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Sandy and I finally applied for out CCW permits this morning. We are both in our mid fifties and never had had a problem, but things just aren't the same anymore.

I've been carrying at home, at work and in my truck for quite some time (all legal here), but now I won't have to remember to disarm myself to walk over to the 7-11 for a snack.

Today was our 35th wedding anniversary, so we took the day off and took our applications in, and then went shopping for a holster for me. I bought a Bianchi IWB for my 1911 and have been trying it out all afternoon. Now I know why CCW holders all have a box full of holsters. This one may or may not work.

I carry a KelTec P3AT at work, but hope to carry my 1911 from now on, although it looks like I may have to carry a j-frame in the summer (I'm 5'7", 140 lbs.)
 

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Good Deal applying yes holsters are a problem .. For a 1911 i like the desantis cozy partner i put the 5" 1911 on and almost forget its there it rides that well for me
 

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The Bianchi is comfortable in the 4:00 position, the problem is the cant. If I could cant it a little forward, it would be perfect. As it is, the butt of the gun sticks out too much. I may need a holster with an adjustable cant.
 

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Hey Larry - ma fren!

Happy anniversary to you both - sheesh - 35 years - wow and wow again - congrats in plenty.

Great you have applied (at last!!).

I like generous cant - I run from 10º to near 20º - depending.

Eric, Gary, Kevin - I reckon any of our esteemed holster guys can accomodate you. Kevin of K&D made me my SIG rig which about 10º and also my SP rig which has a lovely aggressive 15-20º cant.

Get the cant right and maybe carry 3.30 as well and old slabsides will be really comfy :smile:

Oh and heh - I know you's skinny LOL - but do not overlook OWB as well - my rigs hold tight in and all you have to do is make sure cover garment is right.
 

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Chris,

I saw Kevin's IWB, maybe I should have just ordered that one, I may yet.

I tried OWB. Seems I bend over too much, LOL. I don't see how I could ever stay concealed that way.

The reason I tried though, is because you said so, but the way I dress, I don't think it will work, even though it IS more comfortable.
 

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Happy anniversary.

My problem is too much cant, as in, any. Mine (a De Santis) has a small cant and I don't even like that, I guess that I'm "different" because I do better with a non cantted holster, I don't know why.

And the only ones that I've found without a cant, are cheapo's and they don't ensure that weight is distributed correctly and they aren't very good.

Wayne
 

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Whatever works Larry - and probably, like it or not - you may well finish up with something of a ''holster box'', containing those that didn't quite work.

Very hard IMO to hit lucky first time. Only way would be to have rigs on trial first - and that ain't easy! Hope you do get lucky - it's a very individual thing.
 

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Happy anniversary to you both and congratulations!
 

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Seems I bend over too much, LOL.
Larry - hey, I won't pursue that as a line of questioning :biggrin: :banana:
 

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Larry Ashcraft said:
Sandy and I finally applied for out CCW permits this morning. We are both in our mid fifties and never had had a problem, but things just aren't the same anymore.
Excellent! It's never too late to get a CCW permit.

Today was our 35th wedding anniversary, so we took the day off and took our applications in, and then went shopping for a holster for me. I bought a Bianchi IWB for my 1911 and have been trying it out all afternoon. Now I know why CCW holders all have a box full of holsters. This one may or may not work.
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Happy anniversary!

A 1911 is not all that difficult to carry concealed in a well made holster...have you considered an IWB holster? There are plenty of choices out there.
 

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Happy Anniversary. My wife and I celebrated 26 years of marriage this year and both got our CCW. Welcome to the club.
 

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Great news Larry. I feel all pro-2nd people should have their CCW if for no other reason than supporting the CCW law. The more people that have a CCW the more strength is given to the law.

I have a dream that someday we shall all have laws like AK and VT. Till that day we must support our right to self defense any way we can.
 

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Congratulations to you and your wife! I've been married almost 9 years and think my wife already deserves a medal. :wink:

Congrats on the dual permits too! Great that both of you are able to protect each other effectively.

As far as iwb holsters: I personally prefer offset loop designs, they seem to distribute the gun's weight over a wider area and make for a thinner profile. Take a look at the Milt Sparks Watch Six and Versa Max II, Eric Larsen's COM, etc.. A good gunbelt makes all the difference too. They can be a bit pricey but it's worth every penny for the benefits.

I'll second the "box of holsters" phenomenon, it sucks but it happens to most of us. Too bad we can't gather them up and send them to the pros (like Eric) for recycling into something useful ... and maybe get a 10% credit on the good stuff.
Jack
 
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