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Concealed carry holsters? (Vanity)
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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.


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I like the idea of an IWB holster, a good one, with a real belt, but there is no way I could conceal on my hip. I am thinking about carrying small of the back. Looks to me like I need a left-handed holster even though I am a righty just to put the cant right so I can reach up under a t-shirt and present. Can't do cross-draw because I need to be able to bend over. I am fully ignorant in this area. I don't know what to shop for, holster-wise.

Thoughts?

1 posted on 08/28/2011 6:15:57 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck
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To: West Texas Chuck

Not certain what you are looking for. I would recommend a clip type mounted on side of holster.


2 posted on 08/28/2011 6:22:40 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Got Milt Sparks. Looking into Crossbreed.


3 posted on 08/28/2011 6:22:49 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

My concealed carry instructor said the only people who carried in fanny packs were either gay or didn’t know it was 2011.


4 posted on 08/28/2011 6:26:19 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: West Texas Chuck

What are you carrying? The size and shape of the gun means a lot.


5 posted on 08/28/2011 6:27:05 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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 ;-)


6 posted on 08/28/2011 6:27:11 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (How free are you in America today?)
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To: West Texas Chuck

What kind of firearm are you trying to conceal?

On what kind of physique? (Be honest, now.)


7 posted on 08/28/2011 6:27:28 PM PDT by Flatus I. Maximus
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To: West Texas Chuck

No one can really advise you without knowing the exact weapon that you are carrying......


8 posted on 08/28/2011 6:28:28 PM PDT by Arlis (- Virginia loghome/woods-dweller/Jesus lovin'/Bible-totin'/"gun-clinger")
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To: West Texas Chuck
Most people go through a number of holsters trying to figure out which ones work for them. Often they find that they end up with two or three that they use on different occasions. The ones that I use the most are the Fobus paddle holsters made in Israel. They are made of polymer with stainless steel rivets. I find it convenient to be able to take them off and put them back on the waist band without removing the belt. You can position them anywhere on the waist band that you want. I carry mostly behind the right hip when I am out of the car, in the cross draw position when I am in a car. It only takes 20 seconds to take the holster and gun off and to reposition it.

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.

Good luck!

9 posted on 08/28/2011 6:28:40 PM PDT by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: West Texas Chuck
This is my Crossbreed SuperTuck setup for my CZ 82. Very comfortable.


10 posted on 08/28/2011 6:29:12 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.

http://www.ravenconcealmentsystems.com/


11 posted on 08/28/2011 6:30:05 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: West Texas Chuck

http://www.kramerleather.com/productDetail.cfm?productID=13&categoryID=24&make=H%26K&model=HK45%2FHK45C&CFID=28277457&CFTOKEN=70993816

Read up on this one
Kinda pricey though


12 posted on 08/28/2011 6:31:24 PM PDT by Clay+Iron_Times (Time to make a stand, Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: West Texas Chuck
You have started a Ford versus Chevy debate.

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.

13 posted on 08/28/2011 6:32:43 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

This guy does quality work...

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/


14 posted on 08/28/2011 6:33:15 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

smartcarry.com


15 posted on 08/28/2011 6:35:23 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: West Texas Chuck

http://www.remoraholsters.net/

Put it anywhere inside the belt. No belt clip required. A very “sticky” material keeps in place.


16 posted on 08/28/2011 6:35:27 PM PDT by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.


17 posted on 08/28/2011 6:35:30 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion. Mamas don't let your cowboys grow up to be babies..)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

It’s nice to run into another fan of the venerable CZ-82. Nice grips.


18 posted on 08/28/2011 6:35:40 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

http://www.unclemikes.com/


19 posted on 08/28/2011 6:40:58 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Vlad Tepes was a piker.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.


20 posted on 08/28/2011 6:41:08 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: Lurker
They made it a better gun to shoot. And the price was right.

Grips4U

21 posted on 08/28/2011 6:43:10 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; West Texas Chuck

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.

www.http://dmbullardleather.com/


22 posted on 08/28/2011 6:43:19 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: c-b 1

>> 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.


23 posted on 08/28/2011 6:44:39 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Thanks.


24 posted on 08/28/2011 6:46:05 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

What unit is that?


25 posted on 08/28/2011 6:47:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: c-b 1
"I had to buy a snub nose revolver, I now have several. "

Please detail, esp ammo..

26 posted on 08/28/2011 6:49:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: West Texas Chuck

Fobus paddle holster. Made in Israel!


27 posted on 08/28/2011 6:55:19 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I wear 511 Tactical shirts to conceal my Glock G26. There are velcro'd pouches in the front behind both pockets. I use a sheath type holster inside. Good looking shirts. Light or heavey, short or long sleave. I carry this way 90% of the time.It's real comfortable and you'll never get made.


28 posted on 08/28/2011 6:55:48 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Last Dakotan

“My concealed carry instructor said the only people who carried in fanny packs were either gay or didn’t 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.


29 posted on 08/28/2011 6:59:24 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.


30 posted on 08/28/2011 6:59:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Paladin2
SuperTuck Deluxe with optional hidden clips and matching CC belt. Good system.
31 posted on 08/28/2011 7:03:54 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.

www.kholster.com


32 posted on 08/28/2011 7:08:34 PM PDT by born2bfree
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To: 50cal Smokepole

I was looking for the firearm ID (given that
there are so many alternatives to your (my) basic .357 revolver and 1911 ACP).


33 posted on 08/28/2011 7:08:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: West Texas Chuck
Crossbreed Supertuck is the ONLY way to fly. They're pistol specific and unbelievably comfortable.

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.

34 posted on 08/28/2011 7:13:51 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.


35 posted on 08/28/2011 7:14:08 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Paladin2
Sorry. The gun is a CZ 82 (9X18mm Mak.) that I Gun-Koted and put on some walnut grips. 12+1 cap.
36 posted on 08/28/2011 7:14:11 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: West Texas Chuck
What kind of gun?? That will make a huge difference. With the exception of really small guns you are going to have to dress around most guns. I started as a civilian trying to carry a Springfield XD45c. Too big to be comfortable with the casual clothes I wear. Switched to a Glock 27. Not as much fun to shoot, but a lot easier to carry.
37 posted on 08/28/2011 7:15:35 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Last Dakotan
IMO, your instructor is a snob.

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.

38 posted on 08/28/2011 7:15:43 PM PDT by susannah59
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.

Ed


39 posted on 08/28/2011 7:16:43 PM PDT by Sir_Ed
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To: 50cal Smokepole

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.)


40 posted on 08/28/2011 7:20:35 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: West Texas Chuck
HBE Specialty Leatherworks made a nice IWB holster for my CZ. Bled a bit for ahwile.
41 posted on 08/28/2011 7:22:49 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought ("The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits)
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To: Paladin2
Agreed.

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.

42 posted on 08/28/2011 7:25:12 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: West Texas Chuck

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..

Good luck


43 posted on 08/28/2011 7:31:49 PM PDT by petro45acp (NO good endeavour survives an excess of "adult supervision" (hence the American experiment))
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To: West Texas Chuck

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.


44 posted on 08/28/2011 7:32:53 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: West Texas Chuck
Here's a related question.

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?

45 posted on 08/28/2011 7:41:34 PM PDT by Lou L (The Senate without a fillibuster is just a 100-member version of the House.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I use a Fobus paddle holster for OWB, and a Crossbreed Supertuck for IWB duty.


46 posted on 08/28/2011 7:44:34 PM PDT by BattleHymn
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To: Lou L

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.


47 posted on 08/28/2011 7:54:45 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Lou L

“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.


48 posted on 08/28/2011 7:55:40 PM PDT by TFMcGuire (Liberalism Is Hatred)
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To: Last Dakotan
My concealed carry instructor said the only people who carried in fanny packs were either gay or didn’t know it was 2011.

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.

49 posted on 08/28/2011 7:59:29 PM PDT by China Clipper (My favorite animals usually are found next to the rice on my plate.)
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To: susannah59
IMO, your instructor is a snob.

Comes with the territory.

50 posted on 08/28/2011 8:04:35 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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