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Post by pbwalker » Thu May 01, 2008 10:22 am

Name is Brian. Just got my first sidearm (outside of the military) and put my first 200 rounds through it at the range. I'll be taking my CHL on May 10th and can't wait. There seems to be a lot of informative stuff on the site and I look forward to scouring through it all.

I've got a S&W Sigma 9mm (I couldn't pass up the price @ Academy - $250). I know it's not the best of weapons, but as an entry I think it's perfect. I now realize though that concealing this will be next to impossible in the San Antonio summer months. So I am in the market for a subcompact. I'd love to get some recommendations on what to stay away from or what to look for. Keltec P3AT seems to be a nice one as well as the Beretta PX4. Any thoughts?

Thanks and I look forward to hanging out here more often!

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Post by sbb » Thu May 01, 2008 10:29 am

Welcome to the forum. With a good cover garment and holster you should have no problem conceiling your Sigma. I carry a 1911 every day of the week in the hot and humid gulf coast.
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Post by Keith B » Thu May 01, 2008 10:34 am

Welcome Brian, glad you have become an official member!

I would suggest finding a range where you can try out some of the sub-compact guns and get what feels right. The XD sub compact is also a VERY nice choice. Check it out.

Good luck on your class and enjoy the forum!

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Post by bdickens » Thu May 01, 2008 10:50 am

Welcome aboard!

I think you made a perfectly fine choice; nothing wrong with it at all. When I get my 2nd Ammendment permission slip, I'll be carrying a Glock 19, but I'd have no problems with carrying the Sigma, either.

With some minor wardrobe adjustments, you should be able to conceal it no problem, heat or no heat.
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Post by longtooth » Thu May 01, 2008 11:14 am

:iagree: w/ Byron. No difference in the heat in SA & here in Lufkin. My son live there. My summer carry is the same as winter, 1911 commander or full size. My first carry was a Ruger P89. Yours is not too big. You just need a little practice & you will be good at it. :thumbs2:
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Post by RPBrown » Thu May 01, 2008 4:09 pm

longtooth wrote::iagree: w/ Byron. No difference in the heat in SA & here in Lufkin. My son live there. My summer carry is the same as winter, 1911 commander or full size. My first carry was a Ruger P89. Yours is not too big. You just need a little practice & you will be good at it. :thumbs2:
I agree with all of the above. The 3 I carry the most are a 1911, G21, and XD45 full size. Just have to adjust the wardrobe a little.
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Post by RiverRat » Thu May 01, 2008 8:31 pm

Welcome to the forum. You should have no problem carrying the Sigma with a good CCW holster. I got an XD 40 sub (3" barrel) for carry originally, but recently got an XD 45 compact (4" barrel) and honestly can't tell any difference in concealment. The grip lengths are very close to being the same......and the shorter the grip, the easier to conceal under your tucked shirt. Congrats on joining us.

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Post by striker55 » Fri May 02, 2008 12:43 pm

I carry my sigma 9mm and use the bare skin http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product ... _skin.html it hides well with the correct overgarment. I have a small collection of short sleeve shirts purchased at Wally World that covers nicely. Button down with long tails.

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Post by agbullet2k1 » Fri May 02, 2008 1:08 pm

Welcome welcome. I agree with the earlier posts. It's not as hard to conceal something big as one might think. I'm actually upgrading from a subcompact to a mid-size frame just for a better grip and more shots. In case you're dead set on small, I've never personally shot a Kel-Tec, but I hear a lot of love it or hate it comments. Plenty of reading material on this forum for that. If you're looking for the PX4 subcompact, it might be a little while. I'm waiting for one myself, and even though they were supposed to be out almost a year ago, the latest estimate I've heard is June, and they're going to be reeeeallly hard to get your hands on.

Sounds like you have a bit of time before getting the plastic, so I'd suggest trying to conceal the S&W around the house with different outfits and such. If you're still not comfortable, then maybe by Plastic Day you can grab something smaller. Have you considered the Ruger LCP?
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Post by pbwalker » Tue May 06, 2008 1:46 pm

Well, based on everyones advice, you were right. I picked up a leather Bianchi IWB Holster and wore it (Sigma 9mm) around the house all night yesterday and after a while I forgot it was there.

It's a tough feeling to explain, but I am sure everyone on the board will understand it...I love the feeling of carrying. Sound weird? It was different when I was in the military, but as a civilian carrying, even around my house, is a great feeling!

I also just picked up an inexpensive Rossi .38 Special this past weekend and love how it handles. It's no top-of-the-line revolver, but for a fun range revolver it has my vote!

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