Uncomfortable driving

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    Uncomfortable driving

    I have just started carrying all the time. Right now it is not comfortable for me, but I think it is because the holster is just not right for me. (I have a new one on the way.)

    One of the most uncomfortable times for me is while I am driving. I am just wondering how you guys deal with it? Do you take the gun out and put it somewhere else? Do you just let it dig into your back? It is uncomfortable, but for short drives, it is tolerable. Or do some holster just lend themselves to more comfort?

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    Holster selection and position are 90% of it. Your body getting used to it is the other 10%.

    Depending on your mode of carry, can you deploy quickly/easily while in the car?

    I can not and will be getting a simple cross draw holster for driving.

    My tucked IWB holster is comfortable while driving so long as I don't slouch, and it took me a few days to find the sweet spot.
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    I predict that the common answers here will be:

    Find a holster setup that works for you.

    Take your firearm off your person, but keep it within immediate reach while driving.

    I know two individuals that have crossdraw holsters just for use while driving.

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    i use my Uncle Mike sidekick for car travel. I slide it into this and place it between the seat and the console. Ckeap generic holster, maybe 20 bucks.
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    Even with the seats in my truck that wrap around your sides, I'm not at all uncomfortable wearing my VersaMax-II!
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    I use this: Galco "snap on" holster

    It's about the worst holster I've ever seen, certainly the worst I've ever owned. That said, angle is adjustable and I can snap it onto my belt for cross-draw while driving. After a couple hours in the garage I found the right way to wear it.

    Edit: I should add - this stays in my car (the holster). It's dedicated to my drive time.
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    When you find the right belt/holster combination...you won't even know it's there when you're driving...
    You just have to get the right holster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Zaria View Post
    I predict that the common answers here will be:

    Find a holster setup that works for you.

    Take your firearm off your person, but keep it within immediate reach while driving.

    I know two individuals that have crossdraw holsters just for use while driving.

    Peace,
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    Yes, find a holster that is right for you.

    NO do not take the gun off of your person while driving. This is a very bad idea. Keep the gun on your person at all times, comfort be damned. If you take the gun off and leave it unsecured while driving, it will end up somewhere you can not reach it if you need to take evasive action or have a wreck. You do not want that.

    Crossdraw holsters are a good option for driving.
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    My rig/belt combo (Defender OWB) .... allows me to shift rig to 3 0'clock when seated and driving - this allows clearance for seat belt and yet I can reach down to draw if need be. I do ensure cover garment is freed up too.

    When I leave truck rig goes back to 3.30 plus usually. I admit if I was in a car with wrap-around bucket seats it might be less easy but in my wife's Jetta it still works for me.

    It is all down to the chosen combo IMO - and there need not/should not be any major discomfort, as well as there being adequate access. If we are well hot on SA then any situation developing should allow time for a draw.
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    I carry IWB with an MTAC but found that I could not easily access my gun - especially as Winter set in. I purchased a Nylon holster w/thumb break that affixes to a Velcro patch at a recent gun show(sorry I do not kjnow the manyfacturer). I put the patch on the side of my car seat (front right). When I am driving, the holster/gun sets there firmly in place right off of my right knee. My van sits high so no one can see the gun down low - though I have put a cloth under my seat to cover it just in case. The thumb break makes sure the gun will not move. I like the setup because I have quicker access to the gun, it won't move, and it is more comfortable than cross carry (which I had been doing in the car).
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    i personally always carry at 3 o clock.
    especially since i have a smaller gun (1911 defender frame),
    the grip is just short enough that it does not hit the seat

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    I've got a different solution. It costs a bit more, but...... I have my .40 in its holster, setting in my driver's door pocket in the truck (very secure and very accessible) and my 1911 in its holster on my person. Cross draw for driving makes sense, but DO NOT take your firearm off of your person!
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    I got a Ross holster for Christmas that is designed for driving, but can be used for SOB carry as well. I have a long commute, so this holster gets a lot of use. I'm thrilled with it. Check it out:
    http://www.ccwsupply.biz/RossM23DrivingHolsterPAGE.htm

    I am not affiliated with the site, but they were a pleasure to do business with (my wife said so anyway)
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    Left-handed, owb @8:00 works fine for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Footslogger View Post
    I got a Ross holster for Christmas that is designed for driving, but can be used for SOB carry as well. I have a long commute, so this holster gets a lot of use. I'm thrilled with it. Check it out:
    http://www.ccwsupply.biz/RossM23DrivingHolsterPAGE.htm

    I am not affiliated with the site, but they were a pleasure to do business with (my wife said so anyway)
    That's pretty sweet. I think I'll get one. Thanks!
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