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I just got a new XD .40 Service model to use as my CCW gun. I am new to pistols and to CCW, so any help would be appreciated. I think I would like to carry in the small of my back IWB style. I am typically very casually dressed in the summer time. I will need to tuck my shirt in on occasion, but not everyday. Please help me find the right setup.

Thanks Alot,

Adam
 

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Congratulations on your purchase. First of all I am not personally familiar with CCW yet but I am constantly reading peoples thoughts on it. Most people will probably advise against small of back carry. There are dangers of hurting your back if you fall on it and just not a fast draw. As far as tuckable holsters that are IWB many people recommend three holsters for the XD: Tucker's "The Answer", the CompTac C.T.A.C., and the Blade-Tech UCH. I just ordered the Blade-Tech but haven't received it yet to tell you anything about it. I'm sure some others will chime in with there thoughts. Also check out www.pistol-gear.com it is run by one of this sites sponsors and he is very helpful and informative when it comes to the XD.
 

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Always get training. I am not sure what kind of training you can get where you are but you should have some type of formal training when you are going to carry concealed. I have had a small training class here in Alaska because it is required by law in order to get the CCW. That simple training made me want to get more. and now I am going to attend a level one course here next month. It was in this course that I learned the nicest gear is not always the best for you. If you have a local cop supply or a gun store with lots of different holsters, then go in and try them on. If they are a good store then you should be able to take you gun in unloaded and try it in variety of holsters. I myself am getting the hume holster from www.pistol-gear.com because it is cheap and available. I have a custom holster on order through http://www.haugenhandgunleather.com/ I chose the Equalizer II. I am also getting a UCH from Bladetech and an OWB from Bladetech as well.
 

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I have the Hume 715 from pistol gear. Pretty good, inexpensive IWB leather holster to get started with. The Hume JIT OWB slide holster is also a good inexpensive alternative. they both will work with the SC and the service. Most people carry strongside right behind the hip (3-4 o'clock if your right handed). Other carry options are SOB as you mentioned, cross-draw in front, off the shoulder, etc. Then you have ankle rigs, fanny packs and off body carry like a day planner. I'm sure I missed some, but this will get you thinking. Then you have the decision of leather or kydex or nylon.

With so many choices and variables (do you sit or drive all day? Is more concealment more important than comfort? what is your budget?) I decided to try some good inexpensive methods to see if I like the mode of carry before I invest in a more expensive model (Milt Sparks, or Answer Tucker). I would suggest having one good OWB and one good IWB as I have had to use both depending on what I have to wear.
 
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