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Holsters and Carry Methods: pros and cons

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by RetiredUSNChief, Jan 27, 2014.

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  1. B1gGr33n

    B1gGr33n Member

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    I have two guns I carry three different ways depending on conditions and attire.

    1: Taurus TCP with
    A) suede leather pocket holster
    B) Barsony leather top-snap belt holster
    C) nylon ankle holster.

    2: Glock 22 Gen4
    A) Uncle Mike's Reflex holster - Belt loop attachment
    B) " - " paddle attachment.

    The Taurus is the petite carry, the Glock is the work horse. I've tailored the carry methods as such.

    When I carry the Taurus as the primary weapon, I use the pocket holster. The suede keeps the holster firmly in the pocket for a nice smooth draw, and the whole rig looks like a wallet in the pocket. I've carried it in a suit and tie with nobody being the wiser. The trade-off here being that you need to buy pants with enough room for a decent sized wallet, so skinny jeans are a no-go.

    The Taurus in the belt holster is for discreet daily wear. I can conceal it easily and comfortably in the 2:30-3:30 position under a loose shirt or jacket. I tried an open top leather holster for a while, but got tired of constantly having to make sure the gun wasn't working loose (it fell out a couple times). The top snap cured that problem at the expense of losing a second in draw time.

    The ankle holster is purely for carry as a backup gun when carrying the Glock, I wouldn't ever want to trust my life to my ability to grab my ankles faster than the guy coming at me with a knife.

    I pretty much only carry the Glock when I'm not concerned about having to conceal it. Not to say it can't be done, I've done it several times under a Carhartt coat, it's just not convenient. I've been favoring the belt holster mostly because the paddle holster with the Reflex is way too tight on the pants in my opinion. Makes it very difficult to adjust or take on and off, which I believe is the intended design benefits of the paddle in the first place. I know some people say that a paddle should really grab hold of a belt so it's harder for a bad guy to grab, but I think that's more of an issue for Police Officers or guards, not the average joe. I chose a paddle for the ability to quickly remove the gun from my person if I have to run someplace like a post office or courthouse.

    That's my experience so far. Take it for what you paid for it.
     
  2. mugsie

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    If I'm carrying my LCP, then it's in my strong side pocket. If it's my 642 or my P250SC in 9mm, it's in the 4 - 5 o'clock position.
     
  3. mongoslow

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    I'm real simple, I carry a G-23 in a blachawk serpa2 sportster holster at 3 o'clock it just works for me. as far as concealment i wear t-shirts and let it cover the pistol best it can. When im around home i tuck my shirt in and open carry, i dont change it around and i always know when i start my draw my hand finds that G-23 right where it should be :)
     
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