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    How long?

    I am new to carrying and now that I have a holster and new pants to fit I have been carrying regularly. But I was wondering how long did it take before you didn't notice your gun? Or that it was comfortable, and I am not talking about being nervous but how it felt on your hip?

    I am carrying IWB since at work I have to wear my shirt tucked. I wore for the first time at work on Fri. I was nervous someone would notice and since it is a new job I am nervous what they might say. It is a small company and they don't have any policy against it. Outside of work I am comfortable carrying for the most part and only occasionally worried I might expose myself.

    I do have a good gun belt, Crossbreed, but have yet to get used to the hard thing pressed into my hip. The biggest problem is I have yet to find a position that is comfortable while driving. I did make some adjustments, cutting of leather, to my Old Faithful yesterday to hopefully help that situation. I have yet to try it but will find out this coming week.

    So again I was wondering how long did it take before wearing your gun was comfortable?
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    I carry OWB and found that it was comfortable from the very beginning. I don't think I could get used to IWB carry. Most people on this forum say that they all have a large box of holsters that didn't work or weren't comfortable. Best advice is to try a number of them until you find one that works for you....
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    I started carrying at age 19 when I became a cop. If memory serves me correct it probably was about 6 months of carrying day in and day out before it became second nature. But it has been MANY moons since I was that young and wet behind the ears......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compa49 View Post
    I am new to carrying and now that I have a holster and new pants to fit I have been carrying regularly. But I was wondering how long did it take before you didn't notice your gun? Or that it was comfortable, and I am not talking about being nervous but how it felt on your hip?

    I am carrying IWB since I work I have to wear my shirt tucked. I wore for the first time at work on Fri. I was nervous someone would notice and since it is a new job I am nervous what they might say. It is a small company and they don't have any policy against it. Outside of work I am comfortable carrying for the most part and only occasionally worried I might expose myself.

    I do have a good gun belt, Crossbreed, but have yet to get used to the hard thing pressed into my hip. The biggest problem is I have yet to find a position that is comfortable while driving. I did make some adjustments, cutting of leather, to my Old Faithful yesterday to hopefully help that situation. I have yet to try it but will find out this coming week.

    So again I was wondering how long did it take before wearing your gun was comfortable?
    Imma gonna leave the bold part alone, as that's up to HR.

    As for the rest, it took me about a month of carrying all day IWB before it was truly comfortable. The worry about printing and stuff will go away once you realize people aren't that interested in you (or anything else except their phone).

    Edit: you know something that helped me was carrying the heaviest gun I have (a Sig P220) whenever I was home. When I was out and was carrying my true EDC (a Sig P239 at the time) it was so much lighter it was practically unnoticeable. Kinda like when baseball players put that doughnut weight on their bats when they are taking their practice swings.
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    It always is uncomfortable. The only thing that changes is that you get used to being uncomfortable. If you want comfortable do what many of us end up doing once we realize that after 60 years of carrying we never needed to draw and shoot our gun; pocket carry a small 9mm or snub nose. Then you will not have to get used to anything and be armed all the time unlike your friends who say they are but really are not. :) I developed chronic back pain simply by carrying a wallet in my back pocket. Imagine what would have happened if it was a two pound gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compa49 View Post
    I am new to carrying and now that I have a holster and new pants to fit I have been carrying regularly. But I was wondering how long did it take before you didn't notice your gun? Or that it was comfortable, and I am not talking about being nervous but how it felt on your hip?

    I am carrying IWB since I work I have to wear my shirt tucked. I wore for the first time at work on Fri. I was nervous someone would notice and since it is a new job I am nervous what they might say. It is a small company and they don't have any policy against it. Outside of work I am comfortable carrying for the most part and only occasionally worried I might expose myself.

    I do have a good gun belt, Crossbreed, but have yet to get used to the hard thing pressed into my hip. The biggest problem is I have yet to find a position that is comfortable while driving. I did make some adjustments, cutting of leather, to my Old Faithful yesterday to hopefully help that situation. I have yet to try it but will find out this coming week.

    So again I was wondering how long did it take before wearing your gun was comfortable?
    With a good belt and holster, it doesn't take all that long. I've carried a 1911 for 34 years, it's never gotten to the point I didn't know it was there, but it certainly wasn't uncomfortable.
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    A good belt makes all of the difference in the 20 years that I've been carrying I've leaned that.


    Especially when I tried to carry a PT-92 on a flimsy nylon belt, it just doesn't work.

    Buy a decent gun belt and holster and carrying become less of a chore.
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