By Bob Owens
When I wrote about my decision to move away from tiny single-stack pocket pistols to a larger double-column handgun for concealed carry, the very first comment I got was from a slim and tall reader who thought concealing a full-sized pistol was “almost impossible.”
I responded that as a fellow tall and thin guy who has carried fullsize handguns for years without ever being “made” as a concealed carrier, I could write on the subject if there was any interest… and interest there was.
So let’s frame this.
I’m 6’2,” and depending on how well I hit the gym in any given month, my weight has fluctuated between 160-170 lbs. I’ve got a 40″ chest, and a 32″ waist. I’m a wiry dude, without a lot of mass to help hide a gun.
That said, I’ve carried the following not-tiny handguns concealed over the years:
- Sistema Colt Modelo 1927 (full-size, steel-framed, single stack 7+1 .45 ACP 1911)
- Smith & Wesson M&P 9C (compact,12+1 double-stack 9mm)
- Smith & Wesson 637CT (a “J-frame” 5-shot .38 Special with a full-size grip)
- Springfield Armory XD (full-sized, 16+1 double-stack duty pistol)
- Springfield Armory XD Subcompact (sub-compact, 13+1 double-stack 9mm)
- Walther PPQ 5″ (long-slide …read more
Source:: Bearing Arms