Belly band holster

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    Belly band holster

    If anyone uses this, like the one Galco makes, how do you like it?

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    I have the Galco. I just don't like the feel of it but it's handy if you have to tuck your shirt in as you can position it for a cross draw and access your gun through the front buttons without messing with your shirt tail. Been much too hot here in Western Colorado for me to use the thing this summer.

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    I'd recommend the Gould & Goodrich belly band. I find a belly band abrasive to the skin, so must wear a t-shirt to make it comfortable.

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    For sure on the T shirt. I have a couple of them and use them every now and then when super deep cover is a must. I wear them less since I got my Guardians that will disappear in any front pocket.
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    When it's hot

    I was considering the belly=band because of wearing shorts and t-shirts. However I can slip a .25 or .380 in my pocket

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    I have one that I use occasionally. I haven't used it during cooler weather yet, but it sure can get hot and scratchy at times during the summer. I got a SmartCarry about 1 month ago, and haven't even dreamed of going back to the belly band since. The SmartCarry is a bit pricey ($50 or so) but it's about 1000x more comfortable than a belly band, just as easy to draw from, and you can wear it under practically anything short of spandex bicycle shorts. Anyway, just my opinion.
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    I have one, but RARELY use it. I prefer pocket carry with my Keltecs, if I can't have my Glock on my hip.

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    +1 on the T-shirt. I use a Defender Belly band and wrap it high (above my gut). The gun sits under my arm. I have to because I have to wear a tucked in shirt at work, and concealability is a must. Also, I sit at a desk for 80% of my day.

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    I must say i like Smartcarry a lot better than Bellybands, so much so I don't use my bellyband anymore.
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    Well, I must offer the rare support for Galco's bellyband. After a bit of experimenting, I have found my Taurus 24/7 pro full-size just disappears with this holster. I can wear it any way I like, with no clips, etc to poke out. I have worn with and without t-shirts, in a fast-food restaurant, and TN has been brutally hot, at least to this Michigan boy. 90-105 all summer, added to the heat in a kitchen environment, and I can honestly say that, once I worked out the best way for me to wear it, the holster certainly never added to the discomfort. Carry is extremely secure, I have no qualms about jogging out to a customer outside, and no one who isnt supposed to know has ever had the slightest clue. I like it quite a bit, and have no complaints save the inconvenient placement of the spare mag pouch sewn into this one. No matter where I wear the waepon, with 2 choices of pouches for the weapon, the mag pouch never seems to be in a convenient place.

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    I use a chest band. Purchased from a guy that travels the gun show circuit here in Georgia & Tennessee. His Company is called Bush Whackers. It has a non slip backing and works well. His design cants the gun ever so slightly towards the rear - the gun is completely concealed under the arm. I can post a phone # and a Pic - but I don't think he has a web site. It was around $39. He let me try it on at the gun show - I loved it. I can wear it with a tucked in dress shirt or polo and never print - with a belly band I would have to wear untucked. Like any deep concealment holster - speed of draw is a concern - but if you can't wear otherwise - this is a great option to be armed.

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    This is the type I prefer... I've gone through one already and working on my second one!

    Very comfortable and the crossed shoulder straps really help carry the weight of the gun and reloads!

    http://www.gunnersecurity.com/holster-shoulder.html

    I pack a G-23 in it for 18 hours and hardly know I'm carrying a gun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    This is the type I prefer... I've gone through one already and working on my second one!

    Very comfortable and the crossed shoulder straps really help carry the weight of the gun and reloads!

    http://www.gunnersecurity.com/holster-shoulder.html

    I pack a G-23 in it for 18 hours and hardly know I'm carrying a gun!
    +1. I also have the same holster and use if quite frequently. It holds the pistol well and hides it even better; just make sure your shirts aren't skin tight or a see thru white.

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    The one I described is very similar except no bra strap - he uses an anti slip material that works well. Also, there is no strap over the gun - this just adds another step to drawing the firearm. But the over all designs are very close.

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    The retention strap over the gun is all velcro and can be completely removed. I don't use it when I'm wearing that holster.

    The gun is held snug enough and I've used it with a dummy Glock of accurate weight when teaching defense and control tactics classes specifically to test and see if I would lose the gun without the retention strap in a struggle or fight. So far the gun has never fallen yet!
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