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11 Things to Consider When Choosing a Concealed Carry Holster
usacarry.com ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Matt Schueleter

Posted on 05/17/2012 2:21:08 PM PDT by marktwain

When choosing a concealed carry holster for your pistol, selecting the best holster you can find will add to your overall total self-defense abilities. A holster/pistol combination is part of your concealed carry defensive system. While looking at a quality holster the one factor you should consider last is the cost. Experience has taught me you get what you pay for. There should be no delays to your reactions caused by inappropriate or inadequately fitting equipment. With your life depending on it, you may never get the chance to tell others you should have picked the higher quality model.

Criteria for Selecting Concealed Carry Holsters:

1. Concealment

Concealment allows you to have the element of surprise when responding to an attacker who is threatening you with deadly force. Concealment also helps you avoid unfortunate or uncomfortable circumstances where your handgun may be accidentally exposed to the view of people who may immediately call for law enforcement officers because they see a person with a gun.

2. Drawing

You should be able to quickly draw your handgun with ease from your concealed holster. The holster should lend itself to allowing you to gain a complete grip on your handgun while still allowing you to release any retention devices. The draw stroke should be a fairly straight-line draw, pointing towards the target, and line up your sights. Please note this may vary for some holsters that are carried in cross draw, appendix, small of the back, or ankle positions.

3. Comfort

A holster/pistol combination you are comfortable with is one more likely to carried and less likely to leave at home.

4. Retention

When preparing for the possibility of an assailant attacking you with deadly force, it is important to remember most attacks will be sudden, up close, physical confrontations. For this reason, retention must be addressed when selecting a holster.Retention devices will vary from internal devices in the holster to simple thumb breaks that will help you retain your weapon if you are engaged in hand-to-hand confrontation (that has not yet escalated to the need or allowed for the use of your handgun).Holsters that lack a proper fit and no retention device may not retain the weapon properly under strenuous activity such as hand to hand defensive tactics. A poorly fitting holster will cause problems with every day usage as well, which could dislodge the pistol from the holster.

Below is a list of retention levels for holsters broken out by levels.

Level One consists of a single retention device, such as a strap and thumb break.

Level Two consist of two retention devices, such as a strap and internal retention device.

Level Three is available but generally they are not suitable for concealed carry uses.

5. Exact Fit and Maintains its Form

A good holster is formed to a specific handgun, and maintains this characteristic in the long term. This will have positive effects on retention and access.

6. Quality of Workmanship and Materials

This is where the buyer will see the most variety of differences between manufactures.

7. Re-Holstering/Re-Enforced Throat

The mouth of the holster should remain open and rigid when the gun is removed. This is important when re-holstering the weapon with one hand. This will allow you to have your support hand free to do other activities such as: use defensive tactics, escape, administer first aid to your self or others, or pull someone to safety. All concealed carry holsters should allow rapid one-handed drawing and unassisted re-holstering.

8. Covered trigger guard & Safety

When looking at a perspective holster, it should cover the trigger guard. Make sure none of the holster material protrudes into the trigger guard, which could depress the trigger. The material should be rigid enough to ensure any object the holster may come into contact with can’t depress the trigger.Another area of consideration on the holster is does the holster design disengage the safeties on the pistol? If the design you are considering does this, it is my opinion you should consider another holster design. The reason being, if you were ever involved in a strenuous activity, such as defending yourself from an assailant a sharp blow or fall could cause the weapon to fire while in the holster.The final area of consideration will depend on the individual who carries the pistol, and where they position the holster. When drawing the pistol does the position of the holster endanger the owner during the draw stroke. Here we need to remember anything the pistol is pointed at while it is loaded could be destroyed.

9. Removable

When looking at the holster selected, does it attach and detach from your daily wardrobe easily. If you feel the holster is not easily attached or detached, you may eventually decide to leave it behind.

10. Clothing

There are numerous manufactures that direct their product lines at concealed carry holders. The products range from tactical looking clothing for law enforcement and military to a business/professional look. One point to consider when looking at these items is what is preferred versus what is needed to maintain concealment and access. Understanding these choices will vary from person to person. Remember your local weather will have affects on what clothing will be worn during your daily routine.It is important to note if you are using an inside the pants carry or outside the pants belt carry that you pick a belt suited for this purpose. In my years of experience, I have seen people purchase a good pistol and quality holster to attach it to a belt that was not suited for this purpose. The belt should offer good support when drawing, re-holstering, and carrying your pistol, and yet be comfortable to wear every day.In some cases people may choose to change gun size base on the season and the change in wardrobe. This is acceptable as long as you take care in using handgun systems that are similar or train extensively when switching systems.

11. Women

Women are confronted with anatomical considerations that differ from men when dealing with concealed carry of handguns. It is a fact that most handguns and accessory designs are based around the needs and anatomical priorities of men. For women, several differences must be considered:

1. Hand size

A woman’s hand size is generally smaller than a man’s (Grip size and trigger reach affected and handgun design will be a major consideration)

2. Armpit to Hip Distance

The distance from a woman’s armpit to their hip is generally much shorter than a man’s. Belt holsters may need to ride lower for the female shooter to achieve the proper draw stroke.

3. Hips

Women naturally have wider hips than men. This will affect the rake and cant of the holsters.

4. Physical Strength

Some handgun and holster designs put a less enabled person at a disadvantage. Although training and some techniques can help remedy this there are some designs that are more conducive to the less strong shooters.

Some of the holster manufactures whose holsters I have had good success with are Bianchi, Black Hawk, DeSantis, Galco, and Safariland.

Remember to look for Conceal-Ability, Comfort, Ease and Speed of Access, Retention, and Quality.


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Some good tips. I like the Fobus holsters made in Israel.
1 posted on 05/17/2012 2:21:09 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

We now have open carry in Oklahoma. Size doesn’t matter anymore!


2 posted on 05/17/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: marktwain

My daily carry is a Glock 23, loaded with Speer 165 grain Gold Dot JHPs, in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. Great gun in a great holster.

http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/SuperTuckDeluxe/tabid/90/List/0/ProductID/1/CategoryID/1/Level/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName


3 posted on 05/17/2012 2:25:42 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: marktwain

I carry any one of my 3 Kimber 5” 1911.45cal ACPs (each has their own holster) in a Galco FED212 Paddle Holster:

http://www.holsters4guns.com/holsters/product/FED.html


4 posted on 05/17/2012 2:26:32 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain

http://www.epsaddlery.com/


5 posted on 05/17/2012 2:28:46 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: marktwain

Bump!


6 posted on 05/17/2012 2:29:54 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: marktwain
Not as worried yet about the holster as the concealed carry weapon. I love 1911 models but know I'm giving up rounds, love my full size Kimbers and a Dan Wesson. Never felt comfortable with a Glock, and I've owned and sold several. Love Sigs. Like CZ's except for the trigger, Berettas overall, HK overall, S&W wheels, and the list goes on.

Probably going 1911, just don't know how small, or sticking with my Sig 229 for 'small'. Rather shoot the 226 or 220.

There are few bad guns, but I don't 'feel' Glocks.

7 posted on 05/17/2012 2:31:19 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: carriage_hill

That’s what I like the idea of. 5” 1911 in .45ACP. Had good luck with Kimbers and one Dan Wesson I received as a (very nice) gift.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 2:33:11 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: marktwain


9 posted on 05/17/2012 2:37:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security, go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom - Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: carriage_hill

Did you ever consider a Commander Model 1911? I’m in a suit most of the time; jeans and a sport coat otherwise. The 5” is a big handgun to conceal, as is my 226. I don’t have a CCP year, but I’m in a must-issue state.


10 posted on 05/17/2012 2:38:46 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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11 posted on 05/17/2012 2:41:11 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: marktwain
I like the Fobus holsters made in Israel.

I take it you're comfortable with the molded holster touching only where the trigger guard meets the frame. Doe it feel secure or does it move in the holster?

12 posted on 05/17/2012 2:42:43 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: marktwain

Fobus Holsters are good for IDPA and other related competitions, but there are numerous videos out there of them being ripped off of a persons belt. I perosnally prefer CompTac products, their products are first class, customer service is exemplary, and they support the shooting community in numerous ways throughout the country.
Just my two cents worth.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT by Widows Son (Semper Fi!)
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To: FatherofFive

After a number of other trials, I finally settled a year ago on this one for my Ed Brown Cobra Carry 1911. Being totally satisfied, I don’t think I’ll ever need another.

http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/silent-thunder-iwb-with-tuckable-belt-loops/


14 posted on 05/17/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: marktwain

I like my pocket holster my S&W .380.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 2:51:52 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: marktwain

My Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Gun Course instructor had the best idea I’ve come across.

He wears loose-fitting cargo pants. His cocked Glock goes in his deep right-hand pocket.

It can’t be seen. (The multiple pockets of cargo pants hide the bulge nicely.) It’s a natural move to put your hand in your pocket - the bad guy thinks you’re getting your wallet.

It’s also very comforting to be able to feel your weapon against your thigh.

Most of my casual pants are now cargo pants.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 2:53:45 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: marktwain

Fobus is awesome. Check them out.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 2:58:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Bookmarking for home.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 3:04:14 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: marktwain

I’m looking for an under-the-bosom concealed holster for women, so far unsuccessfully.

Any suggestions. And yes, it is a small automatic. (The weapon had to be small as my hands are the size of an average 10-year old.)


19 posted on 05/17/2012 3:10:34 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: marktwain

Anyone ever use a Remora No Clip Holster? I’m looking at that right now.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT by zkbeta51
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To: marktwain

Have a Bruce Nelson holster that has served me well

for many yrs.Holds my Colt 1911 perfectly

Another BNCL holster for my Al Mar folder knife


21 posted on 05/17/2012 3:13:44 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Scoutmaster

The full-size Kimber 5” (have 3 models) is what I prefer; too large for some, but I can conceal it very nicely. Dan Wesson Co makes a very, very nice piece, too.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 3:27:56 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain

I carry either a 357 revolver or a full size 45 1911. I have a Galco belt style cant forward thumb release holster for each. Wear with a 1-1/4 sturdy belt just behind 3 oclock position. For the 1911 I also have an inside waist band holster worn crossdraw just behind 9 oclock or just behind 3 oclock on strongside. Sometimes with a good belt I carry the 1911 “mex” style crossdraw just behind 9 oclock position. The butt of the 1911 hangs in real well.

I carry most of the time concealed with a TEE in warm weather or a SWEAT in cool weather - always a dark color.


23 posted on 05/17/2012 3:29:00 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

Safety first post re a “cocked Glock”.

A Glock has no safety. To carry hot, with a cartridge in the chamber is asking for trouble - probably for the owner or a loved one. You can easily get a mag for 14 rounds without one in the pipe.

As long as you’re wearing cargo pants take a couple 15 round mags along on the other side. If you need more than that its WWWIII and you should go home and hunker down.

The one time I needed to draw my weapon, I drew, racked a round, had the gun pointed at the ground in less than a second and a half. The bad guy almost fell over stopping in his tracks.

Our range, quite responsibly (IMHO) doesn’t allow “quick draw” practice and no I never practiced in front of a mirror.

Know your weapon, your holster and situational awareness if you’re carrying then if you don’t have two seconds, being armed probably won’t matter.


24 posted on 05/17/2012 3:29:09 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Scoutmaster

May I recommend you check out the Springfield Armory XD line of pistols.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 3:33:42 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Tunehead54; Rum Tum Tugger
A Glock has no safety.

All Glocks have three safeties.

One of which is dis-engaged by the shooter.


26 posted on 05/17/2012 3:37:39 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

I totally agree. My usual is a Keltec 380 in the front pocket. Light, doesn’t telegraph, and a .380 in your pocket is better than a .45 ACP left t home because it’s too bulky.


27 posted on 05/17/2012 3:37:42 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Scoutmaster

Colt’s American Classic Commander is a real beauty, and I shot it at the range, along with several other .45s, before trying the Kimber.

Once I fired the 5” Eclipse Target II, I was hooked and have bought it, the 5” Stainless Custom TLE II and the 5” Gold Match II.

Kimber also makes a line of smaller 1911, compact-carry models you should look at:

http://www.kimberamerica.com/1911

I have no problem concealing any of my 5” 1911s in their Galco FED212 Paddle Holsters, under my suits or sports coats:

http://www.copsplus.com/partnum1770.php

I use 230gr HPs in Wilson Combat Mags, plus have an extra 2-mag Galco paddle carrier:

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=2053&GunID=173


28 posted on 05/17/2012 3:45:21 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Tunehead54

“Safety first post re a “cocked Glock”.

A Glock has no safety. To carry hot, with a cartridge in the chamber is asking for trouble”

Utter garbage.

A Glock is one of the safest pistols made as long as you remember if there is one in the chamber it will go “bang” if you pull the trigger. It will not go “bang” any other way. The manual of arms for a Glock is more akin to that of a double action revolver than other semi- automatics. There are 3 safeties that are sequentially disengaged as you pull the trigger.

http://us.glock.com/technology


29 posted on 05/17/2012 3:46:05 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Tunehead54

By the way, the 65% of US law enforcement agencies that carry Glocks ALL carry with one in the chamber.


30 posted on 05/17/2012 3:49:11 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

“My Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Gun Course instructor had the best idea I’ve come across.

He wears loose-fitting cargo pants. His cocked Glock goes in his deep right-hand pocket.”

All Glocks should be in a holster that completely covers the trigger and trigger guard. To do otherwise is inviting disaster.

While pocket carry may work for the sub-compact Glocks, my G23 is both too big and too heavy for me to carry comfortably in a pocket. Of course the G22 is simply out of the question.


31 posted on 05/17/2012 3:54:06 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: marktwain

bump


32 posted on 05/17/2012 3:57:33 PM PDT by doodad
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To: marktwain

bump


33 posted on 05/17/2012 3:57:57 PM PDT by doodad
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To: SatinDoll

Close: http://kangaroocarry.com/micro-holster


34 posted on 05/17/2012 4:05:10 PM PDT by Rio
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To: Rio

Thanks, Rio!

Close but not quite. I would wear it under my T-shirt and having to reach all the way under my left arm is too far. As I have an ample sized busom it makes sense to have a holster “centrally” located, no pun intended.


35 posted on 05/17/2012 4:41:00 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: Scoutmaster

Mattel


36 posted on 05/17/2012 4:41:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: MtBaldy

Bump for the Crossbreed Supertuck!
Best IWB holster ever!


37 posted on 05/17/2012 5:51:47 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: marktwain
Well, since folks are tossing out their 'favorite' holster makers, I'll recommend Andy Arratoonian over at Horseshoe Leather Products in England. I used his products for many years and found them to be well designed, well made and at the top of the class all the way around. Holsters, mag carriers, belts, etc.

Andy Arratoonian - Horseshoe Leather Products
38 posted on 05/17/2012 6:11:41 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Scoutmaster; All
I take it you're comfortable with the molded holster touching only where the trigger guard meets the frame. Doe it feel secure or does it move in the holster?

Yes. I carry guns to use them, so I expect them to get a bit of wear. They move in the holster a little bit when running or jogging, but they are relatively secure. I hit an eight inch high cable one time while running, tucked and rolled and ended up skidding a little on the holster that was in my back. Skinned up the holster a bit, did not hurt the Glock noticibly, and everything still worked. I have carried a Glock in one for over a decade.

Eventually, the holster wore down on the trigger guard retention area, and would not hold the pistol as securely as I wanted, so I traded the old holster for a new Fobus. I carry it both concealed and openly most of the time.

No one holster can do everything, but the Fobus does a lot of things fairly well.

Most people who start carrying end up with a box of holsters that they have tried, and a couple that they use most of the time. The Fobus is one of those "most of the time" for me.

39 posted on 05/17/2012 6:37:30 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: RandallFlagg

How is that with t-shirt and carharts?


40 posted on 05/17/2012 6:43:52 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

It’ll work, depending on your weapon.
Beretta 92FS, no.
Kahr CW45, yes.


41 posted on 05/17/2012 6:53:21 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: RandallFlagg

I am going to try that. What clips do you use? Just the standard ones?


42 posted on 05/17/2012 7:06:01 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Lurker

Before Springfield came out with the XD line
they made something called the Champion which
is what I have, smaller than a full 1911 but
not as small as some. I didn’t like my little
finger not having anything to grip on some of
the others.
I used to carry all HydroShok but my friend the
chief of police in a major city told me to
carry ball for the last half of the mag, by
then the perp will be behind cover and ball will
punch through.


43 posted on 05/17/2012 7:11:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: marktwain

I carry a Sig P220 in a Jackass shoulder rig. Love it. Most comfortable rig I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. When I can’t carry that, I carry my Kimber RCP in a small-of-the-back IWB holster. When I can’t carry that, I carry that RCP in a leather pouch (or small satchel) made by Saddleback Leather company. The Saddleback pouch also clips nicely onto the outside of my briefcase.

There just is no one best carry option. It depends on too many things... What you’re wearing that day, what the weather is like, where you plan to go, what you plan to do... There’s no real alternative than just getting lots of different products, and switch out as needed day to day. Not only different holsters, but different guns.


44 posted on 05/17/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: marktwain

I carry a Sig P220 in a Jackass shoulder rig. Love it. Most comfortable rig I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. When I can’t carry that, I carry my Kimber RCP in a small-of-the-back IWB holster. When I can’t carry that, I carry that RCP in a leather pouch (or small satchel) made by Saddleback Leather company. The Saddleback pouch also clips nicely onto the outside of my briefcase.

There just is no one best carry option. It depends on too many things... What you’re wearing that day, what the weather is like, where you plan to go, what you plan to do... There’s no real alternative than just getting lots of different products, and switch out as needed day to day. Not only different holsters, but different guns.


45 posted on 05/17/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: marktwain

I carry a Sig P220 in a Jackass shoulder rig. Love it. Most comfortable rig I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. When I can’t carry that, I carry my Kimber RCP in a small-of-the-back IWB holster. When I can’t carry that, I carry that RCP in a leather pouch (or small satchel) made by Saddleback Leather company. The Saddleback pouch also clips nicely onto the outside of my briefcase.

There just is no one best carry option. It depends on too many things... What you’re wearing that day, what the weather is like, where you plan to go, what you plan to do... There’s no real alternative than just getting lots of different products, and switch out as needed day to day. Not only different holsters, but different guns.


46 posted on 05/17/2012 7:12:15 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

Whoops. Sorry about that.


47 posted on 05/17/2012 7:13:25 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: SatinDoll

Hello SatinDoll,
If you will send me a picture of your bosom I will try to locate you a holster that will do the job for you.

Sorry.....I couldn’t help myself........


48 posted on 05/17/2012 9:20:12 PM PDT by 429CJ (.)
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To: SatinDoll

Hello SatinDoll,
If you will send me a picture of your bosom I will try to locate you a holster that will do the job for you.

Sorry.....I couldn’t help myself........


49 posted on 05/17/2012 9:20:25 PM PDT by 429CJ (.)
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To: SatinDoll

Hello SatinDoll,
If you will send me a picture of your bosom I will try to locate you a holster that will do the job for you.

Sorry.....I couldn’t help myself........


50 posted on 05/17/2012 9:20:39 PM PDT by 429CJ (.)
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