This is a discussion on I tried out a Smartcarry. within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've been using a Smartcarry for about two years now, with a Glock 19 and a 26. I love this holster! I can carry the ...
I've been using a Smartcarry for about two years now, with a Glock 19 and a 26. I love this holster! I can carry the same gun, in the same way, no matter what I am wearing - business suit or bathing suit, it still works.
I wear it low and over at the 11:00 position. The bottom of the pistol's grip is centered on the zipper. There is a natural fold there on men's trousers, so no one has ever noticed any printing from the bottom of the grip. When you sit, the gun lays on top of your thigh. Very comfortable! By shifting the gun over to the side, going to the restroom is even easier.
If you still worry about any printing, try dark-colored pleated pants.
As far as the trigger goes - I simply cut a piece of sheet plastic and inserted it into the gun pouch. Keeps anything from possibly getting to the trigger (which is not really an issue with the Glock safety trigger anyway - but I wanted to be "extra safe" since my son likes to jump on me and wrassle around). I would absolutely recommend this for those of you with a Kahr, which lacks a safety trigger.
I do not see how something can pull the trigger in my SmartCarry
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Just insert it in the gun pouch of the Smartcarry, between the gun and the front of the pouch. Helps make absolutely sure nothing can get to the trigger.
Note - I tried to get the trigger of my (triple-checked unloaded) Glock to fire while in the Smartcarry - impossible. While you could just possibly catch the edge of the trigger through the fabric, the Glock trigger safety keeps the trigger from getting pulled. A Kahr, on the other hand, does not have a trigger safety, and thus could possibly get pulled somehow if the edge of the trigger caught on something through the fabric (unlikely, but possible in theory).
I just did it as an extra level of safety. I do check the plastic before I holster my Glock every morning to ensure it has not cracked - would hate to have it catch the trigger while holstering...and always a good idea to ensure your holster is free of foreign matter before holstering anyway.
Those who are getting poked by 1911 hammers or the beavertail may want to try shifting the Smartcarry lower.
Of course, using a Glock or XD (or similar) striker-fired pistol eliminates this issue, and also reduces the chance of snagging clothing during the draw stroke. Fewer pointy bits are generally better for concealed carry, in my considered opinion.
I try to not post to EVERY SmartCarry thread, but I'm a believer... full size Sig P220 in my pants with no printing issues...
I also wear it outside the pants with an untucked Hawaiian shirt... carefully remove the tag, and the bottom in shows under the shirt.... looks like a denim fanny pack...
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My question is how easy is it to draw from?
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I'm always amused that the people with the most objections about a SmartCarry are those who have never used one!
It's a deep concealment holster... of course there are going to be some issues like a slower draw and yes you might have to go pee in a stall instead of a urinal and properly worn it doesn't point at your boys... but if you need to have absolute concealment, it works very well. That's what it's designed for.
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I have found that you can also draw one handed (very important), and you can draw with your support hand as well (I can turn my left hand palm outwards, insert into belt line, and draw). This is important if one of your hands is injured or busy fending off an attack. This is also one reason I prefer the Smartcarry to my previous pocket-carry method.
Drawing while seated does require you to pop up out of the seat a bit, like you would do to get your wallet while seated.
Overall, it is the best holster I've found. It also does not require you to buy a whole new wardrobe of pants that are sized larger - saves you money that way.
Using a Smart Carry is just not something I can picture. My pants are probably too snug for me to visualize it working for me.
I picture a questionable individual causing me to unzip my pants to get to my gun only to have an undercover cop arrest me for 'attempted exposure'...
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I have a smart carry (small or med I can't remember which) and my Makarov fits in nicely and the smart carry fully covers the trigger.
I'm wondering if your trigger is exposed you might need the larger size smart carry.
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I can assure you that the trigger of my Kahr is fully covered by the smartcarry. The issue is that the fabric is too thin in the front of the holster and allows you to pull the trigger right through the fabric.
Here is a youtube video that someone else posted demonstrating the issue:
YouTube - Smart carry trigger pull
Inserting a piece of sheet plastic, if you are really concerned about it, solves the issue nicely. With a Kahr (no trigger safety) I would absolutely insert the plastic into the gun pouch to shield the trigger.