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I use a number of high quality IWB/OWB holsters, am right handed and carry 4'oclock. My only problem is that doing so also interfered with my ability to easily access my wallet which I also carry in my right back pocket.
I know....move my wallet to the other side....I have carried my wallet in my right side back pocket for many more years than I have concealed carry...

Anyone else fight this?

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Old 04-24-2017, 05:21 PM
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Ok, I will say it. If you don't want to move the wallet, move the gun. There!!! I will be the A** Hole.....LOL
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I am right hand also and pocket right front or I WB 3:00 I moved my wallet over to left rear pocket many years ago. Only thing in right rear pocket is a lockblade knife flesh only.
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Life is so much easier when you wear a shoot-me-first vest. Most of them have a zipper pocket upper left which will handle at least a card case and a modest money clip, or just folded bills. Anyway, both hands showing when you hand the nice officer your driver's license, or need a few bills to pay for your weekly broccoli ration or the occasional bunch of rappini.
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I quit carrying a wallet after many trips to Europe and noticing how one could always spot an American by the wallet bulge in a back pocket. Mostly tourists or business travelers there for a short time, they immediately became targets for the nearest and plentiful pickpockets who work touristy areas.
I changed to left front pocket, only credit cards with cash folded over them, wrapped with a couple rubber bands. The rubber bands make it more difficult to for a pickpocket to slide the bundle out without the victim noticing. The "wallet" is nice and flat, and easy to use once you get used to it. I haven't traveled overseas in years, but still keep the money there, and EDC 3:30-4 o'clock right side.
An added bonus - the paperboy brings me a new "wallet" every day.

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Just when I was thinking a fanny pack for my wallet........Never thought about using my shoot me first vest...usually wear it on the range for IDPA shoots...good idea...now I can get more use out of it....Thanks Guys!

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I carry at 4 and my wallet is in my right back pocket and it's never been an issue and don't really see how it can be.

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I quit carrying a wallet after many trips to Europe and noticing how one could always spot an American by the wallet bulge in a back pocket.
I don't know how anyone travels outside the USA and continues to carry a fat wallet. I take the credit cards I need and carry them in a front pocket and cash in the other. At home I don't care - in the outside world, I am FUSSY!

I don't know why the gun interferes with reaching your wallet but, seriously, if it does I recommend switching to the left rear pocket. To get used to it maybe carry a thinner wallet for awhile.
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Only problem I have is that when I reach for my wallet,sometimes my shirt will ride up and expose my gun. How large is your holster? full size gun? maybe you need to downsize to a small weapon/small holster?
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I don't know how anyone travels outside the USA and continues to carry a fat wallet. I take the credit cards I need and carry them in a front pocket and cash in the other. At home I don't care - in the outside world, I am FUSSY!

I don't know why the gun interferes with reaching your wallet but, seriously, if it does I recommend switching to the left rear pocket. To get used to it maybe carry a thinner wallet for awhile.
I quit carrying a wallet in my back pocket over 30 years ago because sitting on a wallet WILL throw your back out of alignment. BTW, haven't had any need for a Chiropractor since moving my wallet to my front left pocket.

Obviously my tip would be to move your wallet to a front pocket. Not only will you find you have less back pain you'll also have a wallet in a pocket that is far more Pickpocket Resistant than a back pocket.

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Not a problem accessing my wallet in my right back pocket carrying my snubby.
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Only problem I have is that when I reach for my wallet,sometimes my shirt will ride up and expose my gun. How large is your holster? full size gun? maybe you need to downsize to a small weapon/small holster?
Downsize to a small weapon, or downsize to a small wallet? Aside from the inherent merits of one choice or the other, which do you think will be more popular on THIS forum?
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Cargo pockets.

Dress around the gun.
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Not a problem accessing my wallet in my right back pocket carrying my snubby.
Snubby, with SIATICA or BACK PROBLEMS the LAST PLACE you should carry a wallet is in you BACK pocket. If carrying your piece at 4 o'clock try putting your wallet in your front pocket - your back will thank you!
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:14 AM
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But a shirt with an access hole in it to get to your wallet without lifting the shirt.

Or move your wallet
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I quit carrying a wallet after many trips to Europe and noticing how one could always spot an American by the wallet bulge in a back pocket. Mostly tourists or business travelers there for a short time, they immediately became targets for the nearest and plentiful pickpockets who work touristy areas.
I changed to left front pocket, only credit cards with cash folded over them, wrapped with a couple rubber bands. The rubber bands make it more difficult to for a pickpocket to slide the bundle out without the victim noticing. The "wallet" is nice and flat, and easy to use once you get used to it. I haven't traveled overseas in years, but still keep the money there, and EDC 3:30-4 o'clock right side.
An added bonus - the paperboy brings me a new "wallet" every day.
Another good reason for carrying your wallet in a front pocket is that its better for your back & spine. The imbalance created when sitting with a wallet in the rear pocket is one of the leading causes of spinal misalignment in men.
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Despite being left handed I always kept my wallet in the right rear pocket. That and clicking the computer mouse are probably the only things I do with my right hand

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My husband had the 4:30 IWB issue pop up on the supermarket checkout line, the first day he conceal carried. Gun bulge effectively locked his wallet in the pocket. He moved his wallet to the other side after that.
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I use a number of high quality IWB/OWB holsters, am right handed and carry 4'oclock. My only problem is that doing so also interfered with my ability to easily access my wallet which I also carry in my right back pocket.
I know....move my wallet to the other side....I have carried my wallet in my right side back pocket for many more years than I have concealed carry...

Anyone else fight this?

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Not a problem for me. I'm right handed but I figured out very early in life that is my primary weapon. I started carrying my wallet on my left rear side in the teens as that leaves my right hand free to do other things. Same when carrying something (a bag of food, car keys for examples) it goes in my left arm/hand.
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I have back and right hip issues (just one of many body issues).
On the advice of my doctor, I stated carrying my wallet in my front left pocket. Makes a world of different for the better.
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After right & left hip replacements in my late 40's wallet went to front left pants pocket or breast pocket. I'm right handed draw and the combo works well. I'm also a lot older and those prosthetics have been great. My spare magazine is on my left side.
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I use a number of high quality IWB/OWB holsters, am right handed and carry 4'oclock. My only problem is that doing so also interfered with my ability to easily access my wallet which I also carry in my right back pocket.

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Started carrying a money clip 30 some years ago .. so nothing was in the back pockets before I started carrying .. now a money clip in my front left pocket .. small money clip with my CCL and credit cards in my left back pocket ..

Doesn't interfere with carrying at 4:30 .. and its on the opposite side of my firearm if I should need to get it license for a LEO ..
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I carry 3:30 IWB as well. Wallet is a little snug, but I can shift my weight around and access it when needed while carrying a full size even. Just takes a little practice.

P.S. The tough transition was moving my belt mounted cell phone to my weak side after starting to CC. I did a lot of cell-phone-crossdrawing for a while.

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I find that anything that makes me have second thoughts about reaching for my wallet is good for my finances
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This is the wallet I've carried for 2 years.

I clip my keys to it so in the event I'm pulled over I have my wallet in my hand as soon as I turn off the ignition.

As far as accessing it otherwise I wear cargo pants also and I carry it in the Right cargo pocket. I think it makes me a little safer from pick pockets too
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I'm 54 years old and carried my wallet in my right hip pocket for about as long as I've had a hip pocket. When I resumed carrying a few years ago (after a 20 year hiatus) I started carrying IWB at 4 o'clock too. I swapped my wallet to the left side. Took a little getting used to, but well worth it IMO. YMMV.
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Switch my wallet to the front left pocket after being at a 4th of July fireworks and sitting on the ground lost my wallet about 45 years ago.
Also a money clip there. CC @ 4 o'clock.
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No lumps, gun, wallet or other, in a back pocket. To reiterate what has been said, bad news for the spine.
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My favorite CC IWB gear includes several vests. I love them for the fact that they have several pockets and allow you to organize things. I must have 6 different vests depending on the weather, light for summer and heavier for cold weather. I want my CC ID in an outside pocket on the left side over my heart, clear away from my firearm. My wallet is in an inside pocket on the left side as well. Pockets for cell phone, keys, etc.. Easily accessed. Out of sight.
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I still don't understand how a gun carried in the front can interfere with a wallet carried in the back. Is your appendix out of place?

If by 'interfere' you mean to say reaching your wallet can expose your IWB; then I suggest getting your concealed permit or license so you're legally carrying concealed. Once it's legal for you to carry concealed, you no longer need to be overly concerned with brief partial exposure of the gun or holster.
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It's an issue for some of us. I agree, the OP has a point.

What you have to do is compromise your "comfort" for a good reason - or three.

I've carried my wallet in the right rear most of my adult life. I have, at least, tried not to stuff it with every gas card, receipt, membership ID, or coupon I've ever had come to me. Serving in the military and being in the field or deployed will quickly get you to thinking about it. I don't see large bulky wallets carried when living in a foxhole or tent for weeks at a time. When your house is on your back, every ounce becomes questionable.

I only carry required ID - a few credit cards - a pizza coupon, and try to clean it out periodically. Lately I've been considering a new wallet and the choices are all relatively bad - all the retailers carry leather folding envelopes with multiple layers which when loaded up are sometimes physically impossible to put in a front pocket.

Considering how much we fuss and fidget over a folded piece of leather to hold the gun, the comparison is pretty humorous. How many have a drawer full of holsters looking for the best fit, but soldier on regardless with a wallet designed to carry paper money in a world of credit cards and same shaped ID? We are using a design that gelled in the 1930's for our modern century 2000 life.

Goes to price, too. My last three wallets all cost less than $10 each, I just hope and pray my next holster was that cheap. But, I would be strongly cautioned that it couldn't be decent quality or durable if it was. Yet a wallet is given a pass?

Been giving it a LOT of thought lately.

Point being that if you carry, even the wallet needs to be subordinate to where you place the gun and access to it. Yup, IWB/OWB near 4:00 can interfere with wallet access, so even if we have carried it there 50 years or more - like the OP or me - it's not a good thing to make the gun move when that is apparently where it belongs.

Which is the more important "muscle memory" skill, accessing the gun under stress, or the wallet? Shouldn't be any question about it. If you carry, and the wallet is in the wrong place - move it. You will get used to it. There's the black and white choice.

Now, if it's going to move, then where? Left side, or front pocket? Regardless, if you give some thought to holsters and cost, then treat your wallet the same. In my experience there are three major failings of wallets in a credit card world - stitched seams, plastic windows, and multilayer construction. Reduce or eliminate them as much as possible. Wallets with lots of separate pockets one for each card just means that each card gets it's own place to accumulate grit which sands the card down, instead of letting it filter thru. We don't carry guns that trap dirt or holsters with closed bottoms because of it, don't carry a wallet that does the same.

Seriously consider the new minimalist wallets and changing up where you put it. If you can carry a cell phone in your front pocket - you can carry a wallet on the other side. It cleans up access, keeps from flashing the gun, and also limits losing it. Let yourself look at those as pricey as a holster and you will get into a whole different class of utility and function, too. It's something you will carry for ten or twenty years - might as well be durable and high quality. If that sounds like it's extravagant, put it in a cost per year basis. A $85 holster is less than $8 a year in service life, why not a wallet? I can tell you an $8 wallet will get you about the same quality as an $8 holster, why buy a headache - or back ache - by cheaping out on a piece of EDC gear that is critical toward securing your financial instruments?

We give more thought to what pocket knife we carry - and money, too.
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