Not me, and I have forgotten the odd size barrels(4.1, 4.125, etc.) I am only going by what other manufacturers do. Again, the firearms I currently own are classified as either sub-compact or compact by the manufacturers. Now, my Springfield 1911 Loaded is a 5" barrel and IS "Full Size". My MC2C, while it has a 3.9" barrel, is considered a Compact. Either it is the industry standards that determine this, or it is the manufacturers themselves.So you would consider a VP9 ( 4.1" barrel) a compact ? I guess they didn't need to make the VP9SK.
I agree. I put my M&P .45 COMPACT in my IWB, and it feels like anything BUT a "compact". Again, I am just going by what the manufacturers classify them as.For that matter a P30L ( long slide) is 4.45" barrel. Definitely not "Compact". I have a commander style double stack 1911 that's 4". Also not compact. Put any of those guns in an IWB holster and see if it feels compact.
Kinda like when they put a threaded barrel and an optic cut on it and call it "Tactical".I agree. I put my M&P .45 COMPACT in my IWB, and it feels like anything BUT a "compact". Again, I am just going by what the manufacturers classify them as.
It might be. Maybe this is something to do some real research on.I think my Shield .45 is a compact. I don't think the VP9 is a compact, nor does HK call it a compact.
I also think it has to do with the grip length.
My XD Mod 2 4" service model .45 is far from compact.I have 2 full size handguns, my XDM 45 4.5 barrel and my Emissary 45 5in barrel. My Emissary is my apartment gun/range gun and I will carry my XDM 45 on wildlife rescue calls in the SafariLand land holster open carry.
There is two reasons for that.
My two other carry guns are my current EDC mod2 sub compact 40 and my compact Elite 3.8 10mm w/optic, both of these are setup with extended mag grips but I don’t consider them full size guns.
Agreed, both my compact 10mm and sub compact mod2 40 are hefty guns also and could be considered full size.My XD Mod 2 4" service model .45 is far from compact.
Do you carry the 4" Shield or 3.3"I used to carry a full size Glock but now because of back issues the biggest or heaviest is the 45 acp Shield. Normally its the Hellcat.
Nice article on carry a full size gun for CCW, lot of people do, I have carried my G17 for awhile, just got to select the right holster and dress accordingly.
Carrying Full-Size HandgunsAre full-size handguns good for CCW? Or are they too big to carry? Sometimes you don't have a choice and must carry what you already own.gundigest.com
I occasionally carry my Garrison, but when I'm not worried about concealment even though I'm in an open carry state. The holster and belt really make a big difference here.Hi,
Good general information article. Thanks!
Yes, I must carry what I own. This XD9 4" is not hard for me at all. I rarely carry the smaller CW9 'cause I don't shoot it as well. I'm still saving up to get the 5" Garrison (.45) for my birthday. I hope to carry it, at least occasionally. We'll see how comfortable of a holster I can find.
Yes, wardrobe is important too. I guess I'm going to have to give away my skinny jeans.
Thank you for your indulgence,
I carried an M11 (P228) for plainclothes duty for years. I still think it is one of the best 9mm handguns for concealed carry-small enough to hide, big enough to be really accurate, and extremely reliableI carried a Sig 228 for 15yrs, now I switched a slimmer “pocket” Browning .380 until I lose some more lbs
I agree 👍I carried an M11 (P228) for plainclothes duty for years. I still think it is one of the best 9mm handguns for concealed carry-small enough to hide, big enough to be really accurate, and extremely reliable