February 13th, 2010 05:38 PM
I didnt take them time to rad all the replys but....
I consider myself a skinny guy. I have the same problem. Its like wearing boxers that are 5 sizes too small, leaving that annoying impression. I wear my belts on my pelvis, which dosnt leave very much padding. If I need to conceal, I sinch it down till the holster is in its designed position. If Im around the house, loose it is. The simple answer to this problem is IWB! (MTAC for me)
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February 13th, 2010 06:18 PM
How about using a dedicated belt for the holster in conjunction with the one to hold up your pants?
That way you can wear the holster up higher on your waist.
February 13th, 2010 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by limatunes
im skinny for a guy 5'10" 155 and Thats one big reason I IWB carry :)
February 13th, 2010 10:54 PM
This is what I have found to be true for myself as well. I have a good gun belt that I've been using and while I have a Wilderness it just seems to be a bit TOO rigid. Though I'm willing to give it another try and break it in a little more.
Originally Posted by TerriLi
This is exactly what I have found and recommend to other women as well.
Originally Posted by Rugergirl
It's taken me a year to put on 10 lbs and I've been working really hard at it. I'm still working on gaining another 4 lbs and it's not easy for me.
Originally Posted by archer51
I do carry IWB a lot and I can make OWB quite comfortable provided I leave my belt just a tiny bit on the loose side. ESPECIALLY if the holster is of such quality that it doesn't put too much weight on one spot on the belt. One of my most comfortable set-ups has been OWB but with other holster systems it can not be as comfortable as with others.
Originally Posted by rhenriksen
I also have a Wilderness belt and, as I've said it's pretty rigid though I'm willing to try and break it in a little more and try it. You're right. Now extremely fashionable.
Though I like my 1911s, obviously, that is not the only firearm I have or will carry. I am saving up my pennies for a Glock.. that's right.. you read right. Limatunes is willing to try carrying a Glock.
I just want to try everything out in every way before I write it off as a no-go.
That's an interesting Idea. I might have to look into that.
Originally Posted by 1959
Thanks, everyone for your feedback.
February 14th, 2010 07:25 AM
6'3, 165#, 31" waist, same problem. Had it from the get go. I wear jeans 99.9% of the time. Levis 501 and some sort of Wrangler knock off for work (uniform).
I carry IWB (homemade crossbreed style), Full size Baby Eagle .40 13+1 (about as large/heavy as a base model 1911). The holster ends up at about 3:30 - 4:00 on my hip with the dovetail right in my kidney.
I ended up taking a small washcloth, sewed it folded in half (3" x 8") and place it between my jeans and hip at 9:00.
I initially I thought it was something that my body was going to have to get used to (like wearing a new watchband or necklace, not that you have a problem with hairs getting pulled out by the item) but after 2+ years, I still have to do it. The only time I don't is when I am layered up for cold weather (undies, long johns, T-shirt, turtleneck, work shirt) effectively 5 layers of clothing between my hip and the jeans.
I can go about 8 hours without the padding, but any longer then I start hurting. Even when I carry OWB.
I figure why fight with trying to find a different means of carry (belt, clothing, holster brand and style) or a different weapon when all I need to do is add a little padding to the problem side.
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February 14th, 2010 08:23 AM
Lima, something else can to mind after reading a few posts. Unmentionables, might also be part of the problem. If the elastic band at the top lays on top of the bone, and the belt and weight of the gun presses down on the elastic that can make the problem even worse. If the elastic is slightly higher or lower I've found it makes a big difference too.
I normally carry either a S&W 686+ or a S&W Model 65, both heavy guns, the weight of the gun itself factors into how much downward pressure sits on top of the bone.
Yesterday I was home most of the day and not really worried about printing so I tried something new, and moved the rig back from 3:00 to about 3:45. It prints a tiny bit, probably enough that we who carry would see it if we were looking, but I'll bet not enough that the public would notice. My husband and daughter are both good at telling me if I'm printing and they didn't mention it. It seems with the weight of the heavy gun moving it back just that 1/2 inch moved the weight enough to get it off the point of the bone and put it in a spot that was a lot more comfortable.
I have three different holster that both of the guns fit and the pancake type is definately more comfortable than the scabbard types, the leather is thicker and wider at the area where the cylinder of the guns rides, sort of helping to spread the weight over a larger area, maybe a change of holster would help too?
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February 14th, 2010 10:09 AM
At barely 68-inches in height I'm not as proportionally skinny as some in this thread although I dip to -150 now and then. Still, I have my mother's hips and on occasion I have purchased women sized Levis, cargo pants, pull over shirts and non-pink sports clothing. I seldom wear belts for the same reason, so I can sorta relate. When I do wear a belt I have to purchase the contoured style, which by the way, was originally designed for women.
1. If you carry OWB with a belt, where on your waistline does your belt cross. Is it at the belly button, just below, riding the hips, around the hips? Bianchi use to offer a sturdy narrow padded, contoured dress belt, although currently, it’s only offered in a 1.75” variant.
Answer: On or around the hips, dependent on pant style/cut
2. If you carry OWB with a belt, how tight do you make your belt?
Answer: As lose as possible for a semi-secure hold
3. How tight is too tight and what do you consider to be too loose?
Answer: Too tight: when it cinches or gussets the pants.
Too lose: when the buckle droops below the pant closure/snap/button.
4. Do you loosen your belt to make things comfortable or live with the discomfort and a more "floppy" setup?
Answer: (a) Prior to OC a belt for me was strictly for appearance, and not to secure my pants. (b) Yes, slight discomfort for a secure draw; more of a challenge with my preferred steel gun(s).
Clearly, gun leather makers haven’t recognized the true needs for thin guys or women. In this respect, they’re seemingly stuck in the 1950’s unless they have a wife who forces them to make a woman’s holster now and then. I mean, when is the last time you heard of a female gun leather maker?
In all fairness, the leather wizards build to the masses and us thinner folk are the minority. Also, the current ratio of women vs. guys that carry guns may also be a factor. As it stands, I have no idea what the ‘technical’ solution is, although I do envision a contoured belt that is somehow molded or flared on the bottom edge.
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February 14th, 2010 10:18 AM
By "skinny", do you mean at my 34-inch belt level...or when it soon gets bigger just above it? I mean, I don't really have to hide it at the side.
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