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Old January 9th, 2020, 08:19 AM   #1
 
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Carry holster question

So Iím looking for a holster for my new GP100. Havenít decided yet on iwb or owb, but looking at most holsters out there, and there are some really nice looking ones, even if you ďtriedĒ to CC with a owb most of the holsters look like the pistol thatís inside it. If I had a big shirt, jacket and any part of the holster was seen it looks like a pistol.
I did see one kydex that had duct tape wrapped on it and it actually looked like you could have all of the holster displayed except for the grip and hammer parts and no one would know what it was.

Kinda dangerous I know, but any other thoughts??

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So Iím looking for a holster for my new GP100. Havenít decided yet on iwb or owb, but looking at most holsters out there, and there are some really nice looking ones, even if you ďtriedĒ to CC with a owb most of the holsters look like the pistol thatís inside it. If I had a big shirt, jacket and any part of the holster was seen it looks like a pistol.
I did see one kydex that had duct tape wrapped on it and it actually looked like you could have all of the holster displayed except for the grip and hammer parts and no one would know what it was.

Kinda dangerous I know, but any other thoughts??

Thanks!
Most of the things that you might do to disguise a handgun will make it harder to get to in an emergency. Having said that .. I know a guy that carries on the waist in a nice leather rectangular bag. It is a medium sized bag with belt slots so it doesn't hang from the belt and it looks like an ordinary bag you might keep daily crap in. The gun is put in horizontally and you have to unsnap 2 snaps to get at it. Its a bit awkward but .. If you saw it you would never know it was a gun. Guess everything is a trade off.

I carry owb 99% of the time and just throw a light unbuttoned button up shirt on over top. Never got a second look. If you wear your gun at about 3:30 4 oclock the grip tends to ride on the small of your back and hides nicely
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Thanks, I was thinking the same that I would try owb and work on the clock position that worked best. I did think about the ďfanny packĒ kinda thing and maybe something made for that purpose attached to your belt might not be too bad. Just hate that fanny pack look. Although livin in Florida I would look like any other tourist here.

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It wasn’t until this past year that in the SunShine State any inadvertent display of your CC weapon was considered “Open Carry” and I know you may find it hard to believe but there are COPs out there that love to bust people for that! But now it is a little better where “accidental” display is ok . �� !! Hoping for open carry. Almost had it year before last but a defecting Republican killed it just before jumping to the Dark Side.
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Thanks, I was thinking the same that I would try owb and work on the clock position that worked best. I did think about the “fanny pack” kinda thing and maybe something made for that purpose attached to your belt might not be too bad. Just hate that fanny pack look. Although livin in Florida I would look like any other tourist here.

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been reading gun boards for some 15 years and the fanny packs get a lot of bad PR. Gun guys will jump on and say .. "fanny packs scream gun"

Meh .. I dont know .. maybe to other gun guys but to tourists in Florida and snowbirds in Arizona all they will think is you have your prescription meds and you cellular one phone in there.

Some people say Fanny packs are dorky.

As we get older we can do things we would have sworn was so dorky that we would never ever do. I wore socks with sandals the other day and thought it was so funny I had to take a picture and send it to my daughter.

There are some good fanny packs out there for carry ...the GP is a bit heavy .. I carry a 686 regularly. I think it would bother me under my belly at the front but if you wore the pack off to one side a little it should be fine
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What barrel length GP-100? Any size GP is not going to be easy to carry concealed, but certainly can be done. Check out the Simply Rugged Pancake Holster. It is OWB and can be converted to IWB with straps. I live in FL most of the year. The casual attire culture with loose, untucked shirts make it easier. Also, most people aren't looking to see if you're carrying. A fanny pack worn in the front says gun to me, but who cares. If you have a permit, does it matter? FL issues a lot of permits. Good luck with your choice!
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I only carry my 4.2" GP100 strong side, open carry when farming or back in the woods. In Florida you'd have a hard time concealing even the snub. I pocket carry a Kimber K6S, a six-shooter DAO, and the right pants swallow it. I'm just not fond of IWB carry, but if you find a good solution, I'm interested. Might change my mind one day about how I carry!

FWIW, I wear by Simply Rugged holsters for retaining the gun and their shape. Their work is all leather, but you might want to take a look.
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Iwb Mexican Carry.
Just put some rubber bands or a bicycle inner tube over the grip to keep it from sliding south on ya.

We don't need no stinkin holsters.
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I can carry my 4" 686 in a Milt Sparks summer special IWB. I only weigh 160 but a sweatshirt or light jacket covers it well.
I really don't carry it often but when I feel the need a .357 feels pretty good on the hip.
I reload so I am able to shoot it very often on a private range this also helps the confidence !
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Just started carrying my 3" in a Bianchi Black Widow. Holster is definitely a quality piece. At 3 o'clock carry, cant is a little forward for my liking but with practice draw is smooth with a little shove back and then pull out....if that makes sense. 4/5 o'clock cant is perfect.

I really like Fobus paddle holsters but the carry is pretty low. The Bianchi rides nice and high. Sweatshirt covers no problem. I hope that helps.
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The size of the gun is why many people still like the ruger 6 series almost as sron but stronger than a smith 4 frame and easier to conceal.
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The size of the gun is why many people still like the ruger 6 series almost as sron but stronger than a smith 4 frame and easier to conceal.
3" GP is super easy to conceal, for me anyway. I'm 6'1", 200 lbs. Even with the added large Houge grip.....and I'm not a "wide" guy (no offence to anyone..). One thing for sure I've learned over the years is personal experience trumps all....it can get expensive but it is the BEST teacher. Not knocking bwinters AT ALL....please don't take it that way. All personal preference I suppose. Carry On....see what I did there.
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I like the Simply Rugged Silver Dollar pancake holster for my 3" sp101. Iwb/owb.
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OWB works fine with shirttail out or jacket.

Most important is a good belt (preferably with steel insert, e.g., Bigfoot) which will keep the holster in tight against your body. Also makes for a good clean draw

Snap on OWB's work well and are easy to get on and off. Warbird Leather makes some great holsters.

Some folks worry about printing needlessly. No one notices printing.
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