what is your concealed carry holster / rig?

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  1. FlyinBryan

    FlyinBryan Member

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    i have just received my application package from texas department of public safety for my concealed handgun license, and after only two months!!!!!

    now its time for me to seriously start thinking about holsters.

    my carry pistol will be a 1911 45. either a colt defender or a kimber pro carryII.

    im not really fat but at 6' and 200lbs i could be thinner, and i get in and out of my truck all day and just cant see wearing a side holster.

    when i do wear my side holster, i find myself constantly adjusting and squirming to keep it from digging into my side, so wearing one everyday just seems unlikely.

    i am strongly considering a shoulder rigfrom galco like the jackass rig, or the miami classic.

    i am leaning towards the miami classic because i like the horizontal draw configuration but i hate to drop 150 bucks on one without hearing some info on them, or other possibilities from folks who have been there and done that.

    bryan.
     
  2. Treo

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    I wear a Galco summer comfort IWB. The reason I mention this after you specifically said you don't want a side holster is because I have found that a matter of a half inch one way or the other can make all the difference in the world.

    I generally carry a CZ75B & if I get it positioned right behind the illiac crest it disappears & I forget I'm wearing it half inch either way off of that and its a pain in the butt (literally) and the whole world knows it's there YMMV

    P.S. Don't forget the Wal-Mart Walk
     
  3. glockgod

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    Don't feel too bad FB-I could stand to lose some mass myself. The holster I use depends on the gun I'm carrying and my mode of dress for the day. Glock 19 or 26 usually go in an IWB(my "weekend" carry") with an untucked shirt. Other times it's a S&W 642 j-frame in a pocket holster-I can slip the Smith in my pocket and be down the road in the time it takes to get geared up with other carry. Concealed carry, the ORIGINAL homeland security!
     
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    Afterthought-some holster makers offer a crossdraw belt holster that would work well in a vehicle.
     
  5. DWARREN123

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    GLOCK 23 or 27 in either a Don Hume JIT slide or cross draw in a Don Hume IWB. Both are comfortable but the IWB just seems better.
     
  6. Spenser

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    I'd think about a Galco Summer Comfort. The problem in this state tends to be the heat. Hard to conceal a 1911 around here without a jacket. Your only option, I think, is something that goes inside the waistband, though a Galco Concealable might work if you have a bit of mass on the sides. As might some variation of the Yaqui slide, which is what I usually pack my Kimber around in, when I carry it.

    I'm also really becoming a Don Hume fan. I'd look at their IWB holsters for the 1911's, and see what you think.
     
  7. wristtwister

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    It depends on the gun you're trying to cover. I carry full sized pistols... high capacity, and large... and don't really care if the print of the frame shows. I just try to wear clothes that hide it as best it can.

    My smaller guns carried concealed, I use IWB holsters (.380, 9mm) except for the high capacity ones... then I use a Tagua (Yaqui type) cinched up tight. During the winter months, my coat takes care of coverage, and I can use about any holster I want, but "thin clothes" present the "viewing" problems with the print of the guns showing.

    In South Carolina, the print of the gun isn't considered to be "in view"... you simply have to have the gun covered. I'd check with the local law enforcement before I spent money on rigs and see just how concealed you have to be to comply with the state law.

    WT
     
  8. mavracer

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    AMT Backup and CA Bulldog Desantis Nemasis
    SP101 Bianchi pro 100 IWB
    HK P7psp Don Hume IWB
     
  9. Scratchshooter40

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    CCW holster in the heat

    I carry a Beretta 96 in a Gould and Goodrich belt slide. It looks like a Yaqui slide. I am in and out of an F150 4X4 p/u on jobsites all day and it is not uncomfortable in any way. I am 6'2", 258 and yes like you, I could stand to loose some lbs. I wear a t-shirt or golf shirt with a loose short sleeved button up open shirt over it. This is generally accepted mode of dress in Georgia. Cargo pants (BDU style) work really well with my Sig 2340 as it is quite small with the velcro pocket flap closure as well. I just use a piece of leather I cut to break the "printing" on the bellows pocket. Works great when going into jobsites in downtown Atlanta in less than desirable areas. Fall and winter are easy. Light jacket or overshirt with Don Hume shoulder rig. Doesn't impede movement, carries very well. Don't buy the rule #2 violation on horizontal carry rig. It takes a full strole of the trigger to unblock the firing pin on any of my carry guns and I DO NOT have my finger anywhere near the trigger when holstering or for that matter drawing. Not until ready to deploy my 155gr. package.
     
  10. Rinspeed

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    Take your pick.




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  11. PX15

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    In addition to the LWS32 and when circumstances allow I also like the P7 or J-frame w/CT grips. (Fist Kydex iwb's... Ugly/but work just fine..;))

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    Jesse
     
  12. GingerGuy

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    Right now I'm trying a SmartCarry holster with my EMP. So far, so good. I will also carry a SP101 with a Simply Rugged holster. Not both at the same time :uhoh: though.
     
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    G32 with Blackhawk Serpa (OWB); Otherwise: S&W442 either IWB or fannypack. 442 is very comfortable. Good luck!
     
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    CZ- PO1 in a Bianchi M-100. The high sweat shield is a must in AZ heat - 114 yesterday.

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  15. lazyeye

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    I love all my holsters, they all work very well for me.
    I carry in my Blackhawk Serpa Sportster a lot these days. It has a paddle and lock, goes on easy and is very comfortable while sitting or driving.
    I also use a Bianchi model 82 carry-lok. Its a belt holster and is also very comfortable while driving.
    My Galco Summer Comfort is getting lonely these days. Its a great holster, but it just doesn't work for me given that I have to be sitting at a desk 8+ hours a day.
    All the holsters I mentioned are made for the G26 but mysteriously work with my G17 as well.

    Summer comfort:
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    Bianchi 82 (and my butt):
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    Comp-Tac Minotaur IWB and a 5.11 Leather gunbelt. Makes a full size P226 disappear.
     
  17. P97

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    Milt Sparks VM2HS works very good for me. :)
     
  18. Guillermo

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    I sure wish I knew how you guys are carrying all of these full sized handguns.

    I would love to be able to carry something more potent than my NAA Guardian .380. (My next purchase will probably be a Kahr PM9 for concealment purposes)

    Inside the waist band holsters are like torture to me as I drive a lot. After a couple of hours my choices being unarmed or using the XD45 on myself.

    And what kind of big, clown pants do you have to wear to use a Smart-Carry? The gun doesn’t print when you are standing there but as soon as you move it shows up like a Rosie O’Donald in a jumpsuit.

    Any advice you guys can offer will be appreciated.

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  19. Piney Woods

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    Springfield XD-45 Compact in a DeSantis Speed Scabbard belt holster. When it's too hot to wear a vest or covering shirt, I carry an S&W 642 in a Mika pocket holster.
     
  20. lazyeye

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    As far as the carrying a full size auto thing....
    I never do it IWB. With my belt or paddle holsters its plenty comfortable and then just a matter of wearing a big enough cover shirt or OCing.
     
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    I carry fill size OWB in a UBG holster It will carry my defender or Gov no problem It has it open bottom I wear a t shirt or a polo shirt and its gone from sight.
    Can't see a shoulder holster in Texas I have the Classic and after a few hours I want it off . Even with my LTW commander its not all that comfortable . Plus you got to wear a jacket and not nearly as fast of draw as from hip.

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  22. Eric F

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    generally I dont use one for my 1911, I carry in the waist band right in front with a loose t-shirt over it.

    I had a miami classic when I carried a para p14 I carried 2 extra mags and all the mags had the dawson +2 bases on them it was so heave it really wore my back and shoulders down. A regular light weight gun would be fint though. BTW I also carried my Hi-power in the same rig and it was fine.
     
  23. RustyShackelford

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    Blackhawk SERPA

    For a SA/condition one AKA: cocked & locked carry, I'd suggest a Blackhawk SERPA rig. It's kydex plastic and offers a secure but fast way to draw your 1911a1 .45acp. The Bladetech holsters/gear are well made too.

    Rusty

    www.blackhawk.com www.usgalco.com www.bianchi-intl.com www.blade-tech.com .
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  24. EHL

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    I have two Miami Classics, one for my 1911's and one for my Walther PPKS. I also have two Desantis Nemesis holsters for both of these guns, as well as a TUCK-THIS Desantis holster for my 3" 1911. I wear the TUCK THIS on hot days with my 1911. The Miami CLassics only get used when I'm wearing a jacket for work or church. I love the Classics.:)
     
  25. Babalouie

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    Here's my rigged Desantis with my PF-9. With a tension adjustment it will perfectly carry my Mil Pro PT-140.

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