Before I trade away my .45 ACP Para CCO Blackwatch Companion, I'd like to get your feedback.
Heavy guns make my hip hurt. This steel frame Officer's Model sized Para weights 39 ounces loaded--and it hurts to carry all day. (Don't bother calling me a wimp--I do, in fact, have a serious muscle disease that makes lots of things hurt me that wouldn't hurt you.) My hip hurts even though I carry with a 1.5" Liger belt and either a Milt Sparks Summer Special or a CrossBreed Super Tuck.
I'm just wondering if maybe a PADDLE holster might help. In my experience, the Uncle Mikes paddle isn't concealable, but is very easy on the hip. I HATE all Fobus holsters--the darned things are so hard to draw from that they give me an instant headache! Aweful. However, the Custom Fit Safariland 568 looks like it might work. There must be other makes who have fits for the CCO.
If you have problems with heavy guns and can recommend some other option, or a holster that helped you, please let me know.
If I trade in the Para LDA BWC, I'll probably go for a Kahr CW9 (16 ounces lighter), K9 (maybe 10 ounces lighter), or Glock30SF (at least 6 ounces lighter). For now, I mostly carry my laser gripped Airweight.
Thanks for your help.
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February 16, 2009, 02:14 PM
you won't even know ur carrying the cw9 after carrying that Para CCO, nice gun but certainly jnot one I would wantto drag around all day either..
February 16, 2009, 05:06 PM
get a light weight Colt Commander or a Defender have http://ubgholsters.com make you a holster .
February 16, 2009, 06:29 PM
Its the holster or your carry preferences.
That said, a revolver cylinder on the hip bone does get be awkward.
You just gotta work it out.
February 16, 2009, 06:45 PM
Rather then a paddle, consider a pancake style belt holster.
It spreads the weight over a much larger area of the hip then any paddle holster.
A Pancake on a wide gun belt is about as good as it gets.
I don't know, but I think its more how the weight is distributed rather than where it sits.
Mr. Nelson's Summer Special, with 4 thickness of leather and two snaps hurt my hip.
Moving the holster fore or aft was not an option...wear it straight on the hip bone and the outseam of the trousers.
A holster from FIST, of Brooklyn, NY, came my way as part of way a pistol trade.
I was impressed. Ordered same for 39, 228, BHP/Cmdr.
Got 'em for 1 3/4 belt loops/slots.
Check out their # 14 convertable with the fat tab.
February 16, 2009, 07:57 PM
Maybe you should try the Five-seveN. It's expensive, as is the ammo, but it's nice and light.
February 16, 2009, 09:07 PM
My wife says if you eat chocolate bon-bons they'll go right to the hips.....maybe that would give you more padding?
February 16, 2009, 09:07 PM
Have you considered suspenders to evenly distribute the weight?
February 16, 2009, 09:51 PM
You might want to consider one of these
That's for IWB carry, they do similar for OWB Carry. The Kydex has adjustable tension, so drawing can be really simple or pretty tight. Thinking about your condition, and looking at IWB vs. OWB maybe IWB is the way to go since you can spread the holster support across a longer spread, I have the MTAC myself, and find it incredibly comfortable, snug and suprisingly cushioned, it's for a SA XDm 40 (32 Oz empty) doesn't pull at my belt at all, so my Left side doesn't over correct either.
Just my $0.02
February 16, 2009, 09:57 PM
Get a good shoulder holster.
February 16, 2009, 10:32 PM
The answer for me was a SOB holster at about 4:30. Only other option was the switch to the PF-9. AAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
February 16, 2009, 11:30 PM
foam rubber pad for your hip area or the back of your holster
February 17, 2009, 01:47 AM
Perry Suspenders (http://www.perrysuspenders.com/persus.html)
February 17, 2009, 10:10 AM
I understand your dilemma and pain...I love my heavy pistols as well, but I find the hip carry for these behemoths just too much...
You might consider this...:)