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Old 08-31-2012, 02:51 PM   #21
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I did try up front, but it's nowhere near as mobile. I cant bend over for crap with it up front.

And right now I am using the $15 Nylon blackhawk while a custom leather one is being made. seems nobody else is dumb enough to try to conceal a Beretta Elite with the thicker Brigadier style slide

I might give the "butt forward" a try. I used to tuck my water guns in that way as a kid
Most important is what you feel comfortable with, what you can conceal best on your body. Give it some time, you get used to it an your confidence goes up that nobody can see your carrying.
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I had my g27 concealed (owb) under my shirt and my wife was unaware.

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I flipped the weapon around for a butt forward carry. 1000 times better! (even did a few practice draws, and with it carried that way, my natural tendency is to rotate the barrel down and clear of my thigh/leg before bringing it forward, so no worries about sweeping myself on draw)

I didn't even change the holster! using the cheap nylon blackhawk size 2 special for $12, I flipped the gun in the holster, so that the slide passes through the trigger guard area, and the trigger is in the slide area. it gave the weapon a LOT more cant, which I specified a lot of cant in the custom leather holster I ordered, but this $12 holster is "straight up" when the pistol is in the "correct" way.

I wore it around all day that way yesterday it it feels much tighter against my body, and I wore it that way out to dinner last night, then to Wal-mart afterwards. (neither place had "no weapons" signs...not looking to cause trouble in the first week of having the permit, should I accidentally reveal while in a place that has the 'no weapons' sign)

and so far, my wife hasn't even noticed that I've been wearing it around the house all week, or that I had it last night at dinner. She even offered me her last Margarita from the pitcher, and I kept saying no. she was giving me the crap about wasting money on alcohol, and put it right in front of me and said "I can't drink any more, you need to finish it"

(we were out with friends, and the 2 ladies ordered a pitcher of Mararita, of which, my tiny 120 lb wife couldn't finish)

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Cuda, at some point down the road you're probably gonna break down and get something a little smaller, easier to conceal. When I got my CPL, I figured I'd carry one of my full sized 1911's. That didn't last long. Packing an M&P Shield as I type.
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Good job cuda, it's a little trial and error on finding what suits you. Glad your getting used to it. Be safe bud.

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I'm 6' 210 lbs so take that into effect when reading this. I carry my XDm in the waist 3 o'clock with a galco king tuk I believe they are called. It is easily concealable with a t shirt. I now buy my tshirts xxl or xl long at least to the crotch if I pin it to my shoulders without trying it on. The most important purchase besides a holster is your belt.

I wear a wilderness 5 stitch (about $50) and the belt made such a huge difference I cannot emphasize the purchase enough. If your belt drops and you have to adjust every 5 minutes it not only wears on you but you are much more likely to be noticed screwing with your rig.

It will take you about 3 months to truly become comfortable with carrying. Every one I actually show the fact that I am concealed to (not very many) is shocked that they didn't see a full size pistol under my shirt. Printed shirts help tremendously also as what distracts the eye conceals amazingly. Happy carrying and welcome to the club!

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Cuda, at some point down the road you're probably gonna break down and get something a little smaller, easier to conceal. When I got my CPL, I figured I'd carry one of my full sized 1911's. That didn't last long. Packing an M&P Shield as I type.
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HA! Don't be too sure, my wife pretty much ignores me around the house.
How did you get so lucky?
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Same here about the wife. 75% of th time I carry in a Milt Sparks VM-II IWB holster. It makes for a better ccw. Your not so worried about the barrel and he bottom of your holster sticking out.

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Yep, longer shirts or you may find yourself dressing up a bit more.
After a while, I figured a sport jacket works very well at concealment if you'
re going to dinner or just around town. You can wear one with anything now (thank you Sonny Crockett).
Just be aware that you will probably start unconciensly start putting your hand on the butt of the gun when getting out of your car, bending over in stores, etc. You'll have to break yourself of this habit, as well as walking lopsided, constantly hitching up your pants, and suddenly moving your carry side away from others for no reason.

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