Monday, August 21, 2006


This is not so much an original post, as I am merely extrapolating on a point Citizen Arrest made awhile ago.

While most of the time I will go with the slim-line pistol (read 1911) in a IWB configuration, I think there are situations where other utensils are necessary.

I like the MOB for home-carry. Likewise, in the middle of winter, when you can wear a heavy jacket, it makes sense. You can carry a larger pistol, with more capacity.

The reason I thought about this is that there is not a better holster configuration for presentation, outside of a front-break shoulder holster.

That being said, I'm wearing one now and it is comfortable as shit. If you actually have the right belt (which most people don't bother with) you don't even notice it is there. Comfortable, accessable, and useful. You cannot condemn it; or can you?

The only drawback I've ever heard is that LE guys seem to think that if you were to fall on your back, you might have the added risk of really hurting your spine if the middle or SOB holster is utilized. I like them myself, but we don't get to use them very much down here in Texas due to the weather. There was a couple of hours last winter where it dropped below 90.

The Pager Pal seems to be about the best thing to carry a 1911 in these parts, pretty much fully concealed. The Ultra Carry tends to work pretty well with that configuration. However, there is still some bulging issues.

I've found that pocket pistols in this area are the best, with something more substantial in the car. You can almost hide a Tomcat .32 in your shirt pocket.

The NRA is selling a holster shirt on their website that looks like it's got possibilities.

I have to state, right off the bat, that I hate pocket pistols.

Insofar as the LE back damage claim, how often does that happen?

What is a Pager Pal? If it holds a 1911, I am definitely interested.

LEO back damage is a near never, but that's because SoB/MoB carry is against the policy of many police departments for any.

It's very, very rare, in a 'watch out for lightning' sort of way. That said, it's worth being aware of because climbing a rotting tree.

Pager Pals are an interesting IWB carry method that uses a pager-esque decoy to hide the holster clip. You can carry pretty much any small or medium-framed handgun in one, but it's a very... male-centric carry method, and can be very uncomfortable for some individuals.

I'd also note that it's a very bad draw - you have to cross your arm, then the majority of the scene, which is a potential recipe for disaster if you have an itchy trigger finger.

The extra concealment can usually make up for the problems, but they're issues worth being aware of.
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With a bit of practice, you can stick your hands in your pocket and push the gun up, then complete the draw with your shooting hand. They make them in both lefty and righty models.

Slimmer guns are best. The shorty 1911 really works good, and another gun that works because of its geometrics and grip configuration is a WaltherP99. Glocks are a tough deal, as are most sigs, though the 239 will definitely work.

It really does work pretty well. Galco has something similar, but it costs a buttload as most things from them do.

Pocket pistols are sometimes a necessary evil in the hot parts of the world. But you can pretty much be armed anywhere with one, and wearing anything short of a speedo. Better to have a gun than not have one.

The MOB's aren't a bad option, but I dread the possibility of flashing some hysterical lefty by accident. Thus, the pocket pistol with a heavy-hitter that I like more as a backup somewhere, like the car.
Perhaps this won't matter so much since you're presumably packing a holster of one type or another wherever you go -- but I don't, and I've found it really convenient to rely on a frame-mounted clip -- no holster needed -- if I'm gonna be walking around in the yard and want to be armed but not obviously so. On my J-frame S&W I have tried both the Barami HipGrip and the Clipdraw. Both work great for MOB/SOB carry. The Barami is now on my ultra-lightweight 317 .22 for when I need to go cap a backyard varmint my dogs located for me. It holds the lightweight gun very securely. The Clipdraw's on my full-weight 940 because it felt more secure than the Barami. Of course a J-frame fits in a pocket, but I like having options.

Anyway, I think there's a Clipdraw available for 1911s and other semiauto models. (Not for the Desert Eagle, I'd bet.) It makes carrying your piece really handy, no need to muck about with a holster unless you want to.
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