Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Carrying for larger guys.

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    1

    Post imported post

    It sounds to me may of the members here are ex-military and in shape.

    What I need info is on is for carrying open and concealed for some of us who are no longer as svelte as we once were.

    I have a fanny pack for my Glock 19 but feel ridiculous wearing it. Any other suggestions?

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Washington Island, across Death's Door, Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    9,193

    Post imported post

    I'm 6'2" 250#

    In CCW only SC, a fanny pack screams 'gun'. CWP instructors used to teach that the cops were trained to assume that a guy with a fanny pack is armed.

    I bought an IWB CC holster that did OK but a metal fitting wore out. I was most satisfied with carrying without a holster, in my belt, cross draw.

  3. #3
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
    Posts
    678

    Post imported post

    I'm 6' and 225. I'm not huge, but I definitely have some extra meat on me.
    I carry OWB at 4 oclock or cross-draw. You just wear a loose cover garment to cover the weapon. You can also consider a shoulder rig like the one Galco makes.

    My extra weight is on the front of me, so a Small of the Back holster dissapears easily as well.


  4. #4
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    az, ,
    Posts
    685

    Post imported post

    if you cant get it on your hip theres always thigh holsters. i dont know what to tell you for CC though

  5. #5
    Founder's Club Member Hawkflyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Prince William County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,315

    Post imported post

    Well, I am 5' 15" (6'3" for the Californians among us) and weigh about 220. I don't consider my self as out of shape as round IS a shape.

    I carry indifferently as to concealment, so I have both IWB and OWB holsters, and I choose the one to use based on what I might be doing on any particular day. Almost all of my revolvers I carry in a pancake style belt slide, or sometimes in my back pocket. I actually find the OWB to be more comfortable since I put on the last 15 pounds or so.

    I know a lot of the folks here like their push button black plastic holders for black plastic semi-auto handguns. I am more old school, and I prefer a nice leather holster and a steel frame handgun. Don't waste the bits trying to convert me to other styles. If I don't buy plastic guns, I am not going to start buying plastic holsters.

    Besides I have tried a lot of gear, and I am happy with what I use. And that is the actual point. You have to try a lot of stuff until you get the mix right for you as an individual. What all of us use, may guide you to try some things, but each individual is unique and what others use will likely not work for you.

    I have had good luck using Galco holsters for both styles, but I also have a few from Tucker Gun Leather. My OWB is a belt slide pancake style and hugs my body very well. My IWB is a rough outside split leather, and smooth inside lining. It has a clip that goes over the top of the pants and belt that hooks the bottom edge of the belt to keep it where it belongs. My IWB is also built to stay open after the firearm is removed to make re-holstering easier.

    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

  6. #6
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    694

    Post imported post

    I am a very large person. I use a Crossbreed holster for concealed carry. and a Blackhawk Serpa holster for open carry.
    http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/contact_us.html
    http://www.blackhawk.com/catalog/Holsters,16.htm
    Perhaps if you would use a real computer you wouldn't have to apologize for not being able to do so many things on the internet!

  7. #7
    Regular Member shad0wfax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Spokane, Washington, USA
    Posts
    1,067

    Post imported post

    eekabug wrote:
    It sounds to me may of the members here are ex-military and in shape.

    What I need info is on is for carrying open and concealed for some of us who are no longer as svelte as we once were.

    I have a fanny pack for my Glock 19 but feel ridiculous wearing it. Any other suggestions?
    I'm tall and I should probably lose 30 lbs to be in ideal shape. I'm not sure if you're bigger or smaller, but I've found that two types of holsters work well for me.

    1) In the Waistband holsters like the Galco stuff for my revolver and CC

    2) Paddle Holsters for OC. (You can get leather paddles, not just "plastic" ones)

    Granted, you could OC the IWBs and you can CC some of the paddles/belt holsters too depending on what style of firearm you carry. 1911's conceal nicely on hips if you get the angle right.

    I'm not so much of a fan of the belt holsters, but there are some nice ones out there that will do the job very well. I just prefer the IWB's and paddles.

  8. #8
    State Researcher .40 Cal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    COTEP FOREVER!, North Carolina, USA
    Posts
    1,379

    Post imported post

    I'm 6'1", 245lbs

    Here ya go:



    Or any one of these:




  9. #9
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Nampa, Idaho, USA
    Posts
    1,096
    Chuck Norris/Ted Nugent That's the ticket for 2016!

  10. #10
    Founder's Club Member Hawkflyer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Prince William County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,315

    Post imported post

    .40 Cal wrote:
    I'm 6'1", 245lbs

    Here ya go:



    Or any one of these:

    SNIP OUT PICTURES
    Nice pictures. However the post would be more useful to the OP if you mentioned in passing some brand names, or better yet posted some links to the manufacturer.

    Just a thought.
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

  11. #11
    Founder's Club Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Austin, Texas, USA
    Posts
    161

    Post imported post

    6'3" 270# I wear a shoulder rig. T-shirton bottomopen button up shirt on top of that. Very comfortable, if the wind is blowing I just hold the shirt down over my gun.

  12. #12
    Regular Member Michigander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Mulligan's Valley
    Posts
    4,830

    Post imported post

    I was once somewhat over weight myself. I used to be 5-10 ish and 220 pounds, now I'm much skinnier. If anything, for concealed carry, it makes it easier to be larger. Easier to blend in under clothing, and more space to do it with.

    For open carrying, I really don't think it matters either way. Just throw on your favorite holster and have at it.
    Answer every question about open carry in Michigan you ever had with one convenient and free book- http://libertyisforeveryone.com/open-carry-resources/

    The complete and utter truth can be challenged from every direction and it will always hold up. Accordingly there are few greater displays of illegitimacy than to attempt to impede free thought and communication.

  13. #13
    State Researcher .40 Cal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    COTEP FOREVER!, North Carolina, USA
    Posts
    1,379

    Post imported post

    Sorry, I forgot. Clockwise from left: Galco SOB (the one in the top pic), Houston Holsters paddle (only paddle for Firestorm and Bersa Thunder .40), Jaypee summer holster (similar to Milt SparksSummer Special), Milt Sparks Versa Max II (the ultimate concealed carry holster). www.miltsparks.com

    Not pictured: Don Hume pancake holster (only OWB for my railedTaurus PT 92 AFS)

  14. #14
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama, USA
    Posts
    255

    Post imported post

    eekabug wrote:
    It sounds to me may of the members here are ex-military and in shape.

    What I need info is on is for carrying open and concealed for some of us who are no longer as svelte as we once were.

    I have a fanny pack for my Glock 19 but feel ridiculous wearing it. Any other suggestions?
    Well it sounds like you and I are in kinda the same boat, except I've found ways to carry ccw and also I myself am ex-military , but got outa shape not working out.

    I'm 6'1 271lbs., so I currently carry a in the pocket holster made by Uncle Mikes its called the sidekick and its a size 2 for my North American Arms Guardian .32. Also for ccw, I use to own a Glock17 9mm, carry it in a photographers vest they are relatively cheap lightweight if you shop the bidding sites and the have quick to get to inside pockets just barley past the zipper area of the opening of the vest also 5.11 has some great vest but there bit up there in price ranges.

  15. #15
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Mobile, Alabama, USA
    Posts
    255

    Post imported post

    eekabug wrote:
    It sounds to me may of the members here are ex-military and in shape.

    What I need info is on is for carrying open and concealed for some of us who are no longer as svelte as we once were.

    I have a fanny pack for my Glock 19 but feel ridiculous wearing it. Any other suggestions?
    Well it sounds like you and I are in kinda the same boat, except I've found ways to carry ccw and also I myself am ex-military , but got outa shape not working out.

    I'm 6'1 271lbs., so I currently carry a in the pocket holster made by Uncle Mikes its called the sidekick and its a size 2 for my North American Arms Guardian .32. Also for ccw, I use to own a Glock17 9mm, carry it in a photographers vest they are relatively cheap lightweight if you shop the bidding sites and the have quick to get to inside pockets just barley past the zipper area of the opening of the vest also 5.11 has some great vest but there bit up there in price ranges.

  16. #16
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Central, Kentucky, USA
    Posts
    343

    Post imported post

    Doug Huffman wrote:
    I'm 6'2" 250#

    In CCW only SC, a fanny pack screams 'gun'. CWP instructors used to teach that the cops were trained to assume that a guy with a fanny pack is armed.

    I bought an IWB CC holster that did OK but a metal fitting wore out. I was most satisfied with carrying without a holster, in my belt, cross draw.
    No.

    We assume EVERYONE is armed until we determine otherwise.

    I love the CCDW instructors that try to pretend they know all about cops and police tactics...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •