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Mounting a backup gun holster to my vest

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Fadedsun, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Fadedsun


    Mar 21, 2011
    I am qualified to carry a backup gun but need a way to mount it to my vest (Where else can I carry it?!?!?!?) and in a holster that won't let the weapon fall out.

    My belt is not an option. Too much stuff there already. I am issued a Sig 226, Taser, RCB baton, Radio, 2 handcuff cases, pepper spray, magazine pouch, holster, etc...on a 34 inch waist.

    Oh, the gun is a glock 26.
  2. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Several companies make a vest holster that you run through/under your vest straps. I tried a few and couldn't make it work for me. I carry my BUG on my ankle.

    Alot of guys use the Uncle Mikes for vest carry:

    I have seen some guys use a belly band holster, or a 5.11 compression shirt with a built in pocket underneath the armpit also.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011

  3. OmniscientX


    Oct 11, 2008
    I think I could get used to having something on my ankle, but if its time that a BUG is needed, going to a kneel doesn't seem to be in my best interest. Just something that's always made me stay away. Then unless you have a shirt that velcros behind the buttons, its hard to get to it from the vest. So you get a pocket holster and realize its tough draw out of your pocket with your duty belt in the way...I guess I can find a problem with anything. :crying:

    Edit: Seems like someone on here said they carried a G26 behind their magazines.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2011


    Sep 29, 2005
    I use that vest holster though the straps. Works great for me, does not show and stays put. Also, some guys put BUG's inside plate pockets or actually sew a pouch or holster to the front of their vests.

    The only other options are ankle, pocket or belt carry depending on the weapon and your preference. I'm one of those people who just can't do the ankle holsters because they drive me crazy! Some guys love them though and can't stand vest holsters. Try stuff on, ask other guys what they carry and see what will work best for you!
  5. I have my Glock 33 on my vest using the holster that collim1 linked that. I actually have it set up for access with my right hand (I'm right handed), but in a pinch I can get it out with my left hand. Which is now moot, because I am also carrying my new Kahr CM9 in my left front pocket when working.
  6. merlynusn


    Nov 16, 2007
    I tried a vest holster but the gun printed something fierce. But then again, I have a 32 inch waist. It was horrible. The backup gun kept knocking my taser or hitting my radio. It was pretty uncomfortable.
  7. Lt Scott 14

    Lt Scott 14

    Mar 14, 2006
    N.W. Indiana
    Our dept issued the outer carriers w/pockets and velcro side adjustments. My bug was in a holster on the left side behind the vest pocket and above my shirt pocket. We used a Uncle Mikes in waistband cloth holster one size bigger so it is like a pocket, out of view, sewn to the carrier. I carried a S&W 442, and later CW40 Kahr, no problem.
    Inside carrier, strapped under straps but a pain to remove in a pinch. Our shirts had the zipper fronts w/ the add on buttons. Sometimes carried the 442 in the left pocket of my jacket, or front trouser pocket. No change, knife, keys, nothing except my bug. Good luck try a few different ideas.
  8. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

    Jan 2, 2007
    Easy and cheap way is to put an Uncle Mike's IWB holster inside the straps of your vest "shoulder rig style" under your shirt.
  9. glockurai


    Sep 2, 2010
    Same here. Except for the 32 inch waist.:supergrin:
    The BUG would bulge to the point that it looked stupid. IMO ankle carry is the way to go.
  10. Arvinator


    Jan 16, 2011
    I wear a J frame 38 snubbie strapped to my vest with a Uncle Mike's Body Armor Holster.
    I ALSO carry a J frame in my rear pocket stuffed in a Uncle Mike's Pocket Holster.
    The rear pocket carry has the skinny grips with a Tyler Grip Adapter. I could carry a Keltec P-32 in there a little easier, and I do wear it on court days.
    Glock 22, spare mags, flashlight ring, radio, OC, cuffs, and ASP on my 38 inch waist.
    Was a 34 waist 21 years ago...
  11. jkm


    May 21, 2011
    I hid a Det Special in my vest pocket for years. It rested behind an extra layer of kevlar. Dead center, easy to get at with either hand. Our uniform requires a tie, so that helped too. Doesn't matter if your shirt buttons or velcros. If you really need it, you won't worry about popping buttons.
  12. 9mmdude


    Sep 8, 2001
    I used this about 12 years ago for a couple of years. I carried a full size 5906 and later a SigP225 in the holster. Never a problem and it worked.
  13. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    642 on my ankle (Galco Ankle Glove) and LCP in left pocket (Desantis Nemesis) for me. Vest carry does not interest me in the least. Ankle carry allows surprisingly fast access while sitting in a vehicle, which is often overlooked.

    I believe somebody is/was making a vest holster that actually replaced the velcro straps...can't remember who, though.
  14. Find 10mm Nite Site and his awesome pics on his vest mounted holster setup.

    I consider his to be the ultimate. I can't carry like that because my shirts are tailored tight but it works for him.

    Personally, I just carry a j-frame in my pants pocket. (i have a 31" waist)
  15. Took me a while to locate this on the "Inter web"......:rofl:

    Post #30.....:thumbsup: There are a ton of great ideas here....
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  16. Man, that thread is full of win. Mostly my win, but still, win!
  17. Yankee2718


    Nov 23, 2010
    I carry my 27 in an aker leather vest holster. It fits snug, holds tight, and has no need for a retention strap.

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  18. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    SO humble! :rofl: Even if you are right... :supergrin:
  19. merlynusn


    Nov 16, 2007
    I wouldn't be able to carry it like that because of how my vest carrier is. It doesn't have velcro along the whole front like that. But that is a great idea on where to carry it.
  20. rangers305


    Mar 6, 2010
    New York