Belly holster or ankle holster for the xds?

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  1. TLC

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    I've followed all the recent threads about various brands of IWB and OWB holsters. I'm primarily concerned with concealed carry wearing normal clothes. I really don't want to buy bigger pants ( or count on losing weight--lol)so I'm wondering if anyone has tried carrying the xds in a belly holster or ankle holster? If so, which brands and were there any drawbacks other than being slower to draw?
     
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    As far as belly holsters go, I don't want my pistol pointing at my little friend, ever.
     
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    I Would second that!
     
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    Carrying the XDS in an ankle holster would be like taping a brick to your leg. I would carry it strong side on a belt.
     
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    Ankle holsters are useless ... Put on a pair of high socks and then place your pistol in it. Put on your pants and then see how long it takes and how awkward it is to draw your pistol from your ankle.

    I bought a small universal holster from Tagua Gun Leather to CC my Ruger SR9c, which is much bigger then the XDs, and I didn't have to get bigger pants or lose weight. Just open the belt one notch and it fits perfect.
    http://www.taguagunleather.com/new/iwh-inside-the-waist-holster-p27
     
  6. TLC

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    I wondered whether it is too bulky to use an ankle holster in terms of whether it would feel secure and the bulk under the pant leg. I felt like it would be too much but most holster company websites have an ad that shows a semi-auto ankle holster for guns as large or larger than the xds.

    With regard to the belly holster, I wouldn't plan on carrying it at 12 or even 1 (no pointing at the family jewels--it's impolite!) but more likely somewhere between 2-3 and using a cross draw technique. It could also be worn in the small of the back with just the tip of the barrell tucked in the pants. Having never had a "belly band" I wonder if they are too hot or if they tend to roll up when you sit down? Anyone out there with experience or are these things sold but not really used much?

    I understand that having to untuck a shirt or loosen a button or two slows down the draw but my state (FL) doesn't allow open carry and in my line of work I have to wear my shirt tucked in so that limits my options if I'm going to carry on a regular basis. I'm open to any suggestions to make it work. I've thought about a pocket holster but would probably have to drop back to a .380 or 9mm to make that work. I tucked the xds in my pocket w/o a holster and its just too much bulk to be practical in dress slacks.
     
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    OK - whats the paranoia about carrying deep conceal in a foraward position with a XDS?

    How could you possibly engage both the grip and trigger safety's with it in the holster?

    If you did it drawing your weapon..ain't gonna matter much what position its in and you should get what you deserve for pulling the weapon with your finger on the trigger.
     
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    google MIC holster if you want to carry at 12...
     
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    i would say keep your hands off it unless you are going to use it! *LOL*
     
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    yes i believe i would want my pistol accessible... even with my IWB it isnt accessible enough why would i want it on my ankle?
     
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    I don't have any paranoia about carrying at 12/forward position. I jokingly responded to a comment about it posted by DJM22. My real issue is that I have to keep my shirt tucked into dress slacks at work. Any holster that requires any part of the gun to be exposed won't work. And I'm in FL where it gets to 100 degrees with 95% humidity--jackets aren't an option for much of the year. That's why I'm asking about these other options--for use when I can't leave my shirt untucked or wear a jacket.
     
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    google smart-carry or thunderwear.... a good alternative...
     
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    I'm having the same problem here in South Texas, what do you all wear when you have to wear khakis and a nice tucked in shirt. I have a normal build, not fat, stand at 5'9 around 170lbs.
     
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    I have a belly band and I use it with the my xds and its very good u can put it anywhere strong side,cross draw,forward,back,deep with pant line over gun,or up under ur arm like a shoulder holster the only down side is it. Wears out the more u use it so if u get 1 u Sud get 2 bands but Otha then that its 1 of the best slimmest holsters u can get IMO
     
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    Belly Band, I think I'm going to order one!
     
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    Right now and for the forseeable future my fatness really precludes me from wearing pants and a heavy belt comfortably.

    I went with a 3 Speed Holster

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    IWB I just wear over my skivvies so not directly against my skin.
    OWB no issues.

    I'm really happy with the holster so far, infinitely adjustable..front back side, deep conceal, iwb, owb and built for my Gun and Girth :)

    With the XDS its literally so flat it conceals very well even if I use it in the side position.
     
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    I use a smartcarry with my XDs and better with the CM9. It goes over my tucked shirt and under my belt buckle. Not pointed at, but sharing space with said friend. :lol: I tried belly, IWB, ankle, etc., and this is the most comfortable I found. All day driving, walking comfortable. I put the shirtail over the strap in back, and no one has ever caught on to it. My jeans are a little loose but not much. I needed just as loose to do IWB. With my belt out one notch, I can get to it quick, sitting or standing. I can carry a spare mag with it. I am not built for IWB and the ankle is not handy. This works summer heat, or winter.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjhiheFmVO0&feature=youtube_gdata_player]SmartCarry vs. Thunderwear - Deep Concealment Face Off - YouTube[/ame]

    Once upon a time when I had to wear corporate attire, including tie, I carried my Ruger P95 in a belly band, but up high across my chest. The pistol rode under my arm much like a shoulder rig.
    Did not like carrying a belly band low, not secure enough for me.

    And yes, if you leave the comfort of a well air conditioned room it gets warm in a hurry.

    If i had to return to that type of carry scenario I would go with a quality shoulder rig that let's you carry a decent size pistol without the compression that a belly band employs. It does mean owning the proper clothes, but is the best for all day, every day carry.

    Tried the thunderwear and it did not work for me. Builds up a lot of heat, not comfortable while sitting and while doing presentations, looked like I was either God's gift to women or doing some false advertising.:shock:

    I can wear shirt out now, so an OWB slider on a quality belt is my preference for EDC. If the social scenario requires a tucked shirt then I go with either a belly band up high or downsize my pistol choice and use a pocket holster.
     
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    Have a look at Remora holsters. I have 2, and they are very comfortable.
    also
    They are on sale right now.
     
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    What brand of belly band have you been using?
     

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