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    Do any of you use belly bands as your primary means of carrying (especailly during the summer)? I tried one today when I carried for the first time. I liked the way it felt, but the band rubbed on my skin so if I am going to use this method for casual dress then I will need to wear an undershirt of something to make it even more comfortable.

    Thanks,


    Neal

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    i always wear an undershirt when i carry, i carry iwb though...kydex + skin + heat + movement = raw

    but to answer your question, no, i don't have a belly band
    Never had to use my gun, never want to use my gun, will not hesitate to use my gun.

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    Neal, I am new to CC and still exploring which guns and which holsters/carry methods work best for me. I bought a belly band about 3 weeks ago and have tried it a couple times with my Springfield XD-9sc. It was, so far the most comfortable method I have tried. I would definately wear an undershirt with it though. I am not allowed to carry at work, so I carry in my car and purse most of the time, but when I go out on my days off, I am using my belly band. The one I got has pockets for a gun & mag on each side, so I can decide how much and where I want to carry. The only problem I've had so far, is the pocket that the gun is supposed to go in is open on the bottom, and I accidentally had my spare mag in that slot... When I walked into a store, the mag fell out on the floor! Oops

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    I used one for a couple months. I work outside in the back of trucks all day (either loading or unloading by hand) and it doesn't need to get very warm outside before I start to sweat. Adding an undershirt and a 5" wide elastic band around my waist traps heat and absorbs sweat even more. Plus I really didn't care for the constant constriction around my waist.

    I switched to a Kholster IWB. Granted, you would probably still want to wear an undershirt, although some people do not. But at least you don't have a band to trap heat and squeeze you all day. Plus the leather doesn't absorb sweat as much as elastic. Sooner or later I intend to buy a smaller gun and a pocket holster, but for now the Kholster is a happy medium.

    So, if you spend most of your time in a climate controlled environment and don't mind the constriction, a belly band is versatile and cheap. Otherwise, you can find more comfortable options.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    I have a belly band and I did not care for it if you want some thing like that you may want to try the shirt.
    I have 2 of these a black one and a white one and they work well I even tried it to see how well it worked I carried a high point .45 and a .40
    both at the same time and it worked very well and if you know any thing about high point they are rather large and pretty heavy the link is where I got mine but they sell the shirt lots of places.. you wear it as a under shirt and it is very comfortable just as a shirt it even soaks up the sweat..

    5.11 Holster Shirt V-Neck 40021 FREE S&H 40021-010-3XL, 40021-010-L, 40021-010-M, 40021-010-S, 40021-010-XL, 40021-010-XXL, 40021-019-3XL, 40021-019-L, 40021-019-M, 40021-019-S, 40021-019-XL, 40021-019-XXL.

    $44.00 at this place http://www.lapolicegear.com/5taunge.html
    you need to shop around




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    Quote Originally Posted by clay5769 View Post
    I could see that working, but WOW, $50?!

    For a week's worth of shirts I could almost buy a smaller gun and a pocket holster.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by utimmer43 View Post
    I could see that working, but WOW, $50?!

    For a week's worth of shirts I could almost buy a smaller gun and a pocket holster.
    Yea I know it is not cheap but is does work and it is very comfortable.
    I said the same thing and I went and got 1 I liked it so much I got another one.

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    JSDinTexas Guest
    I have also been looking at belly bands. I have a choice of a 6" or 4" - do these curl up or ride up? And do they reduce the print?
    Also what brand should I look at - have seen the ones I mentioned at Sportsmans Guide website.

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    The belly band that I use is actually 5". It also has an adjustable Thumb Break you can use or not. It doesn't curl or move. I got it at a local gun show, but the sticker on the bag says WRB 888-824-2899 Gun Barrel City, TX. I have a bad back, so I like the support of the band around my waist. I think it reduces the print too.

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