How many pounds?


December 2, 2012, 07:25 AM
Just got my Sparks VersaMax II for my Walther PPS. Beautifully made, but needs a little break in to allow a free draw (holster it tight). Previously not a big user of IWB holsters, and just wondered how many pounds I have to lose to NOT be on the last hole of my belt, with a something the size of my fist jammed into my waistband? :rolleyes::confused: :D

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December 2, 2012, 08:55 AM

Carne Frio
December 2, 2012, 01:17 PM
Don't know. Might want to visit the Belt Man.
A properly fitting quality belt will make your
concealed carry more enjoyable.:D

December 2, 2012, 01:43 PM
Buy bigger pants, and figure out why your gun is the size of your fist. Is your gun pregnant?

December 2, 2012, 02:20 PM
First, take your fist out of your waste band.

Seriously, there's no way to tell how much you'll have to lose. Case in point, I have recently dropped about ten pounds, and I wasn't overweight to begin with. Went from 178 to 168 but lost almost nothing measurable off my waist. I have not needed to buy new pants; I just feel a bit more comfy in the ones I have. Most of the time my belts are still in the same hole as before and still one hole further out if I'm carrying IWB then if I'm not.

If you're on the last hole of your belt, and you don't plan on having a smaller waist, you probably need a longer belt. It's generally recommended by fashionistas not to be in the last hole; this holds even if you're carrying IWB.

December 2, 2012, 03:43 PM
As far as the fist, I'm guessing that the circumference of my fist might be the same displacement as the leather wrapped PPS (Sparks VMII inside the pants holster).

December 2, 2012, 03:47 PM
Part of the problem is I am used to a single thickness, but solid, leather belt. These double thickness, high end gunbelts are ALSO thick enough to add some girth, and less comfortable, in my opinion. It's ok, I can stand to lose 15-20lbs, and was just laughing at myself that this might be the right reason. IWB rigs ARE more concealable, and LESS comfortable. Just the design. I think when I find my happy place, the Walther in the IWB will be a welcome thing.

December 2, 2012, 03:50 PM
thirty pounds

December 2, 2012, 04:53 PM
You might want to try moving your rig a little further back. At 3:00, you're adding more width to yourself. At 4-5:00 it's much more comfortable.

I have the same style holster, and wear it at 4:30. Much more concealable (the grip goes along my back, rather than my side, and doesn't stick out), and much more comfortable. I found that I can use the same belt hike for both IWB and OWB wearing it this way.

December 2, 2012, 07:03 PM
Lose 23.33367 lbs, buy a bigger belt, and wear your pistol a 4:52 p.m. And not minute later. Just sayin';)

December 4, 2012, 05:42 PM
You guys are HARD. The pounds I can lose, the $90-$120 for a heavy duty, quality gunbelt is a pretty big add-on to the price of the holster.:D

December 4, 2012, 08:50 PM
Just think though all the accessories and the god awful amounts of money you'll have to spend you will truly be a "sharpdressedman". :neener:

December 4, 2012, 11:19 PM
You guys are HARD. The pounds I can lose...

Lose the pounds for your health. That belly of yours greatly increases your chances of heart attack or stroke and cancer.

I'd hate to see you go before your time, as I always enjoy reading your posts.

December 7, 2012, 09:06 PM
I went with a shoulder holster so I could lose weight on my own terms :)

December 7, 2012, 10:49 PM
On the other hand, it is cheaper to buy a bigger, high end belt than a whole new wardrobe. :D Dammitboy, thanks for sincere thought. You are, of course, correct.

December 8, 2012, 08:54 PM
Sorry for soapboxing, I'm a health nut and a gun nut. :uhoh:

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