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Just a quick question. I'm a rather obese (350lbs, 6'0") guy who dresses pretty casual when I'm not at work. I usually wear jeans and T-Shirt. My question is what are some good options for concealed carry for someone of my size? I carry a Baby Eagle 9mm. I've tried a Pager Pal, but because I'm so large I not only have a large lump showing in front of my leg, but I can't get it drawn quickly at all. I have to fight to get it past my considerable gut. Another problem I fear I'm going to have is that the edges of my gun are rather sharp and tend to poke me when I sit down in a car or seat with arms. I've considered IWB and SmartCarry, but I'm afraid IWB will compound the "sharp edges" problem and the SmartCarry will probably have the same problem as the PagerPal. Any thoughts or advice?

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It appears that both IWB or OWB may not work, OWB would be OK while standing but probably not sitting. How about ankle carry or a shoulder rig? I would call one of the custom makers like Gary Brommeland, Tony at Milt Sparks, etc, once you have commited to one of their rigs and ask them. I'm sure that over the years they have developed a feel for what works for different body sizes and would be glad to lend their expertise to you. Another thought would be a fanny pack and thats probably your least expensive alternative. Good luck, I'm sure that you will find a rig that works for you and thats comfortable.
 

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You could also use the dayplanner holsters. It is something you have to always carry and the chance of it getting out of your hands is high. Also look at the shoulder holster rig. Mighta have to always wear a jacket and for me as I sweat a lot that won't work. Good luck.
 

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I'm also a fatman, around 280.

For me, concealment is paramount. If I'm printing, I'm endangering my ability to carry on the job. I use a pocket holster 16x7, and a smartcarry when I can.

One 'bonus' with being rather large, you can get pants with _big_ pockets. I have a large friend who carries a taurus .40 in a home-brewed pocket holster.

I'd have to shy away from off-body carry. The possibility of leaving a day-planner laying around is just too high.

I see lots of heavyweights who carry a manbag of some sort. Perhaps a belt-attached fanny pack of some sort might work for you?
 

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DWPA, I am a large guy also and I use a Highnoon IWB tuckable type holster and it works good I use the Split decision . I have had it tucked in a dress and in my everyday Blue Jeans and western Style shirt.

Here it is as you can see I am not a small person



Here it is concealed and its hard to tell where it is


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Another FATBOY checking in. I'm built like you and I carry 1911's of various sizes with absolutely NO problems. I use an Andrews pocket holster ( www.andrewsleather.com ) to carry my Kimber Ultra Carry II, a 3" 1911, with no problems with concealment, comfort or drawing. Inside my waistband resides one of my 3 Brommeland Max Con V's ( www.brommelandgunleather.com ), again easily concealed and comfortable with all day carry and great access. I usually wear an open shirt over a tee shirt. The gun is at 3:30 - 4:00 o'clock.
 

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I'm also a big guy. I carry an SP101 IWB at 4 o'clock. The only thing sticking above the beltline is the grip. An auto grip is bigger, but still fits OK when I carry my P89. I just carry ina low holster.
 

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dwpa,
I'm a big ole' Texas boy, and as I see, just right down the road from TexasDoc. I'm 6'-7" and 310lbs. I carry IWB using a Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 for my Wilson Protector. I just ordered a Max-Con V, another IWB, from Gary Brommeland along with a double mag pouch for my new Springfield XD-45. I have no problems carrying and not being made.
 

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6'2" @ 270lbs.
I had the same problem with the pocket pal and the sitting down thing. Now i use a iwb for a 642 snubbie at about 3:30. They are small so the grip sticks up(which is tiny) and kinda molds into my Love handle area. Found that the more barrel is past the waist, the harder it is to sit down without getting stabbed by the grip/safety.
Also love my shoulder rig when its less than 55 degrees out. Use a white t-shirt under a larger polyester print hawaiin type shirt.(there are alot of styles out there) No one can see a thing and i've carried a Berretta M92 with extra mag more than a few times.
 

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I agree with the other posts about usuing a good quality IWB. I wear one and I don't feel it at all.



As you can see I'm all muscle (hehe)


 

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Guess I'll pipe in too.. 6-3 @280lbs.. I usually use a Comp-Tac CTAC IWB holster, mine is the adj cant one, which helps minimize the digging. Still does a touch, but that's mostly sitting just right. I am currently investigating the G-Code IWB unit. It has a overly large padded nylon backing that the holster connects to. Should remove the remainder of discomfort.
 

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I'm like you Rhome, all muscle...:) I thought that OWB would be the only way for me to carry till I got a HBE IWB holster for my CZ P-01. I think as long as you have the loops for your belt seperated as in your pic, it will be comfortable, plus the sweat gaurd or whatever they call it to gaurd against those sharp edges.
 

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I carry a Colt Commander about 3:00 in a Don Hume IWB that has a steel clip on it. I also wear a vest or open shirt. I never leave the house without, mainly they don't pay any attention to me other than just a fat guy walking with 2 canes. I also carry a spare 10 round cmc power mag. OWB in a fobus single pouch without any problems. I also use a good belt and Perry brand suspenders that hook on to the belt and not the pants, they are the best I have ever used.:smile:
 

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Thanks for all the replies, guys. After seeing what everyone has to say about it, I'm leaning toward the Milt Sparks Executive's Companion. I also like what I see with Don Hume's IWB holsters but I don't see my Baby Eagle listed as an option on his website so I'm not sure if he offers it for my gun. With the Baby Eagle being a CZ clone will it fit into a holster made for a CZ-75? It doesn't look like it would, but I'm hardly an expert. Anyone know for sure? Also, do you think it's necessary to get a super stiff belt (such as the Wilderness Instructor's Belt Combat Shooter's Model) or would a regular leather basket-weave duty belt do the trick?

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i like a good quality belt and its a must for owb. iwb you can probably get away with one, but doesn't a nice thick matching black leather belt with a sivler buckle sound cool? I have a don hume and its one of my favorites. Kramer is good as well(the fact that they make them like 25 miles from where i live helps)
 

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Just when I was beginning to think I was the only one with this question..

My information is similar to what has already been posted, but I wanted to cast one more vote for the "it's possible". I am 6'2" and one skipped meal from being below 300#. I was in the 350# class when I moved to a pro-carry state and was faced with the same challenge. I wanted to carry my Glock 22 and after discussing it with Craig at Crossbreed holsters settled on an IWB that is very comfortable at about the 4:30 position. With a loose tucked shirt it concealed very well. The nice thing I found about being a larger man, is that very few people seemed to notice anything about what I had clipped to my belt. I guess they were busy trying to see if the skinny guys were printing!!

I soon found that an even more comfortable solution was a 642 in a pocket holster. Not as much firepower, but it is with me much more regularly than the G22.
 

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Here is something that I remembered from THR years back. Post by Shunkape:

This one's kind of hard to explain. My wife and I are into a rather unusual type of entertainment, and I've discovered that normal duct tape adheres very well to human skin. You should also know that I'm quite overweight, bordering on obese. In a flash of revelation one fine morning, I realized that one of the advantages of being rotund is that I'm able to conceal a NAA mini-revolver between the two largest rolls of my belly. A bit of duct tape holds it in place. Its completely invisible when I'm standing or sitting upright. It does show a bit when I recline or lie down, however.
He was asking (jokefully we found out later) about how to carry concealed at a nude beach.

It's funny, I am extra skinny and I have problems with carrying also. So it's something that effects both the "big" and the "small".

Wayne
 

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I can't add much more than what has already been mentioned other than to second a few points made earlier. A good leather holster/belt combo is going to give you the most comfort and concealability. The better leather holsters will comform to your body line as they wear in and get more comfortable than say a kydex or nylon type would. The purpose made gun belt will also help support the holster and allow it to do it's job more effectively.

Try using different positions with your holster also. I find that anything beyond 2:30 or so strong side IWB for me is a complete hassle and not very comfortable while I am sitting down. I don't like having my carry piece located "behind my hip" either. I'd rather have it up front where I have more control over it in case I have to tussle. Right around the 1:30-2:00 position works best for me when I am out and about. Of course, this is based on my current holster which is a Desantis Pro Stealth that carries my XD Service and an extra mag all at the same time on the holster. A different holster will give you a different feel and may change your "sweet spot" where it feels most comfortable to you.
 

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6'2 and 305 here (was 320 a few months ago :smile:).

I use a combination of techniques, depending upon dress and weather.

A milt sparks watch-6 for my P2000SK is extremely comfortable. It just snugs right in there.

Occassionally I also use a fanny pack.

My P3AT in a pocket holster works good, especially when wearing cargo pants, or in the breast pocket of a jacket.

During the winter I can get away with OWB and carry just about anything.
 
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