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horseapples

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I have only carried for days at a time a half dozen times a year for the last 29 years so my experience is far less than Dulcimer Player's but if I might throw in my 2 penn'th. From modern guns and rigs I recognise pretty much all that Dulcimer says. The guns are heavier, bulkier and when carried in a modern rig where quick access is essential, quite a pain in the arse. However, I have found that generally an old time revolver in a cheyenne rig or slim jim is much less troublesome even a brace of navy revolvers where one counter balances the other are seldom worth concern and can mostly be forgotten about.

Exceptions. A Walker is a beast, a dragoon almost as bad and toting one of them around gets annoying real fast. On the up side, a K frame Smith and Wesson with a 2 1/2" barrel in a pancake holster is no inconvenience at all. Yes it'll press on a rib or a hip in a car's bucket seat but I was never bruised nor inconvenienced in ant other form of seat. I think it comes down to what and how you carry and a duty sidearm is probably the worst of both worlds.
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You could well be right about the method of carry affecting the discomfort level HA .. my personal experience involved the regulation British Army webbing holster .. possibly the worst holster I have ever experienced .. and a Webley MkIV .38 (weighs about 2.4lbs against a Colt SAA's 2.31lbs in 7.5 barrel). I'm not sure about the modern weapons being heavy .. an S&W No.3 had an official weight of 2.9lbs against 2.75 for an S&W 686 .. a Colt Navy 1851 had an official weight of 2.6lbs against a Beretta M9 at 2.1lbs or the 1911 at 2.44lbs. However, the way in which they're carried .. where they hang and where they touch .. would certainly affect the comfort I would think.

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Now I never weighed them but a 5 1/2" peacemaker feels a whole lot lighter than a 6" 586 and a 1911, while flat is a fair lump to haul around.
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