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#5796564 - 06/19/15 01:02 PM Conceal carry advice
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Registered: 09/06/14
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I've been a handgun owner/shooter for years, but never carried on a daily basis. Thinking about picking up a Glock 43 or XDS, and am looking for input on getting used to conceal carrying. Mainly, do I need to buy jeans/pants that are a couple of inches larger than I normally wear? I'd rather not be that obvious conceal-carry guy who always wears a vest or jacket even when its 100 degrees out. And does it take long to get used to having the gun on your hip? Particularly when doing things like getting in and out of a vehicle and other movement where it might seem really noticeable. Anything else related to getting comfortable with this? thanks
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#5796569 - 06/19/15 01:04 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I went from big gun inside waste band (horrible) to big gun in ankle holster (much better but slow acquisition) to Bersa Thunder 380 in my pocket. Now I'm going to try big gun in shoulder rig.
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#5796800 - 06/19/15 03:23 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Frisco, Texas
high quality paddle holster. ez on, ez off. if its too much trouble you wont carry. look at tucker gunleather
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#5796914 - 06/19/15 04:39 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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If you are going to use a belt holster get a dedicated gun belt made for the purpose. It will support the weapon and make it much easier to carry. I prefer inside waistband in which case pants would be one size larger, very easy to conceal with an untucked shirt.

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#5796988 - 06/19/15 05:28 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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Agree on the belt suggestion above, again, go to Tucker Gunleather. You will learn allot about a real "gunbelt" .

Please remember, In My Opinion only, there are allot of "gimmicks" out there, carrying a handgun in or out of your waist is a pain, a necessary pain but a pain nonetheless. main reason most say they do but don't carry is it is just flat a pain to "saddle-up" your gear everyday multiple times a day. Especially if your trying to conceal a "big, heavy" pistol. Even a fully loaded Springfield XDs .45 is heavy.

After the open carry is signed into law (January 1st, 2016, I think) It will be easier to carry a bigger rig because if it accidently "shows" you are still legal. So a shoulder rig or OWB will work.

Remember, you get what you pay for....
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#5797022 - 06/19/15 05:50 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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Buy the best gun belt and holster you can afford. You want quality and comfort or you'll be prone to leaving your gun at home. This falls into the category of buy once cry once.

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#5797031 - 06/19/15 05:56 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I went from carrying a 4.25" 1911.45 OWB to IWB. Now I carry a 3.25" 1911.45 in my cargo pants pocket. I don't carry every day, but most of the time when out with the family. Here in Fl, accidental exposure or imprinting is not a crime.
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#5797070 - 06/19/15 06:31 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I have a Springfield XD45 (4" version) that I do not feel like I can hide well with anything less than an un-tucked flannel shirt.

I recommend the crossbreed holsters and a heavy belt like a beltman belt.

I have a RUger LCR 38 that I can put in my shorts pocket and go anywhere ina T shirt and nobody could tell that the lump in my pocket is not a set of keys

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#5797104 - 06/19/15 06:51 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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I recommend Beltman also, I have his belts too.

Have been slipping my .45, XDs in a cargo pocket but it bout pulls my pants off. Here's my plan

I'm looking VERY closely at the new, Kimber Micro, in a pocket holster and my Seekins 14.5" .223 in my car.
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#5797133 - 06/19/15 07:18 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I carried daily for a couple of years, I carried IWB, for pants, I wore the ones that had a hidden elastic that would expand by 1 1/2 inches. I carried a Kahr K9 in a Milt Sparks Heritage holster with matching belt. Your body shape will dictate where and how you carry. A fairly good OWB rig is a Hulme JIT which is fairly inexpensive.
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#5797477 - 06/20/15 05:37 AM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I have gone through many many holster, small of back, inside waist band, outside waistband, shoulder holsters, you name it and I have tried it. I got tired of having to buy pants/shorts that were 1-2 sizes bigger because when I didn't carry they would double over or fall off. About a year ago I bought an FFR from East, made to my specks for my Glock 26. It's a simple holster that rides on my hip in the 3-4 o'clock position, it never moves, and is comfortable for all day carry. I often forget it's there and have to do a hip check to make sure I brought it.

For your needs, you shouldn't have a problem concealing a 43, it's small, and unless you are only 100lbs, I can't see a way it will print or show. My sister carries a S&W bodyguard on her hip.

Everybody needs to think about open carry vs concealed, as there is a big difference. Most conceal carry holsters don't have a mechanical retention, they are simply friction lock holsters. That's fine for concealed, but for open carry that maes it very easy to have your weapon removed. Aside from that, if you're using a IWB holster now, how are you going to use that if you open carry? I'm not saying get a drop leg holster, because those are stupid, but consider how your clothing is going to change. I recommend a security level 1 holster, something that has either a thumb break, a finger switch to release the gun, or some other mechanical release. I don't want to hear that they are slower, I have a security level 3 that I wear everyday, that's 3 levels of security that have to be passed before the gun can be removed from the holster and I, just like all others that have to use these, can have the gun out and on target in under a second.

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#5797540 - 06/20/15 07:37 AM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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I don't think you would need to buy larger pants to IWB carry unless you wear skin tight jeans or something like that, especially with one of the small pistols you mentioned. If anything, it might mean you use one less belt hole.

For IWB, it's hard to beat a simple holster, and East / FFR makes a great one (I have one for G19).

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#5797544 - 06/20/15 07:42 AM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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And I agree with BigPig on another point... I think people who are just beginning to carry concealed are too worried about whether or not they are going to print their handgun (I was). I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, as I don't think you can be too safe when it comes to firearms. But, the fact is, the person carrying is going to be 10000x more aware of the pistol on his/her waist than anyone else around him/her (who won't even know it is there). It is not like most people habitually walk around looking at other people's waist line to see if they are carrying a firearm that might... just might... be printing a little. If you think you are printing when you get out of the car (or whenever), a quick readjustment of your pants or shirt so that it lays more smoothly and you are good to go, very few people will be any more the wiser.

All that to say, I don't think you would have a problem carrying the G43 or XDs, if printing is a concern.


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#5797644 - 06/20/15 09:35 AM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: jdk1985]
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Originally Posted By: jdk1985
And I agree with BigPig on another point... I think people who are just beginning to carry concealed are too worried about whether or not they are going to print their handgun (I was). I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing, as I don't think you can be too safe when it comes to firearms. But, the fact is, the person carrying is going to be 10000x more aware of the pistol on his/her waist than anyone else around him/her (who won't even know it is there). It is not like most people habitually walk around looking at other people's waist line to see if they are carrying a firearm that might... just might... be printing a little. If you think you are printing when you get out of the car (or whenever), a quick readjustment of your pants or shirt so that it lays more smoothly and you are good to go, very few people will be any more the wiser.

All that to say, I don't think you would have a problem carrying the G43 or XDs, if printing is a concern.


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#5797978 - 06/20/15 03:34 PM Re: Conceal carry advice [Re: SCP]
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Registered: 09/06/14
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Loc: Austin & Edwards County
Great input, thanks everyone!
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