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Hiding Your Peace

When it comes to how one mounts their carry holster there are several options. The most common being inside the waistband or outside the waistband. Both have their pros and cons, so it comes down to what fits you best. One must consider many different things for when choosing a carry holster. Body type and shape can also influence the decision greatly. When choosing yourcarry holster take into consideration that many times you will be wearing your holster for many hours consecutively in many cases. If your holster doesn’t fit you properly it can cause all sorts of problems from just a little irritation to even causing a sore or cut to develop.

First lets talk about what weapon are you trying to conceal? With the wide range of options offered on frame size now days, what works for one of your handguns might not work on another. For instance, I can easily conceal my SIG 226 several ways but when it comes to my Taurus 66, the options are limited. I can strap the big Taurus on but concealing it is another matter. If your weapon is easily noticed even under your clothes then it not truly concealed. In the case we are face to face with one of the bad guys, the element of surprise is our first weapon. If they can tell that you are carrying a concealed weapon they will first disarm you before doing whatever ill-intent planned and you also armed the slime-ball with your favorite carry gun. Carrying a .380 that you can conceal thoroughly is better than carrying a big beautiful Desert Eagle ___( Insert desired Caliber) that advertises you are armed.

Carrying inside the waistband offers great concealment in most case but is many times a little uncomfortable being your firearm is pressing into your body the whole time you are wearing it. In most cases it is easier for those that are slimmer to use an inside the waistband holster. Larger built folks (like me) might have interference from your own body when drawing your gun with an inside mount holster. Plus, let’s face it, for some of us can’t fit anymore in our current jeans.

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Outside the waistband allows you to have the comfort of just your pants and belt riding against you without the extra hardware protruding into your body. Outside mount holsters can make it a little harder to completely conceal your weapon but will keep your firearm tucked nice and close to your body while adding a little breathing room. Most body types can easily use an outside mount holster with little issues.

If you must try and conceal a “hand cannon” your best bet will probably come in the form of a shoulder holster. A shoulder holster is great for concealing your firearm due to the fact it is sandwiched between your arm and your side. Just because you don’t normally carry a large frame handgun doesn’t mean you can’t use a shoulder holster to conceal your smaller frame pistol. Many manufacturers offer various size rigs to accommodate most any size pistol in a shoulder holster. Again most any body type can make use of the shoulder holster for concealment.

What about backing up? If you wish to double up on being prepared you might want to look into an ankle holster for the little one. Petite sizes only pretty much for you ankle. The ankle holster simply straps to your leg to carry a small back up in case you need it. You won’t be able to hide a “cannon” on your ankle but it will suffice for an emergency go to in case something happens to your primary weapon. Another thing about an ankle holster is you must have pants big enough to properly cover your gun, so those skinny jeans will have to stay in the closet when wearing an ankle holster.

Those are the most common types of holsters available. You can find specially designed holsters other than these but many are not readily available at your local gun shop. Just like when you purchased your firearm, check out your options for holsters before you purchase.


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  1. James…good advice. When I was street working, I used to have a duty gun, and then a back-up.38 caliber derringer inside my boot. They were VietNam combat boots so that tells you the era if you know any of past history of warfare. I ground two spots on the side of the over/under barrels of the derringer flat, and epoxied snaps there. Inside the boot went the other half of the snaps. It snapped in and carried well there, and if a moment came to draw it, it presented pretty well, but I quit doing so when I designed a belly strap, inside the shirt holder for a .380, that I used. Keeping one button unbutoned behind the duty tie, made it easy to hide and access! This was when almost all guns were blue steel and not stainless so they rusted easily if not kept well oiled daily after carrying it all shift. I used to carry a partially upside down shoulder rig for off duty when I wanted a full .45 with me. It presented butt forward and down, and was the fastest draw ever seen! I wore it to a class at a LEO training event and having taken my jacket off in class one day, the officer sitting behind me stated, “Man that big hole is intimidating to look at back here!” I kindly removed it from the holster and laid it on the desk. It was a work of art and I had numerous officers looking and making offers to buy it. Still have it today though! I call my .45 “Loud Mouth” affectionately, and the little .380 was little mouth for obvious reasons…Ha!

  2. I like cowoy holster for my 22. It works and it seems to fit in Arizona

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