1911's, Belt Holsters, and Fat People

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by parinoid54, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. parinoid54

    parinoid54 New Member

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    I am a male, 6' 2", and currently about 280lbs. When standing, my body lines are basically straight; but when I sit down the fat rolls pooch out everywhere.

    In trying to carry my 1911s in a belt holster, of any design, the hammer, beaver tail and bottom of the grip all dig into my fat roll. It is extremely uncomfortable. So, I have been using only shoulder holsters lately.

    To this end, I have been thinking of getting holsters made for women, that fit their curves allowing the gun's handle to hang slightly away from their body.

    Anybody have a better idea (and NO - diets are out!)
     
  2. downsouth

    downsouth New Member

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    To my brother in blubber, I have your dimentions almost to the tee. I have never even tried a belt holster for the reasons you so elaquently described. May I suggest a holster for the small of your back. Although a 1911 may be a little big for this application, depending on the model. Now for rest of you on this thread, you are free to go poke out your minds eye.
     

  3. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Hey bro, take a look at a galco supertuck for the small of your back.
     
  4. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I'm also a lard butt, but since I bobbed the hammer on my revolver I have no issues with any sharp pointy things threatening to flatten my spare tire. Have you considered finding a reason to buy another gun?
     
  5. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Even better idea!!!!
     
  6. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Possibly a holster where the back extends up high enough to shield the pistol from your side? I also wear a tee-shirt as an undershirt, even in hot weather. Something from my days in the army & it also helps shield me fom the holster/pistol.

    One issue I'd think about as far as a holster that allows the pistol to lean out away from you, is it's effect on concealment. Also, leaning outwards could also mean the muzzle putting added pressure against you. I've experienced that when using an unsuitable belt & it's not very comfortable.
     
  7. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I would recommend a crossbreed supertuck. I got a bit of a belly and with the bigger sweat/body shield, when you sit down or bend over, the shield bends over as well. Very comfortable for long periods of time as well as driving. Driving to me-is how I can truely tell how comfortable my holster will be.
     

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  8. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    That looks as though it would hurt a lot cramming a holster inside a tight belt to keep up a pair of pants.
     
  9. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    As several on the forum will attest to the comfort of a crossbreed or Tommy Theis holster (since they are of the same design) they're probably the most comfortable IWB holsters on the market today for any size person.
     
  10. Diesel44

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    I am 6'2" and 310 lbs. I carry a S&W M&P .45 full size in a shielded holsters double phalanx. It is essentially the same configuration as a crossbreed Supertuck. I wear a 44 in waist in my jeans and can easily get the holster IWB. The most comfortable holster I've worn to date with a full size gun with the best concealment.

    If you don't want an IWB holster, try a paddle holster. I use a Safariland 6378 ALS when I need to remove my gun and holster quickly.

    I do find that I need to wear an undershirt in between the gun and my body as an extra layer.

    Hope this helps. :)
     
  11. PeteD

    PeteD New Member

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    I can attest to the comfort level of Crossbreed carrying a full sized 1911. I carry a Springfield 1911 a1 GI in Supertuck with a well made Crossbreed gun belt. I'm 5' 8" tall and weigh 200#. The Crossbreed for the Springfield carries it as well as the Crossbreed I have for my Bersa Thunder .380 carries that one. They are very comfortable holsters.
     
  12. oldman45

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    Sorry to say this but I am 6'2" and weighing in at 260 when void of clothing.

    For the last several years, I have carried a full size 1911 without any problems. Yes, there is moments where I am doing something and I will get gouged but that also happened with the Glock 22 and the S&W 66 back in the revolver days.

    There is no perfect holster that works well 100% of the time.

    At present I am using a Galco Miami Vice shoulder holster. Works wonderful for me other than when I have to wear it for a 16 hr day and then my shoulders get tired. The good part is the tie downs helps keep my pants from falling below the portly waist line.

    The trick to comfortable carry is do it the same way every day until it gets to feel natural. Too many people will try something for a day or two and then give up on it for one reason or another.

    Now a major word of caution. KEEP WELL AWAY FROM SMALL OF BACK HOLSTERS. Many plain clothes officers carrying such have had their backs broken when falling on their back by the weight of the gun. Many civilians had their backs broken when slipping on ice or falling due to ground conditions.