry and how/when to use your weapon.

04-25-2010, 6:57 AM
I have a S&W 442 airweight that I carry more than anything else. It goes with me everywhere because it's easily concealable, light and comfortable to carry. I usually carry it in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster. The holsters cost about $20 and work perfect. The holster stays in my pocket every time I draw. The 442/642 is a very accurate gun for it's intended purpose. More than 5 rounds would be nice, but with some practice you should be able to put all 5 rounds close together in the chest as fast as you can pull the trigger at about 3-5 yards away. I think that is pretty effective for a CCW gun. I don't worry about long distance target practice with that gun because in reality I would have no reason to justifiably shoot someone from that distance.

My other guns on the permit are a Glock 27 and a Glock 36. These guns are also easy to conceal as well, but not as easy as the 442. For these I use either a Don Hume IWB clip on holster or a Simply Rugged Cuda holster. Both holsters fit either gun. It is important to have a good quality gun belt to support the weight of the gun and hold it tight to your body to conceal it well.

04-25-2010, 7:52 AM
I carry a S&W MP 40C (MP 40 compact) and I'm 6'2" and 210 Lbs. I carry it in a Crossbreed Supertuck (IWB) holster under baggy T shirts with no problems.

I also like the TT Gunleather IWB holster and just ordered one for my full sized 1911 (TT Gunleather has about a 6 month lead time for ordering, they are that much in demand)

I usually don't recommend single action pistols for new pistol users. There is not enough trigger resistance (feedback) on single action guns for new shooters in high stress situations.

04-25-2010, 8:52 AM
I'm 6'2" at 210 and I like my full size 1911 in a milt sparks vm II.

04-25-2010, 10:14 AM
Thanks so much for your comments you have defenately given me a good foundation to start from.

04-25-2010, 12:02 PM
Since you're 6'2" and 200lbs, you can conceal a lot more gun, than folks who are smaller. Depending on what they're wearing, some CCW a 1911; 357 revovler; full size, compact or subcompact Glock, SA XD, or S&W M&P; just about anything..

04-25-2010, 12:36 PM
DeSantis Scorpion IWB for any of the Glock, XD or M&P line of pistols. Can't warm up to my Crossbreed Super tuck yet. I've only had it a week, so I'm still breaking it in.