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Old August 2, 2014, 05:32 PM   #1
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I found my bad back rig.

It's a Bianchi model 57 with a S&W 642.

I recently got the holster in a trade thinking it would be good taking classes with my 642 (since with most classes you have to have the handgun on your belt.) and for carrying my 642 loaded with snake shot when I'm doing chores around the "farm".

Well as it would go, I pulled my back Thursday when setting up field fence (to keep in the goats we were suppose to get today.) because I was rushing to beat the rain. So I tried to take things easy yesterday I carried this combo all day. Now I'm used to either a G19 or a compact S&W 3rd gen .45 carried IWB and two mags with no discomfort everyday with the 642 as back up in my pocket, so this was new to me just walking around with nothing but a J-frame and a speed loader and speed strip. (Go ahead and laugh, I know I'm paranoid. )

So this got me wondering what are the members of THR's bad back carry set up?

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Looking forward to what everyone set up is.
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Old August 2, 2014, 08:45 PM   #2
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My bad back is why God gave me front pockets!
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Old August 4, 2014, 06:15 AM   #3
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It's funny you say that. I'm actually disabled due to my back. I carry almost the exact same rig 75% of the time. I picked up the bianchi 57 from midway for 35 bucks and I carry a 637 in mine.

It's so light and comfortable that it's easy to forget you are wearing it.
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Old August 4, 2014, 06:33 AM   #4
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Does the Bianchi 57 hold the J-Frame securely?

Props to you guys for carrying at all with a bad back. I hurt my back a few years ago while moving. Until then, I always thought people complaining about back pain were being babies. But my God, that was some debilitating pain. I don't think I would have committed to carrying a toothbrush, much less a gun and ammo. Thankfully a chiropractor was able to fix me up, and I still get adjusted a few times each year just to be safe.
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Old August 4, 2014, 10:53 AM   #5
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Bobson, it holds it very well. It's not a retention holster, but I an hold it upside down and shake it side to side it does not come out.

Hurryin' Hoosier, I prefer to carry on my belt because I can reach it from more positions than with pocket carry. Glad it works for you!
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Old August 4, 2014, 10:58 AM   #6
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ljnowell, I agree. The only reason I noticed it was because it was SO light!
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Old August 4, 2014, 12:21 PM   #7
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ljnowell, I agree. The only reason I noticed it was because it was SO light!

It is without a doubt the most comfortable OWB I have ever carried. In fact I just put it on to head out today to do my business. I drop a couple HKS speedloaders in my pockets and I'm good to go.
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Old August 4, 2014, 03:05 PM   #8
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380... say what you will nothing is easier for EDC, except maybe a J frame. Nice setup! I like grips.
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Old August 4, 2014, 06:13 PM   #9
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Not so much a bad back, but for when another issue rares its ugly head:



Holster made by Rusty Sherrick. I had one fit for a Colt Detective Special/Cobra.


Patrick Johnakin Brown Shoe Corp. Muzzle Up Shoulder Holster

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Old August 5, 2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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Years of back and leg issues have me walking with a cane all the time. I have discovered that about 20 ozs. loaded is my limit and nothing iwb or owb from 3:00 back. I recently bought a gently used Sig P938 Nightmare. It has been reliable through 200 rounds, weighs about 19 ozs. loaded, and will become my EDC. I let a salesman talk me into a Remora at the last gunshow. I'm glad he did. AIWB is very secure and comfortable. No extra pain and I'm armed all the time.
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Old August 6, 2014, 04:35 PM   #11
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Not so much a bad back, but for when another issue rares its ugly head:







Holster made by Rusty Sherrick. I had one fit for a Colt Detective Special/Cobra.





Patrick Johnakin Brown Shoe Corp. Muzzle Up Shoulder Holster




How hard is it to draw from a rig like that? It looks awkward, but is it?
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Old August 6, 2014, 10:20 PM   #12
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Not a bit.

It is held in place by relief cuts that grab onto the recoil shield and a very strong V-spring at the mouth of the clamshell.


Re-holstering it is a bit of a trick, though.
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Old August 7, 2014, 01:14 AM   #13
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Not a bit.



It is held in place by relief cuts that grab onto the recoil shield and a very strong V-spring at the mouth of the clamshell.





Re-holstering it is a bit of a trick, though.

Very interesting.
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Old August 7, 2014, 05:46 PM   #14
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BullfrogKen, I just had a flash back to Crocker from Kojak.

If I ever get a DS I'm getting a upside down shoulder holster like that, just for nostalgias sake, but I'm going to go so far as to wear the style of clothes of that time period!

Thanks everyone who has responded so far.
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Old August 7, 2014, 09:52 PM   #15
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It definitely is old school. It's one of the hardest, most labor-intensive holsters Rusty makes.


But it is slick as snot on the draw, carries much more comfortably than a horizontal draw, and it just plain cool.
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Old August 11, 2014, 02:53 AM   #16
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That setup of Bullfrogs brings back memories. I used a muzzle up shoulder rig similar to that back in the 1960’s with a Model 36, but the retention was by a piece of heavy elastic. It was a comfortable setup until the elastic started to stretch out.
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Old August 24, 2014, 09:20 PM   #17
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I buy pleated front slacks and pocket carry my old undercover.
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Old August 24, 2014, 09:23 PM   #18
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I buy pleated front slacks and pocket carry my old undercover.

I used to pocket carry an LCR also. It's a good way to carry with a bad back but it's not the best for tactical reasons.
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Old August 27, 2014, 07:55 PM   #20
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> How hard is it to draw from a rig like that? It looks awkward, but is it?

Trivially easy. I normally just reach up under my untucked shirt and up. And for extra bonus points, it's just as easy to reach it with either hand.
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Old August 28, 2014, 03:44 PM   #21
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But, putting it back is a whole different story. When I carried a Berns-Martin upside down I usually just put my Colt Agent in my pocket after drawing so I didn't have to worry with it. The one with the elastic was a little easier on reholstering but the elastic would eventually stretch.
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Old August 28, 2014, 05:22 PM   #22
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Yes, you're correct. Re-holstering would be greatly simplified if I had an extra elbow joint. On the other hand, re-holstering my horizontal-carry .45 isn't any easier.

It's just a downside to having superb comfort and concealability.
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