Over in the .380 thread Robert and I started discussing different carry positions of our handguns and the types of rigs were carry them in. Not wanting to hi-jack Bismark’s thread, I thought we could all discuss our carry rigs for the street and work. I may be able to offer advice on different holsters and carry methods, since, I have wasted a tremendous amount of money on different types of holsters for work and play. One thing I have learned is everything is a compromise and I now am experienced enough to marry the holster to the environment I am operating in. Talking handguns for self defense is never wasted. I would appreciate all comments and pictures of your weapons, carry rigs, and why you decided on your preferred method of carry.
work is really simple for me , since, I don’t have to worry about concealment, since, 99% the people i am around are armed to the max. For work, I use three different holsters, BlackHawk, Fobus, and Safariland. If I am flying that day, I use my BH attached to my vest for easy access, since, I fly with the ANA and I want quick access to a weapon, since, you cannot trust that one them is not a Taliban asshole. Most crew chiefs want the muzzle of you carbine on the floor for safety, so, I hold my between my legs, which makes quick access mute.
So, I attach the Blackhawk to my chest on my vest for quick access. The rig below is the same as mine, except I use a Blackhawk Sepra attachment.
For range work and when I wear my heavy armor, I use a Safailand drop holster, which allows more freedom of movement, since, I am expecting to use the carbine as the primary weapon, all space on the front of the vest is carrying M-6 mags and there is no room for the chest carry. For the “office” days or for CI briefs, I use the Focus.
Personal/ States carry:
I have learned to match the holster to the environment and although the hip carry is my primary, I do use a cross-draw on special occasions. I am partial to Desantis holsters and this is what I use for my Glocks and 1911’s.
My lady friend is a ballet instructor and each year during the holidays, she usually has a couple of students who make the grade to perform in the Nutcracker, so, in the interest of keeping peace, I have to attend several performances.The venue was built in the 1930’s and they have tried to keep the place as close to original as possible, which means the seats are horrible for any type of fast movement, its like sitting on a air bladder. This makes behind the hip carry nearly impossible to fast access. I carry a Mitch Rosen holster for this place and any other type of movie theater I am in, since, it allows you to draw and fire from a sitting position. The major draw back is the gun is in front of your body and if you have to go hands on, then it is easy access for your attacker. The second draw back, is it places my spare mag behind my hip and is not that fast for speed reload. Compromise.
For easy of carry, I often use a Yaqui Slide, since, I used if for training at Gunsite years ago and since, it is behind the hip, I am fairly comfortable about no retention capability, however, this is a nostalgia carry for me and would not recommend it for a novice shooter.
When in the states, I try to bowhunt and river canoe as much as possible. I have a canoe/kayak hybrid that I take on overnight floats and the best holster I have found and the best position for carry, is the chest holster. I can highly recommend the Kenai and have one for my Ruger Super Red Hawk and my Glock 41. This method of carry allows for freedom of movement for paddling and very fast access if I stumble upon a meth lab or some other two legged predator. Well worth the money for hikers and back country hunters. Too bad it don’t blend into the ballet crowd.
I also use a different chest rig for my Glock, which , I had custom made. This is the closest picture I could find:
I try to bowhunt as much as possible and since I used traditional gear, I have to be aware of where the drawn bow string is going to intersect with my chest. The chest rig wont cut it here, but, nothing works better than the old WW11 tanker shoulder holster. It keeps the gun at a good angle, but, still allows easy access. I took mine to a car fabric shop and had extra wide straps made, since, the skinny straps don’t work after 6 or 8 hours of wear. Can’t beat the classics.
Ok, that’s enough of me running my mouth, what about you?