There are a few things you can do to help make concealed carrying while sitting more comfortable. First, try adjusting your carry position. Second, pay attention to what size gun you are carrying. Finally, your holster design and what you wear can play a part in your overall comfort as well. We discuss these in more detail later on.
If you concealed carry you have probably experienced what it is like to sit down whether in a chair or while driving. It can be uncomfortable sometimes. If you are new to concealed carry or need ways to make concealed carry more comfortable while you are sitting down this article is for you so keep reading.
Finding a comfortable concealed carry position can be hard enough without factoring in needing to be comfortable while sitting for long periods of time. With that being said let’s dive deeper into things you can do to help make concealed carrying while sitting more comfortable.
Adjust What Position You Carry In
There are quite a few positions you can concealed carry in and what holster you use may play a part in that. We talked to our customers and found they like to carry on the hip, in a 3 or 9 o’clock position, or just behind the hip in a 4-5 or 7-8 o’clock position.
When you are considering what position you will carry in while seated for a long period of time keep in mind how easy it is to access your gun from that position. If you are at work it might be easy to shift in your seat or stand up to access your gun in the event that you need it. If you are driving, on the other hand, it may be more difficult to access your gun if it is behind your hip, sandwiched between you and your seat.
One of the most popular concealed carry positions is appendix carry. But if you appendix carry while driving or seated, your gun and holster may dig into your stomach. This can be very uncomfortable if you are seated for more than a few minutes.
So, if you are starting a new job where you will be seated for long periods of time or are taking a road trip with your family and will be concealed carrying you might want to try a few positions out before committing to one. You may find one position more comfortable than another.
Pay Attention To Your Gun Size
No matter how many times it is said that it doesn’t, sometimes size just matters. Whether it’s the size of the house, the credit limit, cup of coffee you drink every morning or in this case the size of the gun you carry while sitting for long periods of time.
Not only is it easier to conceal a smaller gun, but it might be more comfortable too. With a larger gun oftentimes comes a larger grip and longer barrel. Too large of a grip can push into your body making carrying very uncomfortable if you are sitting for long periods of time.
Depending on where you decide to carry, a long barrel can push into your leg or side while you are sitting. With a smaller pistol the grip and barrel are less likely to be uncomfortable. So instead of carrying your full size 1911, while you sit in your office all day, try a smaller gun like the Sig Sauer P365.
Holster Design Can Affect Comfort
When you go to the store and pick out a pair of pants, you probably have a certain brand you buy. Most likely that band or style feels comfortable to you. The manufacturer designed those pants to sit a certain way on your waist and to taper the legs just right.
Well quality holster manufacturers do the same thing. Holsters are designed to be comfortable, but you might find some materials or styles more comfortable than others. With our company and companies similar to us someone, or multiple people, will test out a holster design first hand to see if it is comfortable and test if it puts pressure somewhere it shouldn’t.
This system helps holsters have optimal comfort by the time they reach your hands. Beyond the manufacturing of a holster what type of holster you use can play a role in comfort too. Whether it’s OWB or IWB, Kydex or leather, all are things to consider when choosing what holster you want to carry in while sitting for a long period of time.
Consider What You Are Wearing
We’ve covered a lot of things you can do to make concealed carrying while sitting for long periods of time more comfortable but there is one last thing we think is important to consider, what you wear.
First and foremost making sure you have a proper belt can be vital in ensuring you are comfortable while carrying and sitting for long periods of time. Gun belts are made with tougher, higher grade materials, making them stiffer and better able to maintain shape, fit, and function when carrying.
Wearing a belt that supports the weight of your gun can add comfort while sitting because it doesn’t create unwanted pressure. Instead the weight is more evenly distributed.
Something else to consider when choosing what you wear while carrying and sitting is your pant size. If you are carrying inside the waistband, you may need to increase your pant size. While some people found they can continue to wear the same size pants as before others may need to go up a size or two to compensate for the extra width the gun and holster add. The best way to find what pants work best for you is to try them on with your carry system.
Sitting for long periods of time can be uncomfortable without the addition of a holster and gun on your waistband, but there are a few things you can do to help make concealed carry while sitting for long periods of time more comfortable.
First, try different positions to find what works best for you. When we talked to our customers we found they like to carry on the hip, in a 3 or 9 o’clock position, or just behind the hip in a 4-5 or 7-8 o’clock position. Second, consider what size gun you are carrying. Not only is it easier to conceal a smaller gun, but it might also be more comfortable too. Last, consider the design of your holster and what you are wearing when trying to comfortably concealed carry while sitting for long periods of time.
But ultimately how you carry while sitting for long periods of time comes down to what you prefer and what meets your needs. We recommend visiting our Holsters by Gun Model page if you are looking for holsters that are custom made for your weapon of choice. For all of our belt and holster options and for more information to help you choose the carry system that works best for you, visit our Vedder Holsters website.
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