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Barami Hip Grip, Clip-Draw, and "Mexican Carry"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by RKBABob, Nov 30, 2010.


Would you carry a revolver IWB without the trigger covered?

  1. Sure I would, no problem!

    25 vote(s)
  2. I'd only carry a DAO (hammerless) revolver that way.

    4 vote(s)
  3. Carrying that way would cause me great concern.

    6 vote(s)
  4. No way!

    16 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. RKBABob

    RKBABob Well-Known Member

    How do you feel about carring a revolver inside the waistband in such a way that the trigger is not covered, such as with the Barami Hip Grip, Clip-Draw device, or other such things?
  2. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    I carry a S & W Mod 19 with a 2 1/2" barrel at 1:00 (mexican carry), but in a holster custom fitted for the purpose and me. The trigger is covered.
  3. scaatylobo

    scaatylobo Well-Known Member

    NO DAO's

    No guns such as the Glock [ that I do EDC ] as I want and believe in a covered trigger.

    Otherwise YES have done so many times for over 4 decades.
  4. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    There are two problems with carrying in the waistband without a holster. One is that the gun can come loose -- nothing like walking down the mall and feeling your gun slither down your leg!

    The other is that the gun is not protected from sweat and body acids, nor is the body protected from the gun.
  5. TexasBill

    TexasBill Well-Known Member

    Have done both Mexican carry and the hip-grip; I don't recommend them. Too many good holsters on the market today to use another method of carry.

    I am not worried about the trigger being covered: last time I checked, there wasn't anything there that was going to catch it. However, Mexican carry presents an opportunity for the gun to slide down your leg. This happened to me in a cafeteria line: fortunately, the gun wound up in my boot top. The problem with the hip grip is that, in order to have the clip engage your belt, you've got to stuff the gun so far down it's a real pain to get out.

    Nope, I'll take a nice IWB holster that keeps the gun where it's supposed to be and keeps the grip where I can get at it.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  6. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    "Mexican carry" refers to holsterless carry inside the waistband, not a position in the waistband.

    I won't use any of the options listed, not because of concern of an AD/ND, but because the gun will shift during routine activity. At best, the gun isn't where I thought it was and I can't get a grip. At worst, it goes clattering to the concrete at a most inopportune time.
  7. Dan-O

    Dan-O Well-Known Member

    I regularly use a universal clipdraw on multiple, and all different sized revolvers. With a belt on, the gun doesn't move around. The gun is def. more susceptible to getting sweat all over it though, specially in the summer time.
  8. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    I carry quite often a shrouded hammer
    J frame using the Barami Hipgrip. It is
    very safe and secure. I used to carry
    that way at work, in surgical scrubs.
    For 8 years, no one ever knew that I
  9. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I have no problem carrying a revolver inside or outside the waistband so long as it's retained in a holster. The possibility of an unintentional discharge because the trigger & guard aren't covered with a double-action revolver is highly improbable, but if the gun is simply stuck under the pants in the waistband there is an excelent chance of it sliding down the pantleg and ending up on the floor. I know of two very well known gentlemen who had exactly this happen, and both of them had enough experience to know better.
  10. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    And now you know three.:eek:
  11. thunder173

    thunder173 Well-Known Member

    That'd be four of us now Vern,..and I suspect there are many many more,....

    Having said that,..I do quite often carry either a Keltec P-11 or P3AT holsterless, IWB, while using the Keltec clip's. Have done so for some time, and have never had issue doing so either with or without a belt,..but my waist band is usually fairly snug when I do. I wouldn't consider doing so if the wasit band was loose,..or there were no way I could snug the pistol in place with a belt.

    I have "Mexican carried" over the years as situations warranted,..but it is not my favored nor recommended style.
  12. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    If I named the other two you'd know you were in great company... :D
  13. thunder173

    thunder173 Well-Known Member

    Well,...as the "new kid on the block" in comparison to you and Vern,...with him admitting his indiscretions,..I'd say I am already in good company,...

    So,..are you confessing? Or just implicating?? :)

    BTW,...I have known more than a few other fella's,..and a couple ladies,..who have had that happen as well.
  14. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    Ah... no. I've never dropped a gun down my pantleg, but on occasion I have had to make a holster to fit something where a holster wasn't commercially available.

    One advantage of IWB carry is that no one can see the holster. :D
  15. thunder173

    thunder173 Well-Known Member

    ^ :)

    Have a great one sir.
  16. sophijo

    sophijo Well-Known Member

    Scientific support 4 Mexican carry

    I think all you guys are wrong. I saw Mel Gibson, Mexican Carry; jump off 30 story building, grab a helicopter skid (in flight), dangle around on that until he dropped to the roof a a moving freight train and was able to get 32 rounds out of that pistol without a reload.
  17. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Yes, but Mel was probably drunk when that happened.;)
  18. g.a.stahle

    g.a.stahle Well-Known Member

    I have an uncle that mexican carries his full size 1911 on a daily basis without problems, and I've carried my 4" 1911 the same way several times without incident. If your belt is snug, your weapon isn't going to move.
  19. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Oh yes it will...And at the most un-opportune time I might add...

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