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Old 04-06-2016, 08:02 PM
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Well it's been a month since I acquired my first snubby (M638).
During that time, in addition to firing approx. 150 rounds, I've been familiarizing myself with various cc options. Tried the pocket, otw, itw holsters/ positions). With a loose fitting t-shirt (no jacket), itw (appendix) hides extremely well, most comfortable and is extremely light..it's the way I'll go during the warm months. Any others prefer to carry that way?
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I did for years until some back and hip problems prevented it. Only down side is you always have to have your shirt out to cover, usually no big deal.
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:27 PM
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Carry my 442 AIWB daily. Uncle Mikes #4 and the stock boot grips on the gun work great for me at 5'9" 165lbs. I use a regular belt with a basket weave type design (no belt end holes) so I can tighten or loosen in almost limitless increments to meet my needs and be comfortable. If I don't have a shirt I can wear out, it easily slips into my jeans front pocket.
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I carry my 642 that way, no holster. I use the grip clip type grips. Very easy way to carry and the 642 stays put, though I wouldn't recommend it if you plan on carrying during any really physical activity. I did run with it just to test and that was fine. Plus I feel like Joe Pesci on Goodfellas when I carry this way... ;-p
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:43 PM
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I carry my 642 that way, no holster. I use the grip clip type grips. Very easy way to carry and the 642 stays put, though I wouldn't recommend it if you plan on carrying during any really physical activity. I did run with it just to test and that was fine. Plus I feel like Joe Pesci on Goodfellas when I carry this way... ;-p
Ah, Joe Pesci in Goodfellas...great acting in a great flix.
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I always found the appendix carry to be fast, comfortable and concealable, also easy to remove when needed for storage in the office, home at the end of the day, etc.

Now in retirement, it is great and easy to remove if going to one of those forbidden places.

I am starting to go toward pocket carry as the back aches seem to be increasing, and the pants seem to be shrinking
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J-Frame AIWB and a J-Frame in my pocket every day.
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J-Frame AIWB and a J-Frame in my pocket every day.
Any extra ammo in the pocket?
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Any extra ammo in the pocket?
Two Speed Loaders in my Right Front pocket. Sometimes I add a couple Speed Strips. Depending where I am going more ammo in jackets or in my car.
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638 in my right front pocket.....

That's how I had to CC it today. Hit 80....
Rather have a jacket on with my M10-5 2" or Kimber Pro carry II with OWB holster though.
There is a murder looses near us yesterday and today..
It's on the news.....
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Carry my 642 that way, started with a 638, but never use the hammer so I opted for the 642.

It's a tad smaller.

I'm pretty slim, AIWB is the only way I don't look like I have a growth on my side.
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Yes, a 642 in a Hume IWB holster. In hot weather it gets a bit sticky so I wear an old fashioned sleeveless undershirt under my t-shirt so the undershirt is between me and the gun. Much more comfortable.
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Always have a J-frame in an appendix carry. I learned a long time ago during my undercover Narc days Cops don't like to search around you privates

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There is no more threatening body language position, for your hands to be than either in your coat, jacket or pants pockets, other than clasped hand in hand, in front of you.

Every rookie cop learns this. Cop 101...get the memo.

Our detectives/plainclothesmen, mostly wore an IWB at the appendix as a back up for the service weapon worn on the strong side, sometimes an additional pocket rig in the pants or jacket, depending upon the weather or season of the year.

In the "interview position" wearing a suit or sports jacket, unbuttoned, hands clasped at the waist, the appendix IWB was unbeatable at the draw, unless you weren't paying careful attention to an unsearched or un frisked "wrong guy". But that was usually the first order of business anyway.

Short of your hand on the piece, there is nothing faster, which is why I sell more of them every year. No doubt, not a chance.

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AirLite J frame in AIWB as my primary weapon. Laser grip cushions the vicious recoil even with +Ps. This super light is the easiest and most comfortable weapon to carry, even with sweat pants there is no sag. Once it warms up to body temperature I don't even feel it's there.

Kimber Ultra II or S&W CS9 is back-up for those times when 5 just isn't enough. Both hold 8 more. Trying to reload a snubby in a gunfight is a great way to get shot.

I carry the back up at 8 o'clock also ISWB for weak hand (left) draw, although I may carry at 4 o'clock since the AirLite is no weight factor to having both ready for right hand draw.

Both can be covered with a T-shirst with minimal printing.

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There is no more threatening body language position, for your hands to be than either in your coat, jacket or pants pockets, other than clasped hand in hand, in front of you.

Every rookie cop learns this. Cop 101...get the memo.

Our detectives/plainclothesmen, mostly wore an IWB at the appendix as a back up for the service weapon worn on the strong side, sometimes an additional pocket rig in the pants or jacket, depending upon the weather or season of the year.

In the "interview position" wearing a suit or sports jacket, unbuttoned, hands clasped at the waist, the appendix IWB was unbeatable at the draw, unless you weren't paying careful attention to an unsearched or un frisked "wrong guy". But that was usually the first order of business anyway.

Short of your hand on the piece, there is nothing faster, which is why I sell more of them every year. No doubt, not a chance.

Cheers;
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Funny you mention this. Our Narc guys were in a range class with us. We had to practice draw, fire from hip drills and had to get hits within 1 second of target turning. I was in uniform, was drawing from retention holster. They were plain clothes, and ALL of them had *** holsters. They could not get the target. I mentioned AIWB, and they all but scoffed at the traffic guy trying to tell them something about guns. That is until I demoed it with my 9mm LCR AIWB getting two rounds center mass in 1 second from the "note taking" stance. Don't think any of them went out and bought new holsters, but hopefully got them thinking
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