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Beretta 92 Compact for EDC?


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I have a JM custom kydex AIWB holster for my full size 92. It is the most comfortable concealment holster I’ve got. The full size is definitely a brick of a gun but the holster makes it very comfortable and conceals very well. I’d love to see what it would do to a 92 compact. I think that would be a very concealable option.

 

 

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1 hour ago, shooterDrew said:

I have a JM custom kydex AIWB holster for my full size 92. It is the most comfortable concealment holster I’ve got. The full size is definitely a brick of a gun but the holster makes it very comfortable and conceals very well. I’d love to see what it would do to a 92 compact. I think that would be a very concealable option.

 

 

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That’s awesome I will order the one of those holsters. Thanks! 

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How hard it is to conceal depends largely on your body type, where you carry and what clothes you wear.  The 92 Compact has a slightly shorter barrel/slide, and a shorter grip frame.  If you carry at 4:00, the shorter barrel/slide helps some people in that when they sit, the muzzle isn't contacting the chair, pressing the gun up out of the holster.  If you appendix carry, it will poke you less in front.  A shorter grip frame causes the pistol to stick out a bit less, being less likely to show a tell tale bulge outside your clothing.  A thinner pistol would also create less of a bulge, but that cuts magazine capacity a lot.  I don't know if Texas is one of them, but some States require you to not show any gun bulge.  

 

I've been in San Antonio in mid summer.  I'm sure it's why my Great Grandfather left that area in 1890, to come some place cooler.  If you are going to carry anything there in summer, it'll have to be smaller, or you'll have to wear a vest over it.  If you're willing to commit to a vest all the time, it will be less likely to show a bulge than full size.  It will still take a full size magazine. MecGar's patented Compact magazines with the telescoping magazine spring allows you to still have 15 round capacity, in the smaller grip frame.  

 

 

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Purchased a 92 Compact with similar intentions, ended up not using it as a concealed EDC due to its not so compact nature.  Gunners Alley MTR holster is comfy for a IWB, not as nice as a Milt Sparks VM2 but is more affordable and easier to get in your hands.

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I'm not a big guy, and what was said  by Nujudge... "How hard it is to conceal depends largely on your body type, where you carry and what clothes you wear" is spot on. I have full size and compact Beretta and carry my single stack S&W. I gladly give up a few rounds for more comfort and ability to conceal it easier with street clothes. .

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Well I ended up buying a CZ P01 since it’s a little slimmer and shorter. 

P-01 is a solid choice. I had a steel frame 75compact. It was a sweet gun, but too heavy. I bet the aluminum frame version is nice! Check out Cajun gun works for trigger work. Makes a super heavy stock Cz trigger flat out dreamy!


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I carried a 92 Custom Carry on and off IWB (in front Mexican style)  in a soft leather holster and I did not find it hard to conceal under a floppy t shirt and I'm not a big guy. 

 

The modern compacts with a rail literally rub me wrong IWB and OWB on me are too bulky to conceal.

 

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Several years ago, I carried a fullsize 92FS for 3 years straight - every day. It's doable, but I wouldn't say it was comfortable. It never was

 

Later, I used the same Comptac holster and carried a 92FS compact for a while. There is not much weight difference between the two. Size wise, it's not much bigger than many other carry guns... (the compact 92FS or 92X compact). BUt, it IS heavier than many of the polymer guns.


However, lots of guys at the Beretta Forum carry fullsize 92's. 

 

I am a HUGE Beretta fanatic. I have owned 28 different 92 variants over 25+ years, and 39 Berettas in total. But, I'll stick to lighter, polymer guns now...

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On 9/23/2020 at 10:55 PM, Stumpnav said:

I much prefer the PX4 Compact to the 92 Compact for actually carrying. The lighter weight makes a difference.

I like the idea of a smal DA/SA gun for carry so I want to like the PX4 Compact.  But I can't get past the fact that it is essentially the same size and weight as a CZ P07 or P01, but has a 3.2" barrel vs 3.7 for CZs.

Regarding the 92 compact if the specs are correct, the LTT 92 Compact appears to be lighter than the regular 92 compact (28.5 oz vs 31.6 oz).  Is this all in the slide???    That means the LTT 92 Compact is only 1 oz heavier than the PX4 Compact. 

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On 4/20/2020 at 6:15 PM, Steve-O said:

Well I ended up buying a CZ P01 since it’s a little slimmer and shorter. 

I have  P01 and it's wonderful.   I'm tempted to send it to CGW for a trigger. Everyone raves about them.

However I recently bought an LTT Elite 92 Full Size and love it.  I started thinking.. should I get an LTT compact to carry for consistency with my competition/range gun?   The 92 Compact is good bit longer than the P01 though an I'm not sure that'll work for me for aiwb.   I've got a JMCK Wing Claw 2.0 in the mail for my P01 so I'm going to see how I like it and how much room I have below the muzzle.  If there's no room, then  guess the 92 compact is out.

 

I think the only way for me to carry a gun longer than the P01 appendix is if I move from 12:30-ish to more like 1:30 and have it canted at a step angle to align with the crease with my leg when i sit down.  For this carry position I think a more rounded holster like a Keepers will work better.  This video gives a nice comparison.  
 

 

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