I live in a cold climate most of the year, so I think the bulge of a 17 wouldn't be noticeable. I realize they're harder to conceal than compacts/subcompacts but I don't have money for multiple guns and its main duty is a night-stand pistol.
What holster is appropriate? I'm in the process of getting a CHL (it'll be months til I actually receive it but I'm thinking ahead and want to keep an eye out for a cheap deal). I'm open to anything - shoulder holsters (since I'd more than likely be able to wear coat), ankle holster (is that possible with a 17?) etc. I kind of like the idea of shoulder because it'd be easy to coneal with coat and I wouldn't worry about crossing my body with the muzzle.
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the naked prophet
August 5, 2008, 03:32 PM
I carry a Glock 19 (one step smaller than the 17) but a friend of mine carries a 17.
It's not that hard to conceal, especially if you're going to be wearing a coat.
Shoulder holsters... are kind of a pain, especially with such a big gun. Horizontal positioning will make it print in the back, and vertical positioning will make it hard to draw.
Your best bet is a simple belt holster - either inside (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB). If you'll have a long coat, the OWB may offer more comfort if you have a good gun belt. If you don't have a good gun belt, the OWB won't be well supported, and will sag, being both uncomfortable and poorly concealed.
An IWB holster can conceal a G17 under a reasonably-sized tshirt or long-sleeved shirt (I love flannel!).
I'll point you to some of the holsters I make, but if you're saving up for your CCW, you probably can't afford an expensive custom leather holster right now. I started in the exact same place you are in now, and decided to make my own holsters.
I would suggest something like this (http://www.kelloggcustomleather.com/karl.html) for a Glock 17. The widely spaced belt loops provide stability, and the reinforced mouth and sweat flap make it much easier to reholster. Under a winter coat, it should be easily hidden. Lots of folks carry a full size 1911 (about the same size as a G17, but slimmer) year round in one of these.
August 10, 2008, 04:35 PM
Anything but Crossbreed.
Halo is for Kids
August 16, 2008, 10:28 PM
I'll pass on my battered crossbreed to you. Pay shipping and it's yours, no bull.
I took a boxcutter to it to make it fit a Glock 34 without snaging the mag safety. It was a good hold over until my order was filled at Milt Sparks.
-fits almost all glocks.
-this one is cut for my glock 34 safety, so no resale value:(.
-those kydex clips are hell on a leather belt.
-not comfortable to sit in for a long time. The versa max II has a cutout that allows it to flex when seated. This one has no flex.