For the obese? (warning: disturbing graphics)

For the obese? (warning: disturbing graphics)

This is a discussion on For the obese? (warning: disturbing graphics) within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I normally wear my slacks around the largest part of my girth (the "sneeze" position, below). If I carry using by belt as support, I ...

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    For the obese? (warning: disturbing graphics)

    I normally wear my slacks around the largest part of my girth (the "sneeze" position, below). If I carry using by belt as support, I need to cinch it REAL SNUG to avoid losing my pants. I've built a homebrew SmartCarry-style rig and a 3:00 OWB-style, both of which I wear on a belt under my pants in the "Deep Concealment" style, below).

    Has anyone of my caliber tried a for-reals SmartCarry? If so, how should I wear it? Or shall I recognize reality and go with a shoulder rig even with its limitations or compromise with a separate belt and a 3:00 IWB/OWB rig (worn in "Deep Concealment" style), add suspenders, or try something else I'm missing? I would prefer NOT to go with a 'personal item bag' or fanny pack.



    I have a S&W 915 9mm pistol (their less-expensive 15+1), because it was a good deal and fits my hand perfectly. I'm also thinking of a piece of leather/etc. between the pinchy hammer and my delicate little tummy.

    [And I'm working on my weight; down ~15 lbs so far: obviously a problem and hinders my ability to protect family, live long enough to see grandkids, etc.... that said...]


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    Anybody that is extremely heavy may have trouble with a "shoulder holster set-up" if they have trouble reaching across the body to the support side armpit area.

    A suggestion might be to put on a comfortable cotton T-shirt first - then don a chest mount holster above the belly....and cover that with a comfortable over-shirt.
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    Wouldn't you want to be able to see your gun?

    OMO, but...

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    ...again, OMO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymeister View Post
    [And I'm working on my weight; down ~15 lbs so far: obviously a problem and hinders my ability to protect family, live long enough to see grandkids, etc.... that said...]
    I think that's the key for you. Loose as much of the gut as you can. Adjust your diet, and start regular excercise. Doesn't have to be crazy just walking for starters will do a lot. I may suggest some excercises that would build up the glutes a touch for less belt slippage(squats/deadlifts). Overall you will feel beter, have more energy to train and play with those grandkids. It will affect your carry methods and your overall quality of life. Stay focused and you'll be amazed what you can do.
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    Search for my posting from~2 yrs. ago now on the Bandera Gunleather 'Beltster'.

    Although I am physically the total opposite of you this product being custom cut for it's wearer will resolve a multiple of problems specific to you and your post.


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    There are two types of fat men.............those that wear suspenders and those that should.


    I am very much over weight and I wear suspenders and a belt. The suspenders genereally to hold my pants up and a belt for a holster, either IWB or OWB.

    Give it a try.
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    My husband has a similiar body shape to your model. The smartcarry we got last week is uncomfortable for him. As you've noted, it tends to fall off when placed in your "deep concealment" or "walk and it falls off" postitions (he has no buttocks to hold the back up). He also did not like the heavy gun swinging in front of his genetalia, a fast walk was incredibly uncomfortable for him.

    He refuses to wear a belt. For one reason, he has no waist. For another I get tired of him hitching up his pants every time he takes a step/changes position/etc. Suspenders are so much more comfortable for him and he can run and not loose his pants. To my knowledge you cannot IWB without a belt and wearing a belt and suspenders is a fashion statement that my dear husband is FAR FAR too young to make (after I'm gone, he's free to dress himself).

    He is quite happy pocket carrying, though he has a much smaller gun than the one you mention.

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    Smartcarry takes three hands on a big guy...one to lift his belly, one to open his pants, and one to draw. Find a different method!
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    As a little over weight myself it you carried any lower it would be an ankle holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg12 View Post
    To my knowledge you cannot IWB without a belt and wearing a belt and suspenders is a fashion statement that my dear husband is FAR FAR too young to make (after I'm gone, he's free to dress himself).

    Not to sound mean, but if he is that much over weight is he really going for a GQ look. I think doubling up on pants support is the least of his problems. I am going to agree with Bline on this one and really suggest that if you are that overweight that maybe the want and desire to carry a certain way may be a part of the motivation you need to get the ball rolling on a weight loss plan.

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    I'm overweight but made the decission to wear bib overalls many years ago. They work with IWB holsters and with the Smart Carry holster. Both are comfortable with the bibs and I have never been made while wearing them.
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    I'm slightly overweight - ok I'm fat and I have found that pocket carry is the best for me. I tried shoulder carry and that was awkward and ankle carry I needed a stool to rest my leg on so I could get to my gun. Waist carry - well we won't go there other than to say it was uncomfortable as all get out. So I would give pocket carry a try if I were you.

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    Not to sound mean, but if he is that much over weight is he really going for a GQ look. I think doubling up on pants support is the least of his problems. I am going to agree with Bline on this one and really suggest that if you are that overweight that maybe the want and desire to carry a certain way may be a part of the motivation you need to get the ball rolling on a weight loss plan.
    I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. He would never qualify for GQ even without the extra weight (poor soul is also bald). This is still not reason enough to let him out in public with a 2" batman belt and suspenders to hold up his carhart farmer pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg12 View Post
    I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment. He would never qualify for GQ even without the extra weight (poor soul is also bald). This is still not reason enough to let him out in public with a 2" batman belt and suspenders to hold up his carhart farmer pants.
    Hey I'm bald and I look GQ
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    Hey I'm bald and I look GQ
    Of course you do!!! (where's the smiling sarcastic/patronizing smiley?)

    ETA: I mean this in a humerous manner, no offense meant.

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