Originally Posted by easterner123
I appreciate all the advice, I had neglected to research a good holster. Any suggestions on those for the smith or CZ? I noticed the mak ammo was only online and it was very similar to .380 in size and ballistics, and the heel mag release didnt seem conducive for speed reloads.
As far as where to carry the pistol, I was trained the military way so this whole concealed concept is a whole new ballpark for me.
The easiest to access/conceal are inside the belt and pocket holsters. I use a pocket holster with my subcompacts and I use a level 3 paddle holster made by safari land with my full sized guns. The paddle holster is a pain to conceal in the summertime without a jacket.
Galco makes an extremely comfortable line of ankle holsters if you are interested in going that route. They're leather or neoprene holsters lined with lambs wool on the inside, so they chafe less than most of the ankle holsters on the market. And they're well made, never had a gun come loose from one. Don't buy a cheap ankle holster, you will regret it when your leg starts bleeding and your gun starts flopping around every time you take a step.
I've used both the Galco ankle light and ankle glove lines and never had a problem with them.
Blackhawk pocket holsters are cheap and work great, I wouldnt spend a lot of money on a pocket holster. This is the absolute most comfortable way for me to conceal carry. No bruises no chafing and easy access. But it takes a pretty small gun to pull it off. Something around the size of a ruger lc9 is pretty ideal for all my pants pockets. Including basketball/board shorts.
If you want something comfortable to carry on the belt and conceal under a jacket or long shirt, check out the law enforcement series of paddle holsters from safari land and/or uncle mikes. I've used both and they are extremely comfortable. They are a pain to conceal, but they fit your hip so snug you can't even feel that there's a gun holstered there.
Don't get a cheap paddle holster, it's too easy for a paddle holster to come out of your clothes in a scuffle and if the bad guy breaks it off or slides it out then you have big problems.
The law enforcement series holsters have good retention so you don't have to worry about them falling out or someone taking your gun straight out of the holster if you end up rolling around on the ground.
Being ex military, pocket, paddle or inside the belt will probably be closest to what you're used to.
Inside the belt is extremely uncomfortable for me because I am bony around the hips. No fat or cushion. So I have no advice for you there. When I have do it I use a keltec pf9 that has a belt clip mounted on the slide, and I use my pocket holster as a trigger guard. And even the light little Keltec irritates the crap out of me.