New CHL - weighty issues

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by jnclement, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. jnclement

    jnclement Guest

    The state of Texas finally saw fit to get my CHL to me yesterday. Mailed the application 5/12, got the license 7/13. They said it would be 60 days, and they used it all. I figured I needed to carry somewhere, so I got out my Uncle Mike's slide, holstered my M40, and went for a walk. Anyway, the surprising thing to me about carrying was............the weight! After about 2 blocks, I felt like I was pulling a trailer on my hip. Now I'm wondering if I should carry my 380..........or if I'm just a wuss. Is this something you get used to, or does a better holster make a difference?
  2. Deluxe247

    Deluxe247 Supporting Member

    You are not a wuss, you just need to get somethings figgured out. :D

    A good holster can make all of the difference. You definatly get what you pay for in most cases. The "one size fits all" models are not custom fit to the weapon and it starts to show when you have used it for long periods of time. I have an HBE COM3 IWB that was custom made for my M9 and it almost feels like you are not even wearing it most of the time. VERY comfortable.

    Like you also said, you will probably want to decide which weapon will be your carry gun before you start buying $50-100 holsters. There are deals to be had on eBay and the different gun auction sites, but they are not always exactly what you need. You might decide that the Steyr is just not the right carry weapon for you. This is where the catch-22 comes into play. You will never really know how it should feel w/o the proper holster for the weapon.

    Another piece of advise, you might want to try both OWB and IWB holsters. You might find that you prefer one over the other. Most gun stores will let you try out different holsters and that can be quite helpful, although you probably won't find any that are specifically designed for the M or S series.

    One more thing, a good belt can make a HUGE difference also. Your average Wally World or Target belt won't cut it for everyday carry use.

    Too many combinations to try, but you have to start someplace.


  3. revjen45

    revjen45 Member

    Deluxe247 is right that a real gun belt makes a lot of difference. A flimsy belt is a POS. Dillon Precision offers a double thickness 1.5" wide belt, and it makes a lot of difference in supporting the weight as well as not moving up when you draw. My holster is a Hunter 1502-0, which is a sort of 1 size fits all OWB slide style for med autos. It's not as elegant as if it were made specifically for the gun, but it is adequate once it breaks in to the gun, and I DO carry my S9 all the time. It's like buying shoes. Try on a few and see what fits. In any case, you're better off with with your .380 than a pocket knife.
  4. madecov

    madecov Active Member

    :) :) LOL :) :)
    I carry a 1911 on duty with 4 spare magazines, radio, flashlight, baton, 2 sets of cuffs. makes it tough to get into and out of tight spaces.

    I love the fact that my full size 1911 feels like a feather when it's all I carry.
    It's a matter of perseption. Get a decent holster that rides solid and a decent belt. The Uncle mikes stuff is marginal at best. Once you get it all figured out all will be good.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    A top notch gun belt and good holster makes all the difference in the world. You might take a look at Rafter S Gunleather I have one of their shark belts that I have used for two year with one of their shark OWB holsters for my SA Micro Compact 1911 and both still look like new. I carry 6 days per week so they have had lots of use.
  6. jnclement

    jnclement Guest

    Found a heavy weight belt, it does make a difference. Grandfather Oak is building me a new IWB holster, we'll see how it does when it gets here.

    Now if I can just get over the feeling everyone is staring at me.

    SELFDEFENSE Premium Member

    "Now if I can just get over the feeling everyone is staring at me."
    After a while it will be second nature. I live in an open carry state, so if I flash for a second I don't even miss a beat after 8 years.