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"Belly Wrap Holster" Good for CCW?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Crosshair, Oct 2, 2006.

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  1. Crosshair

    Crosshair Member

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    I am getting my CCW permit and I am looking for a holster. It is easy enough to conseal a gun in the winter here, but summer it can be a big problem since often all that you wear is jeans and T-shirt making it very difficult to conseal anything other than a derringer. I was thinking about getting a "Belly Wrap Holster" from Sportsman's Guide. Has anyone used these before and how did they like them. I want to CCW my Charter Arms Bulldog in 44 Special but I am having trouble locating a holster and I think that the belly hoster would be my best bet for a summer time holster.

    On another note. Does anyone know about a good pocket holster for the Bulldog. In winter I would probably want it in my jacket.

    /Thanks all
     
  2. Geronimo45

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    Should be an IWB that would handle your gun. Don't know if there's pocket holsters for one of those... look up a few custom makers and email them, ask if they've got any for your gun, or would consider making them.
     
  3. omcf

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    pocket carry

    Heartily recommend Mikas custom made pocket holsters: relatively inexpensive, stays in the pocket when you draw, doesn't print, lightweight, super fast draw, and maintains proper orientation of the gun in your pocket.

    http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/pocket.htm
     
  4. John Wesley

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    If I need good concealment for a large gun a belly band is sometimes about the only thing that will work and it seems to work well.

    The only problem I have had with them seems to be perspiration. In fact, yesterday I wore one (it had been a while) and when I got home I noticed that the entire side of my gun had beads of sweat on it. :cuss:

    Neither my t-shirt or covering long sleeve shirt had any damp spots - just the side of the gun that faced my body. :what:

    Presentation will be slightly slower than other modes of concealment also.

    Summertime is when I need it most and it is the worst time to wear one. - At least in my case.
     
  5. Vonderek

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    Belly band...ugghh! I got one early on after I got my CCW (along with a bunch of other holsters and contraptions that ended up in a box). At least for me, a belly band is sheer torture. I could wear it in the south Florida heat for about 15 minutes before I could stand it no more.

    Now if it's a J-frame or smaller it goes in the front pocket in a pocket holster (a cheap Uncle Mike's works fine). Larger than a J-frame goes in a IWB. Look for one with a perspiration shield or wear an undershirt.
     
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    I found the belly band to be about the most uncomfortable way to carry. Gave mine to my brother-in-law who threw it away after he tried it once.

    For warm weather (inexpensive) carry, when not carrying via belt slide, I usually go with an Uncle Mike's IWB. If your t-shirt is long enough, in a pinch you can also carry an Uncle Mike's IWB clipped in your pocket, grip exposed (but concealed). If wearing light walking shorts without a belt, I've also clipped an Uncle Mike's to a nylon gun belt worn low on the waist under the shorts with the tip of the barrel just to one side of the 'package'.
     
  7. RonC

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    I have the Sportsman's Guide version of the bellyband.

    I wore it once on a hike and it irritated my back and sides. It hurt every time I moved. I had red marks in those areas that lasted for days.
    I won't use it again, but if I did, I would wear it over an undershirt, and never directly on skin.

    Ron
     
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    Just how do you draw a gun from these things with any degree of speed and subtleness?
     
  9. symr00

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    I have one, not that brand and use it occoasionally. Mostly for jogging. You will sweat on the gun but that's normal on most carry that is not OWB. I think pocket carry is pushing it for the Bulldog. You might look into the Barami Hip Grips http://www.baramihipgrip.com/ They offer an easy summer alternative carry and are quite comfortable.
     
  10. wuchak

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    I think the smartcarry, http://www.smartcarry.com/, is a better option than a bellyband. It puts the weight on your hips, is quick to draw from, absolutely invisible, and has a moisture barrier to protect your gun from sweat.
     
  11. Zundfolge

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    My first concealment "holster" was a belly band.

    They do conceal well, but there are trade offs.

    The sweat has been mentioned, but I had a worse problem ... the constrictive nature of the band caused a pretty bad case of IBS :uhoh: .

    Also they aren't the most secure thing in the world, the gun moves too much for my liking.


    However they are the best "tuckable" holster out there.

    I still have my belly band (although I've sewn a leather holster into it). I wear it for formal events when I have to wear a suit and need real deep concealment.
     
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    Another vote for a Mika pocket holster. Robert's craftmanship and service are A+ first-rate. I REALLY enjoy my round-cut.

    Safe shootin'!

    fiVe
     
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    Good choice in revolver, btw, especially if you handload. VV N340 does wonders.

    I'd recommend KL Null for their kydex inverted shoulder rig - superb.
     
  14. DFW1911

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    I know a guy who carries using one of these:

    http://www.tidepoolwebdesigns.com/kangaroo/

    Personally, I have no experience with one, but he swears by it and wears it all summer long...in Texas. May be worth a look.

    Sorry I can't help w/ a good recommendation on a pocket holster for your Charter Arms, I'm just not that familiar with them. Are you adverse to a belt holster? I think your options might open significantly if you'd consider using one.

    Take care,
    DFW1911
     
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