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This is a discussion on Holster Search within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm looking for a good IWB holster for my XD40 service. I just recently received a DeSantis Cozy Parter. This is a great holster, but ...
I'm looking for a good IWB holster for my XD40 service. I just recently received a DeSantis Cozy Parter. This is a great holster, but I still print. I know that part of this is because I need to purchase a good gun belt. Another problem is that I'm finding that how well a holster conceals depend on your body type. I'm 5'7" tall with quite a stomach (232lbs). The problem with the Cozy Partner is that it rides high on my belt. If the holster sat another 1.5 inches lower it would conceal perfectly. I just don't have the finances to keep spending big money on holsters trying to find the one that fits. Do any of you short, portly guys have any good suggestions for an IWB that sits the weapon lower on the belt line. I already have one that I paid $80 for that is a good holster, just not for my body type.
OUCH!! What a price. I was trying to stay in the $100-$125 range, but thank you for that suggestion. I want some more input, but this is an option (just need to save up more cash).
I'm admiring them now. Looks like they have a pretty long turnaround (but I see that most custom holster makers do). I'm a real sucker for beautiful leather craftsmanship.
What's your favorite carry position with the holster you now have? We want to work with your pistol of choice since you've chosen it for a reason. Everything else is secondary at this point. Will your holster work in other positions with your pistol? What is your comfort zone with what you have now (pistol and holster)? Can you get out of your comfort zone on a whim? Stomach....gut, whatever you want to call it. It either works for you or against you....and right now you shouldn't think either. Carrying a defensive firearm involves you. Like I've said before, it's a life change basically that many are not ready for nor willing to accept what they may need to do in order to be ready, willing, and able to defend themselves in this increasingly evil world. Once you think about the options available to you with what you already have, you'll be taking a step outside the box. Your carry pistol and holster don't make you. What you make of your carry pistol and holster do. If you can't find the will and the way, you'll have to go to step #2.
The holster I have rides high (I have a short torso). When experimenting with positions, I found that if it sat lower it would be perfect. As it stands I have to reach up kinda high to draw the weapon. I'm planning in purchasing a gun belt before I purchase anotherh holser, because my current belt tends to bend and hold the weapon close to my body (which is also a problem).
I'll give that a shot. Thank you guys for all the help.
Like some of the other posts have mentioned: Check with Rocky at Pure Kustoms & get your self a good quality gun belt. You won't be sorry and you will have a system that will work for years.
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I just bought a left handed (I am right handed) IWB clip on holster for my M&P from a place called the holster store. Good quality leather, molded to the gun with a heavy single clip. I bought it to carry near the small of my back (I am kinda built like you) and so far it's extremely comfortable, easy to draw (was tight at first but I worked it in a bit) and drops low enough to conceal easily.
I spent a wopping 45 bucks to (included the addition of a slide guard and shipping). They also have the ability to add forward (15 degree I think) or rearward cant. Check them out online. theholterstore.com I bought the Pro Carry HD model for my M&P9c. It gives me another option other then my belt holster and my Cross Breed Supertuck.
If funds are an issue, try the Kholster. I have 3 and they are very easy to carry, highly adjustable and ultra comfortable. http://www.kholster.com
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