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a comfort issue

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Gimp, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

    May 16, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    I carry upwaards of 12 hours a day, for several reasons...the best of which, in my mind, is that I figure that if I carry constantly, I won't be hyperconscious of my carry and wear ten tons of tells.

    One problem, though, is that I already had a bad back, and it gets irksome. I'm guessing I'm not alone in this, so I came to offer my solution.

    I shopped 'til I found three holsters that carry in the same position, at the same angle, same thumb-break...but with different separation of the belt-slides. I take a break twice a day and change holsters and the difference in how they carry the weight has made a world of difference in the fatigue factor!

    I thought,if it helps me, why not share?
  2. RadarP3C


    Jan 6, 2012
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like good advice to redistribute the weight throughout the day even if you don't have back pain. Might even prevent future problems.

  3. Badger54

    Badger54 CLM

    Dec 16, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I have heard that an Airweight J frame in a shoulder holster is good for people with bad backs.
  4. jmathis84


    Sep 15, 2010
    South GA
    I know for a fact that a j frame in the pocket is good for people with back problems. I have the same issues now. I carry a G22. It has taken me a couple years to find the right holster that doesnt bother me but offers the best retention for me to feel comfortable carrying it.
  5. saddlebum


    Feb 9, 2009
    i have terrible low back problems,i found a kahr cm9 aiwb in a kydex holster from pj holsters works great for me
  6. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

    May 16, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    I carry a SIG P6, with one spare mag on the opposite hip and a second in a pocket.
  7. EAJuggalo


    Jan 17, 2005
    Eagan, MN
    This sounds like it may be a belt issue. A good belt should distribute that weight across your hips and not cause any back issues.
  8. Rev.357


    Jan 14, 2012
    Heath Springs SC
    I've found that I carry a paddle type holster better that all others. On the flip side I carry a IWB 90% of the time in the 4oclock area & a good belt with the right amount if tention means the world.
  9. smitty704


    Aug 18, 2011
    Thanks for sharing.

    Also, pocket carry is great as well. It don't have an issue with IWB because I am skinny, but my father can't carry IWB. He carries a LC9 IWB and has no issues what so ever.
  10. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    that's a valid statement right there. I tried carrying with both my 5.11 operator belt vs. my regular black leather belt, and you there is definitely better distribution of the weight with the gun belt.
  11. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    Have a GOOD gun belt so you dont have to wear it really tight that helps.
  12. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

    May 16, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    As I said...I had a bad back to begin with.

    I also have a very good belt.
  13. dosei


    Mar 22, 2005
    Upstate SC
    So what/which/whose belt do you use?

    I've come across so many people that just "knew" that they had "a very good belt"...until they actually tried a very good belt. Just want to make sure you are not one of the many out there who think their Carhart or Amish belt is "a very good belt".
  14. eclark53520


    Feb 12, 2007
    +1, the belt is key.

    Get one that is specifically designed for toting around a gun. If you don't already.

    I have a friend that was having a hard time with back problems and carrying his XD. I let him wear my belt for a day, and half way through the day he ordered one.
  15. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

    May 16, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    I used to wear a 5.11 I now wear a belt custom-made for my a guy who does very good work (and doesn't get his nose out of joint that I sometimes have to make other accommodations as well.)

    Please...I'm 55 years old. I know exactly what (and who)caused my bad back. I appreciate your desire to advertise your preferred brand, since it obviously does good work for you or you wouldn't pay that price for it, but realize that everyone os not you, okay?
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  16. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

    May 16, 2006
    Northern Arizona
    Thanks, Smitty.

    Me, I'm not skinny...and I wear jeans. IWB and pocket-carry are both pretty much out for me. Besides, I have hands that make the grip on a Glock 19 uncomfortably short, so any pocket-carry pistol is...not gonna work for me.

    My three different pancake holsters have given me such a degree of relief that I wanted to share the thought with anyone else suffering likewise. I don't want to hype the brands (one is a generic, anyway!) because everyone is not me, and I figger everyone is built a bit different...and so are back injuries.