conceal carry holster

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by apwvsd40ve, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    I have been researching holsters..specifically for conceal carry. I know there are many, many types..and I have also read the previous threads regarding carry and location. I guess my question is I see three possible carry options for me. Tuckable iwb at 3 or 4.....ISB...or outside waistband at 3 or 4. it seems that iwb seems to create a large waistline change on the side that it is concealed...but owb in either location has its challenges as there are times I have to tuck in a shirt. Looking for advice from those of you that have way more experience than I as I am soon to get my ccw.
     
  2. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    When I first started carrying I used a Blackhawk serpa OWB at 3. With a OWB holster it is harder to conceal. So, I started to do research on IWB and found N82 tactical holsters. I purchased a N82 pro tactical IWB and have never looked back. This holster is very, very comfortable and I love it. I carry my IWB at 4. There are ALOT of holsters out there to choose from and it falls upon you to chose which one you like. We can only give you options and opinions. Here's a pic of both my holsters.


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  3. DrumJunkie

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    OWB I have several. OWB I have two but only really like 1 of them. Gould 810.
    The other is a Bianchi 3S but it just doesn't feel right with the one big belt snap and the idea of a thumb break doesn't really work for me in an IWB.
     
  4. Westy

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    Here's my preference. I like one small, light and comfortable that still keeps my gun secure. I have one similar for my .45.
     

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  6. Donn

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    A lot depends on your build, how you dress and what your EDC will be. IWB's the best way to conceal, but is a PITA. Always poking and jabbing. OWB is much more comfortable, but anything larger than a J Frame will print big time. These are my personal opinions from my experience. Yours and others will surely differ. To the question. IWB, a Crossbreed Super Tuck. OWB, Galco Combat Master. Both at 4 o'clock.
     
  7. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Thanks everyone. I am 6ft 215 (lol winter weight) and am larger in the waist area so I worry that IWB will be noticeable to those that know me and see me daily.

    At this point I would carry a SW SD40VE but ultimately will have two other options (shield and a pocket pistol) to choose from in the next year.

    I have a feeling that I will not know until I fork over the cash to try a couple of quality holsters for both methods.

    Out of curiosity, no one mentioned an OWB ISB....any particular reason?
     
  8. phiche

    phiche New Member

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    I second the post of Fathead00!

    N82 Tactical, it's secure , even on the bike!
     
  9. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Everybody new to concealed carry is absolutely sure people will know they're packing. They won't. People unfamiliar won't know what to look for. If you're like most of us here, you'll wind up with a box full of holsters before it's all said and done.
     
  10. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    Donn- thanks to this forum..I hope the box full ends up not being the case. I am still getting comfortable carrying. Currently I am using a Blackhawk ambi nylon just to get used to it. That has certainly taught me the value of a good holster but it does the job on my property for now.
     
  11. drvsafe

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    I am very happy with my Old Faithful IWB hybrid holster for my Nano. I bought a quick assembly kit from them for less than $50.
     
  12. Randyman59

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    I have applied for my CHL, but here in Texas, we only have conceal, no open. So I have looked at a lot of video reviews on different IWB holsters, but the thought of spending $50-90 and not liking it scares me. Then there's the question of one belt clip or two. I really don't want a box of holsters. I am not complaining about the cost of protection for self and family, but $540 for my G19, $70 for CHL, $100 for class in a couple of weeks, PLUS cost of ammo for, I'd like to get a holster that I'll use.
     
  13. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    AMEN..that is exactly my point. As I mentioned...I have gained a lot of knowledge from the opinions and reviews here..so I am hoping that helps.
     
  14. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

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    While you're researching your holster decision, think about including a good gun belt. That can make or break successful and comfortable concealed carry.

    I carry a full-size XD-40 service in a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe IWB holster, and I have a bullhide gunbelt from The Beltman. I opted for 3/4" hole spacing on the gunbelt, and I go up one belt hole when carrying.

    If you tuck your shirt and "blouse" it over just a bit it pretty much covers up the bulge from the holster.

    I've carried this way for years and, to my knowledge, no one has noticed...at least nothing has ever been said.

    http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/

    http://thebeltman.net/
     
  15. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    While you're researching your holster decision, think about including a good gun belt. That can make or break successful and comfortable concealed carry.

    I carry a full-size XD-40 service in a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe IWB holster, and I have a bullhide gunbelt from The Beltman. I opted for 3/4" hole spacing on the gunbelt, and I go up one belt hole when carrying.

    If you tuck your shirt and "blouse" it over just a bit it pretty much covers up the bulge from the holster.

    I've carried this way for years and, to my knowledge, no one has noticed...at least nothing has ever been said.

    http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/

    http://thebeltman.net/

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    Thanks for this. I had thought about a better belt but did not of a good place to look. The belt that I use currently is not optimal for EDC.