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4 years 9 weeks ago, 8:09 PM

OozeRat

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Got my CFP today, finally. Been lookin at holsters for awhile now and have consideres everything from iwb to belly bands to shoulder rigs and frankly I'm confused as hell. I know I the system that works for me is the best one I can have, but I'd like to hear from people who have been carrying for awhile. What do you hate and why? What do you like and why? Right now I'm thinkin my starter will be the uncle Mike's side bet . BTW my carry gun is a smith and wesson M&P 9mm compact
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4 years 9 weeks ago, 8:57 PM

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One thing I hate is any inside the pants holster. They're uncomfortable and dig into me. I have to wear pants two sizes too big in order to wear them, which is dopey, so I don't do it.
The primary thing I wear is a belt slide holster on the strong side. One of them has a thumb break; the other doesn't. They're comfortable and easy to conceal.
I like a cross draw, but I don't have one now that works very well. I got one along with my Charter Bulldog, but the way it's made, the butt of the revolver protrudes out at an angle, so for carrying concealed, it's worthless.
I used to use a horizontal shoulder holster for my 1911's, and liked them very much. In warm weather, though, you need a vest or jacket to cover them, and that's not very comfortable.
I have a belly band holster I sometimes use. It conceals very well, but boy, it's slow to draw from.
I bought one of Kramer's T-shirts with a built-in holster. I thought it would work like a charm. Well, it doesn't (at least for me). It certainly conceals, but it's even slower to draw from than the bell band.
You should wait to hear from some of the other guys, because some of them carry every day, and it will be well worth hearing their recommendations.

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 11:04 PM

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eca, you wear your pants too big just to be cool like all the kids these days, come on admit you like your ass hanging out and showing your bloomers! lol

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 9:18 PM

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I have an Uncle Mikes

kydex which i can change from belt slide to paddle,i mostly carry a glock 26,the gun sits high and tight in to my side with this holster,i like it BUT i have to watch what i wear with it,so lately i have been carrying it in my back pocket minus a holster or in my front pocket minus a holster or in my vest pocket,i have a don hume IWB but i haven't been using it,i'm also ordering a sport holster from Glock so i can see how that works.The nice thing about the Glock 26 is it is very light weight and 10 rounds.

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 9:21 PM

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Ooze,

I use a Gould belt/belt loop hole holster which works well for me, I wear a T-shirt (tucked in) and my work shirt (untucked) which is a good combination for concealment.

I agree with ecaman, I have a "in the waistband" holster that sucks ass. I think that one needs to be of a certian stature to effectively use such a device.

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 9:25 PM

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Here is my set up!

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 10:44 PM

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when i carry my 642 i have a iwb when i carry one of my 1911s as well i have a leaher pancake 3 slot with thumb break and a leather strap that covers the firing pin when carryed cocked and locked . and a iwb for my compact 45 with a laser as well has a paddle for them and my 9mm A shoulder harrness is for winter carry my opinon s to stay away from holsters for in the middle of the back they are a pain when driving for a long time and someone sees you have a gun they can grab it push you forward and unarm you. Ecaman glad to read about those T shirts i have been eyeballin them. Being biult like i am i could hide a tommy gun with a iwb with the right shirt lol . oozrat ask your friends if they have differant ones you can try and maybe you ll get lucky to find one you ll like before you buy one

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 4:37 AM

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Only 1 of my friends actually carries and he only does it about half of the time, I tried his mid back holster and Kimber for a bit, liked it until I sat down. I went ahead and ordered this Uncle Mikes holster after looking around a bit.
http://www.opticsplanet.net/fits-most-autos-and-revolvers.html

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 9:12 AM

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What in the hell

is the point of only CC half of the time? My weapon is like my left nut, I
NEVER leave home without it.

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 1:13 AM

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Like most of us i have WAY to many holsters.. two large nylon bags and ive divided them up into leather and nylon..For carry, and you can click the geezer and see my favorite.

Galco makes a super fine leather pancake that i have never been able to beat for all around carry.. weight is minimal very little less than nylon, and super well made and designed belt slots that keep the piece tight against the body.. mine is a model FL 156.. i carry a smith air weight that has about the same weight as your compact MP.. Obviously all quality companies (Bianchi, etc) are going to have comparative models..

I think "most" all of us agree with Ecaman on the inside waist ban.. but i see a lot so... I have never had experiance with kydex.. like what i see, but question how the ridged hard holster can be as comfortable as one that gives a bit.. and full time carry really makes comfort an issue, or you wind up opting out.. Good luck and keep us posted..

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 9:49 AM

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I use a Kramer horsehide IWB holster and hardly notice it is there. I wear pants with an internal waistband to accommodate the extra width presented by the weapon. Granted the Glock 30 is a sub-compact .45.
As for the argument that you have to buy your pants 1 or 2 sizes too big, I say check your ego at the door. I had a real problem with the holster education part of Front Sight. They were trying to make the same argument after teaching us that the bad guy did not care what type of gun you were defending yourself with.
Everyone has a prejudice on what works best for them. I need the extra concealment that an IWB allows. I know it is slower than a Serpa or some other belt mounted system, but I can train for that.
I have to agree with ecaman on comfort. Hopefully, we will all be in condition yellow and can avoid potential threats, thus keeping the weapon in the holster. If there is no comfort, we come right back to Hamps 'left nut" statement. The weapon does you no good when it is somewhere other than on your person.
As with anything, there is a juggling act of factors that you must categorize importance.

clint

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4 years 9 weeks ago, 5:09 PM

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1. A belt holster is usually the safest, fastest and most comfortable option. Paddles, belly bands, etc. are rarely as good. Find a good BELT (not a cheap dept store dress belt) and holster combo, then dress around it.

2. The following brands have offered products that I was not disappointed with: Bianchi, Safarliand, Kramer, BlackHawk, Fobus (yes, I said Fobus haha), BladeTech, SideArmor, Gould and Goodrich. Many other brands have let me down---you get what you pay for. The Fobus is the only sub-$50 holster that hasn't crapped out on me, and from I hear I've simply been lucky in that respect.

3. Train train TRAIN. Do more (*SAFE*) draws, reholsters and dry fire than you do live fire. People bitch about not being able to draw at some ranges....that's something you can get really procificient at in your own home at zero cost.

4. I run a variety of rigs and guns. Each has their pros and cons. As long as something doesn't interfere with it (required wardrobe--tux with no belt loops, etc...driving 12hrs in a car....) a good belt in a good pair of pants (proper number and ruggedness of belt loops with a good belt holster is always my preferred setup.

5. Carry a reload/backup. Even if it's just tossed in a pocket, that's better than nothing. I've had mags break or dislodge during unexpected falls, etc., and without a spare your pistol is a very poor club.

4 years 8 weeks ago, 6:17 PM

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Lately it's been almost exclusively my Don Hume IWB with my G19. I admit that it does feel pretty good to pull it off after a long day, but I've gotten used to carrying it. It's best to dress around the gun, but the fact is that in places like southern AZ, even windbreakers are too much for most of the year, and the photographer's vest without a big ass camera screams "gun". Shorts or light pants and t-shirts are pretty much the uniform around here, so IWB holsters are really the only practical on-body carry if you believe, as I do, that concealed means concealed.

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4 years 8 weeks ago, 6:23 PM

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I can only dream of the day I someday get to carry. All this talk makes me jealous and pissed at the same time, I hate Kali libs

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4 years 8 weeks ago, 6:25 PM

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Do more than dream

Leave the fucking state.

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4 years 8 weeks ago, 7:04 PM

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Believe me, If I were by myself, I would have been loooooooonnnng gone by now!

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