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I received my SmartCarry Holster about a week ago and I thought I would give it a week before sending a note. After 15 minutes with this holster on I *knew* that this was the perfect solution for comfortable and concealed carry.So, I gave myself a week anyway. If anything, I am more enthusiastic now.
This holster is awesome. Absolutely comfortable. All the hot-hot day comfortable.
I used to believe in the old adage that ... you can carry or be comfortable, not both. Not anymore. SmartCarry is the most comfortable solution. I may never use my IWB holster again.
Thank you Charlie, you have a very satisfied customer here.D. G. - Swartz Creek, Michigan
I just got back from out of town and opened my overstufffed mailbox to find an envelope with my SmartCarry in it.
Without going in to detail, I just want to say that I'm a satisfied customer. Great product.
Take care,F. F. - Dallas, TX
I received my SmartCarry a couple of days ago and let me start by saying thank you. I immediately opened the package, read the instructions, and put it on (without a firearm). I wore it for about four hours to see how it felt, then I put an unloaded firearm in it and wore it for another 4 or so hours. To my surprise, I hardly felt as if I was carrying. The next day, I put it to real world use and wore my loaded firearm in the SmartCarry all day (about 13 hours). No one seemed to notice and I still had use of both my front pockets.
Whether I was sitting or standing, the SmartCarry provided the comfort and security I needed to finally put me in a position in which I feel secure. Over the years, I have tried over 20 different holsters and being that I am a 5 foot 2 inch, slight build, disabled man, it was almost impossible to find a concealed-carry solution that worked for me.
… until SmartCarry. Thank you.D.S. - Central Massachusetts
I just received my Smart Carry yesterday and have to say it is everything you say it is. Perfect fit for both myself and my pistol. Comfortable beyond belief and even my wife who notices everything, did not know I was carrying my Glock 19 and a magazine.
This is the first carry method I've tried that did not leave tell tale lumps or bumps in my clothing, was comfortable enough to wear all day, and gives fast access when needed.
Thanks for a great product and excellent buying experience.
P. R. - Lynchburg, VAP.S. Hope Carolyn is doing well!!!
I recieved my med. sized holster today,and might I add that the ordering process was easy (got to talk to Charlie himself) and the shipping was very fast!!! I have been wearing it around the house and trying a couple different pistols in it, and this holster is in so many words everything that I hoped it would be. After getting used to it (15-20) minutes, it feels like it is supposed to be there. Charlie, all I can say is in two words, outstanding holster.
Thanks,R. L. - Sarasota, Florida
Thanks for a great product. I ordered the dual/large about a year ago to carry my matched pair of custom 1911A1's. That does get a little heavy, but still carry both when needed. Normally the right handed (safety) 1911A1 is carried at all times, but when tighter clothes are worn, the Taurus 85 with a safety pin is worn.
Last month I worked a week on my brother's charter boat as a deck hand out of Homer, Alaska. The smartcarry never let me down and was always handy. We shot the larger halibut (50 lbs and bigger) with a 38 SPL bang stick and harpooned to bring aboard. We got our 2 fish limit of halibut each trip and the customers never knew of the smartcarry. Our largest for the week was over 100 pounds.
Happy to report that Alaska recognizes Oregon CCP. See the following web page for more details. http://www.packing.org/state/index.jsp/alaska
thanks,David in Oregon
I wore the holster out for the first time the other night to dinner and a movie. I could hardly notice that I had a rather thick Glock 30 in my pants. You had an awesome idea when you came up with this design. Didn't carry one in the chamber yet, but will.
Regards,F. B. - Oak Hill, WV
--- I'm a fellow from Southeasten Michigan who bought a holster from you about 2 years ago and everything is still going just great with it. I'm just e-mailing to mention that there is quite a "thread" in progress on Packing.org. about SmartCarry. Comments seem 98% positive which is no surprise to me but I thought you might want to check it out. My comment is with the by name "newcarry" toward the latter part of the thread. The title of the thread is: "SmartCarry: First Impressions" (Tues. 5/13/2003) or perhaps you can click right to it as below. Have a great day,
K. M. - Clayton, MI
Webmaster's note: Don't know how long the above link will remain active, but it's working now, if you'd like to read some more customer feedback on SmartCarry® and the competition!
I received my holster today. After reading the directions, I put it on and slipped the G30 (unloaded) in and cannot believe how well the gun is concealed. It is also very comfortable as I'am wearing it as I write this seated and flexed forward. There is no gun pressing into my stomach. My motion is not hindered at all.
I plan to wear it with gun unloaded with trigger ready just to satisfy myself that the trigger will not operate while in the holster. I have already tried as hard as I could to press the trigger with my finger and could not budge it.
I have a feeling I found an excellent way to carry.
F. B. - Oak Hill, WV
Webmaster's note: We've had some customers ask us about carrying a Glock w/ "one up the tube" in SmartCarry®'s - the above customer carries a Glock 30.
Hi. I purchased a SmartCarry a couple months ago for my Glock 22 and it's great! I love it and have recommended it to someone else. I would recommend it more often but it doesn't come up all that often, as you probably understand...
I am looking at a Glock 27 which is considerably smaller. I know I can use safety pins to make the current holster fit the new pistol, but would you recommend going to a different holster altogether? The 27 will be the one I carry with me if I decide to buy it. Having no experience in these matters, I don't know if the safety pin method will be an adequate long-term solution or not.
If you recommend a smaller holster, can you give me the price for that size? Thank you very much!S. M. F. - Newton, IA
Hi Charlie and Carolyn,
I wanted to write to tell you how satisfied I am with both your product and your service. I am licensed to carry and find that after having worn your product for two weeks, my opinion is that the SmartCarry is the best way I have found to carry discreetly. During this time, I have been wearing my Beretta Cougar .45, and alternately my Taurus 85 .38 in the SmartCarry holster around the house in front of my wife and father-in-law (a Pearl Harbor veteran) with the sidearm completely undetected by them. This is with T-shirt tucked in and belt on. I have been out in public numerous times with the same result. I also enjoy how comfortable it is to use.
After some experimentation I'd like to offer a few suggestions. First, I do wear the SmartCarry low on the hips as you suggest in your instructions, so I recommend that people take time to measure their hips for the best fit. Second, while the SmartCarry works for me with flat front jeans, I think that the pleated-front pants I have look better still (Royal Robbins 5.11 pants for casual attire seem to work well). Additionally, I always carry my wallet in my front pocket, which I think is more comfortable and secure, and which works to further enhance the carry.
By the way, I appreciate your email advising me of the ship date and sure enough, I received the product two days later. Thanks again for solving my holster dilemma!
Regards,DHR - Lexington, KY
I am in recent receipt of your SmartCarry Invisible Holster, and am pleased with it to say the least. One can literally forget that one is packing. Although I doubt there will be much of a market for your product in my country, I shall discuss the holster's virtues at length with a local discussion forum we have. The usual questions are how do you sit down and all the other tender points you mention in the product manual. I want to pack for a week or so before discussing it with other Israelis. Don't be surprised if further orders from my region will be forthcoming, but no promises either...
Best regards, and thanks for your furnishing me your excellent product,Xxxx Xxx-XX - Kfar Yonah, Israel
I received my new holster in white two weeks ago. I ordered it on a weekend and you delivered it by regular US Postal mail in four days. Do you know what that means?
It means you are really running a business with concern for happy customers. Second, no defects were found in the product. Third, everything I ordered arrived in a single package whose markings didn't indicate holsters or gun interests.
Fourth, YOU even sent instructions in English on how to use and wear it Charlie!!! It brought tears to my eyes to know that English is still being used in the USA.
Thank you for the service provided. You may use my name.
One question remains, I have a Glock Model 19, I clean and lubricate it with Hopes care products. Can the Marine TUF cloth be use to lubricate the slide , exterior barrel, and slide hand grip rails? Is this recommended?
I had to repair the roof on my rental property, and the neighborhood location is not the best. One of the reasons I moved.(smile). Outside temperature was 85 degrees, I was in direct sun on an asphalt roof for three hours. Yeah I sweated. The holster didn't have any moisture condensation on it and the gun was warm to the touch. I forgot the pistol was there it was that comfortable. It was a decision on my part to wear in on the roof though.
I have used a paddle holster and a shoulder rig to carry semiautomatics in the past. Your holster is far superior in not altering the body motion when carrying. No weight drag on your gun hand side or drooping trousers. I have a NC CCW permit. I have it for one reason only. I intend to survive a violent encounter in the future. At age 63 the martial arts don't work as well as I would wish them to. A gun doesn't protect me or my family. I do. So 1000 draws later I can get two rounds on target at 25 feet or less in one second. My time with other holsters was 1.5. I don't use sight pictures at 25 feet or less. Point, snap shooting, or CARs works for me. One to the heart, head, pelvic area and repeat as necessary until I can run away with out being pursued. Don't practice drawing the weapon loaded. Never draw a loaded gun at the range without an instructor present. Practice drawing unloaded weapon for smoothness. safe repetition, not speed. If you are wondering when you get to draw a loaded weapon. It's when the instructor sees no finger on the trigger, the barrel at no time points at yourself, the instructor or anything it shouldn't, when you abort a draw because it was unsafe, and when you no longer think about how to draw.
If you carry concealed and don't practice how to draw you are a fool believing the gun will draw itself and protect you.
Best of luck an good fortune Charlie, I look forward to hearing from you.
R. E. N. - Greensboro, NC
XXX-XXX-XXXXCNE MCP CCNA SCP
Thanks for the SmartCarry. Does take some getting used to but is quite comfortable once you get used to the feel on your thighs. Noticed it fits both the Kimber UltraCarry and Glock 19. Seems like it could be narrower though, have you thought about just making one with one pocket, for the gun, then it would fit better between the legs, or maybe not. The only complaint I have is that your directions for using the bathroom seem aimed (no pun intended) at men who wear boxers. I am sure I can work it out (insert groan here).
Think it is a great product.G. M. - Jennings, MO
Just thought I'd drop you a note and let you know how my experience with your SmartCarry Holster has been so far.
I tried it out real quick the day I got it and did a quick fit. It felt fine. I was initially pleased it would be comfortable, concealing, and allow me access to my protection in a pinch.
Normally on the weekends and after work, in the summer months, I wear a pair of comfortable shorts and a loose fitting T-Shirt (usually something NASCAR related). People are used to seeing me this way. This past weekend I donned your
SmartCarry, packed it with my Glock Model 30 .45 Cal. and a spare loaded 10-round magazine. I was going see if my initial quick fit tests would ring true for hours.I did a lot of things that day. I sat, drove (Camaro), went shopping at the hardware store, worked on my car, and socialized with friends. Not once did I take it off. Not once did I feel I needed to take it off. Nobody could tell I had it on.
For me, the difference between your SmartCarry and any other holster I've ever worn is this. Whenever I where a side holster, shoulder holster, or inside the pants clip-on, I'm very conscious about making sure I never expose my weapon. So
I'm constantly thinking about this while carrying in public. Not with the SmartCarry. After wearing it for about 4 hours I realized I was not paying attention to concealment concerns like with other holsters.Don't get me wrong, I'm sure you agree there is a time and place for all holsters. I now have a new choice with the
SmartCarry that offers superior concealment and comfort.The only thing I had a problem with was the additional equipment is close to my original equipment. During certain types of activity there was a little stimulation. I really don't know how to say that any different. Not a big deal.
So far, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I think you folks have done your cookin' proud. Good luck in the future.
Best Regards,K. P. - Macomb, MI
First off, WHAT A GREAT PRODUCT....
I called to order one of your SmartCarry holsters about three weeks ago and received my holster in three days (even with the current state of our postal system). When I spoke with Charlie he didn't just take my order and hope that I would be happy, he took the extra time to ensure that what I really needed was what I was ordering. He asked what type of handguns I would be carrying to be sure that I received the correct size and ensured that I was taken care of to my satisfaction.
I was a bit hesitant about trying this mode of carry. I thought that it would show to everyone within 20 yards, seeing that I was planning to carry either Kel-Tec 32, a Taurus 85 or a Glock 23 using he same holster (just not all at the same time). What I have found-out in the last two weeks of continuously wearing this holster a minimum 15 hours a day to work, Doctors appointments and exercise is "This is one very well made and comfortable holster". Not to mention NO ONE has even noticed that I am armed.
From One fellow Marine to another......THANK YOU
M. S. - Quantico, VA
P.S. If you chose to use this as an endorsement you are more than welcome. But please don't use my E-mail or last name to cover me at work.
Charlie - I can't believe my holster is already here. Just ordered it Sunday! I'm wearing it now and my first impression is more than favorable. I too was a little skeptical about the bulge that would be caused by the grip of my SP101, or its cylinder, but neither will be the least bit noticeable. I'm looking forward to trying it with shorts, etc. We're going to the Shrine Circus in Atlanta this weekend and there are plenty of seedy characters there. Will be good to be able to carry in comfort. The quality appears great. Thanks for the fast service.
J. McC. - Knoxville, TNWebmasters note: We received J.'s order Sunday, April 20th and it shipped Monday, April 21st
Just a big Thank You for having such a great product. It is just the perfect way for me to carry and no one has noticed that I have a gun yet, not even the owner of the gun dealer that sold me the gun.
I never knew that when I called the phone number on your site that you would be the one on the other end of the line.
You were right about the size that I needed and so very helpful about everything else. You even went and got my order out of the mailbox to make it right that Monday night. I got my smart carry Friday of the same week. Boy that was fast.My 4" Ruger 357 fit just right. My Colt 1991A1 Commander doesn't fit anymore because I just traded it for a new Kimber Custom II 45. Now it fits just right.
My wife was teasing me about the protrusion it was showing in my cotton short pants but I pulled the shirt tail of my T-shirt out and all was covered again. In my going out in public clothes, you can't tell that I am carrying at all. We had a big laugh together until after she tried it on with her Bobcat. Now we had to really tighten the straps for her, I have 50" hips and hers are much smaller. Her laughter turned into "Hey this is comfortable". When she gets her CCW, we will have to get her one as well.
Thanks again and tell people that the other holster for in the car is better for the head of their bed. My wife or I can both have access to the 45 at night while we sleep (which by the way is more peaceful now).
Everyone that carries needs your smart carry. Use me anytime as a reference. It is a great product and the only one I have ever purchased. Unlike those that have tried many other ways and felt they had wasted their money, I did it right the first time. You need to get that message across to everyone you can. It is all they will ever need or want once they get one. Keep up the super job so everyone can feel safer as well as more comfortable with a smart carry.D. T. - Amarillo, Texas
I have discovered a faster way of drawing from the smartcarry than the recommended way. If you didn't know about this, here it is. Cut a hole in the front pocket of any pants or jeans, large enough for a hand and your gun to fit through. Granted I have not tried this with full size guns, this technique worked best with compact or subcompacts. It's like the quickness and the discreteness of a pocket holster but without weighing down your pocket or printing, it will just look flat. Basically it looks less strange than putting your hand down you pants plus its quicker too. Also people like the pocket holster style because your gun is easily accessible, not to mention people put their hands in their pocket a million times a day, just normal everyday behavior. Not exactly a threatening move, none to be the wiser. Thanks for reading this I hope you like this idea, I still need to order a smartcarry for my Para ordnance p12. But my budget tells me no for a while I'm jobless at the moment, lol. Thanks again and have a great day!!
A. D. - Puyallup, Wa.
P.s. This technique also means you can get a good hold of your gun in your pocket without exposing it, works better for me than any other holster method. I don t use my old pocket holsters anymore, you can't really put a decent major caliber gun in one of those anyway.And who would really stake their life on a mouse gun unless they are a woman that can't handle recoil. Anyway I have gone on way too long, Thanks again.
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