IWB for a fat guy

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    IWB for a fat guy

    So I am a disgusting fat body, and thus far have found IWB to be a very sweaty, uncomfortable, and at times, painful experience. The fact I have a fairly large weapon (think 19/23) makes it worse.

    Anyone have any suggestions (aside from a butterknife / hoover vacuum liposuction)?
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    Well, I find the Garrett IWB to be pretty comfortable. It adds minimal bulk to the weapon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecureTN View Post
    So I am a disgusting fat body, and thus far have found IWB to be a very sweaty, uncomfortable, and at times, painful experience. The fact I have a fairly large weapon (think 19/23) makes it worse.

    Anyone have any suggestions (aside from a butterknife / hoover vacuum liposuction)?
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    An alternative mode of carry might suit, at least until such time as IWB can be an experience that's memorable for reasons other than pain and discomfort.

    Pocket carry, for example. If your clothing choices and body shape allows, carrying a smaller revolver in the pocket might do nicely. Have carried a S&W 442 .38, Kahr PM9 and a couple other smaller guns in this way. Can work when IWB/OWB isn't practical or suitable.

    Or, OWB might be an option, presuming your covering garment choices and your situations (ie, work, whatever) can accept OWB carry. It needn't be unconcealed, merely by being OWB. But many people find OWB to be markedly more comfortable than IWB.

    There are some body-carry options, too. SmartCarry, for example. Essentially, this style of carry is with a belly band (or chest band) or sorts, where the gun is held in the band. Some styles carry the gun out in front (or in the appendix area). Some styles will allow carry under the arm. Haven't done either style, myself, but I've considered them as options. Particularly the under-arm type of carry, this might be an option you could deal with. Would get the gun off the belt line. Presumes your clothing choices and shape support concealing a gun at that spot, of course, as would any "shoulder holster" arrangement.

    As for a weapon choice, something smaller and flatter might well improve the odds. A Glock 19 or CZ P-01 sized gun is going to take up the space it does, but by comparison a Kahr K9/P9/CW9 (or similarly sized gun) can feel dramatically slimmer and more comfortable to carry at the same spot. Presumes a quality, close-fitting holster and decent "gun" belt, of course; and, it presumes your clothing can conceal the bulges with a gun at that spot.

    Simplest tweak could be to try moving the gun to various positions along the belt. I've had fair success anywhere from 2:30 to 5:30 or so, with greatest comfort (on me, with my gun/holster choices) being at 3:30-4:30). But the way my belt line area is shaped, I've got "corners" at those spots, and the butt-end of the gun protrudes outward far more than I would prefer. But at 4:30-5:00, a decent holster and belt can tuck in the butt-end much, much better. And, there is where I find the comfort level skyrocketing, though not quite as comfortable as at 3:00.

    A final option might be this: to discuss with your tailor the possibility of different cuts/styles of pants, and possible alterations that'll give you the best shot at improved comfort when stuffing a holstered gun in there at that spot. Keep in mind that not all off-the-rack cuts and styles of pants nicely support IWB carry, on all body shapes.

    Myself, I've been having minor alterations done for 20yrs of carry, and I'm picky when it comes to selecting new pants styles/cuts. 'Cause, not all are created equal. A tailor might provide some insights, options. Head to Men's Wearhouse, for example, and discuss the problem. Get a "blue" gun (training gun) for your holster, then go pants shopping. You might be able to find some pants that will, with minor changes, work far better than your current gear.
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    as ccw9mm suggested,getting different fitting clothes might be a good option if you prefer IWB.I no longer tuck my casual shirts inside my belt and I also loosen my belt by one notch.That seems to give me the added room for my IWB carry.
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    Let's just say I'm a big boy to, I carry P229 in a MTAC at 3:30 every day. I find it very comfortable and very concealable.
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    Im a fat guy with a spare tire, which is worse, because either IWB or OWB, its hard to conceal around the waist. That said, i do quiet well with a Crossbreed supertuck and a S&W M&P Compact 9. The key here is a good reliable belt. Got mine form The Beltman.
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    Lifestyle change, diet, regular exercise, increased physical activity, and some education on how to eat healthier. Not only will your holster feel better but you just might live a bit longer as well, win win.
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    Not sure how you dress every day but I live in FL an wear shorts an T-shirts every day an wear a OWB. If you get a good one it will hold your gun tight against your body an does not print badly at all and I carry a SP 101 which is fatter than your glock. I use a kent hayes but any well made yaqui slide type will work well for you.
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    I have had success with a Blackhawk soft nylon IWB holster with my Slim. I sometimes forget I have it on. It is hard to reholster because it is so soft, so I usually just pull the holster out and put it back IWB with the gun in it. Never tried anything else, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriller1217 View Post
    Lifestyle change, diet, regular exercise, increased physical activity, and some education on how to eat healthier. Not only will your holster feel better but you just might live a bit longer as well, win win.
    I heard this line most likely from a skinny so called health professional 20+years ago...what makes you think the OP wants to hear it now from YOU???

    Coming from another old fat guy get a shoulder rig or pocket carry as I do.

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    I am also a fat man. I have been searching for a good carry rig for years. I carry a LCP in the warmer times of the year but I carry a Kimber ultra carry OWB when I know I will be wearing a coat. I tried the shoulder rig thing and found that it would not work because my arms were to short to make a good draw from it. I could reach the gun but it was hard to draw. they say that most of us are on the large side these days so you would think someone would try to design a holster that would work for fat guys. Many thanks to noname 762, you said what I was thinking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    I heard this line most likely from a skinny so called health professional 20+years ago...what makes you think the OP wants to hear it now from YOU???

    Coming from another old fat guy get a shoulder rig or pocket carry as I do.

    Or make a deal with Sister and carry her with you wherever you go.
    Coming from a used to be fat guy that heard the same thing, I wish I would have taken it to heart when I heard it 15 years ago. OP, you described yourself as "a disgusting fat body". This leads me to belive that you are not happy with your current situation. I am a certified personal trainer in my spare time and would love the chance to talk with you and provide some (free) information about diet, lifestyle and exercise that you may find beneficial. I remember how good dropping 60+ pounds felt. I would love to help others feel the same. As a matter of fact... I would extend that invitation to any member of this forum. I will be more than happy to provide free diet and exercise information to anyone that is interested as well as sharing my own story of getting healthy. I spend a few hours a week volunteering at the Y helping obese kids. I have no problem helping my fellow DC members as well.
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    I consider myself "Southern cooking enhanced", and I find the MTAC Minotaur very comfortable carrying a full size XD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    Coming from a used to be fat guy that heard the same thing, I wish I would have taken it to heart when I heard it 15 years ago. OP, you described yourself as "a disgusting fat body". This leads me to belive that you are not happy with your current situation. I am a certified personal trainer in my spare time and would love the chance to talk with you and provide some (free) information about diet, lifestyle and exercise that you may find beneficial. I remember how good dropping 60+ pounds felt. I would love to help others feel the same. As a matter of fact... I would extend that invitation to any member of this forum. I will be more than happy to provide free diet and exercise information to anyone that is interested as well as sharing my own story of getting healthy. I spend a few hours a week volunteering at the Y helping obese kids. I have no problem helping my fellow DC members as well.
    Rollo, that is great. The way you break things, I think helping someone break the bad habits is worth while. I have lost better than 100 pounds twice in my life....

    OP, take him up on this. It will help you in more than one way....
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