Forgot to mention...I find that a button up shirt (untucked) over a t shirt works very well for concealment. Better than t shirts alone.
This is a discussion on 1st holster input (with pics) within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Forgot to mention...I find that a button up shirt (untucked) over a t shirt works very well for concealment. Better than t shirts alone....
Right now I'm looking towards K&D's Dakota Defender for the XD40. Perhaps I will also get a pocket gun and holster later on.
1 more question for the time being, what has been everyone's impression with K&D's belts? They are reasonably priced and if I am going to order both I may as well do it from the same company instead of the beltman. There isn't much on the forums about the belts. Any reason as to that?
I don't know much about K&D belts. Many people like the Beltman, Wilderness Instructors belts, etc. I have a Wilderness & it works well for me. My next belt will be a Beltman in horsehide. Rafter S also makes a good gun belt, double thickness leather. A friend bought one at a local gun show from them. Good people, good product, only $50. Rafter S Gun Belts
A button up shirt will work better (IMO) than a polo type shirt.
Jim (The Beltman) makes a great IWB holster for the XD. I have one for a 5 inch 1911 and it conceals very well and is very comfortable. Costs around $80 and well worth it. He might cut you a deal on a belt holster combo, can't hurt to ask
Gunney can you post a pic of the Beltman holster I dont believe I've seen one before?
I carry at about 5:00 / 5:30 in a K&D (adjustable cant IWB ) Maverick Defender. I set the cant at about 50 degrees which puts the muzzle just off of my spine and the grip over my kidney area, the gun disappears even under a light T-shirt. For me it is ideally comfortable. That angle puts the grip at a natural point of draw. I reach back using the same motion as when I take out my wallet (decades of muscle memory) naturally gets my hand under my shirt the grip slides into my hand and allows me to make a smooth single motion draw from holster to COM. With the holster in that position I can drive for hours comfortably and draw seat-belted in a car or from a chair by simply leaning forward slightly. Running jumping doing whatever the gun always feels secure and stable, more a function of a quality holster than where it is worn.
I agree that we are all different. Body type, life style, type of gun and holster all play a part in what is the best spot to carry for each of us. We have to figure out what works best for us individually.
gicts to answer the K&D belts question I have one on order in shark (if he will do it) from pics I have seen the belts are equal in quality to his holsters. Will post pics when I get mine. I think you will do well with a Dakota which is what I have on order for summer wear as it is a bit thinner than the Maverick Defender I have now. I see no reason why it will not conceal my XD under a T shirt perfectly. If you do wear a cover shirt try an unbuttoned button down shirt rather than a polo. I wear flannels & Pendeltons over T's for that in the fall winter months. Baggy T's in the summer.
Last edited by LongRider; February 13th, 2008 at 03:18 PM. Reason: add belt comment
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I have not figured out the whole camera thing yet, sorry. The holster looks a lot like a Milt Sparks IWB. Jim does not broadcast the fact that he makes holsters, but they are all that I will use.