Men might have easier fashion options for holstered CCW of a real gun than women, but that doesn't mean it's simple-easy.
Finding a way to carry a full size pistol, especially in warm climes, concealed has always been an issue. August carry for men still is t-shirt, hawaiian shirt cover garment, and cargo-type shorts with a belt.
But the other question that vexes is weapon choice. What is the lowest profile full size (in this case, meaning full size caliber, or at least that is what I am going with) gun that you can still shoot well? Sure, there are now mini-9's out like KelTec and Kahr and that new Boburg thing. But, from anecdotal reports, they are a bit hard to shoot well. And if others are having issue with snappy recoil making second shots harder, I know I will. They need more weight, methinks. And weight consideration have never been a priority for me.
What about the Sig I own? That's full size, at .40. When I carry the Sig 229, it's is bulky in the IWB. The grip bangs and hangs on wooden chairs and the like. But it is better than the even larger service size pistols (or actual full size pistol, like you find in a Police holster or with the Military, niether of which worries about concealment.). It was an attempt to solve the problem I, and others, have that didn't quite get there for summer carry fashion. And the newer Sig grips are slightly skinnier, but not enough to write home about, it seems to me.
The same applies to other double stack pistols like Glock/XD/M&P in my situation, even thought they get a bit slimmer than the Sig. I'm talking the compact sizes. I shoulda mentioned that curtailed grip of the sub-compacts is a non-started in my evaluation for the same reason that the mini-9s are. Though sub compact is a way to go. Full size caliber, and a bit better than the mini's for shooting.
The closest I've come to solution, the compromise that answers nearly all conditions, is the Colt Commander. Slightly shrunken length, full size caliber, and with regular grips it's slim, with slim grips it's even slimmer. Which is why I bought it, and them.
It's also why my fantasy gun is a plastic .40 single stack that could be as slim or slimmer than the venerable 1911. Really, I only choose .40 in this fantasy because it allows more size reduction in the grip. And begins with a .4x. But that gun ain't been invented yet.
No worries. I guess I have found that single stack .40, and it has the added benefit of being a .45. And a 1911. And I already own it.
Time to transition to it. The Commander.
[One other thing, had my fantasy single stack been invented and released last week... Do you know how long I'd have to wait for the holsters manufactureres to catch up? At least with a 1911 choice there is a plethora of aftermarket support on the accessories.]
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