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"Driving holster" for bus driver?

This is a discussion on "Driving holster" for bus driver? within the SA-XD/XD(M) Accessories forums, part of the XD Talk category; This may sound like a weird request, so I will give a little background: I am a bus driver. I drive patrons to casinos and ...


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Old 07-23-2006, 03:23 AM   #1
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Question "Driving holster" for bus driver?

This may sound like a weird request, so I will give a little background:

I am a bus driver. I drive patrons to casinos and sell tickets to them directly. Therefore, I have to deal with large amounts of cash, late at night, alone in a bus, far away from base. Several of our drivers have been robbed and/or assaulted at work in the past.

I am right handed. I am looking for a holster of some sort that I can use to keep the gun (XD9 service) concealed (yes, I have a CCW permit). It has to be within easy reach in case of a robber coming up the front steps. Unfortunately, when I am sitting in the driver's seat, the steps and door are on my right. I am right handed. So keeping a holster on my right side while seated is a little obvious. I also have to wear a uniform with my shirt tucked in.

This picture is not me, but it will give you an idea of the situation I am attempting to describe:



As you can see, I can't just wear a holster on the right, there. It would be very obvious.

So I guess here are the requirements:

1) Needs to be concealed
2) Needs to be easily reached/drawn with right hand in case of emergency
3) Needs to be able to be drawn whilst in a seated position (as in photo above)
4) Shoulder holsters won't work because we don't/can't wear jackets while driving

Does anybody have any suggestions for a situation like this?

Thanks!

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Old 07-23-2006, 11:49 AM   #2
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Erin,

Being in Colorado, I know there are some good quality leather folks there. You may actually want to consider going and talking to saddlemaker in the area and having something custom made for your situation. Bus driver seats have high side bolsters which will limit your movement and ability to draw anything off your hip.

Barring that, and depending on your physique, maybe look into getting something like the "thunderwear", concealment tshirts or belly band type concealment rigs.
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Old 07-23-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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I came across something like what you are looking for here

http://www.desantisholster.com/n92.html


I don't know how difficult it would be to install as it looks like something more for a personal car then a bus, but at least its an option.

Anyone else have more info on this? I'm thinking of getting one for myself.

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Old 07-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #4
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That's very interesting...

I don't use the XD40 for carry, I use S&W revolver. Only issue is, I'd be afraid to leave the holster in position when I got out of the car, passer-by's would look inside and say "hey, there is a gun in that car" which is a great way to get your car broken into (whether the gun is inside or not).

For the bus, it looks like it would be a good option if you could leave it in position when off duty.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:25 PM   #5
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ankle holster inside left leg or cross draw from iwb at 10 or 11 oclock on the left hip.
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Old 07-23-2006, 01:44 PM   #6
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First two things that come to my mind:
1) You could mount something like the Fobus vehicle kit somewhere accessible, but concealed. But, I imagine the company you work for wouldn't particularly care for you mounting stuff on their buses.

2) Have you considered some sort of cross draw holster? Wear it on your left side but draw with your right hand. I think quite a few people who drive a lot and carry us this method when they are driving to make their firearm more accessible.

Hope that helps. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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edit: just saw you aren't a new member, you just haven't posted much, consider it a late welcome.
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Old 07-23-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
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I had this long post for you this morning but lost it due to the forum freezing.

The jist was to go lefty so you can fend off an attack with you right arm if need be. Plus the left is more hidden and you can draw while distracting/ motoining with your right arm. I carry my pistol in my truck on the driver door. This way I can access it and no one else can. It will add to the element of suprise.

So, I'd go lefty.
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Wow, thanks for the replies, folks! I have seen some good possibilities now.

I guess I should have mentioned that I cannot modify the bus in any way and that I get a different bus every shift (we have about 50 buses in our fleet). I can temporarily mount a holster for the shift I guess, but it can't cause any damage to the bus. Sticky-backed Velcro might be an option, but I don't know how long it would last with the other drivers and the wash crews that clean the buses. Not to mention, I would need to buy 50 pieces of Velcro to put in the various buses as I drive them.

The driver's seat holster linked to above looks good, but if I get out of the seat (which I do at every stop) the gun is no longer concealed. I certainly don't want to "scare" any passengers (you know how people that aren't familiar with guns get scared when they see one!) or have anybody grab it while I'm not in the seat. I wonder if it will allow the holster to be mounted on the left side of the seat, where it would be hard for passengers to see it? All they would see would be the nylon web strap.... Hmmm.... ::scratches chin, pondering::

I should probably take a picture of the seating/dash arrangement and post it here so you guys can see what I'm dealing with.

Thanks again for the help so far, and keep the suggestions coming!

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I wasn't suggesting that you mount anything on the bus; just that if it was me, that I'd get a concealable lefty holster.
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Yeah, it sounds like you need an inside holster for the left side. You'll just need to practice practice practice getting the firearm out of the holster to protect yourself.
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