This is a discussion on Ideal carry physique? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I think to a great extent the ideal carry physique lies between the ears. You can make it happen someway somehow if the desire is ...
I think to a great extent the ideal carry physique lies between the ears.
You can make it happen someway somehow if the desire is there (and the pocketbook can withstand experimentation till you get it right).
I can't get the exercise I need anymore,and eating habits suck,over the last 5 years I have gained about an inch every 2 years,36" waist and carry OWB,use to carry IWB with same jeans,I think it's a package deal,finding the right gun/holster combo to fit,some people can carry a FS 1911 and never print,some body shapes look like your infected with a John Moses Browning Tumor
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
I recently lost about an inch on my waist and about 4% body fat since I started working out about a 7 weeks ago. I can tell you that carrying IWB is much more comfortable.
Tall, Dark, and a handful of gun.
It could be worse!
To be honest, you guys are all wrong. Ask yourself, pretending you're a BG, which 'physique' you least expect to have a firearm.
I carry with a partner, small female, who is a pretty good shooter, has high 'immediacy' attributes, and low fear of 'aftermath' in a good shoot.
Just watched Kill Me Again with Val Kilmer, and Joanna Whalley (his ex IRL). In one scene the BG has the drop of them and suddenly she shoots the BG through her purse. Nobody has their attention on the female.
In fact I think in some circumstances I just have to supply a little distraction and she could get out her shotgun, unnoticed, tunnel vision being what it is.
Now, paradoxically, for her, (and keeping more on the topic), she can't wear many IWB holsters, like the Crossbreed Supertuck, due to her hip, waist ratio - it's just too radical, and the backing would almost be horizontal, going from the hips to the small waist on the side.
More seriously, if you have 'muffin-top', bulging over your waistband, it's gotta be difficult to re-holster, though some pretty portly guys are top speed shooters (Munden, McGivern). So lose that waist bulge and love handles and you'll be a lot happier. With a waist of 33", and no bulges, I can carry very easily, and cover easily. My LCP in a black holster almost disappears at 4-5 o'clock with black tight fitting T-shirt.
R.E.D. (Retired. Extremely. Dangerous.)
I don`t think your build has much to do with carrying a gun, its more of finding the right gun and holster combination that works the best for you.
Im not a thin person, at 5' 8" and 280 lbs, my waist size is 48'', and I carry a full size 1911 in a IWB Crossbreed Supertuck and its very comfortable to the point that
sometimes i have to check and make sure my gun is still there.
5 years ago I was fat and sick and killing myself. Now I am not at 6'0" and 190. I have it figured out. If you would like to know what I did to take care of these issues let me know. We need to figure how to communicate, but I'd be glad to share the methods I have used. As a point of reference --- I'm 57 years old.
Last edited by Metalman; September 30th, 2011 at 09:22 AM.
My advice to any of you out there who are overweight is to get up, get active and lose the weight that is holding you back. Part of being prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones is to be in physical condition to be able to do so. And trust me, being 5 feet 8 inches tall and 325 pounds, I was not in any physical condition to defend anyone, myself included. I stopped eating crap and started eating healthy, i got an elliptical machine (no impact, I have bad knees) and started using it. At first just 30 minutes or so before I was so out of breather I was almost to pass out. By the end of month 2 I was up to 2 hours a night and had dropped a bunch of weight.
It took 9 months but I went from 325 to 165 pounds (I actually got to an all time low of 150 pounds but that only lasted a week or so) in 9 months. I then cut back the cardio and started lifting to build back up from 150 to 165 and have maintained pretty well.
I will admit that since moving to Indiana, a huge mistake on so many levels really, that the hours I work and the distance to a gym have made it very difficult to maintain what I had as far as physical condition in Tennessee, but I have only put on about 10 pounds that I really need to lose. My new goal is to get back in top shape by spring, a goal that i know I can reach with little problem.
Below is my before and after photos. They were actually my company ID picture. They made me take a new one as I no longer looked like the fat guy on my company ID after I lost the weight.
Well done. I am in the process of losing 40 pounds - hopefully most by the end of the year. That will put me at 180. If I can do that much, I will be happy, although getting down to 165 would be nice. I hate exercising, but my stamina is poor and That needs to be improved, big time, too;
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
Great points made here in this post. I feel so much better when I'm at a healthy weight for me and I believe this affects everything; outlook, confidence, agility, etc.
As the OP, I'm taking the thread in a slightly different direction for those interested. Feel free to use it for a place to report progress and struggles if you are trying to lose weight, and how it is affecting your carry efforts. For those who are winning this battle, feel free to share tips, and how being lighter has improved your carrying. Tips on gear for certain body types would also be welcomed.
Here's my situation: I'm 50, 6' 0", and 219 lbs as of this morning. In my early 40's, I was very focused on diet and exercise, and weighed 180 during my best times. I'm now living with chronic pain, and eating as a distraction is a constant temptation. I have had a good week, and hope to keep the momentum going. My ideal weight would be 180, but may never see that again. I'd be thrilled with 190 at the moment. I'm able to carry my XDSC 9mm IWB with a Supertuck, but would be more comfortable if I lost some weight. After reading your posts, I have some new incentive, and hope to report some future progress.
Don't give up. As others have mentioned, being in better shape will help in many ways other than carrying.