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    Does a concealed open carry holster exist??

    And by that, I mean a holster that doesn't go in between your waist and the waistband of your jeans but is concealed enough to the point to where it doesn't make you look like you're carrying like in a typical OWB holster, or am I just bound to continue using my pocket holster as my EDC? Which actually ain't all that bad I spose, even in the front pocket of my work jeans, it's rather comfortable. Drawing it from the pocket is harder to do though.

    Thanks in advance for any and all input.





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    I guess I oughtta add that the reason for the topic is just that I don't think this Cloak tuck 3.0 by alien gear is gonna work out. Either I need to lose a little bit of weight or go up a size in my jeans but, even a relatively small LC9s is just not gonna be comfortable in any position being stuffed down the inside of my jeans.


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    There are many close fitting and high ride OWB pancake type holsters in both kydex and leather that hide well under a loose untucked shirt. Raven concealment, the Blade Tech Eclipse, Desantis Speed Scabbard (leather) are just a few options. Many carry concealed OWB.
    For IWB it is necessary to wear pants one size larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkstar888 View Post
    There are many close fitting and high ride OWB pancake type holsters in both kydex and leather that hide well under a loose untucked shirt. Raven concealment, the Blade Tech Eclipse, Desantis Speed Scabbard (leather) are just a few options. Many carry concealed OWB.
    Thanks for th recommendations, I'll check those out.

    I'm not ready to give up on the alien gear just yet, I'm gonna try a few more belt clip location figurations before I toss in the towel on it. I still have a little over two weeks left of the four week trial period.

    For IWB it is necessary to wear pants one size larger.
    Yeah I know, since I drive a truck for a living, my work jeans are already one size bigger than my dress jeans.


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    Maybe you're looking for something like this: SneakyPete
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    Most people wearing IWB holsters carry them with pants that are one size up. The IWB holster adds 1-2 inches of waist size, so it would be reasonable to wear pants with 1-2 inches more in waist.

    There are many OWB holsters that can be used for concealed carry. They need to ride high and close to the body. Some OWB holsters have passive retention (like your typical pancake kydex holsters), some have active retention (like Safariland ALS and BlackHawk Serpa). There are also leather OWB holsters.

    I would stay away from the SneakyPete for a number of reasons, including that it is difficult to use in an actual fight and that it has an inherent danger of drawing the firearm with the finger in the trigger guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bofh View Post
    There are many OWB holsters that can be used for concealed carry. They need to ride high and close to the body. Some OWB holsters have passive retention (like your typical pancake kydex holsters), some have active retention (like Safariland ALS and BlackHawk Serpa). There are also leather OWB holsters.
    Those are some nice choices, they just don't look like they'd be all that concealable unless it was winter time and a long jacket or coat was used to cover it up. I dunno, it just doesn't look like a regular ole tshirt would stop against printing.
    I would stay away from the SneakyPete for a number of reasons, including that it is difficult to use in an actual fight and that it has an inherent danger of drawing the firearm with the finger in the trigger guard.
    Yeah, I kinda wondered about that too. That, and it sure does look awful gawdy...lol. At least that one though, looks better than the one out there that makes it look a cell phone case on an iPad-sized phone...lol.

    But to everybody, I think I'm gonna give the alien gear another week or two after I think I found that by moving the belt clips all the way to the top puts more of the holster deeper down in my jeans and keeps the hand grip more off my gut...lol. Seems like it as well doesn't make my jeans as tight because now the top of the kydex is below the waistband rather than right directly behind it.

    Thanks for all the replies though.


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    Not to mention that by having the whole holster deeper down, the grip doesn't print through my shirt as much, either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by corneileous View Post
    Those are some nice choices, they just don't look like they'd be all that concealable unless it was winter time and a long jacket or coat was used to cover it up. I dunno, it just doesn't look like a regular ole tshirt would stop against printing.
    Go to a gun shop with your unloaded gun and try them out. Pancake kydex holsters and the BlackHawk Serpa are sold pretty much everywhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by corneileous View Post
    But to everybody, I think I'm gonna give the alien gear another week or two after I think I found that by moving the belt clips all the way to the top puts more of the holster deeper down in my jeans and keeps the hand grip more off my gut...lol. Seems like it as well doesn't make my jeans as tight because now the top of the kydex is below the waistband rather than right directly behind it.

    Thanks for all the replies though.
    Move the gun around on the belt to improve concealment (3:30 4 vs 4:30 vs 5 o'clock). In some positions, the grip sticks out, in some other position not so much. Also, wear your belt and the gun high, such that the gun is above your waist line (above your hips). Realize that your grip needs to be high above the belt, such that you can get a good high grip on the firearm.

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    Does a concealed open carry holster exist??

    Quote Originally Posted by bofh View Post
    Go to a gun shop with your unloaded gun and try them out. Pancake kydex holsters and the BlackHawk Serpa are sold pretty much everywhere.
    Yeah, I'll definitely have to try some out.

    Move the gun around on the belt to improve concealment (3:30 4 vs 4:30 vs 5 o'clock). In some positions, the grip sticks out, in some other position not so much.
    Bein that I'm in a seated position all day long, the 3 o'clock position seems to be the most comfortable, much more even with the whole holster deeper down from the stock location of the belt clips. Stock location uses the middle holes on each side, BTW. If I wear it in the 4:30 position like Alien Gear recommends, the gun presses quite uncomfortably in my back due to it being pushed by the seatback.

    Also, wear your belt and the gun high, such that the gun is above your waist line (above your hips). Realize that your grip needs to be high above the belt, such that you can get a good high grip on the firearm.

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    What brand holster is that in the picture?

    Even with the clips all the way down, mine doesn't ride even that high.

    I see what your getting at about having the gun high enough to get a good grip on it but man, having it ride that high doin what I do, that was when it was the most uncomfortable at that height in any position on the clock. At the 4:30 position, it really pressed in my back when I leaned back in the seat and having it that high in the 3 o'clock position, the top of the gun and the top of the holster really dug into my hip if I ever leaned the slightest bit to the right side....

    Instead of trying to take a picture behind me, I'm using a sheet of paper to show where the holster rides in relation to the top of the waistband with the clips all the way to the top.




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