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Old 08-19-2009, 7:22 AM
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Okay, got my CCW in Arizona and Utah, so that gives me about 27 states that I am legal to CCW in. Have not tried to get the california CCW yet.
I travel alot, driving not flying, and spend lots of time in the rest of the country. Most of the time its me by myself on roads for days at a time.
Here is my question. Where does everybody like to carry their holster?
My buddy carries his on his left front. He feels that he can grab it easier.

Everywhere I try it seems to be just so obvious that I have a gun. I am tall and thin so maybe that makes it worse. The place that works best for me is behind my back close to my wallet on the right side. Although it seems more inconspicous, I know that I cant fast draw from this position.

So how do you hide the big gun bulge, and is it worth having it a little harder to pull in exchange for more concellment?
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Old 08-19-2009, 7:28 AM
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Wear a bigger shirt...or a smaller gun. Your covering garment has to be loose enough to avoid printing. I used to FBI carry all the time. It sucks for access when seated in a vehicle though. Appendix carry is much better for that. I've gone to pocket carry now with a j frame. Its just too easy.
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Old 08-19-2009, 7:34 AM
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I carry a small .38 5 shot revolver, so I think my gun is small enough.
All my other guns are way bigger.
What is a "FBI carry"?

I dont really care about when I am in the car as I usually remove the gun and set it next to me for easy access.
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FBI carry is just behind the hip bone strong side. I pocket carry (strong side) my 5 shot S&W. It disappears if your pockets are the right size. Another good spot for snubbies is appendix. That also offers the ability to really shield the gun if you're in a busy crowd by putting your hands down at your sides/front. Keeps you from getting made.
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I wear a wide IWB holster (Crossbreed Supertuck) on my left hip as I'm left handed. If I use a smaller holster like my Hume, then I wear it in an appendix carry on my left side.
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So thats what FBI carry is!
Funny thing, thats what is most comfortable for me. and thats what I do at this point, when its legal, of course.
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IWB kinda FBI style as described above.Or pocket carry
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Everywhere I try it seems to be just so obvious that I have a gun. I am tall and thin so maybe that makes it worse. The place that works best for me is behind my back close to my wallet on the right side [...] I know that I cant fast draw from this position.
Well that's no good.

For me, big slim pistols are easier to make disappear than smaller blocky guns. Someone finally gave me the best advice I'd ever had and put me in an Aker belt slide holster 'appendix carry' right up in front cranked down with a quality belt designed for CCW. Holster has something like a 30 degree cant forward.

I usually carry a full size 1911-A1 that I put a flat mainspring housing on and modified with a melted hammer and safety. I replaced the sights with shrouded TruGlo tritiums. I use 7 round mags that fit flush, but the 8 round Wilsons conceal just as well. I reduced the grip scales with slimline bushings and cocobolo panels. That alone helped a huge amount. I compensated for the grip reduction with an extended length match trigger that I fit myself.

I wear a suit or jacket on work days, but an untucked shirt with a printed pattern sufficient to break up any printing usually works fine. Patterns help concealment a lot. Start using your weak side pants pockets to carry your car keys and such, and try to eliminate the amount of crap you carry around. I reduced the number of keys on my keyring to the minimum.

When I am in a vehicle for an extended length of time, I remove the pistol and place it on the seat next to me or in the middle console well that I emptied out of CDs and crap that accumulates there. Before I get out of the car, I drop the pistol back down the belt slide holster. Simple.

My 1911 vanishes on me. Can't spot me without a metal detector.

Oh, ironing and starching your shirts helps some too. Picking shirts that are made of thicker cloth helps to prevent printing on windy days, but I really don't care much about printing. People usually aren't very observant.

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