Summertime Carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by explodingcannon, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. explodingcannon

    explodingcannon Guest

    How do you carry concealed in warm weather cloths (pants and shirt)? For years, I've been putting my medium sized .40 S&W in my briefcase. Not optimal for access or carrying anywhere but to/from work.

    Considering getting an Inside The Wasteband holster. What's your experience/recommendations with these. Other methods/recommendations?
  2. ChrisMoore

    ChrisMoore New Member

    I carry a Springfield Armory 1911 EMP on my strongside (3 O'Clock) in a Don Hume I.W.B. holster, with two spare magazines in my weakside rear pocket loaded with Winchester Ranger SXT ammo, a SureFire Lumamax L1 Flashlight in my weakside front pocket, a Cold Steel Recon 1 - Spear Point Fighting Folder in my strong side front pocket and a head full of knowledge backed with a good combat mindset!

    I've worn it with shorts and a tank top as well as a winter parka and it worked out great. My favorite IWB holster is a Don Hume and I have a Galco as well.

    Christopher Moore

    Point Blank, LLC
    P.O. Box 31
    Jackson, MO 63755
    [email protected]
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2007

  3. Sambo

    Sambo Guest

    I've been wearing my holster in the small of my back
  4. Phil Elmore

    Phil Elmore Guest


    I have a stainless Smith and Wesson 637 that I carry in my waistband, against my skin, under a t-shirt. Sweat pools on the surface of the gun and I found that where it collected under the issue Uncle Mikes boot grips, it corroded the aluminum. I've never liked the fat feel of those grips, so recently I changed them for the cherry wood you see here. The point is, I just resigned myself to the gun getting stained and dinged up when carried in this fashion. Everything I carry regularly and use hard eventually looks like crap anyway.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2007
  5. Varro

    Varro Guest

    When I'm casual in this really warm weather in N.M., shorts & golf shirt; I usually stick a PPK in a .380 or a Mauser Hsc in a .32acp in my pocket...I only use holsters, waist or shoulder, with a cover garment...And yes, larger caliber as well....:)
    BTW, I have no use for "Mexican carry" for many reasons already stated in other posts...
  6. Spartan

    Spartan New Member

    summer carry

    Small of the back is nice if the weapon isnt too bulky or heavy, even with a 5.11 Operator belt my Blackhawk holster seems to feel lose unless i am standing, i get uncomfortable at times about not having a snap either, especially in the small of my back and i find myself often reaching back to hold it in place when i get around people. not the best thing. i usually carry strong side, and pull my shirt over it or wear the 5.11 vest. if you go with the vest it has a hidden pocket inside for a cross draw, works well. My best recommendation would be the blackhawk ankle holster. Its a bit bigger then other ankle holsters but its comfortable, not like some ive worn in the past, if it wasnt for the weight of the weapon you would forget it was even there. works only with pants :D lol, but it was an israeli design so the weapon draws from the bottom instead of from the top, so you basically dont even have to lift up your pant leg to draw the weapon. Here is the dilemma though, because it fits full size weapons, I actually use it to carry my XD9 Service weapon as a back up, or when I have to actually hide it, it holds it well, and it feels good, it even has a place to keep your mag or a spare mag directly beside the weapon holster. I carry a 24 round mag so it works pretty well, extra weight, but i carry on my left leg, so i draw from the bottom of that leg with my right hand, but the knee pain is on the right knee, dont get it, weird. So back to the dilemma, if you carry a weapon with a grip safety, i wouldnt recommend carrying loaded, because the barrel is pointed directly at your groin, if something were to happen, you would be in a great deal of pain, if not dead. So i have to actually unload my weapon and clear the barrel before I holster, not too happy with the notion, which is why i carry three extra mags, one in each pocket and one on my thigh, that way if i have to pull the weapon there isnt any fumbling for the mag on my ankle. But its a great holster, i love it, i wear it everyday, even wear it when I am not using it just in case i have to use it, its there. It would definitely be a better set up if you are carrying something without a grip safety, because then you could leave it loaded and have a spare back up mag beside it. I have two SIGS, a 229DAk 40 and the SIG Blackwater, and I rarely carry either, the XD9 does the job, why bring out the Porsche in the rain?
  7. aslocumb

    aslocumb Guest

    I use a fanny pack made for concealed carry.
  8. Dgunsmith

    Dgunsmith New Member

    summer Carry Holster:

    Milt Sparks "Summer Special" is a great IWB holster for summer wear. Conceals very well...recommend a light weight handgun..glock or S&W scandium 1911 commander.

    Milt Sparks makes the up for your pistol in aboutm 30 days.
  9. Bidah

    Bidah New Member

    For CCW during the summer I use a SmartCarry holster. Most of the time a 1911 Officers will be riding in it, although I do use a full size 1911 as well. I can wear this holster with whatever I want, so no problems there.

    Of course summer here is only about 8 weeks long at most. That way my primary carry mode is OWB, and most of the time it is open carried.
  10. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

    Sambo, Most gun guys I know recommend not carrying in the small of your back. The reason being, if you should slip & fall, or get knocked on your keester, you could wind up with some serious spinal injury. Not to mention the gun printing every time you bend over to pick something up.
  11. Frank

    Frank Guest

    In warm weather months I carry a Sig P239 9mm in an unkle mikes ankle holster and 2 spare mags. Although after a range session 2 days ago and shooting a friends Taurus 617 I must admit I am considering getting one of these as well, just something about 7 shots of .357 that is appealing.
  12. SnowCajun

    SnowCajun New Member

    My holster experiences!

    I've been a big fan of ankle holsters also, I've used one for nearly 30 years. I found one I liked, it's been so long I no longer remember the brand, but it had the extended calf strap which I hated and removed, but moved the wrap around velcro band down to the top part of the holster and sewed it back on, so I have two sturdy Velcro straps now and it's very comfortable. I forget I have it on even.

    I carry a Smith & Wesson Model 36, the little 5 shot Chiefs Special, during the summer or warmer months, that thing has gotten me out of two bad spots in its 30 years with me, I just thank God I've never had to fire it at anyone.

    During the Winter months I prefer a 1911, I'm a big fan of .45's though I've yet to find a holster I'm totally pleased with. I invested, and I don't use that term lightly .. lol .. in a Mitch Rosen shoulder holster, his holster quality is amazing, yet I found I wasn't particually pleased with the horizontal positioning of the full framed .45, so I'm still looking for something that will fit me better. I would prefer one that carries the .45 pointed downward instead of horizontal, but that's just my preference, Mitch Rosen's holsters are phenomenal never the less!

    For a long time I carried my 1911 in a Bianchi X15 holster, but there's several things I didn't care for with this holster, one being that the shoulder strap weaves itself into the actual holster, I've had that work loose before and actually had my weapon start to slip down. I cured that by having the leather sewn together so it couldn't slide through the loops anymore, but I also found myself wanting a more secure feeling of the weapon being locked in to place in the holster, just being clamped in, which may be perfectely fine and safe, didn't make me feel 100% secure about it and that's how the person carrying the weapons should feel. I wished a thumb break or something better could have been designed in this holster. They do have a snap strap to hold it in place but if you're in a serious need to draw your weapon then having to unsnap the snaps first before moving up for the grip of the weapon seems awkward or inefficient to me! That's also one of the reasons why I hate Velcro straps holding weapons into place in holsters, pulling the Velcro is a noticable sound and if you have to make noise before you pull your weapon you draw attention to yourself.

    I've never had great luck with in the waist holsters, but that has more to do with my build than the holsters themselves, so I really can't comment on those. You just have to find what fits you best and what you're most comfortable with is all, something you can get to quickly and efficiently without drawing a ton of attention to yourself by making noise while pulling your weapon.

    My 2 cents .. Good luck guys.