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Carrying concealed holsters

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by MrM4Guy, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. MrM4Guy

    MrM4Guy Hobby Collector

    Jan 26, 2012
    Santa Clara, CA
    I was wondering what everyone prefers for a CCW type of holster. I just started using the Galco Small Of Back Holster for my Glock 19, and find it to be quite good. I did jump the gun ( no pun intended ) when purchasing without getting advice, but the deal was to good to pass up. I like the quality of the leather, and the retention.
    Again, anyone have advice? I want to get a holster for my Ruger LCR.
  2. tommytrauma


    Jul 1, 2004
    I've been using a Comp-Tac CTAC for IWB and either a Hideous Holster kydex rig or a Galco matrix snap loop for OWB.

    I'd heard about small of the back holsters placing you at risk of a serious low back injury for a few years, but getting involved in Krav really slammed the point home for me. I won't wear anything against my spine. Food for thought.

  3. Seriously suggest that no should ever use a small of the back holster under any circumstances.

    In 1997, I was an infantry 1stSgt with the Army and during a night company retrograde training mission while wearing NODs, I went over backwards into a five or six foot drainage ditch and landed on my back. No big deal right? Except i had a parachute flare stuffed into my LBE in, you guessed it, the small of my back. The fall was of enough force to fracture L4, L5 and S1 vertebrae and I was airlifted out of there paralyzed from the waist down. I had a series of surgeries to fuse my spine and it took nine monmths of physical therapy to learn how to walk again in time to be medically retired.

    There are no professional firearms trainers any where in the country, training in any aspect (military, LEO, private) who would ever suggest any one use the small of the back to carry a pistol.

    Looks real neat on TV and the movies but professionalsdon't do it for just the reason that happened to me.
  4. MrM4Guy

    MrM4Guy Hobby Collector

    Jan 26, 2012
    Santa Clara, CA
    I tend to agree with both of you about potential injury. I have a missing disc in my L4-L5. I also never carried my extra set of cuffs' in my SOB because of discomfort.
    I have taken Galcos suggestion on where to rig it though. At around the 4 o'clock position. I even put it on in the 3:30 position with no issues.
    Thank you for the replies! I was again wondering what a good setup for my Ruger LCR be. It is light enough to carry in my front pocket, but......
  5. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    Congrat's on picking the worst possible position to carry your gun.
  6. SigChef


    Mar 30, 2009
    Raven concealment with inside waist band loops.
  7. MtnBiker

    MtnBiker NRA Member Millennium Member

    Jun 19, 1999
    I use the same rig for IWB with my S&W 642. 4 o'clock works best for me. It's so comfortable I've taken many naps with it in place.
  8. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    If your LCR is for pocket carry I'd suggest the DeSantis Nemesis
  9. JeffS


    Feb 17, 2011
    AIWB Dale Fricke Archangel or SmartCarry works for me.
  10. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    A CTAC or MTAC or similar IWB for a specific supported gun model, a Remora for a generic gun or with a laser on its dust cover, or a Smartcarry if you wish to run or are really serious about concealing.

    Edited to add: I fancy myself as a bit of an amateur exhibition runner for Concealed Protection 3 Inc. (no actual affiliation), so yesterday evening I had a pleasant 8 mile cross country run with my full sized CZ SP01 Phantom + Lasermax Micro on its rail, in a SmartCarry, with no discomfort.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  11. mingaa


    Dec 3, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I like Hume leather for IWB most popular is a Kahr CW9 + mag #2 on belt if possible or pocket carry otherwise.
  12. Uzi4U

    Uzi4U NRA Life Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    Milt Sparks versamax2, comp-Tac Mtac or Galco king tuk are my three favorites IWB holsters.
  13. MrM4Guy

    MrM4Guy Hobby Collector

    Jan 26, 2012
    Santa Clara, CA
    Has anyone ever told you that a person has the ability to have more than one pistol, one holster, and one carry position. Jeez, didn't your mother ever give you the sage advice about if you don't have anything positive to say, then shut the F&%K up?

    To everyone else with the helpful comments, thank you!
  14. HarleyGuy


    Mar 29, 2008
    Through the years I've slowly changed from a 3:30 carry to a 3:00 carry using either a Milt Sparks "Summer Special", Executive Companion", or a VMII for my G27, Kimber Ultra CDP or S/W 642.
    Riding in a car makes anything farther back than the 3:00 position uncomfortable and also very difficult to pull the weapon if needed.

    Depending on your build and the size of the gun that you may choose to carry, an appendix carry holster may be a holster for you to consider.

    However, I most always have my Kel-Tec .32 in my front pants pockets just in case.
  15. knoxrocks222


    Jan 5, 2009
    Comp-Tac CTAC with G23
  16. MrM4Guy

    MrM4Guy Hobby Collector

    Jan 26, 2012
    Santa Clara, CA
    I have a Bianchi side holster made with saddle grade leather for my HK USP 45 compact, and I like it. I just had an offer I couldn't refuse on the SOB Galco ( free ), which is why maybe I was a touch rude to up1911fan's post.

    Do you have a pocket holster for your Kel-Tec .32? I was thinking of getting a Galco pocket holster for my Ruger LCR so that I can break up the outline, and so I don't have an exposed trigger in my pocket for safety reasons. Galco has a neat little leather hook designed into the pattern so that when you draw the pistol and apply a little downward pressure, the hook should grab your pocket and all your hand comes out with is your pistol. Presto!!!
  17. MrM4Guy

    MrM4Guy Hobby Collector

    Jan 26, 2012
    Santa Clara, CA
    So many guns, so little time.... Isn't life grand?
  18. HarleyGuy


    Mar 29, 2008
    Funny you should ask because I was just thinking about editing my post to include that I do use a pocket holster for my Kel-Tec.32.
    In fact I have two holsters (both L.H.) one is leather and pretty expensive and one is fabric and very affordable.
    I discovered that with the leather holster's rounded bottom in larger pockets it tended to rotate which put the grip of the in an awkward drawing position.
    The fabric holster has a more square bottom and it to will rotate in larger pocets but not as easily or as often.
    I'll check into the Galco pocket holster.
  19. tuica


    Apr 28, 2009
    And the pistol is difficult to control and access! I would imagine that a great number of CCWr's carry at, or near, 3 o'clock. After trying many OWB holsters, I use Glock's Sport/Combat holster. Good Luck.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  20. 2afreedom


    May 6, 2007
    The South
    I just picked one of these lil holsters up and I like it more every time I use it. What a great holster for pocket change.