I can't get comfortable in my carry. What am I doing wrong?

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    I can't get comfortable in my carry. What am I doing wrong?

    I use VM2's, Tucker, Crossbreed Super Tuck, and other tuckable holsters and I look like I am deformed. It seems that they stick out like a sore thumb. I always tuck my shirt in, so this makes it tougher I guess. It just looks like a growth on my hip. I have tried it at 3, 3.30, 4, and 5 o'clock. I have used a 3" kimber, a 4" Wilson CQB Compact and a Glock 27. I can put smaller guns in my pockets but they are smaller guns.
    How many sizes larger are the pants supposed to be? I am using about 2" larger.
    I have a supertuck on order and should get it in a few days. They have a 60 day return if you don't like it. I read all of the testimonials and they like it. It just looks like it could get mighty congested at that area.

    Your thoughts on what I may be doing wrong?

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    Maybe it's in your eyes and not as obvious as you think. We are so self conscious of anything different on ourselves but not to everyone else.

    Sarge posted a thread, can't remember the name of it, but he wore shirt inside out, different color shoe strings , lot of stuff at work and no one even noticed.
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    Maybe it's in your eyes and not as obvious as you think
    This is very true. Most average folks won't notice anything they're not specifically looking for. As far as the issue of the big bulge on 1 side of the hip - it's all about symmetry. Use a larger sized shirt if necessary, and try to "blouse" the part tucked in at the waist. It looks a little sloppy, compared to the tightly tucked in style, but it's actually how many people currently wear tucked shirts. That way the bulge is pretty even around the body circumference, and the bulge just blends into the overall look.
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    Stop tucking. Maybe your build is giving you away. I almost never tuck and my gun is invisible.
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    If you are a lean person like me (6'2" 170lbs) it can be hard to tuck.Try blousing your shirt a bit when you tuck, that does the trick for me.

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    I agree that it is most likely just your eyes/self conciousness. Have you carried in public much? It may take a few weeks or even months for it to be second nature, where you are not so self concious.
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    You didn't say how you were dressing. Business or causal ? I wear all of my shirts untucked but I dress causal. As mentioned blouse your shirt all the way around. I get shirts that are a size larger with long tails.
    Has anyone asked about your "bulge"? Maybe it is just you. We all have had to make changes and adjustments to carry.
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    Instead of tucking in your shirt like normal, try tucking it in under the belt from the bottom up,.. Just the last inch or so,.. It will blouse it some and hides your weapon better.. I was somewhere a few weeks ago and they gave me a new tee shirt that I needed to wear,. I couldn't let it hang without it printing so I had to get creative, and found out if I tuck like I discribed above, it didn't print at all.. Worked great,.

    I agree, to often we know it is there and see things the the sheep don't see,... .Don't worry about it as much as you would like to,.. just a little something isn't anything to most people..

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    I wear a 100% cotton inner shirt or an underarmor dri-fit one in summer and a half sleeve shirt over it. It conceals perfectly. If I am wearing business casual, I wear a light jacket/sportcoat over the shirt.



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    I find tucking to be nearly impossible with a lot of handguns.

    The shirt needs to be long enough that you can--what do they call that, "blouse"?--the tail a little bit. This gives some looseness to the shirt and can help conceal it. I wish I could find it, there was a guy who used to CCW a Glock 23 in a CTAC with V-Clips while wearing business casual. He made that thing disappear.

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    +1 on Wolfshead's post... I've been wearing untucked golf and hawaiian shirts for years and with an undershirt I've found that I can even use an OWB holster and still conceal well. It's more comfortable that way too.

    Just my two cents... Stay Safe!
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    I can't pull off the tucked look, either. I carry a Kahr PM9 or PM45 in a Crossbreed Supertuck - the gun dissapears with an untucked polo or T-shirt, but I get a huge "tumor" when I try to tuck. Not a problem evenings and weekends when I can untuck, but I have to wear slacks and tucked button-down shirts at work (no tie at least, whew). I don't know if it's my build (5'10", 150ish) or what, but I just wear a 5.11 holster shirt at work instead of trying to tuck.
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    For me, what works is a Crossbreed Supertuck at around 3:30 for my G30. It is not very comfortable but it is the most comfortable I have been able to get while carrying such a bulky gun. I wear hawaiian shorts untucked and I even tuck some shirts. When tucked, I "blouse" the shirt over and I use my cell at about 3:00 to cover the waistline deformation.

    Works for me, I do presentations in front of people at work and nobody has noticed (or they haven't told me). Good luck!
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    I tuck a G27 and get self concious once in a while. I'm a bigger build weighing about 240 so the grip melds into the softer center. Blousing with loose shirts helps and the cell phone trick mentioned above is huge too. I've been tucking for a year and haven't been busted yet....

    If you can't get comfortable with it, try a Smartcarry.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...martcarry.html
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    It might also just be a case of getting your body adjusted to it. I know with how I carry the soft spot under my ribcage in my back is now tougher skin then the rest of my back. I'm also a skinny guy, and no matter what what I carry digs in some how a little.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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