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The Norm For New CHLers?

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Post by Car_RamRod » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:04 am

So I've had my CHL for about 5 days. I can't help but always feel that I'm printing or that someone can see my weapon through my shirt. Is that normal for a noob like myself? Also, I'm still getting used to the feeling of the weapon with my IWB holster so I catch myself always adjusting myself for comfort. I always wonder if anyone noticed that as well. Kind of a constant feeling of paranoia! Lol...how long 'til it subsides?

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Car_RamRod wrote:So I've had my CHL for about 5 days. I can't help but always feel that I'm printing or that someone can see my weapon through my shirt. Is that normal for a noob like myself? Also, I'm still getting used to the feeling of the weapon with my IWB holster so I catch myself always adjusting myself for comfort. I always wonder if anyone noticed that as well. Kind of a constant feeling of paranoia! Lol...how long 'til it subsides?
I can't tell you exactly how long it will last, but it's a normal feeling for many people.

Most people don't notice much of anything going on around them so they aren't watching you.

Be assured that your uneasiness will go away soon. :thumbs2:
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Post by txcharvel » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:03 am

Yep, nobody notices much so you shouldn't worry. I used to worry about printing. My kids still like to point it out if they think I'm printing, but I really don't worry much anymore.

Pretty soon, you'll feel uncomfortable without your weapon on you.


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Post by TexasCajun » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:24 am

The "new" will wear off soon. If you haven't already, get yourself a good gun belt and a good holster. Quality belt & holster go a long way toward all day comfort and will help with the need to constantly adjust. It may also take some time before you find the exact spot where everything sits just right.
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Post by Pawpaw » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:39 am

Car_RamRod wrote:So I've had my CHL for about 5 days. I can't help but always feel that I'm printing or that someone can see my weapon through my shirt. Is that normal for a noob like myself? Also, I'm still getting used to the feeling of the weapon with my IWB holster so I catch myself always adjusting myself for comfort. I always wonder if anyone noticed that as well. Kind of a constant feeling of paranoia! Lol...how long 'til it subsides?
TexasCajun wrote:The "new" will wear off soon. If you haven't already, get yourself a good gun belt and a good holster. Quality belt & holster go a long way toward all day comfort and will help with the need to constantly adjust. It may also take some time before you find the exact spot where everything sits just right.
That's the key right there. The best holster in the world will be uncomfortable if it's not on a good gun belt. Even a cheap holster will be more comfortable if it's on a stiff gun belt.

As for the paranoia, you will eventually realize that the vast majority of people are clueless about anything beyond the end of their nose. ;-)
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Post by RPBrown » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:45 am

That feeling will pass and it will become almost second nature.

Case and point, I am so used to having my weapon on my side that just this morning I had to go to a meeting at the Navel Reserve Base in Ft. Worth. I was halfway there when I realized I had my EDC on my belt :oops:
So I had to turn around and go back to the office to drop it off.

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Post by Taypo » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:57 am

Car_RamRod wrote:So I've had my CHL for about 5 days. I can't help but always feel that I'm printing or that someone can see my weapon through my shirt. Is that normal for a noob like myself? Also, I'm still getting used to the feeling of the weapon with my IWB holster so I catch myself always adjusting myself for comfort. I always wonder if anyone noticed that as well. Kind of a constant feeling of paranoia! Lol...how long 'til it subsides?
Completely and totally normal. Good gun belt, good holster and dressing around the gun are pretty much the only things needed. If you're wearing leather, it takes some time to break in, so once that happens it makes a world of difference.

Takes me a week or so every time I start wearing a new gun/holster/belt to get back to the happy place where I almost forgot its on.

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Post by Jago668 » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:24 am

As others have said don't worry too much about it. People don't pay enough attention to notice anything, much less a concealed pistol. Also as others have said, good gun belt and good holster make a difference in comfort. I picked up a horsehide with kydex stiffener made a difference that I didn't even know was there to be made. Personally I switched away from leather holsters. With summer heat the sweat and leather was causing me to break out where the holsters were. Now while I still sweat I don't break out. That is me personally I know others don't have an issue with it.
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Re: The Norm For New CHLers?

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Post by Car_RamRod » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:04 am

Thanks everyone! That's all great advice. Right now I'm using a leather DeSantis IWB holster...and it has gotten better with time. So far a good holster. I guess it's taking its shape. Maybe just a little longer to finally sit right in. I do however need to invest in a good belt. Any suggestions?

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Post by Pawpaw » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:08 am

It's hard to beat the quality of Beltman belts.

http://www.thebeltman.net/
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Post by Taypo » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:13 am

Car_RamRod wrote:Thanks everyone! That's all great advice. Right now I'm using a leather DeSantis IWB holster...and it has gotten better with time. So far a good holster. I guess it's taking its shape. Maybe just a little longer to finally sit right in. I do however need to invest in a good belt. Any suggestions?
There are dozens of guys out there making excellent gun belts, so its hard to go wrong with a purpose built belt. Tucker is local and a lot of guys swear by him, but he's backed up quite a while right now. I went with a smaller shop out of California (don't judge me, the kid's a Veteran and he's a one man shop) called Thompson Tactical. A little pricey but worth every dime.

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Post by Pawpaw » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:31 am

If you don't need a dressy leather belt, you can also go with a Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt. I highly recommend them.

Here is one online source: https://www.gtdist.com/brands/wildernes ... width.html
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Re: The Norm For New CHLers?

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Post by Vol Texan » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:02 pm

Given the suggestions to get a belt, I recommend you read this posting, and look at the photo posted by TAM under the heading of Rule #2:
viewtopic.php?f=53&t=78336#p996275

That picture is worth a thousand words.

On second thought...read his whole posting.

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Post by WildBill » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:24 pm

Pawpaw wrote:If you don't need a dressy leather belt, you can also go with a Wilderness Tactical Instructor belt. I highly recommend them.

Here is one online source: https://www.gtdist.com/brands/wildernes ... width.html
:iagree: I have also had good experiences with the [less expensive] Uncle Mike's version.
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Post by WildBill » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:25 pm

Pawpaw wrote:It's hard to beat the quality of Beltman belts.

http://www.thebeltman.net/
:iagree: I own three. Excellent quality and service. :thumbs2:
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