I find that my mode of dress, holster and belt quality, and personal comfort level make as much or more difference in carryability as weapon's size. Lots of guys carry 5 inch 1911s and even Glock 21s with no problem...with the right rig and willingness to work clothing around it.
Long Answer: sheepdog is right. there is no such thing as a un-concealable handgun, it all depends on what you are willing to modify in you dress and carry techniques. I know a guy that carries a Desert Eagle .50 every day, and he is not a big guy. There seem to be two ways to approach this decision: 1) decide how you are going to carry, then find a weapon to suit your size/weight requirements, then try to become comfortable and accurate with it. 2) Find the weapon that you are comfortable and accurate with, then figure out how to carry it. Option 2 usually works better, and most people eventually find that both options together work best. I carry the M&P 9mm OTB every day, as well as a KelTec p32 in my support side pants pocket every day. If for any reason i am unable to carry the full size, i always have the BUG when i ned it.
I have my M&P .40 on me everyday, even in church. The guys at work have been used to me carrying for 10 years so no one even notices unless my shirt comes way too far up. The owner knows and likes to know theres one around although I'm the only one here allowed to carry.
I CCW every day with the M&P40. Work, business trips, church, in the house. Every day.
Sometimes I have to pat my overshirt or coat to remember if it is on. The key for me is the type of holster I'm wearing on any given day. Example: If I am wearing an inside waistband holster, then I know it's on because I can feel it in my side. If I am wearing a belt holster (like the Don Hume open top that I have on now), I can barely feel it on my side.
They are IWB so there should be no problem with dirt unless you are upside down and someone drops dirt down your pant leg. If anything, the open bottom would be better since gravity will pull "dirt" away from your gun and will also prevent "dirt" from collecting in the bottom of your rig.
I'm a little guy, 5'5" & 130lbs and I have no trouble concealing my M&P9. I do have to alter my choice of clothes slightly but you plan for it by buying jeans/pants one size bigger in the waist and wearing slightly bigger shirts.
I'm a little guy, 5'5" & 130lbs and I have no trouble concealing my M&P9. I do have to alter my choice of clothes slightly but you plan for it by buying jeans/pants one size bigger in the waist and wearing slightly bigger shirts.[/quote]
I'm about the same size and I have no problems concealing my .40.
Are those open at the bottom? I dont' want dirt getting trapped in the bottom of my holster[/quote] 8) Makes you wonder what someone is doing that dirt getting trapped in the bottom of a holster is an issue. Mud wrestling maybe?
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