Waist Carry "Positions"

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    Question Waist Carry "Positions"

    As a newbie, CHL "Applied For", I have a concealed carry question: I see references to a IWB or OWB at "1:00 O'Clock", "3:30", etc.. What is the "starting point" for the clock? Is it the same for a right-handed or left-handed shooter (I'm right-handed). Thanks in advance for the time and effort of your response.


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    12:00 would be belly button well say or zipper line would be better then just space it out like a clock on you waist...

    i carry 9oclock most the time cause im a lefty that would be left hip carry for me

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    Mr. White:

    Thank you sir for the fast response! It's now quite clear.

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    Yep - clock is a constant - so as Bud says - 12 is belly button. I as a righty carry between 3 and 3.30 in OWB which you may find quite common. Many IWB fella's go to 4 o'clock.

    So - 3 for me as a righty equates to a lefty like Bud on 9 - same difference - strong hand for us both
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    Talking And Then There Is Fateful 6:00

    The Deadly Hour. The Grim Reaper Carry Location.

    Sometimes Called: Small Of Back....or just S.O.B.
    Carrying at Deathwish 6:00 is very bad if you tend to fall over backwards all the time.
    I've nicknamed it the:

    Permanent Paralysis Pistol Packing Position.

    6:00 Carry is the evil location where the Human Spine will snap in half like a toothpick or a little twig should you get knocked over backward or "whoops! "Slip On The Ice"

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    Carry Positions

    Thank you all so much - SOB is definitely out for me - I've played with 1:00 to 1:30 to 2:00 around the house with a small IWB so far - still getting used to it. I'll start experimenting with 3:00 to 4:30 or so too.

    All of the ideas and guidance around CC is fantastic - thank you all so much!


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    I am at 5 - 5:30 IWB and love it there. It doesn't bulge, doesn’t pull on my waist band, stays very close to the small of my back but very comfortable and this is with IMO an inadequate belt and still rides good in a Brommeland Max-Con V. Also the small of the back seems to be off limits with people, I was at Thanksgiving and hugging a lot of family and not one even considered touching that area, must have given at least a dozen hugs X 2 when leaving and no one was the wiser that my piece was on me.

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    I carry at about 4:30 since I lost a little weight...that spot is a really comfortable carry. I almost forget the K9 is there sometimes...but then reality kicks in. The closest I've come to waist carry is using the Smart Carry rig. I only use that on "dress" occasions like when wearing Dockers and such. But, waist carry is supposed to aid your draw in CQB and leaves your weak hand for other defensive manuevers. Good luck with whatever method of carry you choose...
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    You would have to move the rig around to find your "Sweet" spot. Generally I line up the back sight about 1 inch behind the leg seam on my pants. But everyone's comfort zones are different...

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    Ti - carrying as far round as you do - how do you handle sitting? In particular driving etc.

    I find even at 3.30 my mag base is as far to rear as I want it and in office chair it rubs, so that is my limit. In truck I move rig to 3 o'clock to enable clearance.
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    I use left-hand IWB. Since my G21 has a large grip to reign in, I started carrying at exactly 9:00. The way my belt loops are arranged, this centers the C-Tac on the 9:00 loop. The equipment has a mind of its own, however. The holster quickly works its way a couple of inches toward 8:00, lodging against the next belt loop.

    It's actually more comfortable there, so I go with the flow. Just can't bend as much now---with the holster at 9:00 I could bend and show nothing.

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    Its intersting when ya mentioned 'hugging' and with the holidays here that is gonna be very prevalant for a few weeks.
    i know at any of the side locations (3 & 9 o'clock) the "huggers" hands or forearms will/have rubbed the top of my gun many times. nobody has 'called' me on it but i know they know they rubbed something that was "hard". now with all the stuff people carry on there belts these days i guess they simply ignored it. some people know i carry so they probably kneow what they touched, but its gonna be contacted at those postions (3 & 9) with hugs.
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    I carry at 8:30 or so. My Beltster does not allow for adjustment of the position, so I played with an IWB for a while B4 ordering mine.
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    I carry IWB and OWB at about the same position, between 3:30 and 4:00. With a full size 1911 there is a "sweet spot" that will make the gun essentially disappear. You just have to play around with position a bit to find it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLOLUCKY
    Its intersting when ya mentioned 'hugging'... i know at any of the side locations (3 & 9 o'clock) the "huggers" hands or forearms will/have rubbed the top of my gun many times.
    Go low. Keep your carry side arm down and raise your other arm to hug. Or, go for the waist with both arms. People will tend to adjust accordingly, and that keeps their arms away from your waist on the strong side.

    Beware of those sneaking up to hug you from behind - but people shouldn't be able to sneak up on you anyway, right?

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