Holster for road trip


June 14, 2010, 07:49 AM
Later this summer, I'm taking a family vacation to SE California. I know I can't carry in CA, but Texas and AZ and NM have CHL reciprocity, so I can carry all the way to Yuma plus a little bit.

I'm planning on taking my Ruger SR9c as my traveling companion. It's small enough that it won't take up a lot of space on my person, but big enough that I have decent firepower (2-10rd mags). I shoot it well and trust it.

For those of you who have taken long road trips, what kind of holster might you recommend? I'm usually a pocket carry kind of guy (Taurus TCP or Ruger LCR). I'm a big ol' boy and...ahem...do have love handles. I have worn pistols on my waistband, but usually my days are spent up & down at a desk or short runs in the car around town. I'm looking at two 12-hour days of driving and want something that won't leave me regretting carrying a gun this long.

I'm open to IWB or OWB. My departure date is late July, so I don't have time to wait for DM Bullard, et. al., with 2-3 months lead time.

Any thoughts on a good road trip holster?


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June 14, 2010, 08:01 AM
Something with a big body-shield (to pad your meat from the pistol)
Something that doesn't make the pistol any thicker than needed (belt attachment NOT on top of the gun)
Something custom-molded for retention and snug fit

Sounds like you need something from one of the Hybrid IWB holster makers, I like CrossBreed a lot, KHolster and comp-tac make good ones as well.

June 14, 2010, 08:21 AM
bigfatdave speaks the truth. My larger friends prefer crossbreed holsters. I'm 5'10", 165 with no more love handles (last year I had them). Crossbreed Supertucks are uncomfortable for me now. All I need now is a thin holster with no backing. The cheap highnoon holsters (bare asset, split decision if i need to tuck my shirt in) now fit the bill for me as well as any of my custom leather or kydex rigs. All I need is leather or leather-like thin with no backing. Kydex is too uncomfortable against my skin.

Basically, when I was +20 lbs, I would have agreed %100 with dave.

June 14, 2010, 03:51 PM
How about the Garrett Industries Silent Thunder from Tucker Gunleather.

The delivery time will be quick and you can put it on and take it off easily.

Another option is the High Noon Bare Asset.

Another quick deliver item that can be put on and taken off easily.

The Ruger is pretty small and light and is a good match for the lightweight High Noon. Additionally, the Ruger is a relatively smooth pistol so I don't think you need to be too concerned about getting poked in the side.

June 15, 2010, 07:14 AM
Tucker makes good stuff, I have one of their double IWB mag pouches and it is very nice.
If I were buying another holster, the Answer would be my choice, they're advertising 2-3 weeks lead time and when I ordered my mag carrier the advertised lead time was about spot-on.

June 16, 2010, 01:14 PM
I think you're going to find the Crossbreed Supertuck to be one of the most comfortable. But any dual clip/loop type IWB holster is going to do you good (Ugly Bald Guy (http://www.ubgholsters.com/iwb.htm) lists your Ruger, for example).

Thing is, getting used to IWB can take someone a while ... so you may start the trip a little uncomfortable but by the end of it you'll be fine.

Regardless of what leather you get, wear a t-shirt (especially an Underarmor (http://www.thehighroad.org/www.underarmour.com) or other "wicking material" type tee) under everything and it'll help a lot.

At this point your biggest problem is going to be turn around time.

June 17, 2010, 11:06 AM
Some folks make holsters that you can put on your seatbelt... It would be right across your chest and easily accessible. I've thought about making one for myself but I don't know what gun I'd carry in my car for a long road trip. Almost any holster with a clip or the straps w/ snaps should work as long as they can clear the width of the seatbelt. Something to think about.

June 17, 2010, 12:15 PM
Thanks, all, for the comments.

I'm leaning toward the High Noon Bare Asset right now - it's inexpensive (always a plus) and thin, easy to take off if it's bothering me and slip back on when stopping for gas, etc.

I'll look at the CB after I get back...and done paying for that trip - 3000 miles round trip is going to burn a lot of fuel :(


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