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First Time Carrying Concealed
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:19:11 am »
This Christmas, I will have my first opportunity to carry concealed.  I'm visiting family in Oklahoma, and I got my Arizona CCW permit this year, which Oklahoma accepts.  So this will be a first for me.  I picked up a Galco IWB holster for my 1911, and I also have a secondhand Alessi shoulder holster.  Now, the IWB holster I can figure out, but how the heck do you wear a shoulder holster???  I see them on TV all the time, improperly adjusted and flopping all over the place.  The Don Johnson method just isn"t concealable.  I can adjust it comfortably, but it bulges awkwardly.  What is the proper placement for a shoulder holster? High in the armpit, low under the ribs?  If I can't get it to work, I still have the IWB.  I'm just happy to finally exercise my rights.
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    Re: First Time Carrying Concealed
    « Reply #1 on: December 14, 2012, 10:23:48 am »
    Cross draw might work.
    Not leather, soft materials maybe, for concealed carry IWB.


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    Re: First Time Carrying Concealed
    « Reply #2 on: December 14, 2012, 10:27:14 am »
    starting with an unloaded firearm, secured in the holster. The below is mainly for a horizontal rig.  if your pulling a vertical, or an upside down rig, you'll have to modify and adjust.

    put on the rig, holster hanging under your off (weak) side.   
    try to reach for it with your strong hand.   you should not have to contort, stretch, or do anything uncomfortable to reach a firm grip.

    While the holster is hanging on the off side,  your off arm.   ( piss on it,  I'm just gonna use right and left,  switch if it fits.)    the holster should hang where your left arm basically covers the holster when your left arm is hanging straight down.  Above the left elbow.  don't want it pulled around in front like a tanker rig,  don't want it hanging to far to the rear.   You also don't want it all the way up into your arm pit, but you don't want it hanging to your waist either. Your triceps should be what is in contact with the holster.   basically, with your right hand, reach straight across your chest.   for a guy, right about the nips.   Your right hand should make contact in a straight line with the grips.   
    Make sure the gun is secure,  sometimes the snap has to much wear and will not hold.  Make sure you can get a correct grip on the gun prior to starting your draw.   release the retention strap and draw.   yeah,   your pointing the gun and parts of you and anyone to the rear or side of you, so be durn careful about trigger control.   when you draw, rotate into presentation, high ready, sucked in to you,   you can always shove it out later if you wish, but from the draw, end up with the gun pointing at the threat, sucked into your abs, in tight. 

    Many holsters will have a tie down strap,  designed to hold the holster in place and fastens to the belt or inside the belt on the pants.   same with the off side.   Most rigs will have some ammunition carry device on the opposite side, helps balance the total weight.    Setting those will require about the same level of attention.   if these are mag carriers,  vertical or horizontal,  make sure your right arm covers the pouch, about the same as left arm and holster.  they might need to ride a bit higher to ensure you have enough room to pull a mag out cleanly. 

    while doing all this,  you will have the rig on and off multiple times, get real familiar with it and how it should feel when you have it set right.

     I often wear mine (Adams rig with a full size 1911) under a tucked in heavy shirt, chamois or flannel, the heavy material keeps it from printing. make sure you wear a T-shirt under the rig if you do this.   one advantage of this is you can take your coat off in the house or restaurant and really all you have to do is have a button undone at the top.   If SHTF you can always rip a button loose if you have to.

     
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    Re: First Time Carrying Concealed
    « Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 05:03:06 pm »
    Chief, that is exactly what I needed to know but couldn't find anywhere!  You have an incredible sense of detail.  Thank you.
    ArizonaCuriously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.

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