Considerations for AIWB and Back Problems

Considerations for AIWB and Back Problems

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    Question Considerations for AIWB and Back Problems

    Iíve typically carried full size pistols or compacts, from a G17 to a G26, a G36, and a Stainless Steel Colt Government 1911. Almost always with an OWB DEFCON by Brommeland.

    So, due to back pain I am now in PT, and have been carrying a Ruger LCR AIWB to keep pressure and weight off of my hips, waist and back.

    The LCR Is nice and light, in 38 Special, but thereís a slight problem.

    It is my wifeís.

    So.....thoughts on my predicament? Look at small revolvers? That could be fun! Maybe a snubby? If so, I like 357 since I can run 38 or 38 +P.

    Not keen on a new automatic unless a Glock or a 1911, but not keen on little 1911ís as I am more inclined to stick with JMBís original.

    I donít want to spend a lot, or learn a new gun or manual of arms.

    So.....

    What do you think?
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    I've had back issues (not serious) and definitely find wearing my holster and pistol AIWB to be more comfortable than I ever thought. Of course, you have to have everything right for it to be comfortable - stretch waistband pants (1 size up), infinitely adjustable belt, purpose designed holster, etc. Comfort is a non-issue with my Sig-p229. Lighter, smaller pistols would probably make me completely forget I even had one on.
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    I feel your pain, having had 3 back surgeries and the resulting arthritis that goes with that and age...when my back is acting up, I sometimes opt to AIWB my S&W 340PD. 11.5 OZ loaded with +P .38 ammo. It's not as much firepower as I'd like maybe, but it's pretty good, and a darn sight better than nothing.

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    You should get a 4" 1911 and a Good leather AIWB rig from Desibens Gunleather.

    There's a very slim margin of error for Glocks and AIWB and I don't recommend them for those new to AIWB.

    PHLSTR makes a really nice AIWB rig for LCRs and J-Frames, the City Special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Iíve typically carried full size pistols or compacts, from a G17 to a G26, a G36, and a Stainless Steel Colt Government 1911. Almost always with an OWB DEFCON by Brommeland.

    So, due to back pain I am now in PT, and have been carrying a Ruger LCR AIWB to keep pressure and weight off of my hips, waist and back.

    The LCR Is nice and light, in 38 Special, but thereís a slight problem.

    It is my wifeís.

    So.....thoughts on my predicament? Look at small revolvers? That could be fun! Maybe a snubby? If so, I like 357 since I can run 38 or 38 +P.

    Not keen on a new automatic unless a Glock or a 1911, but not keen on little 1911ís as I am more inclined to stick with JMBís original.

    I donít want to spend a lot, or learn a new gun or manual of arms.

    So.....

    What do you think?
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    I have a S&W 637 Performance Center that is just epic. It is the gun that got me back into carrying and shooting revolvers after around a 20 year gap.

    That said, the LCR is a love it or leave it gun. I love it. I have a LCR327 and I will never sell it.

    I'll add one other thought - not cheap, but the Kimber K6S is a heck of a gun...

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    I have a NIB LCR in .357 I shall switch out to, when I make the down size. Current daily revolver carry is a Redhawk 2 3/4" in .41 mag. They've come down in price, and I bet you pick one up for roughly $400.00. Not to mention, you're already accustomed to one.
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    I have found that 4" barrel is my max for AIWB comfort. My Commander does not work for me for all day comfort.
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    Consider adding a striker control device to a Glock, and trying that AIWB in a Vedder Lighttuck.

    Of course, many people are comfortable carrying a striker AIWB without any extra safety. I'm not one of them though, as I prefer to practice with live ammo and reholstering a bunch without constantly removing and replacing the holster. So I went the XD / XDs / XDm route; the SCD on a Glock would similarly enable safer holstering.

    Or, if you like the LCR get one in a 357 or 327 mag. I have one in 357 and really like it as a coat pocket gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Iíve typically carried full size pistols or compacts, from a G17 to a G26, a G36, and a Stainless Steel Colt Government 1911. Almost always with an OWB DEFCON by Brommeland.

    So, due to back pain I am now in PT, and have been carrying a Ruger LCR AIWB to keep pressure and weight off of my hips, waist and back.

    The LCR Is nice and light, in 38 Special, but thereís a slight problem.

    It is my wifeís.

    So.....thoughts on my predicament? Look at small revolvers? That could be fun! Maybe a snubby? If so, I like 357 since I can run 38 or 38 +P.

    Not keen on a new automatic unless a Glock or a 1911, but not keen on little 1911ís as I am more inclined to stick with JMBís original.

    I donít want to spend a lot, or learn a new gun or manual of arms.

    So.....

    What do you think?
    Before you try a new gun, have you tried a better belt and holster?

    If so, I recommend a S&W 640 357 Magnum 5 Shot or 442. I prefer the 640 because of the heavier weight but it handles even 38 +P better.

    A Glock 43, 43X, or 19 wouldnít be a bad choice.

    Iím not a fan of 1911s unless theyíre full sized government.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Moderating this forum is back breaking work.
    Just finishing up my physical therapy for a back injury.

    Feeling the pain for anybody suffering with back problems.
    Wait, you're Admin. That means you moderate the mods!

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    Oh...Whoops! For now carrying a vintage S&W "J" in a SPARKS prototype pocket holster.
    It's a phenomenal piece of "one of" custom leather work!
    No..you cannot buy the exact same one but, Sparks does have great pocket rigs to choose from.
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