What guns do large waisted people carry


September 14, 2008, 06:41 PM
I am looking to buy a new gun to CC. I have a 42 inch waist and am in a worm climate. I sweat sometimes and am afraid to get a blued gun because of that.
any thoughts?

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Steve H
September 14, 2008, 06:46 PM
I have a beer belly that goes in between 40" - 42". My winter carry is an OWB with a Kimber Ultra CDPII under a untucked shirt. Summer time usally means shorts and a pocket mouse.............PPK, Colt Mustang or a Model 21.

September 14, 2008, 07:06 PM
Are there any fairly inexpensive small framed large caliber revolvers to carry?

Steve H
September 14, 2008, 07:08 PM
Taurus 85 in .357

September 14, 2008, 07:15 PM
thank you steve I lke it.... I have a taurus pt-40 that I like what do you think of the PT-40?

September 14, 2008, 08:37 PM
Shucks, you guys are just little fellers! I usually run between a 48" & 5o". Ususally I will pocket carry a S&W model 60 or sometimes a Keltec PF9.

September 14, 2008, 08:58 PM
Anything I want. The Clothes make the man here! Here (http://herohog.com/images/guns/CCW%20Clothes) are some pictures of the CCW vests I own. My wife is modeling them. I am NOT selling them or working for the company... I just like them!

September 14, 2008, 09:29 PM
i like the vest, where can i get one.........

September 14, 2008, 09:32 PM
How do you expect us to concentrate on the vest when we can't get past that pretty smile on your bride?

The vest works well enough, but as an option to a vest, or to an untucked shirt, is front pocket carry.

Cabelas sells Cargo shorts and pants that work for front pocket carry...even on my ample girth.

Everything from a Kel-Tec P3AT to a Glock 19 just disappears.

September 14, 2008, 10:39 PM
JD0608: Just Google the brand names and see what kinda price ya can get.

As to my bride, we have been married 27 years as of 7:30 PM today. I have NO Idea how she puts up with me! I will tell ya, she is MUCH better with a pistol than I am too! I suck these days, but at my best, I was pretty good but she was/is better on aimed target type shooting.

September 14, 2008, 10:50 PM
In winter it is really easy, I would just put a Jframe in a coat pocket.

Summer a little more tricky, but I am sure I could conceal a 4' Model 15 if I tried.

September 14, 2008, 11:02 PM
I'm large enough so that I don't like to carry IWB. I carry a Airweight J frame in my front pocket. At only 15 oz. I can carry all day without a problem. That is best for me. give it a try, you will probably like it... In the winter the same revolver in the same pocket holster gets transferred to my coat pocket.

September 15, 2008, 03:06 AM
OK - I qualify - do I win a twinkie ! LOL

No waist carry for me as I am two big round - you got some grow'n to do to catch up.

I pocket carry a small frame snub revolver. 13oz's of Taurus to be exact, in titanium and .32mag caliber. Works great for me anyway, and low maintenance - I do use a pocket holster most of the time.

September 15, 2008, 04:37 AM
For a small, cheap, easily concealable revolver, don't forget the NAA Mini in .22 mag. Is it as powerful as a .357? No. Would I want to get shot by one? Heck No!!!

You can get one for less than $300 with a cylinder for .22 mag and .22 LR


September 15, 2008, 06:46 AM
I am a 38" waist and pocket carry a S&W 340PD. Once we get into fall weather it is a G19 until summer in an IWB.

September 15, 2008, 06:58 AM
I weigh 185 wear size 40, and live in Arizona, (think Satan's vacation spot) and although I do not currently do so now, I have carried a Taurus 605 (.357mag) in the front pocket.

What I do carry is a Kahr MK9 in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster, although I've given more than one thought to pulling the revolver out of the safe again!!

September 15, 2008, 09:03 AM
I'm about 6 ft, and 300 lbs.

I carry a Colt Commander, a Glock 19, or a Smith & Wesson Model 19. Just depends on what I want to carry that day. Usually the Colt.

September 15, 2008, 09:16 AM
I carry a 296 or 642 in a Mika's pocket holster. The 296 fits ~75% of my pants - mainly cargo & jeans, the 642 so holstered fits everything. I wear 44 pants.




September 15, 2008, 10:44 AM
I don't care how large they are, people shouldn't carry while they're wasted.

September 15, 2008, 11:00 AM
I know all about fat guy carry, I'm 6' and 250 pounds. I typically carry an XD45 compact IWB but this is really only an option in colder climates. For the rest of the year I carry a P232 and I'm buying a P3AT soon for pocket carry.

They say IWB doesn't work for fat guys but I prefer to just carry at around the 4 or 5 o'clock position

September 15, 2008, 11:24 AM
52" waist here.

This is what I usually carry.

S&W Model 15


S&W Model 60


Glock 27, shown here converted to a Glock 26 with all the innards changed including extractor assy.


September 15, 2008, 01:54 PM
I'm 6'3'' and weigh in at 260 and have found that Comp-tac's 2 O'Clock carry works well for me. It is kydex and keeps my SP-101 away from my sweaty body.

September 15, 2008, 05:29 PM
Portly 65 year old, I gave up on IWB carry and now carry S&W 642, S&W 640 or Taurus 85UL DAO in a pocket holster. I had my RF pockets all reinfoced and lengthened where neccessary and have no problem with it. I usually carry 640 in winter when I can wear suspenders under a sweater.
Surefire G36 and 2 Bianchi speed strips in left pocket and I have a weapons system!

September 15, 2008, 05:34 PM
I have a question which may be useful info for the OP, has anyone ever had a problem pocket carrying a J-frame sized revolver with an exposed hammer, or do they carry just fine with careful consideration?

September 15, 2008, 06:32 PM
Well, I think I may be nearly as tall lying down as I am standing up, so, I think I qualify. I pocket carry and it is very comfortable. I have either a KT P32 or a S&W 642 with me.

September 15, 2008, 08:31 PM
Pocket carry!

One guy on the S&W Forum carries his S&W N-Frame with 5" barrel in his POCKET.

September 15, 2008, 09:14 PM
Big man = big pants = big pockets!

September 16, 2008, 04:35 AM
One guy on the S&W Forum carries his S&W N-Frame with 5" barrel in his POCKET.
I know who you're talking about and he really does carry an N frame in his pocket. :uhoh:

September 16, 2008, 08:41 AM
One guy on the S&W Forum carries his S&W N-Frame with 5" barrel in his POCKET.

Talk about making a fellow feel inadequate.
I pocket carry my J frame, and sometimes a Colt vest pocket.

September 16, 2008, 03:34 PM
My fat butt carries a Kahr PM40 in a outside half holster. :evil:

September 16, 2008, 03:43 PM
48-50 inch waist. Colt Lawman Mk III 2" round butt. Like under arm holster when I can (colder weather).

Chris Plitt
September 16, 2008, 04:59 PM
Im younger than most in this forum, but I prefer to go with a S&W 642/640 and a Clip Draw. Im in Alabama and with the clipdraw plus the .38+p... well... ya know...

September 16, 2008, 05:03 PM
I am a 52 inch waist, and like pocket carry. With a butt as big as mine, I am always banging my OWB carry piece into doors, furniture, and steering wheels...

I find pocket carry to be better that OTB, and its usually a 3913 or a 640. Like the man said, big pants equal big pockets.

A Sig 225, 228, 229, and 245 also fit the same Desantis Nemisis, but the hammers often hang on cloth. When wearing sweats its a Seecamp.

September 16, 2008, 05:35 PM
I'm a 54", and I carry a Compact 1911 in a Beltster. Works good for ME, maybe not for everyone. FWIW - I've ordered a Milt Sparks VMII IWB holster, just to see what all the hoopla is about...folks seem to love 'em.


September 16, 2008, 09:11 PM
642 in pocket.....soon to be my m and p compact in pocket when I get a holster.
Cajun bass:6 foot and 300 lbs....you don't need a gun man....
and all you 40" waiste guys.......my NECK is 22" for God sake......have a sandwich.:uhoh:

September 16, 2008, 09:58 PM

I carried a S&W 60 around the house in my jeans for a year. Hammer did have a tendency to chew up pocket holsters and jeans. 60 is nightstand gun now. Yes, you can cover hammer with your finger, I just seemed to forget and caught the hammer several times in pocket. Bought the Taurus 85 ULBH (Ultra Lite Bobbed Hammer) and carry that around the place now. 642 and 640 are go to town guns.

September 16, 2008, 10:14 PM
5'8" 265, 44" waist - I carry a 642 in the pocket and either a PM9 or a Glock 26 on the waist. I wear Hawaiian shirts in summer and a vest in the winter.

September 17, 2008, 10:26 AM
Cajun bass:6 foot and 300 lbs....you don't need a gun man....

Never said I "needed" one. I said I carry one.

I'm too old and fat to run, and found out a long time ago, I suck at fist fighting. :D

September 17, 2008, 10:34 AM
Though I don't own one, I've heard good things. Take a look at a Charter Bulldog. 5 shot .44 special. How can you go wrong with that? I would say it would work decent for pocket carry, great for belt carry and it won't break the budget.

I myself own a SP101 with a 2" barrel that I use for pocket carry. Also a great choice.

September 17, 2008, 11:11 AM
My inside-the-pants hip holster has a leather panel that rises between the gun and the shirt, keeping sharp sights away from the shirt and sweat away from the gun. (Sorry, no, photo!)

If you go that route, be aware that it does NOT let you get near the safety (left side safety/right handed user) on the initial grip, not until the gun is drawn.

I think a coated gun makes more sense than a blued or stainless steel gun if it's likely to come into contact with perspiration: don't know what Tenifer is, but it doesn't seem to rust much.

Hey--who're you callin' large-waisted? :eek:

September 17, 2008, 12:45 PM
I've got a 58" belt and a G27 in my pocket holster.

September 17, 2008, 01:54 PM
6'2", 305 lbs... I carry a model 19 S&W in a safariland pancake holster.
Fits nice and snug up against my love handles((sigh)). Tough to see under a t-shirt, which is what I wear most here in Northcentral AZ this time of the year when I am not at work.


September 17, 2008, 06:08 PM
6'2" 275lbs 38ish waist Carry right now is a J-Frame 638. I really like this firearm. I have one of those columbia leather jackets and it has a pocket that fits my cz p01 very well.

September 17, 2008, 09:18 PM
As I've gotten heavier, and put on about 60 extra pounds, (now 5'9" and 290) I've got a problem with the ol' belly pushing the front of the pants down with most belt holsters . . . and IWB is out of the question. Thus, lightweight handguns are a definite benefit!

I have absolutely NO PROBLEM though, carrying a S&W Airweight J-frame in an Uncle Mikes #3 pocket holster. It is so light that it doesn't pull the pants down or flop around . . . something that can be a problem for us guys with an ample midsection!

Mine's a vintage 1971 Model 37 that, incidentally, comes WITH a hammer. Absolutely NO PROBLEM with the hammer causing problems with the draw with the Uncle Mike's holster.

I paid $350 for the pristine '71 Model 37 a few months ago, but good used Smith J-frames from the pre-lock era can be had, in lesser condition, finish-wise, for much less. I'd NEVER buy a new Taurus snubbie over a fine used S&W and could not be happier with my "new" Model 37. I also added the highly recommended Tyler T-grip. A cool set up indeed.

Here it is:

Frankly, a man is quite well armed with any J frame type, and your gun + pocket holster can be tossed in the pocket and know it is well concealed!

Hope this helps,


September 18, 2008, 06:08 AM
I'm 6'4 and 310, I have no ass, so I have had trouble keeping my pants up with my bulgarian Makarov. So, I got a wilderness belt, because they can be adjusted perfectly. I don't think I ever go back from this type of belt. I carry a Smith 638 j-frame in a mika pocket holster. Looking into some suspenders for cold weather carry.

September 18, 2008, 01:47 PM

They hook on the belt, not some wimpy pinch clip on the pants. I use them daily with a heavy leather gunbelt and LOVE them! They come in any style you want from Dress to Camo and everything in between. The set I am wearing now I have use daily for 2 years and they are still going strong. I have no affiliation with them, I just use their products!


September 18, 2008, 09:07 PM
+1 on the Perry's..I even bought the thin black dress suspenders to wear under a suit..alot less dorky than the 2" wide ones.

September 19, 2008, 12:37 PM
Nice looking model 37!


September 21, 2008, 09:11 PM
Hmm I am 6'4" at 300 lbs with a 48" waist. If I had to, I can cc a 20" 12 guage shot gun. Tried it just to see if I could. But I have a long torso too. My inseam is only 32" though. ANd to top it off, my wife of 23 years is 4'9" at 90 some lbs. We get some funny looks, stares is more like it.

September 21, 2008, 09:27 PM
40" waist, wear 42" to carry my XD45 compact IWB. But real hot weather here in Texas will cause me to carry the PPK/S in .380.

September 22, 2008, 10:17 AM
Warm - pocket carry with a PM45 or sometimes a Detective Special. Cool enough for a cover garment - owb with a Combat Commander or sometimes a Model 24-13.

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