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This is a discussion on How do you carry within the Polls forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; Figure this is a good starter. At work I carry in a day planner, due to I'm a CNC operator(cabinet making) I do physical stuff. ...


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Off the body 35 3.80%
IWB 500 54.35%
OWB 255 27.72%
Thunderware 3 0.33%
Belly band 3 0.33%
More than 1 of those listed, Post which 88 9.57%
Other (please name) 36 3.91%
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Old August 15th, 2006, 03:18 PM   #1
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How do you carry

Figure this is a good starter.



At work I carry in a day planner, due to I'm a CNC operator(cabinet making) I do physical stuff.



All other times I usually carry IWB. I just ordered a cross-breed so we'll see how comfortable that is compared to my fist.
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Always carry strong side IWB with one spare magazine on the off side.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:03 PM   #3
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I carry strong side outside the waist band. Unfortunately, I grew into all of my IWB pants ops: and now have no room for a gun. I refuse to buy new pants just cause I eat too well. :?

I would keep a double mag pouch on the off side if I could ever con Josh Bulman into making it for me.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 06:29 PM   #4
 
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I carry off the body in the summer and OWB in the winter under bulky clothing.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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I just bought a used Galco NSA II for my 1911s and am trying IWB again, but I hate wearing shirt untucked so it isn't much of an advantage, won't work in all my pants, and I suspect I'll be selling this one like the last couple of IWBs I tried and sold. After wearing it for af few hours tonight, I notice at least it doesn't bump into things when I sit, and this one isn't "thick" feeling.

Dang, forgot to add what I DO use...OWB.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 07:33 PM   #6
 
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Nice. Jester you beat me to the first post. Oh well. I have two OWB holsters and one IWB. The IWB is a c-tac. So far I have mixed feelings about IWB. I have been adjusting and moving it around the waist, but I still cannot hide the whole gun comfortably. Does anyone else have this issue and what have you done to get around it.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 12:58 PM   #7
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I believe it is Clint Smith who is credited with the saying:



"Concealed carry is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable."



Or something to that effect. I haven't yet found any way to carry comfortably. But I still carry. After a while you get used to it.



--Lin
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Old August 16th, 2006, 09:34 PM   #8
 
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ccw

A couple of months ago I ran across an interesting website, the product they sell is called Smartcarry. The website address is below:



http://www.smartcarry.com/index.htm



I ended up purchasing a medium sized holster from them which can handle my M&P, they come in 4 different sizes, Extra small, small, medium, large. If you check out the site, you will find that this front carry holster allows you to carry quite easily, pretty much any kind of pistol under your stomach, in front of your groin.



This sounds uncomfortable but it actually works very well. It fits under almost any kind of clothing unless it is skin tight. I have carried wearing shorts and a tucked in tee shirt this summer and it does not show. I have never found any other holster that I felt comfortable wearing unless I had a jacket to cover it and even then, it always seemed to print depending on how I moved around. This type of holster carries the weight of the gun low on your hips, it dosen't restrict movement and once you get used to having it there you don't even notice it. To draw the wepon, you simply take your other hand and pull the top of you pants forward, reach in with you gun hand and pull out the gun. With a little practice, it is really easy and quick. You can even easily draw it sitting down.



Check it out. It is the best CCW holster I have found to date and is reasonable as well. It can carry a variety of gun types, only restriction is the size of the gun. You can carry a smaller gun in a larger holster but not a larger gun in a smaller holster. If you only want to buy one, then get a holster for the largest size gun you plan to carry.



The owner of the company carries a 1911 full size 5 inch 10 to 12 hours a day and has for 12 years and states no one has ever spotted the wepon on him. He is very good to work with, I placed my order via the internet on a thursday and it was delivered on the following Tuesday.
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In a man bag
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Old August 21st, 2006, 07:14 AM   #10
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While I can't CCW in Wisconsin when out and about, I CAN CCW at home and work...I carry my M&P in a Highnoon Holsters "Snapper" and it conceals well under a light jacket. I do have a Blade-Tech Stingray on order and it should be here this week...I'll see which I prefer.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 03:21 PM   #11
 
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I carry IWB, OWB, in a pocket holster, or in super casual enviroments where they fit in and don't scream gun, a fanny pack.
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Old August 28th, 2006, 05:57 PM   #12
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I carry IWB, OWB, in the pocket, and when weather will allow, in a Galco shoulder rig with two mags on the off side. Newest method is in a Safepacker on the strong side. No one has any idea that this thing is a holster and a spare mag carrier.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 07:28 PM   #13
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Galco 276 shoulder rig with 2 spare mags under light sport coat.

(made slight change to strap. Had this holster for my Sigma)



Galco 276 pancake holster. Under light sport coat.

(made slight change to strap. Had this holster for my Sigma)



IWB under loose shirt.
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Old September 9th, 2006, 07:01 AM   #14
 
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I switch back and forth between IWB and OWB. I even go ankle once in a while.
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Old September 9th, 2006, 08:32 AM   #15
 
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Re: ccw

Quote:
Originally Posted by Glennrn
A couple of months ago I ran across an interesting website, the product they sell is called Smartcarry. The website address is below:



http://www.smartcarry.com/index.htm



I ended up purchasing a medium sized holster from them which can handle my M&P, they come in 4 different sizes, Extra small, small, medium, large. If you check out the site, you will find that this front carry holster allows you to carry quite easily, pretty much any kind of pistol under your stomach, in front of your groin.



This sounds uncomfortable but it actually works very well. It fits under almost any kind of clothing unless it is skin tight. I have carried wearing shorts and a tucked in tee shirt this summer and it does not show. I have never found any other holster that I felt comfortable wearing unless I had a jacket to cover it and even then, it always seemed to print depending on how I moved around. This type of holster carries the weight of the gun low on your hips, it dosen't restrict movement and once you get used to having it there you don't even notice it. To draw the wepon, you simply take your other hand and pull the top of you pants forward, reach in with you gun hand and pull out the gun. With a little practice, it is really easy and quick. You can even easily draw it sitting down.



Check it out. It is the best CCW holster I have found to date and is reasonable as well. It can carry a variety of gun types, only restriction is the size of the gun. You can carry a smaller gun in a larger holster but not a larger gun in a smaller holster. If you only want to buy one, then get a holster for the largest size gun you plan to carry.



The owner of the company carries a 1911 full size 5 inch 10 to 12 hours a day and has for 12 years and states no one has ever spotted the wepon on him. He is very good to work with, I placed my order via the internet on a thursday and it was delivered on the following Tuesday.




Glenn.. you sold me! I have seen these smart carry holsters on the internet for some time.. For whatever reason.. you got me convinced. I just ordered one.. white (It should match my tighty-whiteys!) for my XD .45.. it should work fine for the M&P as well. The one thing I was concerned about is sitting down.. you would think having it planted right above your groin that it would be uncomfortable.. but the web site claims that it is not.



Yesterday.. I was at Les Schwaabs buying some tires.. and there was a considerable wait. I carry IWB, usually with an overshirt of some kind.. I must admit that I was uncomfortable sitting, standing, bending over for that length of time.. I was bugged because it was poking at me, and it was poking out of my overshirt!!



I hope this will be a good solution.



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