Skip to comments.Concealed carry holsters? (Vanity)
Posted on 08/28/2011 6:15:47 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck
I have always used a belly bag for concealed carry, but I am thinking about leather holsters now. Input sought.
Not certain what you are looking for. I would recommend a clip type mounted on side of holster.
Got Milt Sparks. Looking into Crossbreed.
My concealed carry instructor said the only people who carried in fanny packs were either gay or didn’t know it was 2011.
What are you carrying? The size and shape of the gun means a lot.
Crossbreeds are already picked-out and on my shopping list for immediate purchase (as soon as I actually have disposable income again, hopefully soon after Inauguration Day 2013 ;-)
What kind of firearm are you trying to conceal?
On what kind of physique? (Be honest, now.)
No one can really advise you without knowing the exact weapon that you are carrying......
Of course, I don't have much to worry about because Arizona has open carry and Constitutional carry and defensive display laws.
Another system that I often use while driving is a fanny pack with the seat belt positioned under the fanny pack. This insures that the gun stays with me if I have to brake hard or have a collision.
Holsters are very personal things. You will have to try some and see if they work for you.
DO NOT use a left-handed holster on your right side.
Consider your draw, and you’ll see that you’ll be sweeping your right kidney and spine as you draw. This, combined with the need to slide your hand between your body and the pistol to grasp it, makes for a very clumsy and dangerous draw.
A good right-hand IWB can be positioned at the 4:30 position (over your right buttock) and will be much easier (and safer) to grasp and draw. My Raven Concealment Phantom IWB with belt loops works PERFECTLY with my Glock 19. However, they’ve become so popular that there’s about a four month wait. Yes, they’re that good.
Read up on this one
Kinda pricey though
I have tried many methods of carry, any IWB I've tried is painful, small of the back is uncomfortable when I sit. Any method of carry that is uncomfortable, I'm not intrested. I prefer a pocket holster in the front pants pocket. It is comfortable in a hot climate, it doesn't get in the way. When I switched to pocket carry 10 years ago, I didn't have a gun that would fit in my pocket, I had to buy a snub nose revolver, I now have several.
This guy does quality work...
Put it anywhere inside the belt. No belt clip required. A very “sticky” material keeps in place.
I’ve tried just about everything, IWB is probably the most concealable, but the little Yaqui Slide is OK, too. As of late, I’ve been carrying a full size 1911 in the Beltster, which is made right here in Texas. It is a belt with a molded loop on it, and the gun can be taken out, and it does’nt show as a holster. I position it with the muzzle tucked down in the back pocket of my jeans, and with shirttail out, I’m ready to go. There are some IWB holsters that can be worn with the shirttail in, but they are somewhat hard to access the gun then. I have carried a small of back (SOB) holster some, but don’t care for it when driving. They are fine for “stand up” jobs such as clerks might have, but they have limited use for me.
Most IWB holsters will “print” to some degree, if you bend over, but I don’t let that concern me here in TX, as long as the gun stays covered up.
If you choose one of the SOB holsters, Ihave a Galco and can recommend it, it is a well made leather holster that will last many years.
It’s nice to run into another fan of the venerable CZ-82. Nice grips.
What do you carry? I usually carry a Kel-Tec P32 and use a small wallet-carry holster in my right-rear pocket. Looks just like I’m reaching for my wallet, but instead it comes out with 8 shots on tap.
That is a beautiful holster that Three Lefts provided a link for.
There is also a guy down in your neck of the woods, D.M. Bullard in Azle, Texas, who makes his holsters personally one at a time, customer by customer, and for a reasonable price.
I’ve order three Dual Carry holsters from him, I think, and one pocket holster. Never have I been anything but deeply pleased, both by his craftsmanship and his customer service.
Link is below or you can google him by name.
>> I prefer a pocket holster in the front pants pocket
I agree. I tried all the holster options. They all required too much of a lifestyle change and its hot down here in FL. I decided long ago that a .380 or J-frame .38 in the pocket is better than a full size 1911 or Glock in the car (or at the house!).
I just have to remember to pick the pocket lint out of the hammer shroud on my Airweight Bodyguard from time to time.
What unit is that?
Please detail, esp ammo..
Fobus paddle holster. Made in Israel!
“My concealed carry instructor said the only people who carried in fanny packs were either gay or didnt know it was 2011.”
That’s an old wives tale. It is one option among several. Certainly not generally the preferred method but better than not carrying at all. To the old fanny pack observation “he is either gay or he is packing (or both)”, the answer is so what, let the passersby guess - he’s either both or neither.
It’s not a bad thing to have an arsenal of holster options at one’s disposal.
I carry my Xd at the 4 oclock position just behind the point of my right hip. Galco IWB leather holster with a very strong and simple stainless steal belt clip. Can’t be easier or more comfortable.
With my Glock 30 (45acp double stack) I have found a simple IWB holster to be uncomfortable.
I use a Kholster and find it to be very comfortable and concealable, both with my shirt tucked and untucked. It aint pretty, but it wasn’t meant to be seen anyway. Crossbread looks like they have the same potential, but they are more expensive.
I am picking up a Sig P238 this week and would like to hear about others experience carrying them.
I was looking for the firearm ID (given that
there are so many alternatives to your (my) basic .357 revolver and 1911 ACP).
My carry is an HK P2000 .40 cal and I forget it's there.
if you live where it's hot, spend the extra $$ on the horsehide.
Another maker to look at is Simply Rugged (http://www.simplyrugged.com). As far as “fanny packs” go, there are lots of options out there that don’t look like fanny packs. Maxpedition makes some interesting stuff.
Everyone who carries needs to do so in the way that is most comfortable and works the best for him, or her, and his or her firearm.
For me, a fanny pack works really well, much better than carrying in a purse. I've been told that I "look like a tourist" with my fanny pack on. That is perfectly all right with me, since "tourists" come across as harmless.
I agree with the other poster about using it in the car, too, with the seat belt riding below the fanny pack. It keeps everything I need within reach and in no danger of flying in case of sudden stops or accidents.
Don’t use a SOB holster. If you fall it’ll really tweak your back, if not break something.
Have you thought of an appendix holster? Carries in front of the hip and conceals well.
It’s amazing how many cartridges there are. The ammo seems to be the place to start. (22LR & 12 gauge being the base that everyone should have.)
FYI: 9X18 Makarov is still standard issue with the Russkies. Practice ammo is cheaper than 9mm Luger. I can't reload cheaper than that stuff.
Right track with the IWB. Small of the back is ok, but limits you when seated, AND if you end up in a scuffle and on your back, your spine is at risk. Consider strong side hip just below the kidney. a loose open shirt or vest covers the piece, it can be reached while sitting, and with a half turn places your body between a bad duy and your piece.
If the small of the small of the back rig is the choice, your grip on the pistol should be palm in, thumb toward your body. Palm out you run the risk of covering your pelvic area during the draw (lots of sensitive squishy bits).
Look at the Blade-tech IWB and the Galco RG212 in horsehide (much more comfortable)
there is also appendix carry. Can’t do it m’self, too much good eats, and I value those squishy bits. There is some research available on the web..
Assuming you have a CHL. During the course most instructors go over the various options available. Like others on here have said, the type of firearm and your body style, your comfort level with the options and your typical attire have a major bearing on choices.
My carry weapon is Colt Defender. My attire consists almost exclusively of cargo pants (BDU) and cargo shorts with deep front pockets and shirts designed to be worn not tucked in (as opposed to the so-called style of wearing shirts with tails not tucked in.
For normal out and about in town, I mostly use a DeSantis pocket holster (works well but you’ve gotta tighten the belt to keep pants from dropping). That also allows for t-shirt ops. For travel, I mostly use a OWB Desantis mini scabbard (great conceal ability) or Galco snap-on holster (the less expensive non-leather version. I also have a couple of Blackhawk Serpas (good for securing the weapon but not as concealable. Every holster I have cost less than $50 and the ones I use the most cost less than $30 and they do a good enough job for me. Before you go spending $100+ on a holster, try a lower cost item in a quality brand. If you ask around you will find that some people have a drawer full of holsters that they never use (trial and error can get expensive).
Often overlooked is the BELT. It should be substantial and the SAME width as the holster belt opening to prevent sagging (the old that guy keeps pulling his pants up, he must be packing).
Shopping the net will keep you occupied until Dec. 2012.
I have a S&W M&P 40 compact. It has ONLY a trigger safety. Would anyone feel comfortable carrying that in a holster? I would think it could be safer if a round wasn't chambered, but that would take a little longer to fire. Thoughts?
I use a Fobus paddle holster for OWB, and a Crossbreed Supertuck for IWB duty.
perfectly comfortable. Do not touch the trigger while drawing from holster.
If you are still chary, make sure the chambered round is a plain metal jacket and not a hollow point. Lol.
“I have a S&W M&P 40 compact. It has ONLY a trigger safety. Would anyone feel comfortable carrying that in a holster?”
Perfectly comfortable. Do not touch the trigger while drawing from holster.
If you are still chary, make sure the chambered round is a plain metal jacket and not a hollow point. Lol.
First of all, its not a "fanny pack", it's a "field pack".
Fanny is NOT a very nice word in Australia. (Look it up) And second of all, your concealed carry instructor didn't have to travel all over the USA with 12 college girls.
I always travel with my field pack when I travel with the team. Got a headache? Ask me, I have something for it. Need something for your upset tummy? Got it right here. Need some Dramamine for your air-sickness? Got it right here in my FIELD PACK. You want something from me? Then DON'T CALL IT A FANNY PACK.
Comes with the territory.
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