Skip to comments.Vanity - Need advice on concealed carry "rig."
Posted on 12/23/2012 5:08:29 PM PST by MarkL
I could use some advice on the purchase of a concealed carry holster, but I have some major physical disabilities.
To complicate matters A BUNCH, I have severe crohns disease, which has left me with a belt line colostomy and a massive hernia at the site: What that means is I can NOT wear a belt of any sort. My pants waist size is actually 6-8" larger than it would need to be without the hernia - It's about the size of a volleyball. And severe arthritis combined with the hernia means I can't use an ankle holster.
So I guess that means I need a shoulder holster. I've never used one, and really don't know much about them, but I've been told by a number of people that I'm big enough to conceal a full size sidearm under a jacket (I'm 6' tall, 240#).
And if things weren't complicated enough, I don't think that any gun store in the country has a holster for me to try, since I'm left handed! ARGH!!!!
So any advice on the matter would be very much appreciated.
Wouldn’t the Secret Service have the coolest stuff? Give ‘em a ring!
I’ve carried a S&W model 19 in a cross draw shoulder holster,I’m 6’4” and weigh 235.Works well for me.
I have a vest from the link at #5. I love it for concealed carry.
If you can wear long sleeves, my first thought would be a forearm holster. This would likely mean a small gun, like a Bond Arms derringer, which should be a consideration no matter where you cc.
I wear 5-11 Tactical shirts. Can get them long or short sleve, light or heavy weight. They are pleasant to look upon. They have two breast pockets with a velcro’d access to a pouch behind both pockets, so left v right doesn’t matter. I usually carry a Glock subcompact, but can actually carry larger. No sense of lopsided sagging either.
I’ll go try to get you a link.
I would go with a fanny pack, messenger bag, or a tablet case. A bible case is my favorite choice. I modifed a large one to hold my handgun behind a bible that’s about half the thickness of the case.
If you go to youtube and search ‘concealed carry for women’ you’ll find a series done by a woman that’s quite comprehensive.
Women have unique issues with CC due to the clothes we wear. She offers a variety of solutions.
The BEST one is to buy a bag with a zipper on the side. You don’t even draw from the bag. You just stick your hand in, grab the grip and shoot through the fabric.
Nothing to get caught on. No slide issues. Just shoot.
Here’s my site of choice: http://www.guntotenmamas.com/
Women have been dealing with CC issues much longer than men have. If you have you’re own problems, look to us! I really think that a bag might be your solution. As I said, find one where you just shoot through the fabric. There are plenty made of black leather that don’t look like a purse. (I wouldn’t be caught dead with a ‘girly’ purse, myself!)
BTW, my daughter is also left-handed. I’ll see what’s she’s come up with for a quick draw. (Last I heard, she was only interested in a gun for a small-handed, short-fingered, lefty. That’s a tough enough order. I think she went for a S&W Bodyguard.)
I used to carry my 6” Colt Trooper Mk III .357 Magnum in a Bianchi X15H, under a 3-piece suit, in NYC. Still have the rig in my gunsafe with the other toys.
I think you might find some help here:
In other weather, if you can wear cargo pants, maybe with suspenders instead of a belt, keep in in a cargo pocket using a pocket holster.
Check this out:
Here is a review of the unisex leather bag from SWAT magazine:
” ... The clear winner during this test was the GTM-99 from Gun Tote’n Mamas. This flexible purse design allows the user to choose between a zippered horizontal, zippered vertical, or ripped vertical draw. When set up to allow the vertical rip, the purse provided the fastest and most certain draw of all the products we tested and readily allowed our user to get the firearm out before being overwhelmed by the rushing attacker.”
I think that the Derringer is an outdated relic of the past.
Today one can find 9mm in the same size, weighing much less, and holding 7 bullets.
Try this link. I’ve got one for a SW 342 “Unobtainium”.
If you’re carrying an automatic, I’d suggest any number of quality jackass rigs from makers like Don Hume, G&G or Galco.
A pocket holster and one of Kahr’s small 9mm or 40s would be just right with some suspenders.
If you end up wearing a heavy coat, just put the rig in your coat pocket as mentioned above. Fully loaded, the Kahrs are only 16 ounces , easy on the pocket.
Shoulder holsters do not lend themselves to a lot of different clothing styles.
A friend once told me just carry a grenade. When you pull the pin, no one shoots. They all run, he said.
I like the pocket holster. Ruger LCP .380 fits perfectly. You can get some pretty potent rounds for the dimunitive little pistol these days.
That is a cool... now for the pun ... Too Hot for South Texas
I’ll second that. I have mine in a pocket holster inside my vest right now. I have tested a lot of ammo and am sold on Critical Defense. The LC9 isn’t much bigger.
I have a vest from the link at #5. I love it for concealed carry.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = == = =
Good site, some nice gear.
HOWEVER, that book bag armor is pretty much a waste of money.
IF the kids were carrying BOOKS in their BOOK BAG, it would serve the same purpose.
Just a thought.....
I own two Galco shoulder rigs and while they are pricey, the quality is very good.
.357 hammerless, strong side pocket holster, belt clip pants suspenders.
‘I have severe crohns disease, which has left me with a belt line colostomy and a massive hernia’
My Mom had crohns disease and a colostomy. It was very difficult for her.
I know nothing about guns, so I can’t help you there—but I wish you better health. Prayers up!
I recognized your screen name, and I’m very sad to hear that you’re sick.
My vote is (1) overalls with a pocket inside the center top, against your chest, or (2) vest with pockets inside the right side so your left hand can grab it.
There are shoulder holsters for left-handers, but I believe a vest or overalls, especially, will give you faster access.
A smaller gun will give you quicker access, too. A small 9mm on like Ruger LP9, or Kahr CM9. Practice with cheap round nose and keep expensive “self-defence” ammo for carry. 9mm practice ammo is cheaper than .380 ammo.
Since you will have lots of pockets with overalls or vest, also carry the Kimber Guardian Angel Pepper Blaster II Pepper Spray Gel 10% OC, shown here at
- MidwayUSA http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/344219/kimber-guardian-angel-pepper-blaster-ii-pepper-spray-gel-10-pct-oc-red (they charge a lot for shipping)
- Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Pepper-LA98001-Kimber-PepperBlaster-Red/dp/B003L75SSI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356327362&sr=8-1&keywords=kimber-guardian-angel-pepper-blaster-ii-pepper-spray .
Between these two sites you have 100 very positive comments to read. It’s good to have another option before drawing your gun.
Write if you have questions.
You don’t need all that stuff. Haven’t you been listening to the enlightened democraps? Just pint and cut out for personal carry a ‘Personal Gun Free Zone’ label and display it if you feel you’re in a threatening environment!
Check out the offerings from Ken Null.
I swear his shoulder carry is the BEST I’ve found.....and I tried a bunch before I found his to hide a GP-100 5 1/2.
Second these. Use them all the time. Not only are they very professional looking, they are very functional. I have carried everything from Taurus Slim 9 to Sig P226 40s in them.
Granted these type Derringers have a lower capacity, but they can have larger caliber than 9mm. One model can selectively fire:
45 Colt/.410 Shot Shell(rifled)
.357 MAG/.38 Spl
.45 Colt, Only
.45 Glock Auto
So the question becomes: more bullets, or fewer but bigger ones?
Thank you so very much for all the terrific advice! There are too many responses here for me to answer and still get into work on time. But as usual, Free Republic comes through with great advice and humor.
May I wish All my FRiends a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, and safe new year!
For me it is easy, a pistol that delivers 7, 9mm at less weight than a 2 shot derringer.
A situation where I am afraid to engage with a 9mm semi-automatic, is usually unlikely to be improved by having a 2 shot derringer instead.
Kind of beside the point, but I had a colectomy last summer. They were able to hook my plumbing back up but I lost enough weight that I can now hide a full sized duty pistol under my shirt.
Good luck with your health.
“I think that the Derringer is an outdated relic of the past.”
Not true. I have corresponded with a person who used one for self defense and it was quite effective.
Huh? They still sell derringers brand new from the factory, I was saying that they are outdated as the best choice for concealed carry, not that they aren’t guns, or still usable as guns.
You should have read the second sentence of my post.
“”I think that the Derringer is an outdated relic of the past.
Today one can find 9mm in the same size, weighing much less, and holding 7 bullets.””
And I have one of these:
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.