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Old 09-03-2016, 07:10 AM   #1
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Holster or no holster?

Hello all,

I'm curious to what you all thought of carrying inside your waist band without a holster?

To clear up anybody wanting to slam this question, I do carry daily 99.999% of the time its in a holster. I rotate my P229 in a supertuck and a 320 in an Aliengear. Always at 3 o' clock.

However, last night I went to the store and just didnt feel like putting on a holster. I literally tucked my 229 behind my back and tightened up the belt and left. Talk about way more comfort! No bulky holster and nothing shifted at all. I was surprised at driving too, I always thought a 6 o' clock position would be like jamming something in your back when sitting... nope.

What do you guys think? Ever done this? Is this a blatantly stupid decision on my part for (insert reasons here)?

5:30 - 6 o clock is my new position of choice... but I think I have to flip the cant on my holsters so the handle is tilted correctly.... which means new holster. But i loved the no holster freedom. Just tighten up the belt and go.

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Old 09-03-2016, 07:45 AM   #2
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If you have to run for any reason, such as avoiding an armed confrontation, is the gun going to stay exactly where you put it with no holster??? Not likely! THAT is why we use holsters and don't carry Mexican style!
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:53 AM   #3
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Seems to me that without a holster there would be a greater chance of the trigger snagging on something. Then how would you explain how you got that hole in your left cheek?
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Old 09-03-2016, 07:55 AM   #4
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I wouldn't say this is a stupid question, so I won't blast you for it.

That said, as CCW people we have to weigh comfort vs safety to other humans around us. I would never, under any circumstances, carry a loaded, condition 1 handgun without it being 100% secure.

If I want comfort, I carry a smaller piece that day.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:00 AM   #5
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A holster serves two main purposes: to secure the weapon to your body, and to protect the trigger. Choosing to not use a holster is a really bad idea. With a really good holster (and belt), the weapon is secure and the weight distributed. I often forget I'm even carrying my P239 as my Milt Sparks VMII is so comfortable to wear.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:02 AM   #6
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I have 2 custom Kydex holsters. One for the 229 and one for the 239. Almost no weight, and they do excellent duty. I guess I should add them to the album. They are well worth their money.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:04 AM   #7
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mcordova1023, I tried this many years ago, with a 1911A1, and it is very tricky, not to lose your weapon, and talk about a "wedgie", having it slide down your crack!!! I ended up getting a "left handed" leather IWB holster like the Bianchi Model 6. Carried @ 6:00, with the grip pointed to my right.
A 229?, and if it's got a rail? I don't know if they still have those "clips" that fit under one of the grips, to act as a "stop" with your waistband, I don't remember the brand name! Bottom line is you don't want to be the guy that has his pistol fall to the floor with a big "kerplunk"!!!
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:15 AM   #8
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The cop friends I have tell me that the bad guys carry Mexican style (no holster) because the gun isn't traceable to them and so they can toss it after wiping it and have no holster left as incriminating evidence.

If a cop stops and frisks you and finds an empty holster, it's a pretty good bet you just ditched a gun.

Getting back to your question, I always carry with a holster as I just don't feel it's safe unless the trigger guard is completely covered while I'm carrying.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #10
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Thanks for the input all. I laughed at the butt crack comment because this is a what happens holster free. I just enjoyed the light weight bulk free feel. It could be the 6 o clock just works better for me. I will shop around for a small kydex style today. I wonder if Cabella type stores carry these off the shelf. How custom do they need to be? I suppose any that fit a Legacy style rail (2011).

Again, I appreciate the feedback. Holster shopping has never been a chore
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Holster. Only time I don't use a holster is if I'm just going from my car and to my house and I just need to carry it 15 ft.
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Old 09-03-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Never without a holster. With the right holster it takes only seconds to put on. I keep my Glock 19 while in the holster inside the pistol safe under my bed and ready to go. Holster with Glock 19 slips right on the gun belt easily.

I literally tucked my 229 behind my back and tightened up the belt and left
If you fall on your back or something is slammed into same area (even a heavy door) you could do some serious damage to your spine with that big hunk of metal right against it.

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I have Mexican carried many many times. It's not a good way to do it, but it somewhat works for short periods of time like filling up with gas and stuff like that.

Thugs don't generally use holsters because they're stupid. They could ditch the holster just as easily as the gun.
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Old 09-03-2016, 09:26 AM   #14
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I carried a 226 like that a lot of times at 5:00, but it just dug in badly when I did.
I have a 320C / SC now for weight and size. I'll shove it that way for getting gas or a quick carry out at fast food.
Kydex IWB I can't handle, so it's mostly OWB.
But I just leave the empty holster on most of the time, even at home.

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Old 09-03-2016, 09:39 AM   #15
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If you want to carry Mexican style and still be safe get a Remora holster. No added bulk and you can place it anywhere you want.
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