Neighbor just took his CHL class and had questions

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    Neighbor just took his CHL class and had questions

    My neighbor and I were talking Saturday night about how he just took his conceal handgun license (CHL) class for carrying. He knows I carry and was asking me about holsters. I carry using the Crossbreed and White Hat IWB holsters and showed him what they were like and gave him the pros and cons. He said he wanted to do some research and I gave him some web sites, but he does not want a drawer of holsters. He wants to carry 3 or 3:30 and is not sure if IWB or OWB with an untucked shirt. We live in Houston, so cover garments like jackets are worn very rarely since the climate is warm to hot for most of the year.

    Ok, so lets here all of your suggestions and why. I will show him this post to help him make his decision. What is your 3-3:30 rig and why you chose it. His carry firearm will be a Barretta 92 (he is an old army guy) and he said a 380, but did not tell me the make or model of the gun, so I figure it is a sub-compact.
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    For a full-sized gun, I'd recommend the Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 IWB. Hard to go wrong, with that. High-quality, it'll last a lifetime. Many people who've not much liked IWB seem to like the VM2. BTW, if he can find in-stock models of the VM-2 at LightningArmsSports.com.

    A Brommeland Def Con holster might also suit.

    I've got a functional equivalent of the VM2/DefCon, in the Com2 from H.B.E. Specialty Leatherworks. Spreads the load nicely, and is good quality.

    Why these? High-quality build, time-tested design, good spreading of the loads of a larger sidearm, good comfort, durable.


    Can't say how it'll feel for him at 3:30 or so. Would depend heavily on his shape at that spot. He might well find that his bumps and protrusions simply aren't that amenable to IWB carry, right there. Might find if he slides it aft a bit that he'll be far more comfortable. Depends.
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    He doesn't want a drawer full of holsters?!? Then he is NOT...one of us.
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    Berreta 92.................... 9MM

    I often carry one of my twin 92 FPs when not carrying the M 1911. Go IWB. Us big guys can get away with a full frame IWB and no one notices.

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    Tell him to also purchace a 'real' belt to carry the load, so to speak. Yeah, DC Sponsors also sell those too.

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    I prefer IWB. I like the design of the VMII because it will accommodate a rear-mounted DeltaPoint, except I need my set-up to ride lower, like the Brommeland Max-Con V. After a bunch of trial-and-error failures, Mark at Midworld came up with a kydex design, which, with a slight amount of tweaking, became the holster I now use. Low ride, 20-degree forward cant to cut down on printing, and wide profile to spread the load and break up the lines, and I am done looking for holsters after having bought many. Here are the different guns I carry, and the holsters I carry them in:

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    Once one meets Milt Sparks, one's quest is OVER,
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    I have one of Mikes kydex holsters (I'm wearing it now) and find it to be extremely easy to conceal the weapon. He put a lot of thought into the design. I do wear it with a lycra under shirt to keep the grip off my skin but other than that it just disappears on me, both visibly and to my mind. Very discrete and comfortable. If I'm going with one layer I use N82 as it shields me from the grip.
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    That is just unAmerican! My suggestion go to the gun store try them on. I have a drawer full so I'm no expert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    For a full-sized gun, I'd recommend the Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 IWB. Hard to go wrong, with that. High-quality, it'll last a lifetime. Many people who've not much liked IWB seem to like the VM2. BTW, if he can find in-stock models of the VM-2 at LightningArmsSports.com.

    Lighting Arms has stopped stocking Milt Sparks (and some other brands too) and are just selling the remaing stock they have. For No-Wait stockists of Sparks try Alan Yost (sells on Gunbroker) or Top Gun Supply Guns For Sale | Gun Parts | Shooting Supplies | Top Gun Supply

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    The Beretta 92 is a large gun for IWB, so your friend will almost certainly need pants that are 2" (at least) larger in waist size, if he's going to carry a 92 there.

    No amount of research will guarantee that his first holster choice is the right one. People have different requirements, and what is perfect for one can be completely wrong for someone else. Do you think that all of us with a box or drawer of extra, no longer used holsters actually decided that this is what we wanted to do?
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    Houston humidity hot sticky whewww. Son used to live in the area. N82 great against bare skin under just a t shirt. Protects gun against sweat. Gun never touches you. The backing will allow a full size pistol to be worn in your regular size pants with no belt at all and no dragging down of your pants.

    I have the original model. 2 of em one for wife and one for me carry at 3.30. Most comfortable and functional holsters Ive ever owned and thats a lot of holsters. LOL
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    MTAC by CompTac can't and ride height adjustable. Comfortable for a large gun all day long.
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    I'll add that, and everyone already knows this, that the pants and belt size needs to go 2 or more inches over for IBW - but it is worth it.

    Also, Tropical shirts work great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by txron View Post
    My neighbor and I were talking Saturday night about how he just took his conceal handgun license (CHL) class for carrying. He knows I carry and was asking me about holsters. I carry using the Crossbreed and White Hat IWB holsters and showed him what they were like and gave him the pros and cons. He said he wanted to do some research and I gave him some web sites, but he does not want a drawer of holsters. He wants to carry 3 or 3:30 and is not sure if IWB or OWB with an untucked shirt. We live in Houston, so cover garments like jackets are worn very rarely since the climate is warm to hot for most of the year.

    Ok, so lets here all of your suggestions and why. I will show him this post to help him make his decision. What is your 3-3:30 rig and why you chose it. His carry firearm will be a Barretta 92 (he is an old army guy) and he said a 380, but did not tell me the make or model of the gun, so I figure it is a sub-compact.
    I carry a 92 IWB in a White Hat at that position shirt tucked or not. Mine is horsehide backed, and to me it helps the holster form faster. This is in the humid KY heat. No printing issues. Use a White Hat belt also FWIW.

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