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04-23-2007, 18:19 #1Cadet
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Opinions on off-duty carrying options
I have read several threads about different ways to carry off-duty and I wanted to gets some opinions on the different types/styles. Here is my situation: My agency allows 24/7 carry, BUT only with my assigned SIG 229. I live in California where it is pretty hot during the summer so I usually wear shorts and a T-shirt off-duty. I have small children so I spend a lot of my off-duty time â€œrunning around.â€
Here is what I have already found on different threads
Proâ€™s- can be worn with almost anything
Conâ€™s- need to buy a lot of new pants/shorts with a larger waistband
Proâ€™s-can be worn with almost anything
Conâ€™s-Looksâ€¦.wellâ€¦.not very cool
Ankle-Not an option with my weapon or with wearing shorts
Proâ€™s-Easy to conceal during winter
Conâ€™s-hard to conceal with shorts or impossible if I donâ€™t have belt loops
Iâ€™m I missing anything or any ideas? Does anyone else have any ideas/opinions?
04-23-2007, 19:55 #2
Try a belly band holster. Galco makes a pretty high-quality one for about $45.00. I use one when it's really hot and it works pretty well. If you get the El Cheapo version, it might not work as well. I had a cheap one previously and it was pretty worthless.
I would stay FAR away from the fanny pack option. It's no longer 'covert' at all and you might as well be in uniform.
k"I don't share your greed...the only card I need...is the Ace of Spades, the Ace of Spades..."
04-23-2007, 19:56 #3
Fanny packs are convenient, but the bad guys and many average citizens will see anyone wearing one as an off-duty cop (not always a bad thing but something to consider). Any fanny pack will stand out in most of the country, although some of the less "tactical" looking ones will blend in a little better in hot weather tourist areas like Orlando and, to a lesser extent, SoCal. If you are inclined to go this route while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, then consider going for the full look by finding one in a color other than black that won't scream cop.
Personally I am for sticking with what you know and what you train for, meaning if you carry on your hip while working then carry that way while outside work. That may mean adjusting your wardrobe slightly, but when I worked in SoCal I found it easy to go with the typical California "sportcoat" look by wearing a button down, short-sleeve shirt over a t-shirt. Sometimes I buttoned the shirt, sometimes not depending on the outfit I was wearing, but you won't stand out dressed that way in SoCal. Not hard to find shorts with belt loops...although you can get away with some paddle holsters without wearing a belt, I don't recommend it with a heavy gun like the P229.
You might also look at some of the belly band holsters that are out there, or another design such as Thunderwear that can be worn without a belt. IMO, the P229 is a little heavy and bulky for these options but it works for some people.
Also, before you go with a fanny pack or anything other than a traditional holster, make sure they are approved under agency policy. Most agencies, at least at the federal level, will require you to actually qualify using an alternate holster before you can carry that way, especially if it is significantly different from your duty holster.
04-23-2007, 20:12 #4Any fanny pack will stand out in most of the country, although some of the less "tactical" looking ones will blend in a little better in hot weather tourist areas like Orlando and, to a lesser extent, SoCal. If you are inclined to go this route while wearing shorts and a T-shirt, then consider going for the full look by finding one in a color other than black that won't scream cop.
Another thing to do if you have to wear a fanny pack is to pull your shorts up to your chest, wear black dress socks with sandals, drive around like you're blind and deaf, and eat at a lot of cheap, buffet-style restaurants .
Last edited by krellum; 04-23-2007 at 20:14."I don't share your greed...the only card I need...is the Ace of Spades, the Ace of Spades..."
04-23-2007, 22:10 #5
04-23-2007, 23:41 #6
Here in Bama we don't call them "fanny packs", we have another name for them, but I won't go there."From whence comes the purpose of a person's life?.....Come it by chance, a casting of the lot, or does a call of destiny beckon to each of us?"
04-24-2007, 00:17 #7
Well I'll second cassaka2...my agency just started to transition to the Sig 229DAK from the S&W Sigma. I am a smaller (5'7" 165) guy and have a hell of a time concealing anything other than my G27 in the summer. I have a blackhawk SERPA on order for an off-duty/out of uniform holster but I think I am going to have issues with concealment when it counts with that holster. I was thinking maybe I should just nix the Serpa and put that money towards a blade-tech,g-fed,other kydex holsters...any opinions/recommendations?
I am sure many are going to ask why if I have a g27 am I worried about concealing a 229?...well depending on my mood or travels I like to carry the department issue call me crazy"We will not rise to the occasion...we will only sink to our level of training." Grossman On Combat
04-24-2007, 02:19 #8
It's pretty hot here in Texas during the summer as well. Off duty, I use a cheap Uncle Mike's IWB holster with a microfiber exterior. I typically carry a Sig 239 off duty, but from time to time use my duty weapon, a 226. The holster is pretty comfortable and remains totally concealed. Best part is there are only a few pairs of pants that I own that I can't carry with this option due to the fit. All the rest of them though I never had a problem squeezing an extra inch or two out for the weapon."The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King
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04-24-2007, 14:26 #9
As already cited, stick with what you know. I am in favor of carrying in the same or very close to the way you do when on duty. Muscle memory comes into play here.
The advantage of the paddle backs is that they slip on and off. Some even have room for an extra magazine, a big plus for me.
If you opt for a different method of carry, go to the range and practice twice as much as you do with the duty rig!Depart not from the path fate has you assigned- a fortune cookie.
04-24-2007, 16:45 #10Cadet
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04-24-2007, 17:49 #11
With your only option being a 229 to carry, it kinda makes your option list pretty short.
IWB holsters are OK, but make sure you get a good fit or wear a belt otherwise you will be pulling up your shorts more often than you like. Also a loose fitting T-shirt will help make sure the gun does not print. Check out the Galco catalog as they have several other models (I believe they are the J-hook or sky something) that are made to be worn under clothing.
Belly-Band holsters seem like a good idea as well and of course the loose fitting shirt will help as well.
And I echo what everyone else mentions about fanny packs, while they may work, they scream "COP" unless you are in the middle of a tourist area.
You could get a very large hat....just kidding. Of course I have seen more than one gun hidden in the top of a cowboy hat here in the State of Texas.
04-24-2007, 21:39 #12Officer
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04-24-2007, 21:47 #13Officer
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Few more things to consider:
There's "Smartcarry" or "Thunderwear" (groan), which carries under your pants/shorts in front. Not my personal choice...but might be an option with your situation.
There's also the option for a very high-ride OWB holster...I just ordered one for my 229. I'm getting the Stead-fast model from Garrity gunleather...Fist inc makes a very high-ride kydex model.
04-24-2007, 22:24 #14Captain
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For such a large gun, I would suggest a Milt Sparks VMII. Its an IWB. With a good belt, it should be no problem. I used one for my .40 H&K P2000. Its not as large as a 229, but it is pretty thick. I also carry a full size 1911 in one no problem. Sparks are pricey, but its the best. It holds it very tight to the body.
Last edited by H. Schoolboy; 04-24-2007 at 22:48.
04-24-2007, 22:37 #15
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