Last week I posted about following the #kydex hashtag on Instagram. I keep seeing comments on holster pictures over there like this:
“I really wish this was tuckable!”
“This would be better if it was tuckable!”
I want to know, does anyone actually carry daily with their shirt tucked in between their gun and the holster clips? I’ve tried it a time or two with my Crossbreed Supertuck, but I’ve never been satisfied enough to actually leave the house.
Here’s why tucking sucks:
- It’s a pain to set up. I have to put on the holster and pistol, then tuck my shirt around in between the clips. Not so fast though, after the initial tuck, I have to go find a mirror and see how it looks. The holster clips are still exposed, and I better not make too much movement or my shirt will become untucked around the pistol, which requires a trip to a restroom somewhere to remedy the issue.
Exposed Clips are Obvious. Lets face it, there is nothing similar to holster clips that people just wear on their belt. Nothing. The general public probably wouldn’t look at a holster clip and immediately recognize it for what it is, but they clips can draw some extra attention to the part of my body where the gun is.
J-Clips suck. As a way to remedy the clips being visible, holster makers over the years have sold holsters with “J-clips”, a clip that goes over the edge of your pants, in-between your pants and belt, and curls up under the belt just a little. The trouble with the J-clip is that is transfers the weight of the gun and holster off of your belt, and puts it onto the very-not-ridgid waistband of your pants.
Velcro clips probably suck too. After folks started to realize that J-clips weren’t the end all, be all, some companies started to sell holsters that had clips with hook and loop on them. The hook and loop clip would clip over your waistband, and then be attached to the back side of your belt that was also specially made with hook and loop on the inside. I’ve never used this setup, but I have to imagine it had a lot of drawbacks, not to mention being expensive.
I’ve tried the tucking thing a few times, but it’s just never worked for me. In situations where I have to have a tucked in shirt, and no additional things to cover my pistol I’ve always just decided to toss a smaller pistol in a pocket. It’s not ideal, but it beats not carrying.
So, for those of you who have to dress in a way that tucking in around a holster is your only option, what do you do?