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Anyone carry w/o a holster?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Northslope Nimrod, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. Northslope Nimrod

    Northslope Nimrod Member

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    The local Drug Strike Force agents carry their pistols IWB with no holster. I tried carrying my Mak that way and it seemed fine but answer me this:

    Does that type of carry cause more wear on the blueing/finish of my firearm? (ie: Are clothes harder on the finish than leather?) Only in the summer am I concerned about sweat. Will sweat make it worse. If I don't sweat or no sweat reaches the gun, will it wear better or worse than if it is in a leather holster.
     
  2. 1 old 0311

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    Sweat can cause rust. If you really want to carry this way, use a Car Wax on the finish. It will protect it, and also helps keep the fingerprints from showing.

    Kevin
     
  3. middy

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    I wouldn't want my pistol slipping down my pants leg to be accidentally kicked across the pavement, or falling out onto the floor when I sit down... but maybe that's just me. :uhoh:
     
  4. Guntalk

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    With whatever holster you like, or no holster, put your gun on, put your magazines in their holders (or a pocket), and then roll around on the ground for one minute. Do a sumbersault. Flop like a fish.

    Now, get up and look at the ground.

    The equipment that's on the ground is the stuff you may find that you do not have in a fight.

    Ever been in a fight of any kind? Ever end up on the ground?
     
  5. 1911Tuner

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    Fightin'

    I don't get into fights. That's why I carry a gun. Too old to fight...Too tired to run.;)
     
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    Me too. Last fight I got in was in junior high. I learned that I didn't enjoy it.
     
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    Fightin'

    Yeah. Hurts...don't it?:D
     
  8. EddieCoyle

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    I've been known to throw down on occasion but never when I'm carrying a gun.

    I've also carried without a holster but never with a gun tucked into my waistband. I have a 642 that I carry unholstered in my pocket for most of the summer.
     
  9. jonnyc

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    OK, new test.
    Put the gun in your waistband and throw yourself down a flight of stairs. If it falls out, get a holster.
    Holster-less carry really isn't the smart way to go.
     
  10. Seven High

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    Many years ago, when I was still a LEO we would wrap multiple rubber bands around the grip of our snubnose revolvers before sticking them into our waist bands. We did not use a holster at all. It worked very well. Kind of like a hip grip. :)
     
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    if you actually do throw yourself down a flight of stairs, remove the gun after and repeat untill you lose all ability to taint society with procreation:neener:
     
  12. JMusic

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    I use to carry a BHP in the small of my back without a holster. I shoot left handed and at that time it was hard to find an appropriate holster. I never lost the pistol but always worried about it. I finaly found a pancake that fit for a lefty. I also do not believe gettin grass stains on my pants but... One night while wearing the pancake I hit a unusually obnoxios individual with a three cell mag light. He proceeded to beat me up and down a brick wall for about a minute and a half before running out of air. (I had him in a choke hold:neener: ) After the watussi was over he had ruined one side of the grip and broken the rear sight off my BHP. I wore holsters religiously ever since.
    Jim
     
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  13. CajunBass

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    I carry my Mak, or my Kel-Tec P-11 in my jacket pocket during the winter. Pistol on one side. Spare magazine on the opposite.

    I don't see any difference in the wear.
     
  14. BillinNH

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    I'm a firm believer in beltclips. I got one for my Keltec P11 and it made me a convert. When a got a P32 and subsequently a P3AT I automatically installed the belt clips. I bought a Cobra Patriot 45 to have something to carry in 45acp and in the keltec DAO polymer school of design. It didn't have a belt clip but I got a universal Clipdraw and installed it on the frame so that it rides just under the top of my waistband. So I carry my semiautos IWB on my strong side hip with a beltclip. The only time I actually use a holster is for pocket carry.

    If I rolled around on the ground with one of these I imagine my hip would be sorely bruised but I don't think I would lose the gun.

    Maybe I'll get one of my friends to try it. :)

    Bill
     
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    The "Mexican carry" looks great with no complaint by the "action heroes" in the cinema, pulling pistols from everywhere with no holsters in sight; but I tried and couldn't get the hang of it....Different body types, and varying tolerances to being uncomfortable leaves me out of this league.:banghead:
     
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    Done it, don't like it.

    I've carried sometimes with no holster, but for me the discomfort and inconvenience aren't worth the money you might save by skipping leather (or plastic). The only semi-comfortable way I found to carry my pistols without holsters is tucked into my waistband in the small of my back. I much prefer holstered behind my hip bone.
     
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    Triggers need to be covered.
     
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    i'd do belt clip, but i'd probably do it with an empty chamber
     
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    For best results, go to a Japanese shrine to do this test.
     
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    I've carried my 1911 just behind my hip sans holster, its ok, I just don't like using public restrooms while carring, other than that no probs. still looking at getting a good holster, without waiting half a year for it
     
  21. taliv

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    a) i know, concealed means concealed
    b) i know, i'm stereotyping


    if i see someone carrying (which i do fairly frequently in TN), and it's in a iwb or other holster, I think "cool, another CCW"

    if i see someone with a pistol shoved into their belt sans holster, i'm going to assume a lot about that person, none of it good, including

    they've probably never had competent instruction (formally or otherwise)
    good chance they've never fired the gun and probably owned it less than a week
    good chance they aren't carrying legally

    i'm not saying you should or shouldn't carry a particular way, just that, when i'm jawing in the gun store and someone comes in carrying like that, i usually leave, because in my experience, the odds of are entirely too high of them pulling it out and covering everyone in the room two or three times in the process of trying to show off their new toy
     
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    taliv they had to fire something at least 60 times to get their permit.:rolleyes:
     
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    Not here.

    I'm not as kind as Tally is.
     
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    For many years I carried a Kahr P-9 IWB without a holster, and never had it come loose. It worked perfectly, and was extremely comfortable, but drawing the gun is faster in a properly constructed IWB holster, which is how I carry now. Another great gun, however, for no holster IWB carry is the 1911. I still occasionally carry one like that, though I prefer the IWB holster for the 1911 too. I only do the Mex carry when I am taking it from the car to the house or visa versa, when I don't already have a holster on. On rare occasions, if the holster is not handy, I will also go out with the 1911 in the Mex carry position. It's much rarer nowadays, though. I almost always carry in a holster now.
     
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    Yes, often I throw my Seecamp in my coat pocket or front pants pocket for a quick trip.
     
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