I love my Tactical 45GAP and I was wondering if there were many people out there who carried a Tactical on a regular basis. Yes, I know that the service model is more practical for that purpose, but I like the weight, balance and feel of my Tactical when I heft and shoot it.
I am about 6'1", 205lbs, but with a relatively slim waistline (I wear 33/34 in pants), and I'm not sure of the best way to carry my XD for my frame. How does everyone carry their Tactical? Please give me ideas for holsters, belts, carry positions, etc. Thanks, I appreciate it.
I've read horror stories about SOB carry, and while they bother me a bit, I absolutely LOVE carrying SOB. It is by far the most comfortable way to carry I've tried. I move the gun (a PPK) slightly to the right so its not completely over my spine and the draw and presentation is top notch.
I don't carry an XD, tho... It's a good bit thicker than my PPK
There are some other "fit to form"/velcro IWB kits out there (Blackhawk :roll: or the Desantis Invisible Agent) but I agree with Parrishco. Better to spend the money once and be sure that the product will last a life time then buy a couple holsters and be marginally satisfied.
I carry my Tactical concealed on occasion. I only have 1 holster for it (Don Hume) and it is OWB. I'm 5'9" and thin, but I have no problems keeping it concealed if I'm wearing a jacket, sweater, untucked shirt, etc. I've even carried it in warm weather with a T-shirt covering it. I'm not a huge fan of this hoslter, though. It keeps the gun close to the body with a good belt, but it is really tough to draw quickly from. I've tried to stretch the leahter a bit with frequent drawing, but to no avail. I'll probably get another holster for it soon. I have been looking for a holster which would let me carry it with the tactical light mounted, but can't seem to find anything. I'll probably end up getting a C-Tac, Milt Sparks, or BladeTech soon.
Please, do NOT carry sob. Tho you may not experience problems at first, I can pretty much guarantee you (at least based on my spine surgeon's opinion and he's nationally recognized) it will affect you in the future.
It doesn't matter whether it's right on your spine or nearby, you are putting pressure against it that it doesn't need. It may be 5 or 10yrs before you have a problem, but once you do, it will probably stay with you the rest of your life and affect how you live.
I carry my subcompact 9 on my left side at about 11, sometimes at 9, but never sob.
I dont have the tactical model but I carry my service model in a Galco Sky-Ops IWB. Works great for me. Its designed to be carried at around 4 o'clock. It's also designed so that you can tuck your shirt in.
I carry mine in a ("holstersrus.com") elastic wrap around holster, with velcro to secure it tight around my chest. the pistol is tucked in under my armpit and conceals extremely well. There is also a carry pouch for an extra mag. This works very well for this time of year when it's cold out and you're wearing heavier clothing. The weight of the pistol is evenly distributed and is very comfortable to carry. Due to the material the holster is made from, it stays put securely. The only real negative is super quick accesibillity. I have to lift my shirt (usually like an untucked sweatshirt) fairly high and then reach in (crossdrawal style) to draw the pistol. If you are wearing a button down shirt, it's better to have your top couple of buttons unbuttoned, then you can quickly unbutton another button and go straight in with your hand and draw the pistol. It's really not as complicated as I'm probably making it sound. It may not be as quick as some holsters, but like anything else, practice makes it quicker and reliable. I intend on carrying a smaller Bersa Ultra Compact 9 IWB during warmer months. However, let's remember, a lot of peole are carrying the XD service model yearround. The Tactical model is the same dimensions except the barrel/slide is 1" longer. That is not much of a difference. I see no reason you couldn't carry the Tactical all of the time, with the right holster. Hey, some are carying fullsize 1911's and other pistols that are larger than the XD-Tactical. Go for it!!!!
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