I went fishing for a little while this afternoon and decided to try this little creek near me (the only bites I got were from mosquitoes). Anyway, I had recently bought a belly band at a local gun show. I had always been curious about them, plus it was cheap and the girl behind the stand was cute, so... I figured it would be a "quick way to slap the gun on and go."
First, it was a royal pain to strap the hateful thing around me while seated in my truck. And no, I'm not fat. Strike 1.
Second, if I don't make the two velcro attachment pads match exactly, it scratches. Strike 2.
Third, the Ruger is definitely not meant to be a compact carry piece unless you look down on Andre the Giant. Strike 3 (against the belly band, not the Ruger).
Fourth, I was surprised to find that full concealment with zero printing is practically impossible, no matter where on the clock I put it. This is the fault of both the gun and the belly band. Strike 4.
So all in all, I learned some lessons:
1. Avoid cheap belly bands. I've heard good things about the Galco belly band and a few others, but this homemade rig just doesn't cut it.
2. The next time I decide to "grab the Ruger and go," I'll wear it OWB with a baggy shirt over it.
I'm sure a slimmer gun would be helpful, but this combo simply doesn't work.