I've had my concealed carry permit for a while now and have been carrying a Springfield XD-40 in a Fobus concealed holster with a blackhawk extra mag holster as well. I was just wondering if anyone could give suggestions for their favorite holster/gun combo. I'm looking to downsize a little as far as the overall size of gun goes and can't decide on a Glock 26 or a Taurus .357mag CIA model. Maybe there are some better options out there, but so far, those are the two that have peaked my interest.
Either way, I would appreciate suggestions.
What are your priorities ie. small size/low weight, capacity, caliber, etc? IMHO carry guns are like clothing; different guns for different occasions and types of weather.
It has to be a really hinky deal if I carry my 92F in shoulder holster and so I rarely do as I stay away from 'hincky' deals unless I am being paid very, very well. Even then I carry my p64 as shown here in my front pocket too.
I have a Ruger SR9c that rides in an IWB holster from Tommy Theis.
I have the 650 cia Taurus. As much as there are haters out there I absolutely love the gun. I can drop it naked in a jacket pocket, or I have a small bianchi in the waistband holster. Down side is its not a super accurate pistol, the trigger is ok, but a DOA snubbie firing 357's is just tough. Thats just the nature of the snubbie, smith 38 shoots the same way. Glock will group nicely all day with a ton left in the clip. However the glocks are all pretty chunky, I choose the 19 over the 26 cause it felt so much better, and I shot it better. Nice winter time carry gun though. My absolute favorite right now is my ruger sp101 4". Same frame size as the taurus but longer barrel is just super accurate and a blast to shoot. Not so ideal for CCW but not much worse than a glock.
I have one as well...quite a pistol actually...
I had a Taurus 85 Ultralite in .38 Special that was my off duty gun for years. It was finally replaced by a Kel Tec PF9, extremely flat, hold 7 rounds of 9mm +P ammo and fits into a pants pocket even better than my old Taurus. IWB carry is also EXTREMELY comfortable with this little beast.
Do you have the full size XD? You can go MUCH smaller...
If you're thinking thinner/smaller, look at Kahr pistols. They have several .40cal models as ell if you wana stay that way, but most all of them are quite a bit smaller, more so than a baby Glock. The CW40/CW9, the PM9, CM9 are just a few of the models you can look at. Also, the S&W M&P compacts are superb. I have the M&P40c, and it is top notch. If you do like Taurus, they offer the 700 series, very light and thin, as well the Walther has the PPQ series...
If you're thinking revolver, look at the S&W Airweight or BodyGuard series. I have 2 of them, and they are superb, and IMNSHO, MUCH easier to control than the newer LCR by Ruger(buy that one with caution)
Need to maybe decide on a budget and a caliber, and then go from there, 'cause there are many to choose from.
As far as the holster...again, it's a smorgasbord out there. First, maybe decide which style, IWB/OWB, etc., then choose leather, Kydex, or hybrid combo, and again, go from there.
For EXCELLENT Kydex rigs of any style, look first and foremost at Mult Holsters and Armordillo Concealment...just Google them. You will be pleased if you order from either...
In leather, there are dozens of makers, and I suggest looking at the following:
American Holster Company
Galco(just be careful, the quality is good, but the fit can be off on some)
That should get you started :-)
Rockozt: I have the service model XD (4" barrel), not the Tactical model (5" barrel). Budget, I'm looking at about a $500 ceiling. I do LOVE the S&W M&P series, incredible guns, good weight, balanced well, feel good in the hand. I was actually thinking 9mm though so I would go with the M&P9c more than likely.
Likewise, i also like the Beretta 92D since its got the fixed barrel and therefore a little more accurate in my opinion.
But yeah, overall, I'm looking for 9mm or .357 and form factor is key, I want skinnier and lighter. Keep bulkiness to a minimum. This is going to be my spring/summer CCW and since I live in Oklahoma, will probably end up being my fall/winter as well since it stays pretty warm year round with the occasional snow flurry and bulky clothing is not worn very often March-October.
Hearing this, def look at the Kahr CW9 and the CM9, I own both, and they will work for what you say you want, and in your price range.
They are solid pistols.
+1 for the Kahrs, very slim and well built. I don't have one only because Kahrs are not Southpaw friendly.
Keep in mind for self-defense purposes that no handgun of any caliber will stop an attacker instantly or even stop them at all reliably.
Only a hit to the left ventricle of the heart or if the bullet pentrates the skull and enters the braincase is there any 'medical reason' a handgun bullet will stop an attacker so quickly they can't return fire or even draw a gun and fire.
For this reason I do not cartry heavy caliber pistols,more weight ,more recoil, longer recovery time between shoots, less comfortable to carry which eman IF you carry sometimes and not as easy to place the shots where needed with calibers above 9mm.
What most people see as 'accuracy' is 'rang'e or' target practice'accuracy' which is of no relvanceat at all to the self-defense use of the pistol. You won't know the pistol has sightss on it much less be able to use them in an SD situation as that is phsiologically impossble for most people under an adrenal dump which all you can count on in real attack.
Besides the distance will be from 2 to at the most 10 feet anyway in almost evry case I have stuided or investigated. None of this in the least bit theory to me either.