SmartCarry vs. Thunderwear

SmartCarry vs. Thunderwear

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    SmartCarry vs. Thunderwear

    They look identical to me in form and function. What is the difference?
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    No one?
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    I have SmartCarry, which I use very rarely .... but AFAIK the differences are cosmetic and the principle is exactly the same.

    For ultimate deep concealment the principle is very effective.
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    Why do you rarely use it?
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    My life style allows for OWB carry of a full size (SIG 226) and so I rarely have to worry about going deep.

    Just rarely - if dress and circumstance demand deeper concealment - and this will usually be due to lack of ability to use my normal cover garment choice .. then I'll pocket carry an R9 or . resort to SmartCarry - that with SW99 probably.

    I do not find it all that comfortable but - it is effective when max discretion is in order! It is kept for those times when nothing else will do.
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    i own both. i did my own test and almost exactly the same. i use as carry method almost exclusively due to deep concealent needs. They're not perfect. My large belly causes most guns to dig into the myself when I first sit, but i simply bring the pistol up and do what most of us guys do when we first sit down and just reajust myself. I've acutally wore out one of each, usually wears first around where muzzle makes contact with pants and normal friction wear starts to appear on holsters bottom edge, but that was after first year or so. About the only time i don't wear is when i'm on duty as Aux. Police oficer, but my full time job I drive big truck and don't want to cause any panic by have an "opps" when i'm at a truck stop. I sit for hours at a time and almost forget i'm wearing it. I can wear my truckers company uniform tucked in and no one would ever know. Hope that helps.... btw...If your going to try it's one of the cheaper holsters i've ever bought so it's not a huge loss if it doesn't work for you.
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    I have both and like the cut and quality of the SmartCarry better. They are not the same! SmartCarry has a smaller pouch for the magazine (Right/Left handed) where Thunderwear both pouches are the same equal size.
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    I have several different styles of holsters and use them all on occasion. I've never tried the Thunderwear but do have the Smartcarry. I use it with a 642 if I have to dress up and tuck in a shirt. I'm not sure how well it would work with a larger gun, but works well with a 642 wearing pleated pants. I've never tried a tuckable but I'm not crazy about having to untuck a shirt before drawing. Smartcarry is great to have in the drawer.

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    Well, as long as the one I order doesn't have to be adjusted to fit me, which it shouldn't then I can return in 60 days. I'll probably give the Smartcarry a shot and see how it plays out.
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    The Smartcarry claims to have a layer of fabric that does not allow moisture to pass (from your body to the gun) and they say that TW just has stuff to absorb moisutre. not sure if that matters or if its even true. I think they both would work.

    I have a SC and love it!!!!!!!!!! wear it 95% of the time here in hot FL.

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    I think I'm gonna give one a shot for deep concealment. Still looking for a good IWB and belt. That is another thread.
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    Hopefully you'll not ever carry deeper than you need to.
    The deeper you carry (of course) the slower your presentation will be should you ever need your firearm ASAP.
    Carry as deep as is necessary according to your circumstances but, don't overdo it if you don't have to.
    I'm not being a "smartass" when I say that the firearm that you cannot get presented to the deadly threat quick enough...is exactly as useful as if you left it at home.
    Just a friendly common sense suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Hopefully you'll not ever carry deeper than you need to.
    The deeper you carry (of course) the slower your presentation will be should you ever need your firearm ASAP.
    Carry as deep as is necessary according to your circumstances but, don't overdo it if you don't have to.
    I'm not being a "smartass" when I say that the firearm that you cannot get presented to the deadly threat quick enough...is exactly as useful as if you left it at home.
    Just a friendly common sense suggestion.
    Great point QK!
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    I've got a belly band which does not have to go within your pants. It's great if you're wearing a button down shirt. I just let it "sit" on my waist. It's made of stretchy material and has a bunch of Velcro for tightness adjustment. It will hold two guns and two clips. I bought from a custom maker at a gun show. It sort of looks like Galco's band, here's a link: http://www.copsplus.com/prodnum1881.php

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    I sent off an email to Smartcarry asking them what the difference was between them and Thunderwear .. this is what I got back.


    I suggest you read through some of the 522 customer comments we have on our website to see what our customers have to say about our holster, and below is the basic differences between SC & TW. SmartCarry® is the first and only under garment concealed carry holster that is snag free and has a 100% waterproof (sweat proof) rear panel.

    The basic differences are that Thunderwear has a downward facing seam at the inside top front of the firearm pocket which can (and does) snag on any forward facing projection, such as the rear of cylinders of revolvers, the top front corner of the ejection port on any Glock for right handed people, etc. You can go to their website and see the seam in the photos of the Thunderwear holsters. SmartCarry® has a patented construction method (U.S. Utility Patent 9,505,834) which eliminates all downward facing seams in the firearm and tactical reload pockets. You can see a photo of our snag free construction @ http://www.smartcarry.com/snagfree.htm.

    TW also uses diaper cloth as a moisture barrier, which absorbs perspiration and passes it right on to your gun, and nothing rusts metal faster than salty, acidic perspiration. The rear of all SmartCarry® holsters includes a piece of Cushmax®, a material which allows air to pass through, but not water, so they're 100% "sweat proof" with a completely waterproof rear panel. And we use a heavier duty denim which not only means longer holster life, but the heavier denim is much less likely to form to the contours of the gun, making drawing faster and smoother. And when you add in TW's S&H charges, you get a much better holster with SmartCarry® , and at a lower price, than with TW. If you dig through the customer comments on our website ( http://www.smartcarry.com/feedbk1.htm), you'll find some from former TW owners and their comments on the differences in the holsters. Thank you for your interest in SmartCarry®!

    Regards,

    Charlie

    This is what I got from Thunderwear after I asked them the same thing.

    We have many competitors. They all are excellent holsters.

    Thunderwear is the only holster that's custom made for your handgun. For a more perfect fit. Thunderwear was first, all the others are copies of our product.

    Thunderwear Holsters were developed in the late 80's with over 600,000 sold. If you want to buy the original than you'll not be disappointed with thunderwear.

    Thunderwear Customer Service


    Somehow, I think Smartcarry just won my business.
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