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For Men -ONLY-

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by pax, Jan 12, 2006.

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For Men -ONLY- : how do you carry your gun?

  1. IWB, on or behind hip

    321 vote(s)
    45.7%
  2. IWB, in front of hip

    38 vote(s)
    5.4%
  3. OWB, on or behind hip

    173 vote(s)
    24.6%
  4. cross-draw

    11 vote(s)
    1.6%
  5. small of back

    24 vote(s)
    3.4%
  6. shoulder holster

    16 vote(s)
    2.3%
  7. thunderwear-type holster

    9 vote(s)
    1.3%
  8. a purse, bag, backpack or daytimer specifically designed to carry a gun

    5 vote(s)
    0.7%
  9. a purse, bag, backpack or daytimer -NOT- specifically designed for carry

    7 vote(s)
    1.0%
  10. fanny pack

    10 vote(s)
    1.4%
  11. belly band

    6 vote(s)
    0.9%
  12. ankle holster

    7 vote(s)
    1.0%
  13. something other than the above (please post!)

    75 vote(s)
    10.7%
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  1. pax

    pax Member

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    Please don't answer this poll unless you are a man.

    If you carry at least some small percentage of the time, which way do you carry most often?

    Post on the thread to add details or clarifications.

    thanks!

    pax

    edited to add: I can't fix the pocket carry thing without skewing the poll now, so just go with "other" for pocket carry as well as whatever else I missed.

    Also, please follow this link after you vote: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=176409

    The women's poll is at http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=176312 -- if your wife or girlfriend occasionally carries, please vote for her or have her vote. Thanks.

    thanks,

    pax
     
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  2. zahc

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    What, no option for 'I'm only 20 so I'm legally helpless?'
     
  3. Car Knocker

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    I use both IWB behind the hip and pocket carry depending on many things. Probably 50-50.
     
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  4. 3rdpig

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    I voted IWB behind hip, but I also carry a KT 32 in a pocket holster and when I'm riding a motorcycle my main carry gun is in a shoulder holster instead of the IWB holster.
     
  5. crashresidue

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    I've modified the survival knife thigh pocket on my flight suits to carrya NAA mini. It's accessable with either hand if one is pinned or broken in a crash.

    Gentle winds,
    cr
     
  6. phoglund

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    I carry 80 - 90% of the time IWB behind the hip, occasionally pocket carry.
     
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    I carry in the pocket in some circumstances, IWB or OWB behind the hip in others and carry a planner with a holster the rest of the time.
     
  8. MNgoldenbear

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    I've carried in a fanny pack a lot, but have gone back to IWB (behind strong side hip). The fanny pack pretty much telegraphs out here, though I still wear one mostly just to carry stuff. Still use it once in a while to carry. Went back to IWB because it seemed faster to access. Had an incident this summer that could have turned bad, and wanted to have quicker access to the weapon. Kind of a PITA (literally) as I spend the day driving, but I can't easily conceal a shoulder set-up, and I have no confidence in a cross-draw other than for inside the vehicle.
     
  9. BruceB

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    All those listed possibilities, but NO pocket carry?

    In-the-pocket may not be elegant, but it sure is practical for a lot of us in some situations. I carry almost all the time, and pocketing my 642 seems to be the most practical way to go armed about 1/3 of the time.

    One thing I've come up with, is modifying the carry with IWB holsters, depending on my outer clothing. Instead of placing the holster actually inside the waistband of my trousers, I position it OUTSIDE the pants but INSIDE the belt. This avoids the miserable discomfort of the bulk inside the waistband, and also allows carry with your regular-size pants....no need to go up a size for comfort. Believe me, in our hot climate, it's a real difference.

    I've carried like this with only an un-tucked LONG T-shirt for cover over a full-sized 1911 and 4" N-frame S&Ws, so it works in my un-suspicious (and gun-friendly) neighborhood. A "wife-beater" singlet under the outer T-shirt increases comfort by keeping the rig away from skin contact. With current informal fashions, an outer button-up shirt worn open over a T-shirt also offers excellent concealment and easy access to the gun. Just watch that vagrant breezes don't expose the armament.

    The only thing that this under-the-belt & over-the-pants method gives up, is the possible exposure of the holster bottom, and the cover garment takes care of that. The Cabela's "safari vest" is a dandy item for doing this and gives perfect concealment in 'most any weather. Only $50, and it carries a lot of other stuff conveniently as well. Note again that I live in HOT country, so comfort is a serious concern.
     
  10. LiquidTension

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    My main carry gun for the past several years has been carried IWB at about 4:30. I picked up a KT P3AT a few months ago and have been carrying it a lot. If I only have the KT, it rides in my right pants pocket. If both, it's in the left.
     
  11. lawson

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    IWB slightly behind hip
    OWB slightly behind hip
    ankle holster
    shoulder holster
    pocket holster

    but not all at the same time.
     
  12. mnrivrat

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    Front Pocket Carry
     
  13. Strings

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    well, my colours are a Coronado riding vest, home to a Smith 19 and four reloads. If there's something on my waist, it's either a Taurus 850 @ roughly 10 o'clock (crossdraw) and/or the 1991 compact IWB at roughly 4. There's also the inner thigh holster for the Taurus, when I'm wearing a kilt. And, sometimes, a pocket holster for the Seecamp...
     
  14. Old Dog

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    Mostly OWB, high-ride pancake, strong-side at about four o'clock ... A 4" 1911 conceals easily under a blazer, vest or sweater in a well-made holster. Occasionally IWB, same position. Smith snubby in a pocket when working in the yard, garage or around the house ...
     
  15. McCall911

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    I carry a flight bag to work, ostensibly for food, etc. But it's also so I can conceal my Browning BDA.
     
  16. Glockman17366

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    Pocket mostly...or outside the waist band on the hip
     
  17. Coronach

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    Ankle always, but that's my BUG. My main gun, either on duty or off, is on my hip. Offduty it is IWB, on duty is on my bat-belt.

    Mike
     
  18. WayneConrad

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    PAX, I carry openly, in a holster on my right hip. Is that OWB? I had it in my head that OWB implied concealed, but I don't really know.
     
  19. Model520Fan

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    The dots don't work. When I click on the second place I carry, the first goes away.

    I usually carry two guns, occasionally one or three. OWB at side, weak-side pocket, ankle. Sometimes IWB at side.
     
  20. shaldag

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    IWB, behind hip. Occasionally shoulder.
     
  21. Janitor

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    Depends on the season. It's Winter right now, so I answered the poll with OWB, on or behind the hip.

    Depening on where I'm going and what the weather is I might carry IWB, or IWB with a tuckable (at about 3:30-4:00). Most the time there's a bug in my hip pocket too.
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  22. eagle45

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    Most often, IWB in front of hip.

    Sometimes OWB, pocket carry, or thunderwear type holster.

    I also sometimes use an elastic type shoulder holster (belly band type, but worn higher) for ccw under a shirt or sweathshirt. This one is great for wearing around the house.

    I also use an elastic thigh model of the same type (holstersrus.com) to comply with Ohio's 'in plain sight' law while driving. This one has become a favorite for in vehicle carry. Very comfortable, and very accessible and works well with everything from a snubby to a full size 1911. Worn on either thigh, it is easily seen by a LEO standing at the driver's side window, but other motorists can't really see it, especially if I'm in my truck.
     
  23. feedthehogs

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    Black heavy cotton sleevless T with a heavy elastic pouch sewn to fit the Kimber Eclipse sewn under the left arm with a ballistic nylon strap that goes up around the shoulder to support the weight and keep the left side from sagging.
    Its very comfortable, don't need to worry about the wind blowing the cover shirt open and a waist carry being seen. Any weight cover shirt can be worn with it.
     
  24. 1911 guy

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    Behind the hip bone.

    I carry a 5" 1911 OWB, behind my right hip, reload behind my left.
     
  25. MattB

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    Pocket mostly for me. However, in the winter I put my pocket holster in my inside coat pocket. In the summer, I put it in the front pocket. I do carry a semi auto on weekends IWB using a Kramer IWB #3 for either my Glock 19 or my SW990L. I like the 990L cause it is lighter and you barely know you are carrying with th IWB #3.
     
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