How many holsters and concealed carry methods have you tried? Which one works best for you?
On a normal business day I use a Milt Sparks Versa Max Two (MSVM2) with the “tuckable” feature installed. It’s outstanding for inside the waistband carry at the 4:00 o’clock position with my shirt tucked in — outstanding functionality, comfortable, secure, no printing, and excellent workmanship with superior materials. I support it with a 1-3/4-inch wide leather belt from The Beltman — do NOT scrimp on a good belt; the belt is as important as the holster for effective and secure concealed carry at the waistline.
— Tom in Idaho
I currently own just three holsters. My first is a DeSantis reversible IWB/OWB. This works great for winter carry of a larger gun like the Glock 23. The second is the SuperTuck Deluxe, a gun-specific IWB that’s really comfortable and discreet. The third is one I just got in the mail yesterday—the SmartCarry Security V. It is probably going to end up being my favorite, since it allows me to tuck my shirt in, is supported by its own belt, has room for a spare magazine and a pocket for valuables. However, of these three, only the SuperTuck and DeSantis (when worn OWB) allow one-handed re-holstering.
— John from Pittsburgh
I have a Mitch Rosen OWB that I really like and use when I go to the local IDPA meets. I’m saving up to make a Crossbreed purchase and have heard good remarks on a Dale Fricke Archangel for an appendix carry version I’d like to try.
— Gene in Iowa
I have finally settled on carrying my pistols daily in a Smart Carry Holster and a pocket holster. My belt is an NRA, Kydex reinforced belt. This system works extremely well for me all day long, every day of the year.
— Michael Peppers
When I first started to carry, I carried behind the hip using both Brommel and MaxConV and Crossbreed SuperTuck. They both worked great at that position. Both are great holsters for those wanting to carry behind the hip. I then heard of appendix carry and how fast the draw was, so I tried the Dale Fricke Ehud and liked what I found. Have since gone to the Dale Fricke Archangel, which seems to be a little thinner.
— Bill from MO
I think I have tried just about every concealment and open carry method known to man and have the boxes of holsters to prove it! I’ve found almost every method works for some situations and no one method works for all. I’ve also found that some of what worked for me at 42 isn’t working at 62 with a bad back. For large guns (1911s and other “service” pistols) I find the most satisfactory option a shoulder holster. For compact automatics and snubby revolvers, a belt holster behind the hip works better for me these days than IWB. However, for a snubby or really small automatic I find pocket carry the best, and most flexible, option.
— R. S. Morgan
Q. How many holsters?
A. Too many.
Q. Which one works best?
A. The next one!
— Steve in Texas
For each gun I’ve owned, I’ve tried at least two or three holsters. Since getting my carry permit, I carry a Glock 30 SF in a belly band all day, every day. The gun is at the 3:30 to 4 o’clock position. I can carry in any situation and with any type of clothing. I even carry at my workout club under sweatpants with my shirt untucked.
— Ben Kurtzer
After having spent quite a bit of time and money on my concealed carry method, I now carry a Ruger LC9 with laser in a DeSantis Super Fly pocket holster. It fits well in the front pocket of my cargo pants (short or long) so is functional in all seasons. My problem was finding a gun and holster that I would use every day. It seemed other methods like IWB or OWB were either uncomfortable or made me feel self-conscious so it resulted in my not carrying all the time. As the saying goes, your firearm does you no good if it is sitting on your kitchen counter rather than on your person.
— Charlie from Virginia
My favorite way to carry is outside the pants. But when I have to wear a dress shirt and have my pants tucked in I use Kangaroo Carry (http://kangaroocarry.com/). At under $50.00, the Standard is an excellent option for me when I have to wear a dress shirt. My XDM fits easily in the holster under my left arm and I forget I even have it on. And no one has ever noticed I am wearing it.
— William E. Stonaker
I always carry a 1911. I’ve tried a bushel basket full of different holsters and carried OWB , shoulder holster, middle of the back and IWB. I’ve found for me the IWB works the best. My favorite holsters are from TT Gunleather. Can carry all day, every day without discomfort. I’m a lefty so I carry between eight and nine o’clock.
— DJS in US A
Next Issue’s Question: How and why did you decide that concealed carry was right for you? What factors went into your decision??
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