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Smartcarry Help

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Naga, Jun 28, 2011.

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  1. Naga

    Naga Member

    Mar 22, 2011
    Hello everyone. I recently purchased a Smartcarry for my first concealment holster. I plan on carrying a CZ83 in it. However, I have not figured out how to wear it properly, despite contacting the manufacturer, reading the directions, and looking at the pictures on the product website.

    I understand that it is supposed to be worn tightly around my hips, with the muzzle hanging just below the end of my "package." However, when I wear it around my hips (as shown in the picture on their website,) the muzzle invariably ends up being about 1" above the tip of my "package." The only way to get the gun into the position shown in the website is to wear it so loosely that the straps sit almost 1" below the protrusions of my hip bones. If worn this way, though, the straps rub against my sides and quickly become uncomfortable.

    The measurements I sent in with my order, in case they are important for solving this issue, were a 30" waist and 37" hip. They sent me the smallest waist size model they make. I weigh about 140lbs and I am 6' 2" tall, so I am very skinny.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. JimGnitecki

    JimGnitecki Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    You are overthinking this.

    I had a Smartcarry for a while, and wore it often when there was no way of hiding a belt holster (e.g. really hot weather).

    Just position it wherever:
    - It is secure
    - It is comfortable
    - It does not create a sharp protrusion in your clothing (a bulge is fine, because anyone indiscreet enough to stare will just concldue you are well endowed, but a sharp protrusion is, uh, unnatural).

    Remember, at least in our society, it is impolite to stare at someone's crotch area, so as long as there are no unnatural edges showing, no one is going to notice, and no one is going to invite your anger by staring.

    There is no good reason for the muzzle to be lower than the tip of your private parts.

    The Smartcarry has a number of positives going for it:
    - Very secure if positioned well
    - Very hard to detect
    - Impossilbe for someone to snatch your firearm like they could out of a more conventional holster

    The big negatives of course are:
    - a VERY slow draw, and one that requires both hands for any degree of speed whatsoever
    - some people just cannot accept a loaded firearm right near, and perhaps aimed at, their private parts. This should not actually be a concern if the firearm is in proper condition and the owner knows how to properly draw (finger not anywhere near the trigger til aiming at the target!), but some people simply cannot have confidence. And, if you lack the confidence, then this holster is not for you.

    Jim G
  3. Sig88

    Sig88 Member

    Oct 15, 2010
    Agreed. I'm in the class that cannot get over the fact of having a loaded gun right on/above my "package." other than that I would love a deep concealment holster such as this. Good luck with it.
  4. dairycreek

    dairycreek Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    North Plains, Oregon
    The Smartcarry is a marvelous holster-carry adaptation. But, like any other holster/carry combo some experimentation may be in order. I do not carry my SC on the "dead center" but rather an inch or two to right of center. This works quite well for me. With a little trial and error you can find the SC "sweet spot" for you.
  5. mfcmb

    mfcmb Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    You'll have to experiment to find the position that works best for you.

    In general you want the belt (straps) to be low over the hips.

    Many people find that it works best if they shift the holster a few inches left or right of center.
  6. Naga

    Naga Member

    Mar 22, 2011
    Thanks for the help, everyone.

    I ended up wearing it way lower than I previously had. The strap in back is basically right above my behind, and the elastic straps come around my sides a good few inches below the protrusions of my pelvic bone. The holster is in the position it is supposed to be in, and it is very comfortable. I think I've found a keeper!
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