Non office dwelling desk jockies... How's your carry holding up?

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    Non office dwelling desk jockies... How's your carry holding up?

    I am a field service technician for a concrete paving company. My daily duties involve climbing, crawling in and rolling around in the dirt, wedging myself in confined areas, the occasional hanging upside down, performing contortionist acts that rival some of the Cirque Du Soleil performances that I have seen. To top all of that off, it is all done outside regardless of weather conditions, 60 hours a week.

    I carry tucked IWB in a homemade CrossBreed style holster. Every night when I get home (or to the hotel) I remove my gear where the first step is removing the weapon from the holster. Many a time I hear that dreaded sound of sand on metal when I unholster. After 2.5 years my weapon has the bluing gone on the the bottom of the frame, 70% from the front half of the frame and trigger guard, and the slide release and safety are worn at the high spots (note - I carry a Baby Eagle, and have a triangle-ish shaped slide, so the wear is mainly at the slide rails and muzzle).

    I do have a few deep scratches and a little pitting on the inboard side from the condensation from the sweat causing a little rust. Never mind the melted spot on the grip from some welding slag and deep scratches on the butt and bottom of the grip from impacts and being laid on.

    I love the weapon, I use it for my IDPA shoots, and have never had a problem/malfunction that I did not create. I have more issues with my spare magazine getting dirt in it and binding up the follower causing a fail to feed. I have shot almost every match without pre-cleaning before I go. About the only time I do field strip and clean is after a shoot and on really bad "I got dirt in places on my body I forgot about" days. Otherwise it is a "wipe off the moisture and wipe down the exterior with Gunzilla" on the really hot/wet days.

    I am almost embarrassed by the appearance as she definitely looks abused and neglected. I have been meaning to give her a makeover with some duracoat, and put them to the ultimate torture test to see how their finish holds up since they really tout the "WEAR/ABRASION RESISTANT" line.

    My holster is on the second shell. The first one broke along the forward bend next to the rivets last year sometime after doing an inframe engine rebuild on a piece of equipment where I spent most of my time laying on my carry side/back with noting to support my torso (half a crunch) while rolling in new bearings and R&R pistons.

    How is everyone else's holding up? I'll try to post some pics of mine tonight when I get home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    I am a field service technician for a concrete paving company. My daily duties involve climbing, crawling in and rolling around in the dirt, wedging myself in confined areas, the occasional hanging upside down, performing contortionist acts that rival some of the Cirque Du Soleil performances that I have seen. To top all of that off, it is all done outside regardless of weather conditions, 60 hours a week.

    I carry tucked IWB in a homemade CrossBreed style holster. Every night when I get home (or to the hotel) I remove my gear where the first step is removing the weapon from the holster. Many a time I hear that dreaded sound of sand on metal when I unholster. After 2.5 years my weapon has the bluing gone on the the bottom of the frame, 70% from the front half of the frame and trigger guard, and the slide release and safety are worn at the high spots (note - I carry a Baby Eagle, and have a triangle-ish shaped slide, so the wear is mainly at the slide rails and muzzle).

    I do have a few deep scratches and a little pitting on the inboard side from the condensation from the sweat causing a little rust. Never mind the melted spot on the grip from some welding slag and deep scratches on the butt and bottom of the grip from impacts and being laid on.

    I love the weapon, I use it for my IDPA shoots, and have never had a problem/malfunction that I did not create. I have more issues with my spare magazine getting dirt in it and binding up the follower causing a fail to feed. I have shot almost every match without pre-cleaning before I go. About the only time I do field strip and clean is after a shoot and on really bad "I got dirt in places on my body I forgot about" days. Otherwise it is a "wipe off the moisture and wipe down the exterior with Gunzilla" on the really hot/wet days.

    I am almost embarrassed by the appearance as she definitely looks abused and neglected. I have been meaning to give her a makeover with some duracoat, and put them to the ultimate torture test to see how their finish holds up since they really tout the "WEAR/ABRASION RESISTANT" line.

    My holster is on the second shell. The first one broke along the forward bend next to the rivets last year sometime after doing an inframe engine rebuild on a piece of equipment where I spent most of my time laying on my carry side/back with noting to support my torso (half a crunch) while rolling in new bearings and R&R pistons.

    How is everyone else's holding up? I'll try to post some pics of mine tonight when I get home.

    Wow, you should put that old hoss out to pasture and buy yourself a new toy. It sounds like you have really put the gun through a strenous tourture test.

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    It's too bad Pelican doesnt make holsters :) My carry is holding up fine, but it doesnt sound like I put er through as much hell as you do. There is something pretty cool about a gun thats "been there done that". A sort of bonding experience.

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    I have a good friend who was one of my CHL students, who invents and builds prototypes of heavy-duty commercial laundry equipment. He spends most days in his shop, bending, crawling on and under and around machinery and on his back on a concrete floor. Sand and dirt aren't a problem, but the stuff that is is pretty obvious. He carries Glocks in Kydex OWB holsters, and it all does fine, with a few scuffs and scrapes and the occasional buggered-up rear sight. He loves his fancy 1911s, but figures Glocks can't get much uglier, so he carries them in the shop.

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    I carry a charter arms .38 hammerless snub at work, its relatively cheap if I eventually destroy it and theres not too many places for dirt and grime to get in. Pocket carry in a desantis holster helps to keep it from getting too much abuse.

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    For about a year and a half now, I've been wearing my Crossbreed belt and holster with my M&P9c daily.
    I am a chef, working 50-80 hours a week in a typically 110 degree kitchen, but also make travels to the walk-in freezer which is at about -4.
    Constant bending, lifting, jogging, stretching, twisting, standing over 500 degree grills, ovens, fryers, etc..
    The Crossbreed belt and holster are holding up great, my only complaint is the rear metal clip on the holster is bent (cut-out style).
    The M&P only has minor wear under the trigger guard and nothing noticeable on the slide, which I think is good considering the environment it lives in.

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    We all have our standards of what constitutes a working carry piece. Be it a ‘stuff n’ go’ or a surgical technique. I learned the hard way that a casual carry isn’t for me. I simply spend far too much money on my guns to allow them to be banged up unnecessarily. Still, I see many guns stuffed under car seats covered in debris, and the owners have no problem with that. After all, a good gun should be able to digest considerable crud and operate without compromise. To each their own...
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    My solution is pocket carry. When I buy my work pants, I always make sure the pockets close up with my holstered LCP inside. The gun stays safe and clean.
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    Didn't get home until late (8:00) and have to go in early (2:30). Crap I'm tired. Try for pics tonight.

    I pondered other means of carry, but between the companies no weapons policy and my line of work, 3:30 IWB is the only way I can carry and not get injured or be blatant that I carry.

    Disturbing sliding along on your back under a low-boy trailer and hearing the but of the gun dragging on the ground. At this point I think a plastic gun would be ground away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Man View Post
    My solution is pocket carry. When I buy my work pants, I always make sure the pockets close up with my holstered LCP inside. The gun stays safe and clean.
    + 1. I construct swimming pools and remodels on homes....and service the equipment, lol, a master of all trades....actually self employed so you do what it takes.Bending, squating, crawling, sweat, sawdust, dirt, gunite dust(nasty crap)....no problem
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    How about a fanny pack? It would be sealed from dust, and you can rotate it so it does not drag on the ground. The smaller ones should not get in the way too much. With all the tools you use, it would not look out of place.

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    If the holster works for you, keep doing it. You're already used to it... why change unless it isn't working for you.

    I wouldn't worry about the finish on your weapon... it's a tool, and you treat it as a part of you. It's been there and done that and it works when it's important.

    Gunkote or Durakote it if you like, but it sounds like the environment your weapon will live in isn't friendly to any sort of finish...

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    Rough week.

    Here are the promised pics.

    If it is shiny in the photo, the bluing is gone (only a couple spots where there was light reflection)

    Right side is outboard and kydex in the holster, Left is inboard and leather in the holster.
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    Second set.
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    That's a workings man's Gun right there.

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