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Old February 4, 2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Holster Advice

I have little experience with any holsters other than my leather OWB I have for my P226 and need some expert advice on what works for others. I am 6'3" and slender and I need to tuck my shirt in often times which blows the point of CHL. I am considering IWB and Belly Bands to increase the conceal-ability of this firearm as well as the Shield I have on order... whenever that comes in.

I realize the two weapons are totally different size and weight so what works for one may not be the best for the other. The M&P will be my primary carry when I receive it, so mainly I want to maximize it's conceal-ability most of all.

Thanks for any insight.
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Old February 4, 2013, 10:15 AM   #2
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Look at Kholster and Crossbreed holsters, you can tuck your shirt in with either one. Kholster is my choice, but there are a lot of brands that you can use and tuck your shirt in.
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Old February 4, 2013, 01:47 PM   #3
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I am by far not 6'3". However, I am 5'7" and slender. So I understand where you are coming from.
I have a custom made hybrid IWB. The backing is a nice soft leather and the holster itself is kydex. It has two clips that clip to my waistband and/or belt. I can wear my shirts out, or tucked in with a little overhang blouse to them and it conceals my 9mm, yet leaves me room to be able to get a grip on it easily if needed.
I wear silk tops and fitted sweaters with no issue of printing. I was not going to give up or change the way I dressed in order to carry. Nor was I going to carry in a way that would make it impossible to get to my weapon quick enough for it to be useful.
Thankfully finding the custom made holster made it possible to do both.
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Old February 4, 2013, 01:55 PM   #4
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Lot's of good options out there.

This is a White Hat MaxTuck

http://www.whitehatholsters.com/MaxT...-tan-horse.htm
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Old February 4, 2013, 01:59 PM   #5
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Good info, I am considering a belly band. I have read a few people that state that the firearm all but disappears. They seem to be cheap enough, but I was concerned with access and comfort.

Are there any one that has positive or negative experience with belly bands?
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Old February 4, 2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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^^^^^^ that White Hat Max Tuck looks JUST like mine!!! Mine is cut down to the combat cut...
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Old February 4, 2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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I am trying Old Faithful Holsters for my 290.
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Old February 4, 2013, 03:18 PM   #8
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I'm starting to see the advantage to the combat cut. Might have to trim mine down.

This is probably my 5th holster. I'm happy with it. Now that I've settled on a carry gun (finally), I may try a few others like the PJ holster though.
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Old February 4, 2013, 03:24 PM   #9
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"I'm starting to see the advantage to the combat cut. Might have to trim mine down."

Being female, I already had a couple of obstacles I had to learn to work around getting to my weapon. I don't need my holster being another one.
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Old February 4, 2013, 04:51 PM   #10
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Mine is good as is but I could have it ride lower perhaps with the combat cut.
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Old February 4, 2013, 07:12 PM   #11
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Some of my holster findings.

1) Thinner is better.
2) Layers of nylon = the same thickness as leather. Get Leather or Kydex.
3) More options = thicker. Reversible L/R handed, changeable retention straps, all adds Velcro or snaps, which adds to the thickness. Figure out if you need IWB or OWB in L or R and get it.
4) OWB is more accessible than IWB if you can wear your shirt out.
5) Pancake leather or Kydex is the slimmest profile I've found so far.

Take it or leave it. Just my opinions.

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Old February 4, 2013, 07:20 PM   #12
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Definitely take a look at Crossbreed holsters. They are very comforatble and you can tuck your shirt in around it without it protruding. Plus the cross is just plain cool looking
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