CC - Hopefully, it will get easier

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    CC - Hopefully, it will get easier

    Recently received my CC permit and I've carried out in public twice thus far. Once IWB and once OWB.

    OWB using a Phantom Holster from Raven Concealment made it feel as if I was on a leash that was being continuously tugged. I'm only carrying a S&W Shield 9mm which supposedly is a relatively light carry weapon. Nonetheless, it felt uncomfortable.

    IWB using a Minotaur MTAC Holster that felt much more comfortable. Again, comfortable is relative. I am consciously aware of this extra weight on my side (~4:30 position) and the uncommon wide opening between my pants and body that begins immediately after the holster extending a couple of inches past the small of my back.

    I cannot imagine the feel of a heavier weapon that some of you carry. How do you do it?

    How much time will it take before I get "used to it" and not even notice that I'm carrying?
    Maybe it never goes away and hence the reason some people carry the smallest of calibers.
    I don't know.

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    Good holster and a good belt make all the difference in comfort.
    IWB works well for me (no OC in FL), but many times I use an OWB which keeps the gun tight against the body, and that works just as well...AND it's a bit more comfy.

    Getting used to it?
    I'd say it's like a new watch, you only notice it at first, and soon you will just 'know' it there, but no big deal.

    Today I took a quick nap...still had my Glock-36 in an OWB...didn't even think about it.
    I normally would put the gun and holster on the night stand. When I got up, I realized it was still on my waist...no big deal.
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    CC - Hopefully, it will get easier

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    It gets easier and more comfortable with time. My ruger is likely twice the weight of your shield and I hardly notice it's there most of the time lol. It took a day or two for the holster (n82 pro tactical) to form to the shape of my waist, but since then, it's been smooth sailing. Highly recommend their holsters as well

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    I wear either a Brommeland custom leather gun belt, or a Wilderness Instructor 5-stitch. These belts will comfortably support two Glock 19s carried mirror.
    My most comfortable holsters are Brommeland Max-Con Vs, shown in this video The Brommeland Max-Con V, (arguably) The Best IWB Holster On The Planet - YouTube
    and a custom kydex made by Midworld Gunleather, pictured here midworld 17 holster 004.JPGmidworld 17 holster 001.JPG
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    I agree with the previous posts, it gets easier with time. I also carried around the house to get used to it before I got my permit. I think this made it easier when I did carry around town for the first time.
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    Like others have said, I would suggest a quality gun-belt. It makes a world of difference. Also, don't be afraid to try different positions on you waist (1,3,5 o'clock etc.) It's different for everyone so good luck!

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    As others mentioned above... a good belt is key.
    And to acclimate quicker, keep your pistol on ya at home as well as when you're away.
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    I was at the movies today with my M&P 9c at about 8 o'clock IWB in a Remora holster. It was so comfortable back there I had to check a few times to make sure it hadn't somehow worked its way out. It hadn't moved...I've just grown so used to it being there that I couldn't even feel it.
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    Good gun belt is your friend. Soon youll feel like you dont have pants on if you dont have your firearm with you.
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    I hardly even notice I'm carrying my heavy old sig P239.

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    You did not say if you had a good quality belt. Like everyone else that is the starting point.
    After a couple of weeks you will feel naked without the extra weight.

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    What are you carrying and what kind of holster? I would rather learn from others experiences and try to make a smart economical decision.
    Thanks!

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    CC - Hopefully, it will get easier

    To ask a dumb question: what makes a good gun belt. . . Good?

    In other words, what separates a good belt from a not good belt?

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    Just give it time. You'll get used to it. Try different positions on or under your belt. I have 4 "favorite" locations that I'll switch back & forth depending on what clothes I'm wearing & if mostly walking, driving or sitting. One of those 4 positions work adequately for all, about 3:30, but more comfort can be had by a minor change. I'd guess I go between 2:00 o'clock & 4:30.
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    CC - Hopefully, it will get easier

    I'll echo everyone else. A good quality holster and gun belt are the necessary items. I love any of the custom leather ones, especially the Ritchie hideaway. Once you find the right combo you'll start considering bigger guns for carry :)

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