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February 8, 2009, 06:52 PM
how do you carry your ccw?

February 8, 2009, 07:04 PM
My EDC is a Beretta Jetfire in .25 ACP, that little guy lives in a pocket holster. It's easy and low maintenance, and one of few firearms solutions that I can both shoot well and conceal in a pair of khakis and a tucked in polo shirt.

Mile IWB holsters are nothing special, I have a few of the cheap Uncle Mike's/Whatever Brand with the plastic clip - the nice thing about a 10 dollar holster is that when it starts to break, I just toss it and don't feel bad.

My "perfect" carry is when I can carry in a belt holster - my favorite rigs are my Blackhawk! Serpa holsters. Comfortable, with good retention, they're not ideal for concealed carry, but when I can use them, they're perfect.

February 8, 2009, 07:09 PM
I use IWB, but go shoulder rig when I'm on a motorcycle day trip or multiple day trip away from home on the bike.

I'd like to try the crossbreed supertuck if it'll fit a G29. (not a standard size despite that most people simply think "subcompact Glock")

February 8, 2009, 07:21 PM
OWB, shoulder holster, ankle holster, pocket. Depends on the day, the gun, and what I'm wearing.

February 8, 2009, 07:48 PM
owb all the time with my 4046 .40 cal

February 8, 2009, 07:57 PM
I carry my primary pistol IWB, sometimes OWB, always the same spot. My secondary pistol moves around between AIWB, ankle, or pocket, depending on dress.

February 9, 2009, 02:09 AM

February 9, 2009, 03:08 AM
Mainly IWB, sometimes front/right pocket or back/right pocket.

February 9, 2009, 08:11 AM
AIWB is the IWB carried at the appendix, usually around the 2 o'clock position. This is where I carry. Fast access, highly concealable, and, if you get used to it, fairly comfortable.

Don P
February 9, 2009, 08:39 AM
OWB, Fanny pac, Maxpadition, and pocket carry. Depends on the days routine. And yes I practice draws with all methods of carry

The Great Mahoo
February 9, 2009, 09:03 AM
IWB or OWB strongside. I first carried almost exclusivly IWB, have moved more towards OWB carry over the last few months, but have begun going back to IWB more.

I am looking to get a smaller gun for pocket carry when dress prohibits other modes.

I'd have to say IWB, since I can pick only 1.

February 9, 2009, 08:59 PM
In the cooler weather, a PF-9 in a shoulder holster, in the warmer times, a P-3AT IWB.

February 9, 2009, 09:43 PM
I voted IWB, but I also pocket carry a lot.

Shadi Khalil
February 9, 2009, 11:19 PM
It used to be strictly IWB for me but since I got a comptac paddle holster its been OTW. I find it to be more comfortable than IWB and allot easy to present. My real big issue with IWB is the boxer shorts shuffle, I'm always adjusting. I dont have the problem when conceling a smaller gun but my 239 tugs at my shorts all day.

February 10, 2009, 12:15 AM
IWB all the time, any weather, any gun.

February 10, 2009, 01:51 AM
i carry my 917 iwb at 3 o'clock.:cool:

February 10, 2009, 01:55 AM
I voted "other".

My most often used, and preferred method of carry is IWB. However, that's only for Gun #1. Gun number 2 is carried on the ankle if I'm wearing long pants. Gun number 3 is in the pocket, unless I'm wearing shorts.

The reason I selected "other" is because I didn't feel that one answer would suffice for the guns I carry daily.


February 18, 2009, 11:58 PM
Other as I wear OWB and snubby in pocket


Big Bill
February 19, 2009, 12:32 AM
Why would I put that info out on the Internet? This was posted on another forum by a good friend of mine. I hope he won't mind me posting it here.

Are you a grey man, or woman?


Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Next Steps: The Grey Man

The latest from Habcan:

The Grey Man is always invisible in plain sight.

The Grey Man is totally aware of his environs, his own capabilities or lack thereof, his weaponry and his levels of competence with that weaponry. He constantly strives to improve upon both his capabilities and competence. In public, he is always respectful, even to the point of obsequiousness if the situation calls for it. He always appears to be just a little confused by what is happening around him, while in reality he is alertly doing a tactical assessment.

The Grey Man NEVER draws attention to himself by word, dress, action, or mannerism. The Young Grey Man is dismissed as a wimp, the Older as a doddering old fool. The Grey Man derives great inner satisfaction from having this portrayal of him accepted by all he meets, for it means he is succeeding in his disguise of his actual persona.

The Grey Man is a private man. He practices with his weaponry in private, or only with his fellow Grey Men, always in a secluded location. If he must resort to use of a public facility, he schedules his practice for times when he is likely to be the only one there. At such times he would probably wear bright clothing, to be remembered only as ‘that guy in the red jacket and sunglasses’, a quite different person from his usual persona. If right-handed, he would always occupy the leftmost station on a NRA bull’s-eye pistol range, with his back to an observer, or the rightmost one for riflery or combat pistol practice. He would not have his name emblazoned on clothing or equipment, nor would he have any noteworthy affiliation proclaimed on his cap. “He’s just a guy. He comes every Wednesday morning for his coffee break. Always pays cash.”

The Grey Man does not drive a pink Cadillac with steer horns on the hood, NOR does he drive the biggest mutherin’ 4X4-with-all-the-bells-and-whistles BOV in the lot. The older his vehicle is, the rustier, the less likely it is to draw attention (or to be stolen, for that matter). This vehicle is, under its exterior, scrupulously maintained and in excellent running order. If pulled over by authority on the basis of appearance, it can be shown to meet or exceed all requirements under licensing laws, and an obsequious co-operative manner precludes a search under the seats. The Grey Man does not speed on the highway: cruise control is his friend. So is the Highway Patrol: he waves to any he sees. If he travels the same route constantly, at the same times, The Grey Man becomes a ‘fixture’ and can be dismissed from conscious observation.

It helps the Survivor to build up this persona of The Grey Man gradually and over time. The anti-gun sheeple neighbors will quickly rat out the ‘Patriot’ who is always loudly proclaiming about his ‘Rights’ and ‘what will happen if they try to take my guns’. The Grey Man goes far out of his way never to offend anyone, imitating the duck which appears calm on the surface of his pond whilst paddling like hell under the surface.

Be seen as conservative in all you do. A Survivor is a Grey Man, and that little old grey man alone over there in the corner is probably a Survivor!

And that young guy next to him; or, just another wimp? Or are they both watching each other’s backs?

Making the other guy waste precious time in assessing the situation is a big part of staying alive. Practice being grey now, while there's time to build your skills.

February 19, 2009, 02:22 AM
I carry IWB. I want to try out a shoulder holster but don't have the income to spend on a decent one. I actually want to pick up a holser from Kramer Handgun Leather (http://www.kramerleather.com/home.cfm). They are out of Tacoma, WA and want to know what people think of these holsters. I've heard nothing but good things.

February 19, 2009, 02:57 AM
big bill, im not asking for pics of you waving your gun around or something, i just thought it would be interesting to use an ANONOMOUS poll to see the most popular carry place.

Big Bill
February 19, 2009, 02:00 PM
troy - I understand. But, I just don't think it wize to put out that kind of info on a public board. Sorry!

February 19, 2009, 02:05 PM
OWB, primary, but there should be a multi-listing available for us that also pocket carry a BUG.

February 19, 2009, 02:14 PM
IWB (appendix carry):



(image reversed because I am using a mirror...)

February 19, 2009, 02:22 PM
I carry IWB. I want to try out a shoulder holster but don't have the income to spend on a decent one. I actually want to pick up a holser from Kramer Handgun Leather. They are out of Tacoma, WA and want to know what people think of these holsters. I've heard nothing but good things.

I haven't tried their shoulder holster, but I've had at least four Kramer holsters of various types and all have been pretty decent, if a bit on the squeaky side. Probably the squeakiest holsters I've owned.

That said, I don't use any of the Kramer holsters anymore, because I pocket carry these days. A Glock 27 in one pocket and a spare magazine in the opposite is likely more firepower than I'll ever need.

February 19, 2009, 02:23 PM
Typically OWB between 3 and 4 o'clock in either a Kramer or El Paso open top holster (depends on the gun I'm carrying). When that's not feasable, a smaller gun goes in my right front pants pocket in a Galco pocket holster.

February 19, 2009, 02:51 PM
www.comp-tac.com MTAC between 2:30 - 4:00 depending on what I'm wearing and whichever gun I happen to be carrying. Mostly full or + size glocks, though I just got an amazing trigger job on my M&P 9, so it'll be seeing some rotation now as well.

Out of curiosity, and this is an honest to god question. What harm could posting your mode of carry on an internet board do? Not trying to start anything (though I'm sure it will) but I can't think of even a far-fetched scenario where it might matter...

February 27, 2009, 07:18 PM
seecamp .in pocket or [email protected] in pocket .i have big pants.

Dave R
February 27, 2009, 10:59 PM
Used to be mostly IWB. But as I've gotten older and lazier, its almost always pocket, now.

However, when I'm hiking/camping I carry a .45 in my pocket...

February 27, 2009, 11:41 PM
or Crack of my Arse!:eek::eek::eek:


That'll Do
February 27, 2009, 11:59 PM
IWB at 2 o'clock position in warm weather.

OWB at 4 o'clock in the cooler months.

Rich Miranda
February 28, 2009, 12:58 AM
I use a Bianchi IWB holster similar to the one in the pic, except mine is for a Ruger SP101. I carry between 2 and 3 o'clock. This position combines the most comfort with ultimate concealability (is that a word?). With my shirt over it, it just disappears.


February 28, 2009, 01:05 AM
galco shoulder rig with 4in 686 and fobus paddle with same gun. depends on were i am going and what i am wearing.

February 28, 2009, 01:09 AM
I'm most comfortable with OWB, crossdraw at 10 o'clock. Been doin' that since the 80's. I've found that during any confrontation I naturally cross my arms at waist level which just accidentally puts my right hand on the but of whatever I'm carrying. It looks natural, gets me into a defensive ready position and doesn't scream "GUN'.

February 28, 2009, 01:39 AM
M&P 40 or 40c, AIWB in a Raven Concepts Appendix Carry Rig

February 28, 2009, 02:03 PM
I'd like to try the crossbreed supertuck if it'll fit a G29. (not a standard size despite that most people simply think "subcompact Glock")If they don't list the 29, but list the 30, you can use that. Only difference is in height. The grip on the 29 is shorter by a bit. They even weigh the same loaded.

February 28, 2009, 02:07 PM
almost always in the pocket

February 28, 2009, 02:23 PM
IWB tuckable appendix carry.


March 1, 2009, 12:08 PM
I carry IWB, OWB, shoulder, pocket, and I'm thinking about getting an ankle holster.

March 1, 2009, 10:41 PM


March 2, 2009, 12:08 AM
Anyone try the "Kangaroo" shoulder holster?


I can't wear a belt, and I sweat a lot if I can't take off my jacket. A traditional shoulder holster will show through a button-down and usually needs to be tied to a belt anyway. I'd really like to move away from mouse gun pocket-carry, but without a belt, I think a shoulder holster is my only open, and thick leather and stiff nylon show up under my shirts. I have an Uncle Mike's nylon shoulder rig that I guess just doesn't fit right -- the arm-hole straps and the connector between them all just refuse to lay flat, and look very conspicuous through even a heavy shirt.

March 2, 2009, 01:36 PM
I can't wear a belt, and I sweat a lot if I can't take off my jacket. A traditional shoulder holster will show through a button-down and usually needs to be tied to a belt anyway. I use a Desantis belly-band for that. Works great for those applications, but naturally, not quick-draw.

March 2, 2009, 04:22 PM
Always OWB. Just more comfortable for me. Prefer a boring old pancake holster of one variety or another; Bianchi 7/7L's for the 4516-1 and the Colt Delta, and an A.E. Nelson for the Commander.

March 3, 2009, 10:18 AM
Daily carry is my Taurus PT140 Pro in a Crossbreed Supertuck. On the weekends, I will occasionally switch the Crossbreed out for my High Noon OWB holster, or switch the gun for my XD, and carry in the provided XDGear holster.

I really want to try a shoulder rig for the XD in the future.

Claims Rep.
March 3, 2009, 11:31 PM
Beretta 92FS in a Milt Sparks VM2 IWB.


3 gun
March 4, 2009, 03:19 AM
All of the above. Depends on where I'm going and what I plan on doing.