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Concealed Carry Inside the Waistband without a Holster

Question: “I carry a modern double-action semi-automatic with a 13lb DA pull/6lb SA pull and decocker. I have lots of belt holsters for this gun but have found over the last several years that they are too bulky for CCW in the summertime in Phoenix. I have gotten very comfortable with behind the strongside hip carry using a Wilderness Instructor’s belt on jeans and shorts and can easily cover this with a T-shirt. In this day and age of pagers and cellphones, people don’t think twice when they see a belt-mounted bulge. Here’s where my question lies; I carry inside the waistband with no holster.I have heard the rhetoric from instructors about using a quality IWB holster for a consistent grasp during the draw, I’ve found this method both discrete and fast during dry fire exercises. Do you have an opinion on this particular carry method? Another question is, does AZ State Law have any stipulations that I CCW using a formal holster?”Answer:Here’s my thoughts on your question…I’m assuming when you carry “inside the waistband, no holster” that you carry in Double Action mode, hammer down with the safety on. The only concerns are really about covering the trigger to avoid any accidental discharge of the firearm if the trigger were fouled. If we were talking about a Glock, I might feel differently and would not recommend carry without a holster. However, with your Double Action trigger and a 13 lb. pull you are probably reasonably safe.The other things to think about…will the gun stay in your pants if you have to move quickly or abruptly (like to run away from a ‘Bad Guy’ or run to cover). Another thing on the plus side, if you are in a situation where you have to ‘relocate’ your firearm to avoid discovery of the fact that you are armed, ( by a Bad Guy, for example) you will not have an empty holster on your belt to give you away.There is no legal prohibition in Arizona regarding carrying without a holster. The only real issue is a safety issue…a holstered gun is a safe gun and cannot be accidentally fired. If you have a gun in your waistband with no holster, you could have an accidental discharge in a very ‘uncomfortable’ spot. Short version, unless you are a highly trained shooter or a covert operative carrying in a deep cover situation, this is something best avoided.

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  1. Kirk says:

    Try an Ultra-thin kydex holster from FIST inc. I have two that I use year-round in Tucson. They’ll customize as well (I have #K1 w/tuckable option / belt clip rather than a J-Hook that I appendix carry) There’s no way you can label one of these as bulky. Impervious to sweat as well!

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