Has Anyone Got Experience With Thunderwear?


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RonnyBaby
March 22, 2009, 08:11 PM
I like the Thunderwear concealed waist belt holster. I'm just wondering who else has experience with it and what they like or dislike about it.

My friend wants to get one, but is still skeptical of it. He thinks if your gun went off that it would blast your love weapon right off your crotch.

Never happened to me so far...

But, you know... it would be great if he heard it from other owners of this holster.

THANKS!

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Phydeaux642
March 22, 2009, 08:20 PM
My friend wants to get one, but is still skeptical of it. He thinks if your gun went off that it would blast your love weapon right off your crotch.


How's his weapon going to go off? Is someone putting their hands down his pants?:neener:

I use the Smartcarry, which is basically the same thing. I have it on right now with a 642 tucked away in it. I like it. I even ride my bicycle while wearing it. The only thing I don't like about it is the straps sometime dig into my skin.

doc540
March 22, 2009, 08:26 PM
SmarCarry +1

orionengnr
March 22, 2009, 08:35 PM
I own a Smart Carry and have used it on a number of occasions. It is not my preferred method of carry, but when deep concealment trumps accessibility, it is probably the king.

It is at it's best with a small auto or revo--think Kahr PM9, any K-T, a 642 or equivalent.

Oh, and tell your friend to quit listening to The Brady Bunch. Guns do not "go off". Period. End of story.

RonnyBaby
March 22, 2009, 08:43 PM
My friend has the Taurus PT 1911 and doesn't like compacts due to all the recoil of the .45 cal.

He has shot 2000+ rounds through it without a hitch and thinks he can count on it in a life or death situation.

Thunderwear will custom make a holster for whatever gun and whatever waist size. My friend and I alike around a 40 inch waist. So Thunderwear said theirs will be superior to the competition due to this fact alone.

Any Thunderwear users out there??

Thanks to the rest so far on the SmartCarry! I did consider this one in the beginning until I found Thunderwear would custom make the holster to my body size and gun.

General Geoff
March 22, 2009, 09:31 PM
I have a SmartCarry that I use with my 5" (full size) Para Ordnance 1911. I have a 40" waist. It's an awesome holster.

Cannonball888
March 22, 2009, 09:46 PM
I've been through the trial and error bit with a slew of holsters, but SmartCarry and a Desantis ankle holster are the only ones I'll use for CC. Sold the rest on fleaBay so someone else can go through the trial and error bit too.

Flash!
March 22, 2009, 09:55 PM
I have Thunderwear.... the key is to have a short barreled gun because it will stick out in your crotch area otherwise... especially if sitting down....

RonnyBaby
March 22, 2009, 10:04 PM
What about comparison of construction between the SmartCarry and ThunderWear?
Any difference in quality?

Cannonball888
March 22, 2009, 10:10 PM
I have Thunderwear.... the key is to have a short barreled gun because it will stick out in your crotch area otherwise... especially if sitting down....Yes, but a longer barrel like a Government .45 does impress the ladies.

General Geoff
March 22, 2009, 10:13 PM
What about comparison of construction between the SmartCarry and ThunderWear?
Any difference in quality?

Can't speak for Thunderwear, but the SmartCarry is constructed very sturdily, with water/sweat proof materials, and is snag-free so the gun doesn't get caught up on seams while drawing.

fast eddie
March 22, 2009, 10:24 PM
Bought a smartcarry a couple years ago. Discovered I can't use it; not enough room for both pistol and gun.:D

Phydeaux642
March 22, 2009, 10:41 PM
Thanks to the rest so far on the SmartCarry! I did consider this one in the beginning until I found Thunderwear would custom make the holster to my body size and gun.

Smartcarry basically does the same thing, and with Smartcarry there are no seams to get snagged on. That's the main reason I haven't tried Thunderwear.

Javelin
March 22, 2009, 10:45 PM
I bet you could get a really good deal on a used pair........

:uhoh:

RonnyBaby
March 22, 2009, 10:46 PM
I really haven't had any snagging issues with the ThunderWear.

AK103K
March 23, 2009, 11:25 AM
I've used a couple of Smart Carry holsters daily for a couple of years now, and have been very happy with them.

A lot is going to depend on what type pants you wear and the size of the gun you carry. I wear Carhartt type pants, which are "flat" across the front and while somewhat loose, they are not very giving. I usually carry a Seecamp when I wear them. If you wear something like a pair of loose fitting, pleated Dockers, you can get away with a bigger gun with no troubles. I've used a SIG P230, P6, or P239 with pants like Dockers or sweat pants with no problems, but thats about as big as I'm comfortable with.

The Smart Carry holsters are well made and basically water/sweat proof (especially from the side facing you). They are comfortable and work as advertised. I work physically outside year round, in pretty nasty conditions, and the Smart Carry offers the best protection of any holster I've ever used, especially when it comes to dirt and dust. My Seecamp has virtually no crap in or on it, unlike the P229 in my IWB holster. Even when I'm soaking wet with sweat, including the front of my pants from it dripping off my tee shirt, the gun is still dry at the end of the day.

The only issue I have with mine is, the gun will eventually start to wear a hole in your pants at the rub point(s), and I have to use a piece of "iron on" patch on the inside of my pants at this point to stop/slow it, otherwise, I get holes worn through the material. This is more of an issue with fitted or snug pants, and less if any issue with the loose fitting pants.

mossberg
March 23, 2009, 02:14 PM
Everyone, please, call a pistol a pistol.

AK103K
March 23, 2009, 04:14 PM
What if its not? :)

GaSheepDog
March 23, 2009, 10:43 PM
I was thinking about Smartcarry/Thunderware also. I need deep concealment if I wanted to carry on the job. Mainly I spend a lot of time squatting but have to belly-crawl on occasion. My only concern is that the encounter I would possibly need my weapon for would more than likely be a bg less than 20' away who has already produced a weapon and shown intent to use it on me. Because of that, I feel compelled to carry one in the pipe. There's no way I would dare remove the PISTOL (happy now?) while at a customer's house before having to crawl under the house because of even a remote chance of someone seeing me do it...and the idea of belly crawling with the two packages so close to each other (and both loaded :D) just doesn't sit well. For those of you who use them, are my concerns valid?

doc540
March 23, 2009, 10:55 PM
snub nose revolver in a SmartCarry is safe....period

crawl, wallow, squat, work out, etc

It is a compromise and not for everyone's needs.

While not the fastest access, but it is the most concealed.

And when standing I can draw, aim, and fire in under 3 seconds.

GaSheepDog
March 23, 2009, 10:58 PM
I was thinking along the lines of a P3AT (if i can find one) but wouldn't rule out a snubbie...thanks.

General Geoff
March 23, 2009, 11:07 PM
There's no way I would dare remove the PISTOL (happy now?) while at a customer's house before having to crawl under the house because of even a remote chance of someone seeing me do it...and the idea of belly crawling with the two packages so close to each other (and both loaded ) just doesn't sit well. For those of you who use them, are my concerns valid?

No.

Unless you somehow impale your groin on a sharp, laterally strong pointy object and then proceed to try disembowling yourself on said object by pulling yourself to the side, AND the object *just happens* to travel through the trigger guard of your firearm while you impaled yourself on it, you have nothing to worry about.

MyRoad
March 24, 2009, 02:13 AM
I have a couple of SmartCarry holsters. When I use them I do NOT have the gun front and center, I have it strong side. I found in the front with a shirt tucked in to be unrealistic -- I couldn't sit down, and getting to the gun was a joke. So for its intended "ultimate concealment", it does not work for me.

However, strong-side, it has several purposes. It ends out being just like carrying with an IWB holster, the butt of the gun just above the waist band. I use it when I'm wearing shorts in the summer, sweat pants around the house, or bicycling (fall/winter/early spring). YMMV.

doc540
March 24, 2009, 08:27 AM
For the ultimate in reassurance and safety I suggest carrying a small frame revolver.

For it fire the trigger must be completed cycled, the hammer has to rise and fall, and the cylinder has to revolve. Ain't gonna happen in a SmartCarry.

Semi-auto like a Glock? I personally chose not to carry that style handgun.

Again, it's not for everyone and not for every situation, but for deep cover that comfortable and safe it's been my choice for quite a while now.

RonnyBaby
March 24, 2009, 12:04 PM
I wrote in to Thunderwear asking how their holster compares to SmartCarry. I also asked about snagging when drawing the pistol.
Here's what they responded with:

Smart Carry is an excellent product, as well as it should be, it's a copy of our Thunderwear.

Thunderwear does not snag on anything. The fact of the matter is, it's a faster draw and a longer lasting product than all of our competitors. We are very flattered that others copy our product. If we did have a snag problem, than over a million Thunderwear customers would be very disappointed and almost 20% would not be on our auto " Reorder " program.

Thunderwear Customer Service
www.thunderwear.com
800 830 3057 9-9 eastern 7 days.

ChuteTheMall
March 24, 2009, 12:16 PM
Which sells better, SmartCarry or Thunderwear, and why?

Based on this thread, SmartCarry is far more popular.

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