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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by SFC View Post
    SOB, is the best, as with any holster they all have their advantages and disadvantages. I use the Paddle and going the the SOB as a crross draw as well. I have always carried at least two firearms, old habits die hard
    SOB (small of back) is ok - but not advisable to carry MOB (middle of back) over the spine. If you get shoved down or otherwise fall you run a SERIOUS risk of lower spinal cord injury. Better to "kidney carry" at the 5 o'clock position if right handed. Something similar to this might work for you. This one looks cheap and crappy, but if you show this to a custom gun leather guy, you could probably get a good one made to fit your firearm and your physique:

    Model 15 Modified Small of the Back SOB Concealment Holster

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  3. #12

    carrying without printing

    Quote Originally Posted by kawabama View Post
    Hello all. I've lurked here a while, but recently joined when I started carrying. I've had my Alabama CCW for a while, but always just used it to keep my 1911 in the car. I've been carrying for a week now and I'm seriously disillusioned. I'm 6'4" and about 165 lb carrying an XD9 in a tuckable IWB rig. Being so thin already, any bulge around my waistband is noticable. I've been busted by a few friends that don't mind saying so, and now I'm self concious that strangers probably notice but obviously won't say anything. I don't want to carry less than 9mm. What can I do on a budget for a smaller rig that will hide better?
    kawabama: Where (what position) do you wear the gun? What kind of holster do you use? And what are the dimensions of your XD (is it a compact model? how long is the barrel?).

    If your shoulders are wider than your hips, then with a slightly larger sized shirt the width distance between your shoulders and your hips should hide the gun nicely somewhere in the 3 o'clock to 4 o'clock position IWB.

    If your shoulders are not broad, try the 4-5 o'clock position (just behind the hip). The curve of your buttocks up into your lower spine may be a good place to conceal the grip of your gun. Personally, I have to tip the grip forward just a bit as well (which also puts the gun in a better position to GRAB when I draw).

    I am a slim female, and I use both of these positions. I have better luck with a custom holster, but I can also use a cheapie like the Sleeping Dog or a Bianchi 100. Granted, my usual carry is a Kahr MK9 (9mm) which is ridiculously THIN and COMPACT, but I have also successfully concealed my H&K USP 9mm compact behind the hip when I want to carry a gun that has more rounds.

    Really, finding the sweet spot is about trial and error, and finding the right clothing. Very few of us that concealed carry wear clothes that really show off the positives of our physiques--most of us wear loose-fitting, non-descript clothes because we DRESS AROUND THE GUN.

    Best of luck finding your sweet spot!

  4. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by kawabama View Post
    Hello all. I've lurked here a while, but recently joined when I started carrying. I've had my Alabama CCW for a while, but always just used it to keep my 1911 in the car. I've been carrying for a week now and I'm seriously disillusioned. I'm 6'4" and about 165 lb carrying an XD9 in a tuckable IWB rig. Being so thin already, any bulge around my waistband is noticable. I've been busted by a few friends that don't mind saying so, and now I'm self concious that strangers probably notice but obviously won't say anything. I don't want to carry less than 9mm. What can I do on a budget for a smaller rig that will hide better?
    If your XD9 isn't a subcompact it's gonna be tricky. I love my M&P40 but can only carry it in the cooler months even IWB thats just reality and I'm not skinny. The only GOOD options are subcompact gun, deep concealment holster or both. Have you tired Kholster? They have a much larger range of adjustment over crossbreed due to there adjustments going halfway up the holster, they also have an "inner" set which is good if your skinny to help stop the holster from bunching up on you if you wear it from 2-6 o'clock. All that adjustment room should let you have both a much lower ride height than most IWB's as well as more room for a forward cant adjustment to stop the grip from printing.



    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Gain View Post
    Thunderwear = the worst idea ever. Not easy to get to your piece unless you wear a belt loose enough to let your pants fall down. And if you're not careful, you'll shoot your nuts off!!
    You ever try one? I can draw almost as fast from my SmartCarry as I can from my Kholster. If my shirt is tucked in with the Kholster the draw time is about equal. You belt stays where it always does and it's extremely comfortable.

    This is NOT me, but shows a proper SmartCarry draw. Not slow at all probably faster than a lot of people from their IWBs
    Last edited by snatale42; 06-14-2011 at 05:45 PM. Reason: added video

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    With longer blouses nowadays, I use a clip draw most of the time now (a friend who is an old seal and a marine taught me how to.) Touch wood, I hope I do not have to go back to holsters.
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  6. #15
    kangaroocarry

    I have one and it works great. I carry a Glock 21

    I know the head sheriff of our county and it even fooled him

    Looks strange, some call it a man bra. Got news I carry all day and no discomfort, and impossible to see.

    That is my humble opinion.
    Crime has no boundaries - Carry Safe!

  7. #16
    You ever try one? I can draw almost as fast from my SmartCarry as I can from my Kholster. If my shirt is tucked in with the Kholster the draw time is about equal. You belt stays where it always does and it's extremely comfortable.
    No - and I won't. It's a slick and gimmicky holster. Yeah, it's easy to make a fast draw in front of a mirror or video camera. But try doing it when you're crapping your pants and instinctively dropping into a fighting crouch when being attacked from the front. Or try doing it when you've just been blindsided by the mugger who snuck up behind you and pushed you over. Way too many motions to get from holstered to presentation.

    This kind of holster (Thunderwear, Smart Carry, Cell Pal, or whatever) is a very poor compromise between concealment and readiness. A third of a second delay or so may not seem like much...except that the average gunfight lasts a mere 2.5 seconds. Better to go with a nice belt slide, SOB (not MOB), or IWB, and buy a few new shirts and vests. When SHTF I don't want to be reaching down my pants or trying to untuck my shirt.

  8. Thanks for all the good feedback. I guess I'm going to have to change my clothing a little more than I expected to carry the XD in the summer. Winter under heavier layers should be OK for OWB holster options. Anyone have experience with the new Ruger LC9? I've been considering it for a smaller option for summer carry.

  9. I dont recommend the LC9 unless you have a budget. My summer time shorts and t shirt carry is a Kahr PM 9 in a remora clip-less holster. It rides SOB-IWB. the Kahr PM9 is a much superior firearm than the ruger. In fact I just traded up my LCP for a Kahr P380 for pocket or ankle BUG carry. Check out the remora holster. It also doubles as a pocket holster. Good luck and carry on!

  10. I'm 6'4 and 195 pounds and definitely still in the skinny category. My biggest problem has been shirt length but I've just started getting a good wardrobe. I don't like SOB because when you bend it prints like no tomorrow. I personally prefer carrying my full size PX4 storm at about 12 o'clock. I almost never worry about printing and the only drawback for me is sitting down isn't always fantastic but I've done long distance trips with it and it's not so bad.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Gain View Post
    No - and I won't. It's a slick and gimmicky holster. Yeah, it's easy to make a fast draw in front of a mirror or video camera. But try doing it when you're crapping your pants and instinctively dropping into a fighting crouch when being attacked from the front. Or try doing it when you've just been blindsided by the mugger who snuck up behind you and pushed you over. Way too many motions to get from holstered to presentation.



    This kind of holster (Thunderwear, Smart Carry, Cell Pal, or whatever) is a very poor compromise between concealment and readiness. A third of a second delay or so may not seem like much...except that the average gunfight lasts a mere 2.5 seconds. Better to go with a nice belt slide, SOB (not MOB), or IWB, and buy a few new shirts and vests. When SHTF I don't want to be reaching down my pants or trying to untuck my shirt.
    I would have to agree with Phillip Gain. A holster must do more than just conceal. When and if a situation arises, and the adrenaline is flowing, you need to be able to quickly draw with ease with as less motions as possible. I studied alot of holsters before deciding to buy a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB holster. This holster works great with my Glock 26. And yes, when you carry concealed your choice of clothes matters. I have some pants/jeans that are a size bigger in the waist to help accommodate the holster. I also wear a little larger shirt/tee shirt to avoid printing. And you don't want your shirt tail to ride up above your pistol when you bend over. I really don't like to carry a small caliber, but on occasions I carry a Keltec 32 auto. Remember when you're checking yourself in the mirror, don't be too self conscious.I don't think most people are going to be staring at your waistline trying to figure out if your "packin'"

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