Side loaded belly band, any opinion?

Side loaded belly band, any opinion?

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    Side loaded belly band, any opinion?

    Iím thinking of getting a side loaded belly band for my .357 4Ē wheel gun. Have never used one but. Thought it may fix a problem. Ill need a chiropractor if itís not carried in the center and it wouldnít fit in the small of my back my frame wont allow for it.

    The gun is heavy for me but Iím determined to carry it, I love that gun.

    Any experience with a side loader?

    Open to suggestions, we did think of across the chest but due to lots of circles on my body (lol) it just would not fit. An no thank you to a bra holder. Hope the side loader will be a good choice.
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    I have tried a belly band, but after some experimentation and modification, it resides in a drawer and I've never used it. And that was for a small 9mm auto. It didn't conceal that well and it would not have stayed in place if I had to run or I was on the ground wrestling with some bad guy.

    I can't imagine it for a 4" .357. The side loader designs I've seen online don't look to me like that would conceal a gun that size or stay in place. What I find ironic is people are always saying, rightly, "Get a good gun belt for carry." But then they consider a belly band made out of stretchy material which is the opposite of that.

    If I wanted to CC a 4" .357, I would get a high-quality shoulder holster. If it needs to be in the center, I'd get a military style shoulder holster, although that wouldn't conceal well either. Just MHO.
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    Even though some might argue the notion, I am a lot more svelte than I used to be. Playing football and lifting a lot of heavy weights in my youth made me somewhat...err...chunky. After nearly 8 years of 1800 calories a day, I gave in to Mrs. OldChap's pleas and tried a belly band holster from these fine folks:

    https://comforttac.com/collections/belly-band-holsters

    I am fairly impressed. The price was right and it is very comfortable and conceals well. As long as I don't exercise in the heat, it stays cool and dry. Unlike some, I have no plans to roll around in the dirt with miscreants, and my running days are over. I carry a slap-jack since September 1st. Used properly, it is as lethal as a 9mm and can be used at very close range.

    What I don't know is how well a revolver would work. I tried the belly band with one of my PF-9's and it just disappeared under a T-shirt. Mrs. OldChap uses a belly band all the time but she carries a Shield 9mm in hers. Maybe someone will come along who has tried one with a revolver.
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    Here ya go. This should work:

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    I was looking at these, looks pretty comfortable.

    Did try a good gun belt and wore it as long as I could until it put my hips out of place, walking with even that small weight (but more than my snub) will put my hips/lower back out. This is about the only thing I can come up with. When we get where itís cooler then a shoulder holster will be considered but with the heat here there isnít much way I could conceal that.

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    The Velcro retention strap makes the draw rather slow.

    A 4 inch revolver is a lot of gun to tote around, especially in womenís clothes. And the longer barrel takes, well, longer to clear the holster.

    Sometimes we have to stop trying to fit 10 gallons into a 5 gallon bucket.

    Mrs 10thmtn used a Kangaroo shoulder holster before switching to the bra holster. Maybe that would work for you?
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    My daughter uses a Versa Carry top loading band...works very well for her petite build.

    She uses it without the retention strap engaged...unlike in the picture.

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    @Sister , if you need to carry the gun weight near your centerline, have you considered appendix or cross draw on a belt? Supporting the weight of a 4" revolver in a belly band would require it be cinched very tight; too tight for my comfort based on rejecting an SP-101 .357 and an LCR in a belly band I have.

    Maybe look at the Fist #42 Driving Holster which rotates from cross draw to horizontal.

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    I have one that I carry a SCCY in. It works for that, but anything larger, I think might be a problem.
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    If I wear a belly band tight it makes my back hurt.
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    Bellybands + Texas = Uncomfortably HOT for 8 months out of the year.
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    I know there are tons of different belly bands. The one I have would NO WAY support that revolver of yours, @Sister

    Mostly they are made for small guns. Mouse guns to sub-compact. Think Glock 42 or 42 for size reference. Even a Glock 19 would be stretching the elastic pocket out a bit too far - I THINK.

    And as mentioned, belly bands could very well be like wearing a mini sauna in the Texas heat.
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    Walking around with gym shorts I use a belly band with XDs 9mm.

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    I fully understand about the chiro. That's why I can only carry in a vest or shoulder holster or belly band. Too much weight on my hips and I'm at the chiro.
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