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Has anyone had to lose weight to cc IWB?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by defend2nd, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. defend2nd


    Aug 5, 2012
    SW Florida
    Hello everyone,

    I'm mostly curious. Has anyone had to lose weight to conceal carry in an inside-the-waistband holster?

    My range buddy has decided he will begin carrying concealed, but he doesn't want to get rid of his already tight at the waist pants, and I don't think he wants to spend time and money on acquiring new pants. I don't think he has much of an option. Anyway, it got me thinking, do a lot of people go through this?

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  2. PettyOfficer


    Nov 24, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Not yet, but I want to if that helps none whatsoever.

  3. I was unable to carry IWB for many years and about 6 yrs ago I had to give up sugar and I lost (and kept off) aprox. 13 to 15 #. I'm about 185 now, and yes, I can now carry IWB quite comfortably due to the weight loss. My 'love handles' tended to overlap the IWB holstered gun and the gun rode up under my ribs making IWB out of the question.

    I just came in from dinner out with my wife and son and my Glock 30 was unnoticed and quite comfortable under a T shirt and jeans shorts. In addition, my KT P32 was in a front pants pocket too!

    P.S. In my case, I have to get my slacks/shorts/jeans/dress pants about 2" bigger than normal, but when you can carry a Glock 30 here in sunshine land with shorts and a T shirt on.....

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  4. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    yes I'd actually let my permit expire because my clothes had gotten so tight I couldn't carry with the pants I had. (Renewed just this month)

    I originally tried to fool myself that the weight gain was from 'weight lifting' and that I was a svelte combat ready monster.

    Alas how not so true. I've lost ten pounds and now can carry IWB again without trouble. Planning on losing another ten-fifteen. I 'might' go down a size then from 36 to 34. But I may not as its so much easier to carry with loose pants.
  5. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

    Jan 21, 2011
    Central Florida
    Funny timing on this thread. I had a wife beater tank top on and tucked my P30L right in the middle of my back. I walked into the room and asked my wife if she could see the gun. Her response was "yes, but your love handles draw attention away from the gun".
    I guess this was her not so subtle way of telling me I gotta lose weight !!!!

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  6. 97harley


    Aug 6, 2012
    I now carry because I've lost so much weight. Going from near 6 foot 270 or so to 195 I feel like I can't defend myself like I used to. Not that I have encounters that I've ever gotten physical with anyone but always felt at that size, being able to bench 400 nobody would mess with me. My job brings me into situations where I'm around people I don't know and places I don't know and now feel much more secure carrying. I would think being big would make it easier to cc, not harder.:dunno:
  7. Keoking


    Jan 4, 2005
    Rowlett, TX
    The way I see it, I gained weight so that I could carry OWB. Stop being so damn negative. :supergrin:
  8. Not me.... but if I keep eating like I am I'll have to do something drastic!

  9. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    i have lost weight, and realized carrying iwb helps my pants stay up. and, i don't have to buy new pants.

    see? it's all in how you look at it.
  10. steve581581


    Oct 9, 2011
    Troy MI
    My pants started becoming really tight so I cut out soda and I've lost about ten lb's in the last ten days. I'm still blaming it on the misses shrinking my laundry.
  11. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    milk and peanut butter, i cut those 2 things out, went to a quai-diabetic diet ( eat every few hours) dropped a lot in a hurry.

    feels good when those pants are suddenly huge on ya
  12. DTGlock20


    Jan 1, 2011
    IGH MN
    I can cut out beer for about two weeks and notice a HUGE improvement in comfort when carrying IWB. With an extra 10 lbs, it's a G26, but when the spare tire shrinks, the G19 becomes the weapon of choice. Sucks cutting out the beer though......
  13. Recently, I bought pants 2 inches oversized for more comfortable IWB carry. In no time, I expanded to fill the space.

    When I was in my 20s, I wore 27 inch pants and they were baggy on me. A few decades later, I wear 38 and it is snug.

    We all have reasons for this. Ultimately, it is too much intake and not enough exercise.

    I will not go bigger on clothes. If I do, I expect heart disease or other health issues will kill me before anything else.

    So, I am one who will lose weight and the ability to carry concealed will be an added benefit.
  14. Just get bigger or the relaxed size. No matter what your waist is I think you will find it more comfortable.

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  15. No matter what your waist size is, you probably need the next size up to carry IWB.

    If losing weight so you can carry is motivation, fine. Or just buy 2" bigger pants.

    Either way :)
  16. TheExplorer


    Apr 16, 2012
    :rofl:Nothing like pure honesty.
  17. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    Apr 11, 2012
    Just getting my CCW and haven't chosen a carry method yet. IWB is not an option with my current wardrobe of 36 waist pants I struggle to fit in.

    Seems like a good excuse to drop 15-20 pounds - then I could carry IWB. In the meantime, I'll be carrying in my computer bag (I know many advise against that) or outside the waistband when the weather gets colder and I will have on a jacket.
  18. FL Airedale

    FL Airedale Dog Breath

    May 21, 2011
    North-Central Florida
    I didn't have to lose weight to carry IWB, but I did and it helps.

    I had a 42" waist and lost weight. I'm a 36" now and I usually wear 38" pants. IWB is very comfortable.
  19. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    For my current rig, I lost 15 lbs a month or so ago so I could carry IWB without changing my wardrobe. Trouble is that I have since gained most of the weight back. Bummer.

    For the record, I CCW a CZ SP01 Shadow these days. 3 lbs of Czech steel.
  20. John Rambo

    John Rambo Raven

    Feb 15, 2010
    Tampa, Fl.
    No. If I ever became that morbidly obese I'd stop eating, turn vegan and workout constantly, or have a medical procedure done to correct the situation.

    But I do buy my pants larger in order to accommodate my gun. Otherwise I have to leave the button unbuttoned and let the belt hold them up. Not too big of a deal, its just one size up, so I can still wear them and they fit just fine when not carrying, as long as I wear a belt. Shirt selection is more about length than bagginess, any normal fitting shirt hides my gun just fine. It just needs to not ride up and show the world what I'm packing when I move.