Concealed carry comfort problems

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    Concealed carry comfort problems

    In February I purchased a S&W J-frame for concealed carry. Since then I've been having comfort issues. I purchased a Old Faithful holster and a 5.11 Tactical belt. I tried several positions but could not find a comfortable position. Since one hole on the belt felt too loose and the next too tight, I thought the belt could be the problem. I bought a Wilderness 5-stitch original belt. However, it did not seem to fix the problem.

    On the best days, with both belts, it was only slightly uncomfortable. Nothing I would ever forget I was wearing. On the worst days, I could hardly stand wearing it. On these days, I would have some lower back pain. Nothing seems to be poking me. I think it just might be the weight of the gun that is not being supported correctly.

    To try and figure out what is wrong, I plan to first purchase a different style holster for my J-frame. If that doesn't work, I was going to borrow a semi-auto from a friend to see if it is the gun.

    Any suggestions for new holster for my J-frame? Any suggestions for improving comfort?

    If needed, I can provide more information or pictures.

    Thank You.

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    Pictures would be helpful to see where you are carrying the weapon on your belt. Also, if necessary, add a few holes to the belt to get that just right position.
    There are two types of people who carry concealed weapons...Responsible ones and Irresponsible ones...which are you...

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    Been carrying snubs for over 20 years love milt sparks summer special one and number two one for jframes two for my sp which is a little bigger
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    I have a Glaco gunleather holsters for my full size M&P and my M&P Shield that I hate to wear. The leather causes my underwear to drag and give me a weddgie. After I got sick of the leather I bought an RRCS Kydex holster, no more drag on my boxers and the cant helps hide the gun and make it less noticeable. The RRCS kydex holster is alot smaller than your current holster. I'm not sure if you can RRCS in your area so PJ holster might be a good option too.
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    I have carried J-Frames and even Ruger SP101's in pocket holsters for years. You may find them much more comfortable than an OWB carry, as this method will not cause you the issues you detailed. An example of one such pocket holster I often use can be seen at Midway under the following description and item number.

    DeSantis Ammo Nemesis Pocket Holster Ambidextrous S&W J-Frames 2"-2.5", Bodyguard 380, Taurus 85 2", Ruger LCR 1.875" Nylon Black (Item # 139087)
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    Handguns are generally neither comfortable or uncomfortable. Your carry gear makes it so. Old Faithful makes IWB & OWB models, which did you pick? Your 5.11 belt must be the leather model 'cause the nylon model doesn't have holes & is infinitely adjustable. J frames have been around a l-o-n-g time & carried by l-o-t-s of folks. Severe lower back pain "caused" by something as light as most j-frames hints more to a spine/muscle issue than to ill-advised or poorly adjusted equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dben002 View Post
    Pictures would be helpful to see where you are carrying the weapon on your belt. Also, if necessary, add a few holes to the belt to get that just right position.
    Pictures will be coming soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Been carrying snubs for over 20 years love milt sparks summer special one and number two one for jframes two for my sp which is a little bigger
    Thank you for the suggestion. I will check out Milt Sparks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshp689 View Post
    I'm not sure if you can RRCS in your area so PJ holster might be a good option too.
    What is RRCS and why would I not be allowed in my area? Are certain types of holsters illegal in some areas?

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    Handguns are generally neither comfortable or uncomfortable. Your carry gear makes it so. Old Faithful makes IWB & OWB models, which did you pick? Your 5.11 belt must be the leather model 'cause the nylon model doesn't have holes & is infinitely adjustable. J frames have been around a l-o-n-g time & carried by l-o-t-s of folks. Severe lower back pain "caused" by something as light as most j-frames hints more to a spine/muscle issue than to ill-advised or poorly adjusted equipment.
    I have an IWB Old Faithful Holster. Yes, you are correct, my 5.11 belt is leather, however, the Wilderness belt is nylon and is, as you say, infinitely adjustable. I know that J frames have been around a long time that is why I thought it would be best to post something to get advice before purchasing more gear. I was thinking that I must be doing something wrong. I have little gun knowledge and less about carry gear. Thanks for the advice about the back pain. Although I did say "some" instead of "severe" and probably pain is not the best of words... maybe more like a dull ache.

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    Couple of things.

    1. Carrying a gun is intended to be comforting, not comfortable. Strapping a chunk of metal to your belt has consequences.

    2. My best guess is that your pants aren't large enough to accommodate an IWB holster. J-frames are pretty easy carrying guns. You're using quality belts and holsters which makes it even easier. Lot's of folks carry j-frames with Wal Mart belts and cheap holsters without problem. In this situation I can't see a way that the gun or gear would be causing you issues. The only other possibility I see is that the pants themselves are causing the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcclung View Post
    In February I purchased a S&W J-frame for concealed carry. Since then I've been having comfort issues. I purchased a Old Faithful holster and a 5.11 Tactical belt. I tried several positions but could not find a comfortable position. Since one hole on the belt felt too loose and the next too tight, I thought the belt could be the problem. I bought a Wilderness 5-stitch original belt. However, it did not seem to fix the problem.

    On the best days, with both belts, it was only slightly uncomfortable. Nothing I would ever forget I was wearing. On the worst days, I could hardly stand wearing it. On these days, I would have some lower back pain. Nothing seems to be poking me. I think it just might be the weight of the gun that is not being supported correctly. To try and figure out what is wrong, I plan to first purchase a different style holster for my J-frame.
    Hi, and welcome!

    Only can tell you what worked for me and I'm all into comfort! Since a Bass Pro is the closest place to shop for belts and holsters other than the pawn shops I usually go to Bass. In their 5.11 Tact area you can find nylon belts that do not have holes in them. One is Velcro (the more expensive one ~ would hold very heavy gun) and the other just holds perfect. I got the second one being my S&W is the bodyguard .38 revolver and not that heavy. My holster is also made from material and is also comfortable. I got a holster that converts from IW or OW made by "Redhead" and it has a snap that is removable that will hold the gun in. Both were not expensive at all. I got a second holster just like that one for another one of my guns. Both belts come in black/army green/tan.

    Hope this helps
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    The Redhead holsters are good, but not comfortable at all for IWB.

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    Surprisingly, you may have too much holster for your J frame. I've never said that before, but being new to cc, you may not be accustomed to the extra asymmetrical bulk in your belt. I have a Remora holster for my 442 that I can pocket carry or wear IWB.

    Lastly, with your well supported holster and very stiff belt, you don't need to cinch down your load like a flat bed trucker. The belt should rest on your hips and support the weight of the gun. Snug, not tight. Try the looser belt hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbuckle View Post
    The Redhead holsters are good, but not comfortable at all for IWB.
    Is yours made with material? I wear mine right up to my skin and it has never hurt? If you got an even more comfortable option I'm listening....
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    One thing might be where you are carrying. If the gun is pressing up against your sciatic nerve that will cause you major discomfort.

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    It seems, sometimes, that everyone here, AND THE ENTIRE WORLD, carries IWB. I detest it.

    I do very much like paddle holsters. I have bladetech, galco as primary paddle holster carry. For my J frame I use a galco paddle holster, and its simply comfortable. And rock solid.

    Carrying OWB is much more doable than most seem to think, gives you a more efficient draw, in my opinion, and I have never been made while carrying OWB. And honestly, I dont try very hard not to be spotted, or worry about printing, etc. The world notices much less than most people seem to think.

    I have actually come to the conclusion that the world worries about what kind of person they think they see, instead of if they carry a gun or not. Shrug.

    I would, without hesitation, stop trying to IWB, and go to other methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post
    Is yours made with material? I wear mine right up to my skin and it has never hurt? If you got an even more comfortable option I'm listening....
    As mentioned above, the difference could be where we carry. Here is one of the Uncle Mike Holsters, is a really smooth nylon and also goes up on one side between the weapon and the body for extra comfortImageUploadedByTapatalk1375218580.320924.jpg
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