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Old 07-03-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, from my last post, I made myself sound like a moron, I apologize

But here is the good news I just bought a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 I love how small it is. It's easy to carry and I haven't had anyone notice(even close friends) while wearing T shirts.

Anyone else ride motorcycles while they carry? Tips welcomed
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
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Honestly, I don't even remember your last post. I went searching for it, but on a brief scan, I didn't see anything too out of the ordinary.

So congrats on the purchase. Reading your January thread briefly, it seemed as though you were going to go with either a .22 or a 9mm for your first gun. Why the switch to .40?

You will appreciate the shield more and more as you carry it. Everything I've heard indicates they are fantastic and for that reason I might pick one up down the line (currently carry glocks and sigs).

As for the motorcycle stuff, I can't help you at all. I would kill myself on one of those, no question.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:51 PM   #3
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It's my primary ccw carry. Love the size. Easily concealable even in California's hot weather in a PJ holster under a plain T-shirt.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:34 AM   #4
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It's my primary ccw carry. Love the size. Easily concealable even in California's hot weather in a PJ holster under a plain T-shirt.
Nice choice, I carry a Glock 27 in 40 cal....have you shot it yet and felt how it runs? For a first gun I would have suggested a 9mm in the same size but if you can handle it, that is all that matters.

Now....if you do not shoot it, just bought it as an accessory for your bike.....and feels nice to wear....you might have an issue if God forbid, you ever have to use it. But, I am giving you the benefit of the doubt.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:08 AM   #5
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Honestly, I don't even remember your last post. I went searching for it, but on a brief scan, I didn't see anything too out of the ordinary.

So congrats on the purchase. Reading your January thread briefly, it seemed as though you were going to go with either a .22 or a 9mm for your first gun. Why the switch to .40?

You will appreciate the shield more and more as you carry it. Everything I've heard indicates they are fantastic and for that reason I might pick one up down the line (currently carry glocks and sigs).

As for the motorcycle stuff, I can't help you at all. I would kill myself on one of those, no question.
I was going for one of those two before, but the more I shot my friends .40 the more I liked It over the 9.

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It's my primary ccw carry. Love the size. Easily concealable even in California's hot weather in a PJ holster under a plain T-shirt.
Is that a style of holster or a brand? Sorry still new at this

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Nice choice, I carry a Glock 27 in 40 cal....have you shot it yet and felt how it runs? For a first gun I would have suggested a 9mm in the same size but if you can handle it, that is all that matters.

Now....if you do not shoot it, just bought it as an accessory for your bike.....and feels nice to wear....you might have an issue if God forbid, you ever have to use it. But, I am giving you the benefit of the doubt.
I just bought it two days ago and have not been able to shoot it(i just bought a house yesterday so I'm looking at ranges in that town) but I have been to the range multiple times and im planning on going regularly. Also I just happen to have a bike, and since I will be carrying daily, I would be carrying in the bike as well.
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Congrats on the purchase. What do you ride? How do you want to carry?

If I'm carrying while riding (I've got a cruiser and a sportbike), I usually carry the 1911 in my shoulder rig, under my jacket. It's a lot more convenient that way than trying to comfortably carry on the waist on either bike.


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Congratulations! I have a 9mm shield and find it very comfortable to carry all the time. I use a Crossbread IWB holster, the Super Tuck.

Also, on a bike, like Nova, get something with a thumb break so that it's secure. Gun safety is no joke and whether or not you're bouncing around on the bike or if you're kartwheeling through the air; you should have your weapon secured so it doesn't go flying off to somewhere it shouldn't. With your pistol secured in your holster and your holster secured to your body, (not a clip) you won't have to worry about it. This is also why i think getting in a habit of leaving your pistol in your car is a bad idea.

When you go to the range, be sure to practice doing something other than throwing lead down range. I'm sure you've seen the negligent discharge thread. Took a lot of balls to post the details of his mishap, but it should serve as a reminder that safe gun handling is paramount. So practice good safe handling all the time and make it a habit.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:26 PM   #9
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Congrats on the purchase. What do you ride? How do you want to carry?

If I'm carrying while riding (I've got a cruiser and a sportbike), I usually carry the 1911 in my shoulder rig, under my jacket. It's a lot more convenient that way than trying to comfortably carry on the waist on either bike.


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This.

Congratulations! I have a 9mm shield and find it very comfortable to carry all the time. I use a Crossbread IWB holster, the Super Tuck.

Also, on a bike, like Nova, get something with a thumb break so that it's secure. Gun safety is no joke and whether or not you're bouncing around on the bike or if you're kartwheeling through the air; you should have your weapon secured so it doesn't go flying off to somewhere it shouldn't. With your pistol secured in your holster and your holster secured to your body, (not a clip) you won't have to worry about it. This is also why i think getting in a habit of leaving your pistol in your car is a bad idea.

When you go to the range, be sure to practice doing something other than throwing lead down range. I'm sure you've seen the negligent discharge thread. Took a lot of balls to post the details of his mishap, but it should serve as a reminder that safe gun handling is paramount. So practice good safe handling all the time and make it a habit.
I do agree with you, I need a holster with a thumb break for when I'm riding(or the shoulder rig) the first day I took it to work I left it in the car locked up and I was paranoid. After that day I was like screw it and brought it inside and into my locker(right thing to do?)
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i think it is. (as long as it doesn't violate any employer rules) Should your car get broken into, a pistol is a high value, easy to sell item and will be stolen if able. Not only are you out $400, but you also become part of the gun violence problem. On the flip side, you run the risk of someone knowing you keep it in your car and that leaking to the wrong person who breaks into your car because of the pistol.
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i think it is. (as long as it doesn't violate any employer rules) Should your car get broken into, a pistol is a high value, easy to sell item and will be stolen if able. Not only are you out $400, but you also become part of the gun violence problem. On the flip side, you run the risk of someone knowing you keep it in your car and that leaking to the wrong person who breaks into your car because of the pistol.
Unfortunately it is company policy to not bring it inside but I don't trust it in my car. No one at work knows so I'm not sure if it makes it any better. Any suggestions?
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I ride an 06 R1, and today was the first time I rode the bike while carrying and I was just paranoid. I will do some research on those shoulder rigs
I've tried a couple different ones, IMO Galco is by far the best for a shoulder.

I just re-read your OP, and saw you're carrying a Shield. I'm not sure they make a shoulder holster for anything that small.
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Unfortunately it is company policy to not bring it inside but I don't trust it in my car. No one at work knows so I'm not sure if it makes it any better. Any suggestions?
If you have to leave it in your car, put it a lockable glove box or center console.
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If you have to leave it in your car, put it a lockable glove box or center console.
I did leave it locked in the glove box the first day, but ill give it another try.

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I've tried a couple different ones, IMO Galco is by far the best for a shoulder.

I just re-read your OP, and saw you're carrying a Shield. I'm not sure they make a shoulder holster for anything that small.
I found a shoulder set up at the local gun shop and the smallest they had was for a 4" barrel (too big for mine) so you are probably right
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Have you taken it out to the range and put a lot of rounds through it yet? Your earlier post said that you had yet to shoot it. I'm concerned that you are trusting your life to a firearm that may not be reliable, or may not be compatible with your chosen defensive round.
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I have not been to the range yet. I just bought a house, so I'm trying to fix up what I need to move in, then I can go to the range. I wish there were more hours in a day.

I am going to the range today to apply for a membership though, I should be able to stop by here and there until I'm settled into the new home
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What Serbonze is saying is that it's not wise to depend on or trust your life to an untested weapon. Granted the odds of that particular pistol not going bang every time you pull the trigger are slim, but it's not outside of the realm of possibility.

In fact, i bought a $950 Sig and the first 300 rounds would have at least 1 if not 2 failure to feeds in EVERY magazine i put through the pistol. Had to send it back to Sig to get it worked on. It's much better (only about 1 FTF in every 100 rds) now, and i love shooting it, but it will be the last weapon in my safe that i reach for when things go bump in the night. And i'll never carry it.
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I have a Kahr CM9 as my primary carry. Several years ago I had a Kahr PM9 that was my primary carry, but I sold it. Both had significant problems for the first ~200rds due to the gun needing to be broken in per factory design. If I had carried either right away, I was only guaranteed 1 or 2 rounds to feed reliably. Once break-in was done, they have been exceptionally reliable. The above information is good advice: always test and retest your gear, then train with it before you carry it. Make sure you are intimately familiar with your gun and how it handles, so you know what you can expect and you can use it without conscious thought.
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