With the right holster and clothing setup, virtually any handgun can be carried concealed, even a full-sized duty pistol such as the Glock 17 Gen 4. In a previous article, I wrote about carrying this gun in a Galco Side Snap Scabbard, an outside the waistband holster. If you prefer carrying inside the waistband, consider Jason Winnie’s J122, which is code for a leather inside the waistband holster with locking snap loops, reinforced mouth, and body shield. The holster looks and feels substantial and robust. Not only that, it smells good too. With the Glock 17 Gen4 tucked in, the whole package looks like too much to wear inside a waistband and still allow some ability for the wearer to breath or move, let alone any level of comfort. But it works. And here’s how.
You’ve heard this again and again: Real handguns carry best in a real holster using a real gun belt. Or, handguns need holsters and holstered handguns need gun belts. It’s true: You must consider a holstering system in conjunction with the kind of belt on which it is carried. A “real” gun belt is designed to handle the additional weight of a holstered handgun, distributing the force and stress across more area. Jason Winnie’s gun belt, for example, made a huge improvement in the quality of carry of the J122 as it carried the Glock 17 Gen4. It felt more firm and stable and secure and aided in keeping the holster in place when drawing and reholstering.
Attaching the J122 to its matching belt occurs via two locking snap loops. Once you do the initial work of inserting the holster, positioning it where you want it, placing the loops around your belt and snapping them in place, you are rewarded with a stable rig that offers a slight forward cant for the Glock, putting the stocks (for me, anyway) pointing up my back at around 4 o’clock.
When carrying the Glock 17 Gen4 in the J122 holster, I appreciated the extra piece of leather known as the “body shield” as it kept the back left portion of the Glock’s slide from directly contacting me. This helped prevent chafing, adding additional comfort to all day carry.
Watch this space for additional reports on concealing full-size duty guns and be sure to leave a comment with your impressions or experiences.
— Mark Kakkuri