When it comes to body gears, there is no one size fits all, especially when it is weapon holster. Different body types will require a different type of holster.
There are many things that can determine the type of holster you should buy if you are overweight.
Belly band holster for overweight guys
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer when it comes to the best holster for carrying a weapon for gig individuals. It all depends on your situation and what works better for you. For instance, if you have a big belly, you should know better than appendix carrying or ankle carrying if you have mobility issues.
Nevertheless, there are a few things that can help you decide the type of holster to buy.
One of the most common problems with larger framed individuals is that they tend to find it difficult to grasp the handle and effectively draw the weapon without certain uncomfortable movement. One way to offset this problem is to use over the shoulder holsters, but then again, they are usually pressed against the body horizontally with the butt of the gun facing backward. This may not as problematic, but it also poses problems for people with larger busts.
I have seen many people going for jackets with a built-in concealed holster. These jackets usually have the pistol positioned vertically and a few inches closer to your dominant side (whether you are right-handed or left-handed), thus allowing you to draw the weapon without overstretching your arms across your upper body.
For people with the larger midsection, it will be challenging to find a perfect type of holster.
Best holster position for big individuals
Generally, holsters are strapped at the appendix, behind the hip, at the ankle, chest, or shoulder or in some cases, in a pocket. If you have a big frame, ankle holster is probably a no because it will be hard for you to reach your gun especially if it is an emergency.
As we have already covered above, chest and shoulder carry is challenging for big guys too as it may cause problems drawing your weapon. Also, if the shoulder holster does not fit properly or it is too tight, it will definitely print more.
In this case, you will be better off with an appendix or behind the hip carry. This method reduces the printing effects as well as makes it comfortable for you to carry your weapon around and reach it whenever you wish.
If you decide to go for an appendix carry holster, consider going for 2 o’clock since it leaves a natural gorge between your lover handles and front girth. You can place your concealed holster within this gorge, which feels natural even when standing, walking, or sitting.
Appendix carry is ideal for individuals who sit for long. Of course, 2'clock is ideal for right-handed guys, but for left-handed individuals, 11 o'clock position will do the trick.
The main problem with appendix carry is the interference of the gun and the holster with your hips hinging. So to test if appendix holster is for you, just strap it around your waist and squat or bend over. If the pistol sticks in your craw, it is perfect for you.
Appendix carry holsters are specifically ideal for high waisted individuals. For instance, if your pants rest naturally near your belly button instead of your hips, then the appendix carry is suitable for you. But if your pants ride a little lower, then you are better off going for a shoulder holster carry.
Outside the waistband (OWB) vs Inside the waistband (IWB)
There is not much difference in terms of functionality between OWB and IWB. However, if you don’t mind about the ‘concealed’ of your carry the carrying your holster on your waistband is suitable for you.
This means that your waist and belly size doesn’t bother you because you can get a carry that rides on your belt.
However, with Dragon Belly Holster, you will have to sacrifice your dressing choice, but it will be a small price to pay for comfort.
Inside the waistband (IWB)
IWB for big guys would be flat and rigid as well as have all the necessary accessory holders every holster carry should have.
Ankle Carry is another option holster for big guys, but it will only be suitable for you if you don't have a problem bending down instantly to draw your pistol from your ankle. In fact, this probably the best carry method for big individuals since it doesn’t interfere with your sitting, standing, or walking.
The only problem with it is that it is not always easy to draw from the ankle.
Lastly, you can also use pocket carry if all the above methods have failed to impress you. It is convenient and easy to drop this carry into your pants or jackets and it is super easy to draw.
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