Here's my situation. I'm not new to guns, but am new to concealed carry. Currently I have a full sized M&P 9mm that I carry in an OWB Blackhawk kydex paddle holster. It's not a good concealed holster by any means, but I needed something for now and it was cheap and it works. Plus, where I live, and the current season, it's easily covered with a jacket. And it's jacket weather right now.
My FS9 is heavy. I can feel the belt on the opposite of my gunside digging into my waist. I've been doing my research and I've read that a good gun belt and a good holster make all the difference. Lately I've been contemplating getting a CW9 for my daily carry gun because it weighs half as much, and it fits in my pocket. I've even considered selling my M&P9 and using the money to buy the CW9 and start putting money towards my next gun purchase. I am married and do have a CFO afterall. :)
The question is... does the gun belt and the holster "really" make all that much difference? I've read that things like a Crossbread Supertuk, or a Galco Kingtuk really "spreads" the weight around, and that a good gunbelt really makes a difference as well. I even read one guy who said that he wears his kingtuk in scrubs sometimes. Although I can't imagine where he would be allowed to do that, but whatever.
My problem is that I don't like to wear my pants tight as it is. Gun or no gun. I can only imagine my gun sagging or pulling on one side unless I have it tight. And how much can the holster help if I don't have the belt tight?
$100 for a belt and $100 for the holster... I'm over half way to another gun.
Sorry for the rambling.. the basic question is.... will a good belt, and a good holster really perform magic and disperse the weight without requiring the belt to be super tight.
Measurements: 5' 10" 205 w/35" waist.