I tried out a Smartcarry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Potential retention issues, I would think, if worn this way. If you end up on the ground in a struggle, you and your firearm might part company. Probably best to, ahem, "keep it in your pants" as originally intended.
    If I'm on the ground, things have already gotten out of hand. In that case, I don't wanna be scrabbling around in my shorts looking for my pistol...
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    I agree with Retsupt.

    I just cannot envision using a Smart Carry.

    Sticking my hand down the front of my pants just seems rather odd. And if someone was watching, they'd be wondering WTH is she doing?

    Plus, people might wonder what the bulge is in the front of my pants. They'd be wondering if I was a girl or a guy.

    Nope. No can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I agree with Retsupt.

    I just cannot envision using a Smart Carry.

    Sticking my hand down the front of my pants just seems rather odd. And if someone was watching, they'd be wondering WTH is she doing?

    Plus, people might wonder what the bulge is in the front of my pants. They'd be wondering if I was a girl or a guy.

    Nope. No can do.
    If you have to draw your firearm to save your life, are you really going to care what onlookers are thinking? Your draw will be so fast, most folks will wonder "where the heck did that gun come from?!"

    True story - former owner of my usual gun shop asked what holster I used. When I told him "Smartcarry" he asked the usual "isn't the draw slow?" question. With his permission, I drew my Glock. His eyes got really wide, and he said "WOW. That IS fast!"

    If you wear very tight clothes, as some women are wont to do, the Smartcarry might not work for you - especially with a larger handgun. However, it works very well with skirts that have elastic waists. With pants that aren't too tight, especially pleated in dark colors, no one will notice anything.

    Again, you can try it for free. Money-back guarantee. And no, I don't work for them.
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    I have been carrying for many years, and after reading sooo many posts about the old "Thunderwear" and then SmartCarry, I thought there might be something to it.

    I finally had it with all the machismo crap. When someone mentioned "twigs and berries" (probably an apt description), or "only real leather for my gun" (and his IWB looks like an over-sized tumor or a colostomy bag), I said what the heck and ordered one.

    If you don't like it you can return it! I ordered it almost three years ago, and it works for me. I'm 5'11", 165 and wear 33" waist. Being semi-retired, I wear what I want. Summer is cargo shorts and T or Polo untucked. Winter is 501 Levis and sweater or sweatshirt. Nobody knows what I'm carrying! You couldn't even do a "frisk bump", unless you were a very good looking lady. But that hasn't happened for longer than I can remember.

    I carry two other guns in other holsters. I prefer the SC for my S&W 3913. It's a compact 9mm with a bobbed hammer. Believe me, I have tried to activate the trigger through the SmartCarry, and can not do it. Also I find the mag without the extension prints less for that rare occasion I tuck in my shirt. I do wear 1" more in the waist for the SmartCarry, but no big deal.

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    WOW. Pretty sad that you need a Smart Carry to keep those cub scouts in line.

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    Bought a medium Smartcarry some time ago for my G23. Worked OK but it works much better on my 642 which I carry every day either as a main gun or backup. Smartcarry is a deep cover solution with a slow draw. It has a place just like a belt holster has.
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    Yesterday, I carried my HK P2000 sk, all day, and it was very easy and comfortable. I keep the 12 round full size mag in it. Today, I have been carrying my S&W 386 Nite Guard in the same Smartcarry. Once again, it is a breeze.

    I have noticed that most who try them, like them. Most who are critical, have not really tried it. I'm saying folks, it ain't bad. Now, if wifey would just get home so that I can take the new 386 to the range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Frame View Post
    Yesterday, I carried my HK P2000 sk, all day, and it was very easy and comfortable. I keep the 12 round full size mag in it. Today, I have been carrying my S&W 386 Nite Guard in the same Smartcarry. Once again, it is a breeze.

    I have noticed that most who try them, like them. Most who are critical, have not really tried it. I'm saying folks, it ain't bad. Now, if wifey would just get home so that I can take the new 386 to the range.
    The mistake a lot make is that they wear it too high. It should ride on the hip bones down low. Might feel funny at first to wear it so low but it works. Very comfortable.
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    Ive been needing a "deep" cover solution for my Glocks.
    I have a Glock 26 and a 30sf.

    I ordered an SC a couple days ago. It should go well with my MTAC holsters. I love having different holster options!

    Ill post an update after it comes in.
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    Well, I havent made my first post yet so here goes! Keep in mind, this is just MY opinion, holsters and carry methods are a very personal thing and I certainly dont expect everyone to do as I do. This is just whats worked for me and why its worked for me.

    I have been carrying with a Smartcarry for almost two years and I ADORE it. Here in texas its t-shirt weather most of the time but it does get very cold at others. In short, you never really know what you might be wearing and I wanted a system that allowed me to have my gun in the same place all the time.

    The Smart Carry covers a lot of requirements that are important to me and fit my ideal carry situation...

    Its a DEEP concealment. In short, no one can get a glimpse of your gun unless it was a situation that would have allowed them a glimpse of other things.

    Its a secure holster. I have done anything I can think of while carrying a gun, bikes, welding, replacing engines, chasing my son, playing frisbee,jumping off of stuff, laying down, napping, mowing, playing gigs with the band, moving furniture...it has never, ever been in even the slightest danger of coming out. I even chased a patron of ours (who struck an employee and then ran) across uneven terrain at breakneck speed and it stayed put.

    No one has access to my weapon. Unlike off body carry, no one can grab my gun when Im not expecting it. Of course, other methods offer this as well so its not strictly a Smart Carry thing.

    It fits all styles of dress. I wear kilts and I own a haunted house so sometimes I have pockets, sometime I dont. No matter what Im doing or where Im going, the Smartcarry will work for me.

    It was inexpensive. And I even found a local dealer who sells them cheaper than they normally are. Its got two years of wear and tear on it and I think it was about 40 bux.

    I can draw quickly from it.

    Most importantly, NO ONE has ever figured it out. Even people who spend a lot of time checking out the weird guy in the kilt and lookin around my waistline have ever noticed my weapon. Even customers looking at my kilt with an interest in its features have never noticed. Friends that see me on a regular basis are boggled when they find out Ive got a full sized pistol on my person.

    I carry a Taurus PT 24/7 Pro in .45. Now, to be fair, I DID cut a slit in the bottom and resewed it so it would conceal the trigger better. I do agree with the trigger being covered. With my Cobra Enterpirses Patriot 9mm this was not necessary.

    Im a big guy, 6 foot and 240 pounds and once you get the positioning just right its very comfortable.

    Its good for other stuff. If you have a wad of cash, slip it into the extra magazine pocket and close it with a safety pin.

    Now the bad...

    I dont think this would be ideal for revolvers unless the hammer was bobbed or internal. Ive carried my single six a time or two and its hard to draw.

    It DOES take some time to get the positioning just right. And for people who wear tighter clothes it might be a bit too much for a bigger gun.

    Like I said, thats just my two cents. No one holster or carry system will do it all so I had drawn out a list of what was most important to me personally and that one had all the majors covered and had its detriments in areas I could live with.

    Are far as it being ruggedly built, its very stout and Im impressed with the stitchwork. The color and appearance was unimportant to me, the only one who sees it is my wife and shes got to look at my ugly face anyway!

    Lastly...with this holster, to avoid chaffing, an undergarment is pretty necessary in my opinion :)

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    Jay, I wear mine much, much lower and it's quite comfortable with a
    G-23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avgeekjlb View Post
    I thought this too but, after doing a little research I've found that the smart carry rides lower than that and simply lays on top of "the family jewels".

    On a side note, my mom has been using one of these for a Sig P232 and loves it. I'm thinking about getting one for the Defender so my boys can protect themselves...
    +1...I wear this holster 90% of the time. The barrel is past the point of no return.... So if you did have an AD (and you wouldnt unless you did something wrong) it would more than likely hit you legs, which still sucks, but not as bad as losing the wedding tackle as my gun shop owner put it yesterday.

    As to the comfort issues...try wearing it at 10/11 oclock as some have talked about on DC. I wear my gun so that the end of the handle/butt it directly under my fly. This puts the barrel basically parallel to my left thigh. You also need to make sure you are wearing it low enough. By the picture you posted i think you could wear it a bit lower. The lower you can wear it on your hips the more comfortable its going to be sitting.

    The way i have mine its invisible to even me. Yesterday i went to the playgound with my daughter...slides, tubes, monkey bars and swings...nothing and i promise no one saw it because now that i think of it, i was a little too close to a school

    ...On that note, the way i am starting to see things like that is concealed means concealed and if i ever have the need to use my weapon in a restricted area, i am willing to pay the fine or other penalties to protect myself. On that note i would never go IN to a school or federal building... kind of off topic so ill end it with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I agree with Retsupt.

    I just cannot envision using a Smart Carry.

    Sticking my hand down the front of my pants just seems rather odd. And if someone was watching, they'd be wondering WTH is she doing?

    Nope. No can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I agree with Retsupt.

    I just cannot envision using a Smart Carry.

    Sticking my hand down the front of my pants just seems rather odd. And if someone was watching, they'd be wondering WTH is she doing?
    You and/or a loved one is in grave danger and your main concern is what others may be thinking?

    Plus, people might wonder what the bulge is in the front of my pants. They'd be wondering if I was a girl or a guy.
    You wear looser pants = no bulge!


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