Where do you carry your handguns?


September 24, 2003, 12:02 AM
I would like to know in what position do you carry, and why. IWB on your side, behind the hip, crossdraw or any other method. What do you feel are the advantaged or disadvantages of any carrying method.

Thanks, and feel free to take the poll. :)

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September 24, 2003, 12:16 AM
VZOR 70 at 3:00 IWB

September 24, 2003, 12:25 AM
Voted "other" for pocket carry.


September 24, 2003, 12:38 AM
Strong side, behind the hip (~4-4:30).

September 24, 2003, 09:18 AM
Full size IWB behind hip or subcompact pocket carry.

Sometimes both. ;)

September 24, 2003, 09:38 AM
Not allowed here.

For Pete's sake, we're barely allowed to keep 'em in the house!:cuss:

September 24, 2003, 10:12 AM
about 4:30

Sometimes (rarely) S.O.B; Colt Gov't 380 goes in pocket.

September 24, 2003, 10:22 AM
Most of the time I carry in my right front pocket. Other times I carry an IWB holster fastened to my belt, between my pants and belt, at about 3:30.

September 24, 2003, 10:39 AM
Strawng side.

Brian Williams
September 24, 2003, 10:52 AM
About 4:30 behind right hip in a slip in holster kind of mexican with a holster that is not attached to belt, it can be pull out and slipped in pocket if I want.

September 24, 2003, 10:55 AM
Strong side and and ankle holster. Sometimes the ankle is all that is available when the temperature is 102 degrees. I like winter for that reason.

Andrew Rothman
September 24, 2003, 11:04 AM
SmartCarry. So I guess, 12:00, Deep IWB! :)

September 24, 2003, 11:10 AM
Usually 4:30 IWB for concealment, comfort, and accessibility.


Ala Dan
September 24, 2003, 11:13 AM
Um? about 4:30 "Mexican" style.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

A Johnston
September 24, 2003, 12:47 PM
Just behind the point of my hip in an IWB.

September 24, 2003, 01:52 PM
Strong side IWB at around 4 - 420 (or 1600, 1620 for the military folk). Other: Ankle at work or Pocket at work (no guns policy at work).


September 24, 2003, 02:01 PM
Same as most people here - 4:30 IWB.

September 24, 2003, 02:24 PM
2 4 8 10 oclock.

Mostly 4&8 oclock, OWB, high n tight with gooood belt.

Depends on guns, dress, what doin and where.


September 24, 2003, 06:07 PM
Thanks for everyones input. I must say I was a bit surprised with the results. I definitely believe that the 4:30 position is the most comfortable, at least for me, but does anyone worry about that position as far as a bad guy having a better chance at grabbing the gun from behind?

Thanks again.

September 24, 2003, 06:25 PM
Well, I pretty much only carry at home and the range, but It's usually from 3:30 to 4:30.

I have "played around" trying to see how well it would conceal, and WOW... IWB carry REALLY must be easier to conceal. :uhoh:


September 24, 2003, 06:52 PM
I carry a S&W Model 640 in .38 Special.
It wears a set of Spegel High Horn Boot Grips.
It's Loaded with 110 Grain Federal Personal Defense AMMO.
It rest securely in a Hedley Pocket Holster (http://www.hedleyholsters.com/).

Ahhhhhhhh, it's so sweet when you get it right. ;)

September 24, 2003, 07:15 PM
At 4-4:30 OWB/IWB

It the most comfortable, hides well, I can sit down without haveing to move the gun, and it is easly accessable.

September 24, 2003, 08:22 PM
Other, I carry at 1:00.

Dave R
September 24, 2003, 11:53 PM
4:30 strong side IWB. "Other" for pocket carry.

September 25, 2003, 12:49 AM
Usually I carry my Sp101 in a smartcarry.
I also use a UM's paddle strong side at 3:45 or crossdraw at 2:25
Ocasionally I wear a horizontal shoulder rig


Zach S
September 25, 2003, 11:20 AM
4:00-4:30 IWB. Sometimes OWB

September 25, 2003, 01:08 PM
In the trunk

September 25, 2003, 01:46 PM
Everywhere I go.

Pappy John
September 25, 2003, 04:27 PM
J or L frames around town at 3:00 IWB. In the backwoods its an N frame at crossdraw on the belt.:p

September 26, 2003, 05:37 PM
velcro to bra

September 27, 2003, 01:37 AM
Strong side rear pocket in wallet-holster, most of the time.

So far, no one has noticed I'm carrying two "wallets." ;)

Mike Irwin
September 27, 2003, 11:44 AM
Uncle Mike's pocket holster, left hand front pocket, a Smith & Wesson 042 Centennial in .38 Spl.

Johnny Guest
October 9, 2003, 05:28 PM
Commander, OWB, 4:00, 90% of the time.
Alloy snub .38, RF pocket, in a DeSantis Nemesis.
Occasionally, Cmdr or BHP in Galco shoulder rig.


October 9, 2003, 07:06 PM
OK, I'll speak up for lefties....OWB about 7:30.

October 9, 2003, 07:27 PM
IWB or Pocket.

October 9, 2003, 07:40 PM
Snub (summer) OWB high ride at 4.30

Winter ... mainly 4 - 4.30 Fobus paddle for P series. Also tho sometimes Bianchi sho rig ... counted that as ''other'', tho in one sense a cross draw.

At times I do switch to BHP because slimmer .... same position with a Fobus as for p series but also have a Cobra sho rig for this too.

Kentucky Rifle
October 10, 2003, 11:41 AM
I'm gonna try a cross draw holster. For the first time too. Gotta be concealed in Kentucky. A little flash...and they call it "brandishing". I'd appreciate opinions on a good *concealed cross-draw type holster.


October 12, 2003, 11:31 PM
Primary rides strongside behind hip and backup goes in the front pocket.

October 13, 2003, 01:38 AM

Crossdraw, about 9:30 or 10:00 (I'm right handed)


Because it makes it easy to draw while sitting down. Also makes drawing with left hand much easyer...

October 14, 2003, 01:52 AM
Im just curiouse, but what about the ladies. Has anyone out there found a good way to carry(besides a purse:mad: ) that makes it so you can still wear normal clothes? Im 5'6" and 120lbs. The only thing i can think of is to gain 20lbs or so, and im not really willing to do that:rolleyes:

So, any ideas?

October 14, 2003, 02:16 AM
lissell: The other main options for woman I have seen are the backpack types (just a bigger purse) or the "thunderwear" or bellyband type. It is worn underneath like a wrap around the stomach. Here is a pic of runt with it... http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&postid=282612#post282612 from a thread from a while ago.

Pocket carry would also work if the gun is small enough. And ankle if the pants/jeans are cut to accept it.

My wife already has some extra weight, and that makes it impossible for any gun not made of rubber to curve around her. So she had to settle with a purse.

October 14, 2003, 06:08 AM
Strong side hip most often.....sometimes on the ankle.

Hot brass
October 14, 2003, 12:22 PM
About 3:30, IWB and 12:00 fanny pack.

October 14, 2003, 11:27 PM
Thanks WhoKnowsWho. Now i just need to find a place that sell's belly bands. I didnt even know they made them!

October 15, 2003, 01:07 PM
lissell - a cautionary mention re the belly bands.......

I bought one earlier this year ... idea seemed great and more attractive to me than straight IWB holster .. IWB being something I do not fair well with from a comfort POV.

Set it up .... put it on ... released belt tension a notch or two, inserted piece and .... great .. felt good.

However ..... over an hour or so ... not really that long .... damn thing was riding up way higher than I choose to have it ..... and I could find no easy way to make it stay as i wanted.

Reason? .... well this could be a very ''build dependant'' thing. I am a trainee geriatric at 58 ... but somehow despite that age am still 6'.00", 205 and ... most amazing .. I still have a waste!!!:D Albeit 36 for pants.

So my thinking is ..... the whole deal was bound to migrate from over my hips (and they ain't that big BTW!) ...... upwards towards the slightly narrower area.

On this analysis therefore I'd suggest this will only really work well with guys or gaps who ''increase'' a tad above hips ... which would/should, keep the whole deal where it should be - all time.

Just an 0.02


BTW - just checked on mine .. it's an ''Action Direct'' medium ... do a search and you'll find it I imagine.


October 15, 2003, 07:53 PM
Pocket holster 24/7: I used to carry IWB in front right side. I allways felt vulnerable with it on my back, seemed to easy for someone to grab. I know, I have seen ton's of people who are waaaay too comfy with this set up, I could have just snached it away....easy. A bunch were cop's!:(

October 15, 2003, 10:56 PM
I'm with David4516, crossdraw at about 9:30, IWB. Since I have a kid, I do a lot of bending and I found that having the grip pointing forward doesn't print very much at all compared to strongside when bending.
My Question for all of you people who carry at 4:30 is, how do you sit in the car without bruising your kidneys?

October 15, 2003, 11:13 PM
Fire 1 - My Question for all of you people who carry at 4:30 is, how do you sit in the car without bruising your kidneys? Funny that .. I was all but gonna post a new thread on that very thing!!

In fact - when driving I am sorta used to the pressure and feel ... whether snub in summer or, as now .... switched back to P series. Bit like the constant presence of a wrist watch ... when it ain't there ... feels nekkid!

Guess it makes for some discomfort at times but overall .. it's well tolerable. Thing I have noticed tho ..... my office chair has a near permanent dent in the back and the vinyl covering is looking rather ''tired'' in that area!

I used to be very fond of cross draw as a technique and you are right .. it helps reduce printing probs quite a bit ...... downside for me is the easier exposure that can occur when shirt flaps opene a bit ... like gettin outa truck with wind blowing etc.:p

October 15, 2003, 11:45 PM
The .45ACP? - Well for driving & carrying, I found a left handed Yaqui Slide style thats comfortable to pack while safetybelted into a carseat. Usually wear a light jacket with this rig.:cool:
Pants holsters are nearly impossable to access sitting down.:(

October 15, 2003, 11:48 PM
The .45ACP? - Well for driving & carrying, I found a left handed Yaqui Slide style thats comfortable to pack while safetybelted into a carseat, crossdraw keeps the gun out of the way of the belt. Usually wear a light jacket with this rig.:cool:
Pants holsters are nearly impossable to access sitting down.:(

October 16, 2003, 02:57 PM
Weakside front, Keltec p32

Strongside 3:30 IWB , snubnose wheel guns.

October 16, 2003, 03:06 PM
Everywhere wasn't an option.

October 17, 2003, 01:06 AM
Here in San Antonio mostly, but on occasion all over Texas, and in other states with reciprocity.;)

Seriously, almost exclusively fanny pack at 12 o'clock (high under an untucked shirt), or IWB at 1 o'clock.

Andrew Rothman
October 17, 2003, 12:23 PM
lissel -

A SmartCarry (http://www.smartcarry.com) (or similar ThunderWear (http://www.thunderwear.com) ) is not the same as a belly band. It's worth a good look.

I wear the SmartCarry every day, in shorts, jeans or slacks, with a shirt tucked or untucked.



It's complete concealment!


October 17, 2003, 02:23 PM
Mpayne -

Most interesting ..... I went to the site and must say ... this looks well worth a try. I have been thru about all there is ... or so I thought! I called Charlie and we had a good chat and I ordered one ... so we'll see how it goes.

If it is what I hope then I'll certainly be singin it's praises too.:)

October 18, 2003, 04:34 AM
underarm rig or S.O.B.

October 18, 2003, 12:44 PM
Currently, it's an OWB rig at about the 7:30 (or so) position. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

October 18, 2003, 08:45 PM
pocket holster

October 21, 2003, 04:30 AM
Don Hume IWB at 8:00 (lefty) most of the time. In elastic waistband shorts it Smartcarry. The good thing about behind the hip, to a mugger it looks like you're going for your wallet.
For those who have tried Thunderwear and Smartcarry, which do you like best and why? Thanks.

October 21, 2003, 11:37 AM
For those who have tried Thunderwear and Smartcarry, which do you like best and why? My SmartCarry is on order and should be here this week sometime ..... I am not sure how I will find it yet but will try and post some comments after a trial run.

October 21, 2003, 03:27 PM

- always, always there
- always undetectable
- can obtain firing grip while still concealed before draw starts

- size of implement limits size and # of expendables in the gun

October 21, 2003, 03:42 PM
Front pocket carry for me with either my Kel-Tec P-3AT or S&W 442. When I need deeper concealment than that -- SmartCarry.


October 21, 2003, 06:25 PM
This is not really relevant to true CCW but - posted a thread re a large rig I got to carry the long tubed Redhawk for hunting ..


October 21, 2003, 08:41 PM
Since the attire here in sunny Florida is t-Shirts and shorts for most of the year, my usual carry is a Para-Ordnance C7-45 companion IWB at 4:30 Sans holster. The only requirement for this mode of carry is a stiff belt to support the weight of the all steel pistol.

Maybe not for everyone but it works for me.

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