Firearms, Fathers and Minivans
by Manuel Lora
by Manuel Lora: Five
Months of Packing Heat
In an article
from June of last year I explained some of the details of how
I was carrying a concealed firearm. Since then, I have made significant
changes and want to share my findings.
when I was carrying a Ruger LCP in a pocket holster, I am now carrying
a Kahr CW9
outside the wasitband. Why? After a while, carrying a small pistol
in a pocket become extremely annoying – the weight of the pistol
was always in my mind; the gun took up a pocket; and it was a bit
uncomfortable. Further, I realized that I wanted a slightly larger
caliber in a firearm with a larger capacity.
some searching I settled on the CW9. A 9mm, the Kahr perfectly fit
my needs. It is has a fairly thin slide width (0.90"), a greater
round count (7+1), and a convenient barrel length (3.6"), perfect
for concealed carry.
I will choose to carry a snub-nosed revolver in a pocket holster,
usually when I am not wearing a belt or have to quickly run some
errands and would rather have a firearm with me than not. On the
vast majority of days, however, I opt for the CW9 in a Regulator
OWB from UBG Holsters.
UBG produces high quality products See this
video for a pretty comprehensive review of the UBG Regulator
– I own three items from them – at a very fair price.
had previously stated that OWB carry would not be feasible given
Florida’s hot and humid weather. I was wrong. OWB carry, with a
proper belt (also purchased from UBG) and proper holster, is extremely
comfortable. The weight of the firearm is distributed – after a
while you forget it’s there. Compared to pocket carry, and especially
IWB carry, OWB in fact gave me a bit more breathing room, precisely
what one needs during the abominable summers here. Because of the
extra room, OWB meant the possibility of carrying a larger firearm
rarely without drawbacks. Carrying OWB risks a brief exposure of
the firearm (illegal in FL, though there are efforts
to change that). Thus, clothing must cover the entirety of the
holster and leave some space for normal movements. Thankfully this
has not been an issue. Over the last few months I have lost a bit
of weight and put on muscle, making OWB carry even more comfortable
and less likely to be noticed.
The most recent
change for 2011 was the purchase of a minivan. This pistol-packing
papa is ready to hit the ‘burbs with the family!
Lora [send him mail]
works at Cornell University as a TV and multimedia producer. Visit
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