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Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by MrM4A1, Jul 6, 2007.
Does anyone here ever carry their gun without a holster, under what circumstances?
All the time. Ever hear of a grip clip?
I assume you're referring to "Mexican Carry" with a pistol shoved inside your waist line. I know people that do it, but I would never recommend it. Too many things can go wrong with that.
In the movies, looks great when they have plastic, unloaded weapons...As soon as you move, you can feel it moving and any attempts to check it gives your cover away...I recall seeing these guys slipping guns in their crotch, appendix, back; holy BATMAN! I guess I'm not man enough....
No way, Jose!
A grip clip is a piece of spring steel that is in the general shape of the grip panel of a 1911 with a 1.5 inch "tongue" that is slightly arched and runs parallel to the frame right under the slide. In practice, you slip the muzzle inside the pants and the spring tongue on outside of the pants. The springiness of the device keeps the gun in place almost as good as a paddle holster without the bulk. Not a whole lot to go wrong with it. Back in the '70s & '80s, it was very popular with serious pistoleros who traveled into dangerous neighborhoods but wanted to keep a low profile.
These days, a newer design called Clipdraw is offered. I like my old grip clip a little better.
i agree with FPDSNIPER, not a smart move
I'll disagree. I've carried holsterless many times, with semi-autos, from PPK to 1911. When working under cover assignments, I've worn them in a cross-draw manner in my belt, with the frame tilted forward at an extreme angle. I've chased suspects, jumped over fences, and overcome those resisting arrest, without ever worrying about losing my pistol. It stayed where I put it, but some adjustment may be required to get the correct position.
Carry without a holster
I have to agree with you on carrying without a holster. I carry both ways and have only had a weapon get away from me on a couple occations. Generaly, with a medium or large auto pistol, with the belt tight, they carry well. Of course, a little common sence applies. DogWalk
For what it's worth, I took care of an older and experienced gun owner who was carrying his .45 without a holster. He shot himself twice and subsequently died from complications of his wounds. I'm sure it can be done, but I wouldn't do it. I liken it to driving without a seatbelt. Sure, in many instances it's not a big deal, and a lot of people never wear one, but **** does happen, and when it does, it's usually not good. My 2c.
I carry a pistol in my pocket w/no holster. I've been doing this for years. I have a pocket holster, and it's OK. I just prefer not to use it.
What do you carry in the pocket?
I've been carrying a G36 and would not do so without a holster. I know many people that Mexican carry and that's fine but not me.The only way I would think about without a holster is not to chamber a rnd..
Kel Tec P3AT, and sometimes my 5 shot NAA .22 Mag Derringer
I would not recommend carrying without a holster. It can be done, and I have done it a few times while I was waiting for my current holster to arrive in the mail. I always felt like it was going to fall down my pants (which would be quite awkward) or I thought I was going to have an accidental discharge from having to check it so often.
I do it sometimes if I'm going to be real quick in and out then back home. It's awkward though and sometimes I worry it's noticeable even though I've checked in the mirror and it doesn't seem to be.
I've carried my Kimber or P229 many times ala Magnum P.I. in the waistband at the small of the back. But like notdku, only when its just a short trip around town or something. Don't have any problems with it at all.
It depends largely on what types of safety devices your pistil has. I don't think it would be a problem with my xd, but I don't carry a round chambered either.
I carry 2 guns daily without holsters. I carry my DAO "pocket" pistol in .45acp Mexican carry IWB with the aid of a clipdraw, and my backup, a Ruger LCP in my front pocket. Both are well concealed and secure.
I just looked at the clipdraw website and they look great. I live in a climate where the summers are extremely hot and humid. I kind of worry about not having a holster to protect my firearm when I'm sweating like crazy in the summer in shorts and a T-shirt. Does anyone who uses a clipdraw, or carries "Mexican" without a holster, notice accelerated corrosion on thier handgun due to excessive sweat? I have a Glock 19 and a SA XD9 sc that I'll carry for CCW. This is more of a question about these guns' finishes I suppose than about the clipdraw itself, but I'm curious what others' experiences are.
Surely you won't carry a round in the chamber in a Glock without something covering the trigger!?