Finding holster for new gun

Finding holster for new gun

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    Finding holster for new gun

    Just bought a NIB S&W 915 (9mm, 15+1).

    Question 1 : How does one set about to decide on a good IWB holster and cant angle without spending several hundred dollars trying different holsters?

    Question 2, mostly for the men of substantial caliber out there: I already have troubles with my pants nearly falling off (the curve is in wrong direction: hips overshadowed by large pot). Should I even consider a belt-supported holster, or should I go with the SmartCarry style slung under the roll where I can get it snug enough to always stay up? I really like my DIY SmartCarry for my SP101 (see

    Question 3: This gun has a blued finish. Seems I should do what it takes to prevent skin and perspiration contact, right?


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    1. I used a cheap nylon holster and figured where it felt the most comfortable (cant) after wearing it a while .
    2. No clue (sorry)
    3. Perspiration may cause light rust on the gun. A lot depends on how much you sweat and the ph balance of your body. I like to have a sweat shield on my holster (more for comfort) but it would protect the gun too.
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    You might consider suspenders between your undershirt and your regular(cover) shirt. Then your options aren't limited, and you don't have to keep tugging at your pants.

    I can forsee this in my own future. short wait times. Use 'defensivecarry' as a coupon code for a discount to your order.

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    "for the men of substantial caliber" I like that!

    I'm currently carrying the M&P compact using the Comp-Tac MTAC hybrid holster. It's comfortable, and it allows you to adjust the depth and cant to find the 'sweet spot'. I have the additional shells so that I can change the holster to carry any of my handguns. Crossbreed Holsters also has a great hybrid that's adjustable.

    I'm also of 'substantial caliber', and Perry's Suspenders under my shirt keeps things from falling around my knees. They're unique, as the 'clip' actually hooks onto your belt.

    A holster with a sweat shield will help protect your handgun. A good wipe-down with a rag after carrying will help keep the rust away.
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    Yea the suspenders would be a good move...if not a great option...they come in all colors and shapes too

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    Justin Wilson, A famous South Louisiana cook and funny man, said it best........he wore a belt and suspenders, "I never take any chances".

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    only one i can really answer is number one:
    order holsters that have 100% returns and try then out for free!

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    1) Sticking the gun in your belt at different angles, try sitting, walking, leaning over, etc.. If you find a good place and angle, have someone help you get the angle measured. A piece of paper held parallel with the top of the belt, and a dot at the rear sight and front sight will give you the approximate angle you want. Then you just measure it and tell your holster maker. For me it was 18 degrees. 15 is pretty standard, 30 is getting pretty extreme by conventional standards but to each their own.

    2) + Another vote for suspenders - with or without a belt. If you think wearing a belt and suspenders at the same time is wrong, you know too much about fashion and may be a metrosexual. There are some companies (don't recall specifics) that are popular for making good quailty sturdy CCW suspenders.

    3) Wearing an undershirt between your gun and you will make both of you more comfortable IMO. I chose a holster that has leather between me and the metal parts of my gun - keeps us both in good shape. Carrying a blued gun might require a bit more maintenance, but shouldn't be too big of a deal. Just take it out and wipe it down with a silicon cloth every night, and clean it once a week and it should stay in good shape forever.

    That's technically more than two cents - maybe the Dollar is going up in value?


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    Just get a VersaMax-II...
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    I wear bib overalls and a belt under them with a Crossbreed holster under them. I'm a heavy guy and while I've lost 115 lbs 3 years ago I still am not thin by any measure. At 5' 10" 235-245lbs the crossbreed has worked about the best. In the evening when I don't feel like wearing a belt I use suspenders and slip a .380 or 9mm in my pocket.
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    I carry a Colt Delta Elite 10mm in Milt Sparks VM2 with 2 extra magazines on my belt. This is normally worn on a belt under my bib overalls and works great for me. My wife carries a Walther PPS .40 w/Crossbreed holster.

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    I went with the M Tac by Comptac because you can adjust the cant & depth of carry to your own needs, plus it has a slide shield to keep the gun from digging into the body. A couple coats of moisture protector prevents sweat from bleeding though the leather backing. They also have a try it to see if you like trial period. So if you find it does not do the job, you can return it, rather then tossing it int eh holster black hole drawer. Of of a lesser caliber and not quite in your league, but I've got a few extra lbs around the waist. So I'm not trying to pick on you, but just how easy can you get to your gun with that 50 yr in the making retention device ??

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    Thanks for the good advice, folks! I'll be pursuing these suggestions.

    Ooch, Sass - it's hard to answer you on Thanksgiving morning! But in general terms, SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE about my weight for health as well as speed of draw, and I'm getting more and more motivated. May the Lord grant me eyes to see the true value of my food choices, the courage to choose well (or choose not to), the stamina to keep up the battle, and the humility not to take credit for success.

    The important part said, it is a royal pain to draw from my DIY SmartCarry when seated (the real version might be fine - this one is my own design). With the SP101 it is marginally possible, but with the sight/hammer/beavertail on the new gun it is impossible. I'm going to be working on making/buying a IWB 3:00, probably, and will post if results might be of interest.

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