Adjustments to ALWAYS carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by PeeJay1313, Sep 26, 2020.

  1. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've only been carrying for a couple years now. I'm still learning about changing my old ways of carrying a cell phone, my pocket knife, keys, even my wallet to accommodate my holster. My hardest part is my cell phone. Always carried it on my right side from day one. But my dominant side for my firearm is that side too(OWB). So I'm trying to carry my cell on the left side now. I find that my cell and my firearm argue for the same position(right side). Unfortunately cell usual wins. I wish to change that. My body seems real uncomfortable changing the position of my cell. But I'm trying my hardest to stick with it. Did anyone else go through this, and how did you adjust?
     
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  2. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What do you carry? I never seem to have a problem because I carry a small, light Kahr. I sacrifice a few rounds for comfort figuring I can always carry an extra magazine
     
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  3. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I carry my phone in me left pocket, Copenhagen in my right pocket knife clipped on my right pocket and LCP 2 in a ankle holster at work. I don’t carry 100% of the time though
     
  4. G66enigma

    G66enigma Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Don't know that there's a particular method that'll work for everyone. I got a much thinner wallet. Erased three-fourths of the keys for daily carry. Cut more than half the crapola. I placed the holstered sidearm in the most effective spot for rapid deployment. Only then did I determine what else I could carry along with me, so long as the most-important element was taken care of. Dropped about half the normal stuff.

    Another option is, if you wear a sport coat or jacket, to carry the few items that won't fit in the pants pockets in the jacket pocket(s) instead. Vitals on you; excess/expendables on the jacket.

    What I'm down to: holstered sidearm and mags; thin wallet with precious little in it; a couple of keys on a slim ring; the thinnest and lightest small phone I can get away with. Phone can be carried in shirt pocket or in jacket; and I don't always carry the phone. Anything else is carried in a small satchel or folding binder.
     
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  5. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    Just put the cell on the other side. You'll get used to it.
     
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  6. Trunk Monkey

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    I can only tell you what I did.

    I carry the same thing everyday and I make a point of carrying it in the same place. If you do it long enough it becomes a habit.

    I've said this before but I live in a place where almost everybody looks like they do their shopping at REI. So I can get away with cargo pants and no one pays me any mind.

    The biggest reason I picked Wrangler cargo pants is because the have a dedicated phone pocket but there are other brands that have that feature.

    ETA: The most important part of this is mindset. I. Do. Not. Walk. Out. My. Door. Unarmed. that is absolutely non negotiable.

    You take care of that and every thing else will work itself out.

     
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  7. PeeJay1313

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  8. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thats what I'm trying to do.. Feels uncomfortable. Trying to force myself to get used to it.
     
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  9. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Ok. Wallet front right pocket. Left pocket, keys. Right hip, belt mount, cell. I get into left pocket to get keys to drive, more so then right pocket, so cell not in the way(before CC). Now I switch my phone to the left side, its more in the way, considering I get into that pocket(left) more often. Its just out of the ordinary then I'm used to. I'm sure with practice, someday I'll get over it. I'm wondering how others dealt with it, I can't be the only one.
     
  10. PeeJay1313

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    Thats my end game..
     
  11. sheepdawg

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    Other than weight that ought to be a comfortable carry. My Kahr CW40 is 7 ounces lighter and I carry IWB. Perhaps you could try that. After a few minutes I don't even know I'm carrying and IWB means interference with my right pocket is minimal.
     
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  12. PeeJay1313

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    Cell in my pocket, not an option. Ankle holster, same firearm by the way, working on that too(earlier post). 100% of the time, me nether, but want to be better then I am now..
     
  13. PeeJay1313

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    Agreed, trying that too. It can't be that difficult to switch my phone from right to left. There inlays the problem.. But after 20yrs, its seems to be. Weight, not an issue.
     
  14. PeeJay1313

    PeeJay1313 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    So my problem basically comes down to routine.. How has others dealt with it??
     
  15. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I’ve tried to Carry my phone on my waist but I’ve about broke it or it falls off when I try to get in tight spaces so the best place for me is in my pocket
     
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  16. towboater

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    Phone goes wherever it fits. Gun takes priority
     
  17. G66enigma

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    No idea what sort of phone you have. But if you're willing to give up the "smart" phone format, at least the size, you can go much smaller on the phones. (Myself, I do a flip-phone, which is about one-fourth the overall size of the much larger "smart" phones.) And those can most definitely fit in a small pocket on the shirt or jacket. If you don't do internet searches on the phone, perhaps that would be an option for you. Certainly gets the phone away from your pants and belt line.
     
  18. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm retired. PANTS are optional. Do I go anywhere unarmed? Only Federal properties where I cannot carry.

    My ESP SUCKS. If it worked, I would win the lottery every day. I cannot foretell when I am going to encounter someone that needs me to shoot them.

    I also wear cargo shorts or similar khakis. Yeah, cell phone pocket on L leg. I pocket carry on right.
     
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  19. PANDEMIC

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    I carry my wallet on my back pocket right side. My knife is in my front pocket right side. Usually my keys is on my front pocket left side. And my phone goes on either side sometimes left, sometimes right. My gun goes right in the middle where my belt buckle is. Before I would keep it like that but more to the right side which made it really uncomfortable for carrying long periods of time. But recently I moved it to where its perfectly centered where my belt buckle is and now it feels like its not even there and its really comfortable now. I have a flashlight on my pistol and so it took me a good while and constant adjusting during different seasons of the year until I finally found what works for me.
     
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  20. PeeJay1313

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    Fair enough, for me. I always carried my cell on my waist. 25yrs in the same spot. I think that's why I'm struggling to readjust to this.
     
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