Best Carry Holster for Fat Guy


September 30, 2007, 10:48 AM
Hi All,

I looking for opinions on which would be the best carry holster for a fat guy. Points to consider are comfort and concealment.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

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September 30, 2007, 11:19 AM

Being just the opposite of Fat, from all I have read on this subject, it seems either an OWB holster, or a IWB front belly pack, seems to be the answer.


September 30, 2007, 11:26 AM
Depending on your build take a look at these

September 30, 2007, 11:46 AM
And if you like the Thunderwear idea shoot me a pm as I have one I will make you a deal on.

Chuck Dye
September 30, 2007, 12:19 PM
With a Body Mass Index pushing 50, I manage my full sized 1911 in a Ross Leather model 18 ( IWB at 3:30 comfortably enough that I occasionally forget it is there (KLUNK! Wha? Oh, yah...)

September 30, 2007, 05:07 PM
Hi All,

Thanks for the recommendations so far. I'm intrigued by the Thunderwear and Smart Carry products, but I have a question that doesn't seem to have been addressed on either web site. How much does it affect using the bathroom while wearing these?

Also, is there a preference for one over the other?

Thanks again.

September 30, 2007, 05:13 PM
what gun are you wanting to carry.its hard to beat a 642 in a pocket holster for comfort

September 30, 2007, 05:24 PM
It's apparent to me that you skinny guys suggesting an IWB or Thunder-wear are not "Back-Away-From-The-Buffet" challenged like some of us. :o

For me, nothing comes close to a normal high-ride or pancake holster worn slightly behind the hip-bone at 4:00 O'Clock.

I have enough problems stuffing myself into my pants, without stuffing a gun & holster in there too!

September 30, 2007, 05:26 PM

September 30, 2007, 05:52 PM
I'm not very large but large enough to wear a size 42 pants. I have tried many holster styles and have found the best for me is front pocket carry. IWB is uncomfortable, ankle carry is too hard to get to with my bad back. I can carry OWB but that can be uncomfortable at times too. Front pocket carry works great for me especially since my carry choice is a snub nose revolver.

September 30, 2007, 06:50 PM
I'll be carrying a G23.

September 30, 2007, 06:55 PM
OWB or fanny pack.

September 30, 2007, 07:01 PM
The Glock plastic sport/combat holster is about as good as it gets for a G23.
Very Cheap, very light, holds the gun tight to the body, fairly secure retention, and is very fast.

September 30, 2007, 07:05 PM
try the blackhawk serpa cqc, or some Desantis leather, like the mini or speed scabbard.
BUT if you have a problem like i do with "love handles" you could get pinched.
for those "FEELING LARGE DAYS" fanny pack it.

September 30, 2007, 07:38 PM
I'm 5' 8" 260 (charter member of the Fred G Sanford body physique club) and I carry my M&P40 IWB in a Bladetech Kydex holster at 3:30 position , my normal pants size is 44 .

October 1, 2007, 01:15 PM

October 1, 2007, 02:26 PM
When the hell did Fred Flintstone get a gun and glasses? And where's that little hottie Betty?

October 1, 2007, 02:37 PM

Stephen A. Camp
October 1, 2007, 04:54 PM
Please stay on topic. If we don't have something appropriate to the topic then let's not post at all.

October 1, 2007, 06:12 PM
Like you I am what Southwest Airlines calls a "customer of size". :p

For CC use you may want to consider a pocket holster for your weapon. Desantis makes many great holsters that slide right into a coat/pants pocket and are hard to spot. The new "Superfly" line offers a sticky covering that holds the rig in place but does not block a quick draw.

You may also want to look into a Miami Classic 2 shoulder rig from Galco. Galco offer's a larger harness for most men's chest sizes. Some shoulder holsters go up to 48"/52" but the Galco rig is about 60"/62". ;)

You can carry a small second gun in a pocket rig or small strong side belt holster then a larger pistol in a shoulder harness. Many plainclothes police detectives in large metro areas would do this....

Rusty :cool:

October 1, 2007, 06:21 PM
I am a big bellied guy 41" waist and 5'6" and I prefer the High Rise open top Galco series and the Galco COP belt slide. Just like the glock belt slide. I use it on my G32.

October 1, 2007, 09:28 PM
5'11' (shrinking to 5'10" as of late) and weigh 222 currently with a 40" waist and I got a pretty good gut IMHO. I use to carry a 1911 in a Sparks Summer special when I was 36" waist with no problemo. It feels kindy stuffy in there now. 5 years ago I went Kydex OWB and have never looked back! While the ultimate is the Mad Dog 'Unobtainium' Taylor Thunderbolt , on a Liger 1.5" belt , other slim Kydex holster are out there which are good. Blade tech and Comp Tac make real good ones.Avoid weird straps and support systems - simple is better, although you do need a good wide belt loop so the gun doesn't roll. I have found a lower than 'high rise' holster to draw smoother as I got older and fatter. A belt level holster works well. Another thing is I now completely avoid a holster with any thing other than an open top design for CCW. The snaps add another motion and are totally useless when kydex 'pops' the gun into position AND very hard to reholster.
I have a whole chest of drawers full of leather holsters going back to the one Chick Gaylord made for me close to half a century ago, and some real antiques too and many up to present. But give me a top notch Kydex holster on a Liger Belt unless I'm waxing nostalgic. My skinny children like IWB and Hi rise Pancakes , however, but they still ain't as fast and deadly as dad, even the PoPo ones.

October 1, 2007, 09:44 PM
I weight 250, and have tried a lot of different ways. The best for me is the Milt Sparks VM2 IWB carried at 3:00. I carry a full size Auto very comfortable.

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