Will a CBST really solve my carry problem?

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    Will a CBST really solve my carry problem?

    I realize the reviews are pretty amazing for the Crossbreed Super Tuck but before I drop the cash for one I wanted to address my specific issue.

    I am using a name brand IWB for my Beretta Storm 9mm. The gun is full size and pretty big. With 18 rounds in it, the gun is heavy and my current holster makes it uncomfortable to carry. No body shield so the butt of the gun digs into my side sometimes and it rides kind of high so it prints easily against my shirts.

    Will the ST solve these issues? Anyone carry the PX4 Storm with a supertuck?

    I'd really like to hear some gun specific stories as they relate to the problems I am having. I've received great advice in the past from this forum so I look forward to any and all replies!

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    I never cease to marvel at the popularity of the Super Tuck. For me, it occupies far too much real estate on the body for the purpose it serves.

    There's no harm in telling us exactly what holster (brand and model) is not working for you, and that might help us steer you in a better direction.

    I rotate carry guns, but my basic "go to" rig is a 5" or 4" 1911 in a Milt Sparks Summer Special. Mine does not have the extra tab for shielding the hammer from my love handles (the SS-II has that feature), but with a proper gun belt I can carry the gun all day in reasonable comfort. Your Storm is maybe a tad wider than a 1911, but overall not larger.

    FWIW, my body shape is overweight mesomorph, 5"11" and 210.
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    In a word, YES. The CBST is amazing, the top leather is just enough shield so as to keep the gun from digging in and the width will evenly distribute the weight. I love my CBST. That said, there is the possibility that your belt is just insufficient as is. You may want to pick up a better, more purpose made belt first (since you will need it either way) and give it a try first before you shell out for the CrossBreed, but I PROMISE you, you will not be disappointed with the CrossBreed.
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    I purchased a ST after hearing all the praise about it......and didn't like it. I bought mine for a Kahr K9, which is smaller than your gun. Up til then I had used only leather holsters and this is where the ST has it's drawback. Leather is flexable and will form fit your body. Kydex is rigid and as I found out, quite uncomfortable. I wore my ST for several hours and called it quits. I am really suprised that everyone LOVES it (except me). I found my true love in a IWB by the Ugly Bald Guy. I've seen examples of just about every holster made and his are at least equal to Del Fatti, Brigade, Sparks, etc. If possible wear a ST before buying one. Whatever you get, a sweat shield is a must for IWB carry.
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    I'm a happy CBST owner. I like the adjustability...I have it canted and riding pretty low and don't have the grip digging into my side. My XDsc is not as big as your gun...I think. You might also, for a bit more $$, look at Pure Kustom's Black Ops Pro. It's adjustable like the ST, works OWB as well....I carry a 1911 in mine and it's great. Not sure if the supertuck will solve your problems...It did for me. But Pure Kustom's stuff is much purdier and just as comfortable, IMO.

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    Thanks for the replies. You've all given me some items to consider. My current holster is a Wild Bills IWB leather holster with exterior snaps. I have one for my Bersa Thunder with a single clip and it's a great holster. The one for the Storm isnt cutting it. Do any retailers sell the cross breed? That would give me a chance to try one out. I've looked at UBG holsters as well and am considering one of those along with the supertuck.

    I just want to find something that will allow me to comfortably carry my Storm. I didnt think it would be this much of an issue but i want it to be my EDC and so far, it aint happening.

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    A couple guns stores by me(Texas) carry them because of their popularity. I carried a XDsc9 and a XD 4" service in mine for a while...and loved it. Comfy.
    I have a PM9 and carry it in a Minituck...sane exact result, comfy all day and night. Love it....though I am eyeing a Pure Custom for my XD. I love the look
    of the Blacks Ops pro and the options... I see one in my future.
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    Carrying can be problematic at times. You have a 21 oz weapon plus 11 rounds of ammo which amounts to approximately 3 1/2 lbs of weapon. That much weight on one side will cause even a tight pair of jeans without a belt to sag as much as 3-4 inches. With a good belt, one of the double thickness ones, you can be reasonably assured of a good support system but the additional weight of gun and holster may still cause a sag. Even with good suspenders and a belt, you can still experience some minor sagging.
    What you have to do is find what works the best for you. I can strongly suggest the supertuck as one way to carry in relative comfort. You still have to have a good support system for that weight and a good solid, stiff belt is going to be the best system to start with. With any IWB rig, you are going to have to adjust your waist size in pants or cargo shorts to accomodate the additional room needed for the holster and weapon. Again a good belt is a necessity to keep things up where they belong. According to your body size you may have to play a bit to find just the right spot for the rig to fit you just the right way. Support is the clue, it has to be comfortable for you and support the weight of the weapon and ammo.
    I also have a nice little Don Hume OWB holster which I alternate with depending on how I feel that particular day. If I'm driving long distances it's better for me since it keeps the weapon higher on my belt line than the Supertuck and digs in less as I'm sitting in the vehicle.
    The Supertucks, IMO, are probably the best for concealment since they sit relatively lower and the shape is masked by the clothing on the outside, it's very difficult to see one even for the experienced viewer as opposed to the DH OWB which is a lump on the outside of your clothing. Conversely the DH may be a bit more visible but only to a trained eye since it rides higher and is able to kind of hide behind the bone structure of your hip tucking nicely into that little hollow above your hip bone.
    Either one is a good choice but depending on your particular needs one or the other would be your personal choice or...maybe you can use two as I do, alternating depending on what you're doing. The Supertucks take a few days to mold to your body and where you carry so at first will be a bit out of place but after wearing it some will mold itself to your body. You might try just wearing the holster without weapon in it for a few days to get used to the feeling and adjusting the location, then add the pistol and adjust any fitment at that time so it's comfortable. It's a process and that takes some time and a period of adjustment to get it just right.
    Lots of good advice all over this forum so have fun and trust that it will work out the way you want it to.

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    I carry a G30 in a CBST from time to time. It is pretty comfortable. But it is a large peice of leather wedged IWB. It is flat so it isn't too bad. But my Milt Sparks SS II is definately more comfortable. In all fairness The SS II is for a smaller handgun (G27). But I have carried the G27 in holsters similar to CBST (MTAC & Kholster) and while they are comfortable, the SS II is the most comfortable.
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    I have never tried the CBST, but I did try the MTAC which appears to be very similar. I didn't care for it, and it now sits in my holster drawer. I have tried a number of IWB holsters, and the two that work best for me are the "Low Rider" by RM Holsters (kydex) and the ambidextrous IWB by AKJ/Concealco (leather). Holsters, like guns are a very personal thing though so YMMV.
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    I currently am carrying a Springfield XDM9 with a CBST and I think it works great. I ordered one of their belts to wear with it and I find that they are very comfortable after a few days wear. It took almost 3 weeks to receive mine though.

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    Small gun (PF9) + Sweet Holster (CBST) = Happy Camper!

    I spent a lot of money on a lot of inferior holsters before getting the CBST. The CBST is actually much smaller in person than I thought it would be. Conceals extremely well and comfortable whether walking or driving. It's the last type of holster I'll ever buy.

    To answer your question though: Get a smaller gun. There are far more comfortable, more concealable, and just as effective (and cheaper) options out there. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redfish443 View Post
    You have a 21 oz weapon plus 11 rounds of ammo which amounts to approximately 3 1/2 lbs of weapon.

    Want to run thru that math again? 3.5 pounds is 56 ounces... Subtract out 21 ounces for the gun, 11 rounds plus magazine = 35 ounces, or 2 lb 3 oz. 3 ounces per round? I don't think so.
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    I really like mine.

    Where's the risk?

    From the CrossBreed web page:

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    Once you receive your holster you have two weeks to try it out, if it doesn't work for you, simply give us a ring and we will buy it back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northface View Post
    I really like mine.

    Where's the risk?

    From the CrossBreed web page:

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    Once you receive your holster you have two weeks to try it out, if it doesn't work for you, simply give us a ring and we will buy it back.
    Yeah, I was going to mention that. You are still out shipping though! I love my CBMT (mini-tuck) for my keltec 380. I know, I know, it's a mouse gun. I just really like how small that thing is.
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