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Old 08-23-2020, 03:01 AM
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Default Concealed Carry w/Laser in Hot Florida Recommendations

It's hot down here and we wear shorts half the year.

Looking for opinions for a MADE IN USA weapon that can be carried, not too bulky or really heavy.

Something not too cumbersome - I have no idea.

Inside the waistband is likely not an option

All of my present weapons are far too large

Leaning toward a revolver, as opposed to an automatic for reliability reasons, but open to suggestions.

Cost is unimportant.

The best possible combination of weapon, holster and integral laser is

Thank you in advance for sharing.

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Kel-tec 380 with a red Crimson laser. That is what I carry when unloading and on the truck. . Fits right on your pocket. Thats why I like the smaller pistols.
Have 2 9mm 15 shot P 85 Ruger and a Ruger LC9. The Lc9 is to big and bulky to pocket carry but that 380 is small enough you can stuff it anywhere. I wear shorts from when it hits 50 degreese in spring till it goes under 50 degrees in winter and its hotter what I do loading and unloading on black top pavement .

I know everyone loves big guns. I own the biggest and the baddest to . 460 mag S&W takes out targests peterbuilts and small buildings. LOL but I'm crawling in and out of cars, sometimes with the doors are not open but a foot over seats getting out the back doors of cars I can' t have anything on the outside that will scratch or tear something if it gets caught on it. That 380 in the pocket works perfect. Anyone that is going to walk up to you and try and rob you is not going to keep charging if you put a 380 in them or start firing whats the LE favorite saying. 3 to 5 to stop a threat. .
Chicago, Detriot and Baltimore. If it works for me you'll be fine.

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I lke the Sig Sauer P938 Scorpion
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Ruger lcp or smith bodyguard 380.
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I wear shorts year round and carry the lcp either in a pocket or inside my waistband just to the right of my bellybutton. Been doing it for years and I dont even know its there.
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S&W J frame airweight in .38 with in the grip Crimson Trace.
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Iwb is far superior to pocket carry in terms of ability to draw the weapon from multiple positions. With a 9MM in a crossbreed mini tuck at 4:00, I can draw seated or standing, even with a seat belt on. Pocket carry you pretty well have to be standing, and it’s a much slower draw. I wear light weight shorts and a polo 80% of the year in SC. Key is a GOOD GUN BELT.
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LCP II with a crimson trace is the best option I have found. Light, small and fits easily in your pocket with a Desantis Super Fly or Alabama Holsters pocket holster. I even got a sneaky Pete and it is small enough not to look odd or attract attention.

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I carry a glock 43 here in Florida IWB with a good holster and belt as has been stated. I take it you are kinda new to this so I will also offer this advice, ditch the stupid laser and spend the money on a course that teaches defensive pistol shooting and ammo to do some training.
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Another vote for the LC9 ruger with laser. I pocket carry it with no problem and am in shorts 95% of the time. It always goes bang and it takes some harsh use as it goes on the boat every time.

I also practice with the laser and can be on target without coming to full draw and aim. I do all my defensive practice out to 7 yards and no more. The gun is not for match shooting.

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Sig P365 is my carry. Not the smallest but it is considered a micro compact. 10+1 double stack and Sig has the optional laser attachment they sell. Lots of holster support for it plus you can swap out frames or slides with the XL version and create a different feel.
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Originally Posted by Boogan1 View Post
I carry a glock 43 here in Florida IWB with a good holster and belt as has been stated. I take it you are kinda new to this so I will also offer this advice, ditch the stupid laser and spend the money on a course that teaches defensive pistol shooting and ammo to do some training.
This x 1,000. If you can't hit a man instinctively point and shoot at self defense distances...keep practicing. Laser will just slow you down.
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What they said.
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I'm in FL, and when I put any weight in my shorts pocket, they fall down onto my flipflops.
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I carry a Ruger LCP with a Crimson Trace IWB.
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I had a Kel-Tec and the spring came out the guide rod. Long gone. I second the Smith hammerless and the Sig 365. I carry both in a soft pocket holster
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Originally Posted by Mille Fleur View Post
S&W J frame airweight in .38 with in the grip Crimson Trace.
I agree, except for the air weight. I had an airweight and it hurt my hand at the range. Wonderful for concealed carry. 5 rounds.
I have a S&W model 60 with a three inch barrel and Crimson Trace laser grips. Either way, a small revolver with a Crimson Trace laser is fine.
Pick the revolver you like, and feels good in your hand and upgrade the grip. The laser is useless in daylight. It does help you practice at the range.

With a carry gun, I want reliability and safety. Magazine capacity is secondary. I plan on avoiding shootouts and getting away as soon as trouble surfaces.
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S&W M&P 9mm Compact in a Crossbreed Supertuck, or Alien Gear Cloak III, carried at 3:30- 4:00. Jeans or shorts. Good gun belt, with T-shirt over. Carry all day blistering hot to cold. No laser required.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
This x 1,000. If you can't hit a man instinctively point and shoot at self defense distances...keep practicing. Laser will just slow you down.
I don't personally find the second sentence to be true, although I realize it's directed at a pretty different person than me: I can point shoot better than 99.99% of gun owners. Still, for high speed precision in the dark I really like lasers; I'm extremely fast with them and back when I used to get paid to burn a thousand pistol rounds a month I'd see about a 15-20% speed increase in low light on any timed course. And some shots would have been nearly impossible to make confidently in the available light at the time if I didn't have the laser. In fact I ended up taking a different pistol to the second block of low light training I was in simply because I felt I was working with an unfair advantage and not getting as much out of the training as I could be. It's like the difference between taking a rudimentary rifle class with irons, or showing up with a red dot. The red dot jumps you ahead several levels without even trying; the laser is the same thing in darkness.

I would say use the laser, but don't ALWAYS use it. Not every surface will show it well in the real world and you don't want to get into needing the confirmation on every shot so you need to be able to shoot. But if you can shoot at a basic level to begin with, say spend a year shooting 500 rounds a month and win a few local matches in a production class etc, they're extremely handy.

If you can't shoot at all, and most gun owners can't, really, then it's almost moot. They don't work for everything but for non-shooters they at least give you some real-world reference. I don't find them a bad choice for non-shooters who want a compact defensive gun.

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