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I received my SmartCarry a week or so ago and wanted to test it out before sending you any feedback about the product. I feel like I've worn it enough now to have a good idea on what I think about the SmartCarry.
My first thought after opening the package and holding the SC in my hands were literally "Ok, so I just spent $50 on what looks to be a fanny pack without a zipper". However my confidence wasn't shaken at that point because I had read so many positive things about the SC. I knew there had to be something to this holster.
Trying it on for the first time without a pistol in it I felt like it was surprisingly comfortable. The Velcro didn't dig into my skin as I had thought it might and the infinite adjustability of it made the fit around my hips very nice and secure.
I proceeded to add my unloaded Glock 27 and a second magazine to the pouch and proceeded to walk around a bit, standing and sitting, jumping up and down, running back and forth through the house to see if it would hold up. (I must have looked like a lunatic!) Needless to say, the SmartCarry didn't budge and my pistol and magazine stayed securely in place.
Then it dawned on my....this thing is really comfortable! But I knew the real test was going to be how it performed with pants on. Would it still be comfortable and concealed? That question was answered quickly as I slipped on my every day jeans. Voila! The pistol and magazine disappeared under my pants.
I can't say enough about the SmartCarry holster. It is now the first holster I go to every day when getting dressed. I can't imagine too many scenarios where the SmartCarry wouldn't be the top choice for concealed carry. The comfortable yet secure feeling it provides me while concealing my pistol far exceeds my expectations as well as most other holster I have ever tried on.
Thanks again for the SmartCarry, I think anybody who conceal carry's should take the opportunity to try your holster out.
RegardsB. M. - Greenville, MI
This is my third attempt at sending you some feedback on the SmartCarry holster. On the two prior occasions I've been at a loss for words regarding how to describe the experience!
I have two jobs. In one I'm active and constantly moving. In the other I'm either stuck behind a desk or a steering wheel. I've found that regardless of my activity there is no discomfort or fear of discovery. I've varied my clothing from jeans to khaki's to dress pants to gym shorts/pants and have yet to be "made". Even when the clothing is snug.
For me though, the ultimate test came when I ventured out to the woods this past weekend. I traverse some rugged terrain that includes steep hills, brambles, and cliffs. Not once did my pistol move. I'm sure I could have tumbled down a cliff and my pistol would have stayed secure.
Well done Charlie! I'll be ordering more as the need arises.J. M. - Fort Gratiot, MI
I've had my SmartCarry for several days now and I just wanted to drop you a quick note.
First of all, your communication throughout was fantastic and I want to thank you for your quick responses and emails that "said" something, telling me specifics and not beating around the proverbial bush. You seem like a decent fella' and that's saying something nowadays too.
As far as the SmartCarry itself, I believe it is peerless when it comes to deep concealed carry, and I am now finding it difficult to use any of my other holsters (and as most handgun owners with a carry permit, I've got a box-load), IWB or OWB. The SmartCarry is just too easy and too comfortable. Putting on my other holsters, I have begun to notice them again, where before the SmartCarry I had gotten used to them and didn't notice them anymore. But the SmartCarry has spoiled me and all of my other holsters seem uncomfortable by comparison.
And let me say something about the cost. At less than $50 this is the BEST holster I have bought, just on value-to-cost alone. I may have to buy another just in case this one's in the wash when I need it.
One thing...I do wish you made them in a denim color. But my next one will be black.
This purchase has been one of those rare occasions where the shopping experience was good and the product delivered exactly as advertised. I want to thank you and wish you and yours all the best. God bless you and keep up the fine work!J. H. - Jacksonville, FL
Thank you for your products! I carried a Sig P239 .40 in Iraq for 7 months in one of your smartcarry holsters as a "in case of capture" weapon and it was outstanding! The comfort level was superb! I'm looking forward to your latest holster in the next week!
Semper Fi,J. B. - Westampton, NJ
Man, I really like the SmartCarry holster. I tried a couple of IWB holsters and just never could get use to the gun digging into my leg, stomach, side. It didn't matter where I wore them, ...they wore me out. I wrote to you yesterday and told you about accidentally wearing my gun to church. Just plain forgot I had it on. I'll do my best to not let that happen again, at least not until I have a permit to carry.
I have made a short video clip of me wearing your product. Although I never show the holster in the video, it still gives you a good idea of what to expect others to see when you are carrying with this holster. Not much. I'm an amateur video person, do better with audio. I do weddings and other family events for friends. Of course, lots of home movies with the grandkids.
You can click on this link and see what I've done. It resides on some of my web server space. You are welcome to link to it from your website, or download the file and host it on your site. It's about 2MB in size, so if you don't have broadband internet service, it will take a while to download on dial-up.http://www.silbealabanza.com/video/smartcarry.wmv
I have bought a Springfield XD 45. Love it. I have much more control over it than I do the 9mm. It just fits my hand better. When I get the funds together I'll be ordering another SmartCarry for the 45.
Thanks for making such a great holster.G. M. - Mead, OK
I want to start out by saying that I am a landscaper in Florida and it can get very hot, and on some days it is even worse! I was looking for a holster to fit my S & W 40 Cal. but I was having a hard time finding that perfect holster that could also handle me getting dirty and sweaty ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. After buying several holsters, nothing worked, I couldn't really "hide" the fact that i was carrying a gun. I was reading the ConcealedCarry magazine and came across the ad for the SmartCarry Holster, I figured that it was just like any other holster that I had tried, so i didn't buy it, I just kept the magazine for about a month but read the article several times. Well, needless to say, I bought it, and boy I was wrong, this is the best holster out there. I can bend over, crouch, stretch above my head, sit on all my mowers and at the same time get dirty, sweaty and sometimes just plain nasty and my weapon is never effected. Also along with my weapon, I am carrying an extra magazine. I have been everywhere with this holster, it fits that good!! If someone is looking for a GREAT holster at a GREATER price, don't waste your time on anything else, there is nothing else but the SmartCarry.... buy it..... you wont be disappointed.
Thanks for a great product,M. J. - Jacksonville, FL
Charlie:I thought I should send you what I posted on the Hi-Point Pistols forum few minutes ago. When one member pointed out your site to me, another asked me for feedback if I did indeed buy the SmartCarry.
You can either read it at http://hipoint.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=1445 or just read it below.
If it is of use, you may use in any way you choose including posting, or printing in advertising, with or without attribution, in whole or in part (...'till death do us part...??? Damn, that was beginning to roll!).
Bottom line is that I think you have a great product and I'm happy I bought it.
Text of my posting is below.
Regards,R. F. - Kissimmee, FL
My SmartCarry holster arrived this past Tuesday and I've been wearing it daily ever since. Today is the 5th full day or normal activities with it on. The SmartCarry web site, www.smartcarry.com, provides plenty of pictures, materials & construction information, and detailed instruction for use, so I will try to avoid duplicating that information. Here are my observations.
I bought the SmartCarry because here in Florida I wear shorts, T-shirt, and sandals probably 90% of the time, making concealment somewhat difficult. At home I am typically without the T-shirt, adding to the problem and keeping my dermatologist in business. For me, the only other option is a pouch and I'm not inclined to go that route. Overall I am pleased with my purchase of the SmartCarry.
Ordering was easy and I liked the fact that I didn't have to guess what size I needed to fit either the weapon or my body. Using their online form, I told them the make and model of the weapon and they selected the correct size holster. The construction of the web ordering form is a good indicator that they have done this a lot and know exactly what information they need and how to get it from you. Comments by other users indicate that if the fit is not appropriate they are quick to send a suitable replacement. Mine is perfect.
For body measurement you can get the tape measure out and measure where they tell you to, or you can simply state the size of your pants or underwear and they'll take it from there. The order form is set up so they know which body measurement you're giving -- the clothing or the tape measure. I quoted my clothing size. A sizing breakpoint is at 42 inches and I told them in the Comments block that I varied between 42 and 43 -- what they sent works very well for me. The bottom line is that when it comes to giving them the info and letting them make the sizing selections, they do it right.
My 9mm is the model C9 Compact. I use the standard mag and carry a spare standard mag. I do not believe use of the optional mag in either the weapon or as a spare would change the functionality of the holster.Wearing it.
Instructions state not to wear it around your waist, rather, across the top of your hips. That's a fine line but an important one. I think most people would go first for the waist and I tried it just to see what would happen. In half an hour I was dropping my shorts and putting it back where it was supposed to be. Wearing it incorrectly is a guarantee of riding up in the back and becoming uncomfortable and possibly visible. When worn correctly I was forgetting I had it on in day 2.
On day 3, grass cutting day, when I took my shorts off in the early evening I actually caught myself by surprise. I had removed the weapon a little while earlier to wipe it down and I completely forgot I still had the holster on until my hand brushed against it as I reached to remove my underwear on the way to the shower.Sweating and concealing.
The thermometer on the covered patio was at 102 and I was out front cutting the grass without a T-shirt. I did have sunscreen on, but that hardly conceals a weapon! Our mail carrier came by; I stopped and went over to the community mailbox for our block, got my mail, and held a conversation with her for a few minutes. As she left, the lady across the street came out to get her mail and she and I spoke for a few more minutes. I don't think either of them had any idea I was carrying. Again, no T-shirt.
It's Sunday evening and my wife still hasn't said a word, so my bet is that she still doesn't know I've been wearing it. I've been grocery shopping, gas station, department store, post office, and a few other places and nobody seems to have noticed a thing. When I look in the mirror I'm not sure if I see anything or not. It's kind of like those things you see and hear after three or four hours of nighttime in the boonies -- yeah, they're real, ...or are they?
Back to the grass... I was soaking wet by the time I finished the job. The material on the body side of the holster is a special material (see their web site) and it works. That side was damp, my shorts were soaked except for the area directly in front of the holster, though capillary action was gradually drawing moisture into that area from the sides, and my underwear was soaked. But the weapon was dry with the exception of about 3/4ths of an inch of the rear of the slide, where it had touched my underwear; the grip remained dry because though it is not down in the holster it is protected by the waistband (dare I call it a waistband?). Before the end of the day I did wipe the weapon down, but I consider the grass cutting effort a bit of a torture test for what would probably be the upper end of "normal use," at least for me.
Also during that effort, there was no discomfort whatsoever. Pushing, turning, twisting, stooping to pull the occasional weed, pulling the mower backwards (get off my back -- I've read the manual and I'll chance it!), running the electric edger, using the weed-eater, sweeping up, none were a problem. No discomfort and no restriction.
In the car.
I drive a Hyundai Elantra hatchback, I'm 6'1", and I weight 230. Translation: I love my car and it's really comfortable, but there isn't a lot of room between me and the steering wheel. Is it a problem getting in and out? Not at all. Can I draw the weapon while seated in the car? Yes. Can I do it quickly? No. I hope the facts that I keep my doors locked an that I am improving on being situationally aware will be enough that a fast draw is not necessary. It's all a matter of risk assessment and my assessment is that if I tried a quick draw with ANY holster I'd probably regret it even without a bad guy present.
A draw while sitting in the chair at my PC desk is no problem.
A draw from the standing position is no problem, but again I do not intend to be a quick-draw artist. According to my wife, I tend to wear my belt tighter than most, yet that is no problem for drawing the weapon, and that did surprise me.
Going to the can.
If I'm going to sit down I just remove it. Heck, everything else is down, right? Haven't done that in a public restroom yet, but if I do I'll be very careful where I put or hold it. If I'm standing I find it just a bit more bothersome than the instructions make it out to be, but then that may still be a matter of technique and repetition. It is not enough of an issue that I care much about it, however. I mention it just to give you as much of my experience with it as I can.
Downsides -- I can think of only two.
One I can think of is that as opposed to the pouch, my other alternative, I have to drop my shorts to put it on. Intending to wear it all day makes that a non-issue for me. But if you want to be able to slip a holster on and off several times during the day, this one is probably not for you.
The other is that it pretty much takes two hands to draw the weapon. For me that is not a problem, but I suppose that very much depends on your usual daily activities and where you do them. I did try to draw it out one-handed by sucking in my gut and going for it, and I [u]was[/u] successful, but it definitely wasn't pretty. I will admit to being a little self-conscious when practicing in the living room, but THAT one took the cake. I definitely wouldn't want to count on sucking it in when my pulse rate and blood pressure are headed for the roof, either. Again, risk assessment -- I'm OK with it.____________________
I'm glad this is just narrative, because this holster is unique enough that typical rated categories would be hard to use. No rating numbers -- I just like the thing.
When I ordered, I almost went for the security model. If you're interested in this type of holster, be sure to take a look at that model and consider it, too.
Hope the information is helpful. Just remember that strapping anything around you and hanging a weapon "down there" is a pretty darned personal thing. Your mileage/like/dislike may vary!_________________
I sent a copy of my post to Charlie Parrott, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at the SmartCarry source and he sent me a few tips. Here is the applicable part of Charlie's message:
"A note on using the bathroom (public) when carrying in SmartCarry® - try sliding the holster up on your body about 5" or 6" inches (you can even loosen the Velcro®, if required, to make it easier although I don't have to) so it rests on your lower chest. When you're done, simply move it back down and re tighten the Velcro®, if you loosened it. That way your firearm stays right with you and you don' risk it falling off a hanger or having to put it on the floor where it could be visible to someone in the next stall. When using a urinal, try grasping the muzzle of the gun, through the outside of your trousers and move gun and holster to your weak side using your weak hand. Very simple and fast. And the secret to drawing when seated, especially in a vehicle, is to lean w-a-y back in the seat, just like you'd have to do to get your wallet at a toll booth, and slide your strong hand in your waist band to retrieve your gun. You'll be amazed at how fast you can draw it but you have to be leaning way, way back in the seat!"
From: Xxxx Xxxxxx <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To begin… thank you.
I ordered on a Wednesday and received it on Friday. I think I fit the mold of when it comes to self protection we want what we need to be safe and we want it right now and your quick attention to our orders is appreciated.
I’m on the slightly smaller side of average height and weight, no perceptible gut, very active and social. During the day I wear a suit or at minimum dress shirt and tie and out of work it’s shorts and sandals. I’m right-handed and carry an extra mag with my S&W Chief Special 9mm (very compact weapon), everywhere and ALWAYS. With this holster my CS9 is not “virtually” like some others state, but “completely” undetectable.
I ordered the right hand draw and was self conscious about the slight bulge caused by the butt of the weapon between my zipper and right side pant’s pocket. I noticed that if I turned the weapon around and placed it in the holster pocket only backwards, thus making it a left hand draw, the butt was angled a little more up and directly behind the zipper. So… I ordered the same holster in the left hand draw and put my CS9 in “backwards” thereby allowing me a right hand draw.
WOW, I’d love to think that I’m a genius but I must give credit to you and this fantastic holster. It might be an unconventional way to use the holster but the weapon still fits securely in the holster, the holster still operates the way it was designed, and I’m completely comfortable wearing it for hours and hours.
Charlie, feel free to use my comments on your website. The bottom line, this holster is great and I LOVE IT!
Sincerely,T. D. - Columbus, Ohio
Let me start by saying that I hardly ever write to endorse any product but, I have to make an exception in this case!
I received my smart-carry holster yesterday, (faster than a speeding bullet). I want to thank you for your help in making sure that I received the correct sizing when I spoke with you on the phone. It is a rare occurrence that when placing an order for anything that the president of the company answers the telephone to take your order. I am an X-Deputy Sheriff and I wish this holster was available years ago. I looked it over stitch by stitch when I received it. The quality is outstanding! I wore it out in public today and was amazed how well it concealed my weapon. I read many of the testimonials on your page before I placed my order and I must admit that they were all true. The comfort was unbelievable, when following your clear enclosed instructions, and I will be recommending your product to everyone I know. I tried several of my weapons with the medium size that I ordered and it fits them well. I will be ordering again real soon for a large size SC and also another medium one for my wife. I, like many others, have tried dozens of holsters from other manufacturers and will be boxing them up for a yard sale items.
The Smart Carry holster is the best, simplest, and well thought-out holster I have ever seen!
Thanks Again Charlie, keep up the great work!M. S. - Madden, MS.
Hey Charlie, I just wanted to send you this.
I've been wearing my SmartCarry daily for over 4 years, I think (I can't remember when I bought it, but it was a LONG time ago). (Webmaster's note: it was purchased March 4, 2002)
After at least 4 years of daily use, I figure its getting close to time for a new one. The attached picture is of my holster in its current condition. Feel free to use this picture as a testament to the toughness of your holster. It may appear a little worn, but at the moment it is 100% functional. The white exposed still hasn't given way to the inner layer of denim. The holster has accommodated me through 30 pound weight gain and loss as I enter my mid-late twenties.
Four years of daily use for around sixty dollars is incredibly cheap at the price, especially considering this holster goes ANYWHERE. The holster has literally outlasted at least 10 pairs of jeans and probably almost all of my other clothing, that wasn't worn every day. ;)
Just wanted to let you know how well your product works!J. W. - Clawson, MI
Below is something I recently posted on an internet gun forum about your product. I forget who I talked to, but I originally bought the holster off of ebay, a day before the hurricane struck. I kept calling to tell the person the coupon code wasn't working. I was amazed to find the holster in my mailbox in 2 days, ESPECIALLY given the hurricane. I have used the holster for a while now, even in strenuous activities. It is one of the best holsters I have ever purchased for concealment. Here is what I posted (You will have to excuse my avatar)
As some of you may or mat not know, I was involved in an offroad/dirtbike accident while carrying. It was severe enough that they had to airlift me to a hospital. I had a punctured lung, broken ribs, messed up arm, clavicle, right hip, back, neck, shoulder, among other more minor injuries. I was wearing jeans, a Tshirt and a medium thickness leather jacket.
(And helmet of course, or I wouldn't be here right now, for sure) I was wearing my Glock 21, with 1 13 rounder inside the gun, and another 13 rounder in the mag pouch of the SmartCarry. The G21 also had a round in the chamber, as well as a safe-t-block. What happened was, I was going far too fast on a BAD dirt road (50MPH, rocks the size of basketballs coming out of the ground everywhere, stupid, I know), I hit some rocks in the road, caught air, landed side-ways, apparently my bike actually fliped a few times, I hit the ground hard, and rolled and smacked a big rock that stopped my movement.
My Glock stayed in the holster the entire time. In fact, nobody knew I was carrying (A full size Glock 21 on a 6'1" 180LB frame no less) until the paramedics in the helicopter cut my pants off of me. I vaguely remember them saying something like "Oooh, a gun!", heh. As an interesting side note, with all of the impact I suffered, I took no injuries in my groin (gun) area.
According to witnesses, I hit the ground VERY hard (Hard enough to break a rib, and push it inside my lung, ouch) and rolled, then a "Big rock stopped you [me] from rolling". If I was wearing an OWB, or IWB hard leather or polymer holster, I might have had some significant bruising there. The holster did not harm me, retained my firearm perfectly, and allows me to conceal (Except with a tucked in shirt, it looks like I am "Turned on" constantly) my full-size Glock 21 on my thin person.
If you are thinking about a SmartCarry, don't think any further. Just get one. It has to be one of the most versatile, comfortable holsters I have ever used. I have also done some pretty strenuous activities with it, and truth be told, sometimes I forgot I was even carrying. Just so y'all know, I have NO affiliation or association with SmartCarry or any of its affiliates.
This product deserves my thumbs up. The only bad thing I have to say is, that the paramedics cut my smart carry into 3 pieces to get it off of me without actually moving my body. I don't blame them, but it does suck. I also have to thank the people over at www.invisibleholster.com for getting me my SmartCarry fast, after I pummeled them with phone calls and emails wondering why their coupon code wasn't working. (It was my fault, I wasn't entering it right, duh) They got it to me 2nd day, I paid for regular shipping. Totally cool.D. W.
I had my first full day with the Smartcarry yesterday.
It's absolutely wonderful. Now I understand why this concept is so hard to understand and to explain in words. One must actually try to it to understand that the natural shape of people is such that the pelvis area seats the holster w/gun perfectly.
I was concerned with hurting myself when moving/sitting/standing, with the gun flopping around in the SC, with it pointing at my genitals all day, with feeling a big weight in a weird place -- all these concerned are completely allayed and have proven to be misguided.
I'm still working on being able to draw and reholster well, which with a belly takes a little practice (as you point out in the literature).
I've had both the 2" snubbie and the Kahr MK9 in the SC and they both fit perfectly.
My wife, who urged me to stop wearing IWB's (even very good quality, and very expensive ones) because of the inevitable gun-butt printing, gives it her 100% thumbs up for concealment.
I now have my front left pocket back!
Thank you very much!
Regards,J. S. - New York, NY
I have been using one of your holsters now for a few months. I got it as a gift, and initially thought it was a silly way to carry. Not anymore. I teach courses all over the world and I am convinced of the advantages of your holster enough to want to promote it in class. As well, I would like to discuss dealership. I want to sell them as well.
Got the holster in the mail today Charlie. Tried it with my Kahr PM9. This thing is so slick and comfortable and I see it also works with my Airweight Smith and Wesson 642-1 revolver with laser. Neither the Kahr or the Smith print through my pants/shorts/ etc.
I was a deputy sheriff and later a detective in southern California and have been carrying concealed since I was 22. I am now 54 and retired. Still carry everyday. Never know when someone from your past wants to collect payback.
I have to say I wish this holster was around a long time ago. As you say in your ad, not too many people are in the habit of staring at other people's crotches. That includes cops too. Believe me. I never enjoyed having to "massage" someone elses "package" during a search, but you had to if you wanted to stay healthy in the areas I worked. Even a street wise cop mostly limits their visual scan of someone for firearms to the armpit, waistband, pockets and ankles. I don't see someone "frightening the horses" in the civilian world with this sweet holster.
I work for a small police department now as a civilian investigator and crime scene tech. Will let the officers check this holster out. Expect some more orders.
Way to go Charlie!T. C. - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Dear Mr. Parrott,
I just wanted to write and tell you how pleased that I've been with the SmartCarry holster. You were very helpful when I called to order and I was really impressed with how quickly the holster arrived after I ordered it. I have been wearing the holster almost every day for the last four weeks (except when I have to take it off to wash it) and I've been very impressed with the comfort and concealability.
What has really impressed me is that I have not had to buy larger clothes, dress around the holster or change what I wear at all with the SmartCarry. Like most women, I do not want to buy a larger size of clothing like you do with most IWB holsters or wear a thick gunbelt at all times - your holster eliminates both of these concerns!
My work sometimes takes me to some rough areas and I am grateful to have a holster that will let me carry my Glock 26 with me no matter what I am wearing. You make a great holster - thanks and keep up the good work!H. A. - Bloomington, IN
First I would like to say that your customer service is great. I ordered the holster on a Friday and received it the following Tuesday.
I am truly impressed with this holster. I have worn the holster for about two weeks now and found it to very comfortable and it keeps my Taurus PT-111ti entirely concealed. I have worn it with shorts, jeans, sweats and dress slacks.
I even wore it to a former employee's wedding this past Sunday wearing a suit. At the reception I told him I was carrying and he said "There's no way. I can't see anything". I had to give a toast standing in front of the whole reception and nobody noticed. Even my wife who knew I had it on, said she couldn't see anything.
Great job Charlie!!J. D.
Great service - ordered my holster on Friday 4-15-05 and received it on the following Tuesday the 19th. The holster is everything you said it was. Being from Florida (I'm in Michigan now for a while). I walked around the house in my bathing suit and a tee shirt and my Fiancee didn't know I had it on and I was packing my Walther ppk/s .380. The longer you wear this holster the less noticeable it is and is very comfortable. I made a mistake and purchased a DEFENDER holster and wore it for about a week and that was enough for me.
Thanks again for a great holster. Its perfect for anyone with a ccw license as it does what you buy it for. Great idea and product.
Thanks again,B. Mc. - Bay City, MI
It reminded me of the first few times that I carried my G23 IWB. I felt like people were staring at me then, too. I guess after I get used to carrying in the SmartCarry, it will be fine. As I said, the holster is very comfortable.
.40 S&W Club, Rimfire Club, Sub Club #338. Big Dawg Club#1401
Seriously Bro'.....you're the only one who knows and you'll get used to it. I meet with "C" level executives daily and attend board meetings and conduct presentations in front of multiple admirers on a regular basis and I just never think about it any more. Just so you know, I went through the same self conscious phase. The worst is when you look straight down on yourself.
Try moving the butt of the gun so that it's positioned under the belt buckle (so that the belt rides on top of the butt and the gun should be visible if you look straight down)and then lightly blouse your shirt over half of the buckle. Works like a charm. A very modest half inch of blousing makes a great deal of difference.
A couple words of advice.....use a stall in the men's room. You can stand to do your business by unbuckling your belt and trou and just flip the rig up like a hinge. When finished, shake the dew off the lilly and put 'er back in place and you're ready to go!
If sitting is required just pull the entire rig up around your belly while you're on the throne.
Hope the aforementioned advise wasn't "too much info" for the rest of you guys, but it's something to consider with Smart Carry and is often overlooked until you "gotta go".
Private restrooms with a locking door of course are the best of all worlds. Just unholster and relax.
__________________G23,G26,P32,Benelli 12ga.,shovel, bag of lime
Famous last words:"I hear you paint houses" (Jimmy Hoffa)Last edited by digitspaw on 01-05-2005 at 05:22 AM
Re: "Smart Carry Holster"
Over the past nine (9) years I have tried just about every type of concealment holster that is manufactured including the Pager Pal. Up until last week I had yet to find one that you could wear all day, especially in Florida hot weather, and still find it comfortable. The Pager Pal in concept is a good idea, but bad design.
Well after talking to your representative at the Ft. Myers Gun Show I purchased your product. It was everything and more that your representative told me. YOUR PRODUCT IS EXCELLENT. I can't say enough good about it. I am not in the habit of writing letters regarding products, but yours is outstanding.
The ease of wear is such as you have stated you don't know your wearing it or that your carrying. To-day everyone promises great things in their individual products but truly you have delivered. A little practise and you can draw the weapon easily, just follow your instructions. As I say over the years I have tried them all and finally have found what has to be the smartest and best designed concealment holster on the market to-day. Well done, and thank you.
Frankly I didn't at the time think the product would be quite as good as your rep said it would be but was very surprised and most happy to discover that it was all and more of what he said. This holster especially with one of the new lightweight weapons is a combination of perfection when carrying a concealed weapon. You must be very proud to have a product so well thought of in concept and design.
R. G. - Ft. Myers, FL
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At 06:42 PM 3/22/2005, you wrote:
Just wanted to say you have a great product that could be made better. I've worn out 3 of your holsters already as I carry all the time. They wear out quickly as the material isn't made for carrying blue steel for months at a time. How about making them with the holster in codura and the regular material for the backing against the body? I practice with mine and wore holes in them to the point that my guns would snag on the holes on the way out (making them bigger). Just my opinion.........Mark D.===============================================================================================
Thanks for the e-mail, and we have a tip on our website as to how to extend the life of SmartCarry® holsters from normal wear. I tried to look you up in our database and do not have you listed as ever buying a holster from us and I checked back through 1998. The holster I'm wearing right now as I type this is over 4 years old and at a gun show I draw about 200 to 300 times a day to demonstrate the holster, and this holster still has years of life left in it. If you can, give me a shipping invoice number and the name you purchased the holster under if different from Mark D. And the approximate dates would also help, and are you sure you haven't bought a competitor's holster instead of ours? I know that theirs wear out very fast. BTW, drawing the gun doesn't wear out the holster, the lower edge of the strong side rubbing against your clothing does, and the wear is always from the outside in, never from the inside out. BTW, I also carry all day, every day and get years of life out of the holster as do the vast majority of our customers. If you've bought 3 of our holsters, you certainly should be in our database. Look forward to getting the above requested info.
CharlieThe SmartCarry® Invisible Holster for the very
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Charlie: I apologize, after looking at my holsters they were from the other company. Names have changed and I got confused. I'd like to try one of yours to see if it's better than your competitors. That's if you'll sell one to me after I made such a big mistake?
In early 2003 I purchased a SmartCarry holster from you to conceal my Kahr PM9 that I lawfully carry in my home state. A friend and I were canoeing down a river one weekend several months later when we flipped over in rain-swollen rapids. The lifejackets we were sitting on floated away with the canoe and all our gear. My friend managed to swim quickly to one side of the river; I was caught in the current and dragged swiftly downstream. Despite being an outstanding swimmer (former competitor in school; highest swim skill level in the Marine Corps; advanced SCUBA diver) I was barely able to remain afloat in the swift 60-degree swift water, fully clothed for the cool fall weather as I was. I was forced to shed my expensive fly rod and fly vest, and swim cross-current for all I was worth to the far side of the river.
It took all my previous swim training, experience, and the fortuitous branch of a small tree to reach the riverbank and haul myself onto the bank. The only things I had left were the clothes on my back and my Kahr PM9 with its extra magazine STILL SECURE in my SmartCarry holster. My only choice at that point was to walk alone out of the wilderness area in which I had become stranded and meet my friend's brother who would be waiting at dark at the prearranged takeout point some 15 miles downstream. To go back to my vehicle upstream was pointless as the keys were in a watertight bag downstream with the canoe. I managed to walk out of some extremely difficult terrain (the river cut through miles of a steep wooded canyon with no trails) and actually had to draw my carry weapon at one point in anticipation of warding off territorial dogs that came too close.
The SmartCarry served me extremely well in these very dire circumstances by securely retaining my firearm and extra magazine, staying out of my way when I needed it to, and making my carry weapon available when necessary. The gentleman who gave me a ride for the last 3 miles had no idea I was packing. I can attest to the secure nature of this holster and its durability - I still wear it today. I recommend it dry, but it is just as effective when wet!
Semper Fidelis,T. F. - Major, USMCR
I’ve had my Smartcarry for a little less than a month now. Let me tell you, this is the greatest thing going. I can wear anything – I mean anything – from shorts to jeans to sweats and the only one who knows I’m carrying is me! Heck, sometimes, because it’s so comfortable, I have to check to be sure I’m carrying!
It took me no time at all to learn to draw quickly and smoothly and I can now completely forget the hassle of ever stressing out over what to wear that will allow me to carry discreetly. Sometimes I change from pants to my beat up, knock-around-the-house shorts and just leave it on. This thing is so comfortable and convenient that it’s absolutely no problem to wear from morning to night.
I want to thank you for your tremendous solution to summer carry! I’d recommend this product to anyone without hesitation and with great enthusiasm. I can’t tell you what a relief it is, knowing that your product has made one very big problem – comfortable and discreet summer (or anytime) carry a total non-issue.
I just can’t say enough good things about it!
Thanks again. God bless you and yours,
D. McL. - Seymore, TN"Brave and Faithful"
I got it today and it works great.
I thought you might be interested in why I chose your holster instead of Thunderwear (the brand I had heard of before). It's simple, no internal seams on your holster to snag the weapon as its drawn from the holster. Face it, If I ever need to draw my pistol, it needs to work, it needs to work right and it needs to work right now without having to worry about floundering about with snagging on a holster seam.
Thanks for a great product.
Regards,R. W. - Boise, ID
I am one of the most skeptical people you can meet, I should have been born in Missouri with a "Show Me" sign around my neck. I received the SmartCarry yesterday, wore it all day and no one was the wiser. I went to the grocery store twice, a restaurant and had it on in front of my kids and wife until bedtime and then I asked them to look me over and tell me if I was carrying, they all took a very close look from all angles and they couldn't see it.
I ordered a "Tuck This" holster from DeSantis at the same time that I ordered the SmartCarry and I've tried to wear it on numerous occasions and it doesn't even come close to yours, needless to say; I will be sending it back to DeSantis.
2 weeks later...I have now worn the SmartCarry to as many places as I could think of and nobody has had a clue. I was carrying a Springfield XD 3" and as you know, the XD's are pretty bulky and thick. There aren't many things that impress me anymore, so it is with great pleasure and humility that I bow to you and the superiority of your product; you can add me to the growing list of believers.
Sincerely,J. P. - Carrollton, TX
Charlie- You might get a kick out of this story. I purchased a Smart Carry a number of months ago and am still 100% happy with it. But like a lot of people I just get that urge sometimes to try something new. So when I found a used Pager Pal holster on Ebay for a mere $10 I couldn't resist. After all they go for $60 or more at the gun shows. Well you know what? I found out that even $10 is too much if you don't use it, and after trying it out a couple of times the holster is sitting on my dresser unused. Maybe I can give it to someone as a gift! I realize now that I already had the best product going for concealed carry and just didn't have enough sense to know it.
Thanks again for a great product.T. Z. - Coral Springs, FL
You guys are awsome. I love my Smart Carry and this level of customer service is amazing. I hope I wear it out some day so I can buy another one. Thank you very much. You have made my day. I will recommend you guys to anyone looking for a concealment holster.
A. Y. - Kalispell, MTWebmaster's note: A. reported a problem with the elastic on his recently purchased SmartCarry® and wanted to know what action he should take. We told him none, we'd send a warranty replacement SmartCarry® with a SASE enclosed in the package so he could return the original hoster to us. That'a what he's referering to above.
We haven't chatted for a while. You may recall that I have the large holster for the Ruger P90 and wrote to you about the irritation from the strap in the holster. I found a great solution. While visiting my ortopaedic doctor, I noticed that they use a sock type material for casts. He gave me a strip about 3 feet long which I threaded the holster straps through and now I'm perfectly comfortable.
The holster works great and nobody is ever the wiser (I had a meeting with a police detective and he was none the wiser that my 45 was tucked away). Keep making these great holsters.
D. J. - Farmington Hills, MIWebmasters note: We've added D. J.'s comments for any one who may have irritation problems w/ the strapping. Normally, it's over your undershirt but can be next to your skin, so here's an alterative method. D. J. has a Custom A strapping length, so he's got a lot more strapping than most users.
After being impressed by my husband's SmartCarry, I ordered one, and yesterday wore it all day long with my .357 Magnum. It proved to be as comfortable, secure and hidden as everyone claims. The only visible hint is a slight lump from the grip of my revolver near my jeans pocket, but absolutely nobody seems to notice that. If I want I can completely disguise it by stuffing my pocket a bit with a kleenex, or by clipping my keyring on my belt loop at that spot, but that doesn't seem to be necessary.
The big test came as I was walking through a parking lot and had to stop for a police car cruising slowly in front of me. The two officers both stared directly at me as they passed within a few feet of me. Having only recently gotten my carry permit, I am still amazed that people are so unaware that I'm "packing", and I feared surely experienced police officers would know immediately what was just on the other side of my jeans, but they looked at me with utter disinterest and drove on. I was almost disappointed and I wanted to call them back and say, "I have a conceal carry permit, and I'm carrying, and look what a really neat new holster I have!"
But of course I didn't, and just went about my business knowing that those officers may not have known it, but there was one lady in the parking lot who will not be a victim of the criminals they work so hard to stop. Here's to hoping their job is easier when good citizens take responsibility for their own protection. Thank you for a product that will help me do that.A. S. - Raleigh, NC
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I ordered a Smart Carry Holster from you about a month ago, I held a couple of conversations with you prior to ordering. In one of the conversations I told you that I was planning to order another type of concealment holster IWB type that uses a pager to distract from what it is.
During our conversation you told me that you thought I needed to wait before ordering it until I tried yours. I didn't listen I thought it was just a sales tactic, I ordered them both on the same day, and boy do I wish I had listened to you. As luck would have it I got the other holster first. I am quite a large man and I thought that I could easily conceal using the other holster, to make a long story short I couldn't. It was quite obvious I was carrying by the large bulge the holster and gun created, I carry a Glock 30. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement since I had already went through the process of "fitting" the holster to my weapon, it was mine now regardless.
Fearing the worst I almost dreaded to see your package arrive. When it arrived I read the instructions first, ( this is a first for me, I usually read the instructions last) and put the Smart Carry on as you described. I went to the mirror expecting the worst, and much to my surprise the gun was invisible. Wanting to make sure that I was right I wore the holster around my wife for two days without her knowledge. I was now ready for the big test out in public. My wife and I went to dinner and shopping at the local mall. No one but I knew I was carrying, when we arrived home that night I told her that I was carrying even then she couldn't tell where. Now this is when I was totally convinced that I had my carry problems solved.
Like most persons that have their Concealed Carry Permits we realize the dangers that are present in the world that we live in today. Realizing these dangers are not enough if you don't have a means in which to protect your family and yourself. It is my hope and my prayer that I never draw my weapon in self defense or for any other reason than target practice. Now the worry of not having the weapon with me because I couldn't come up with an effective means in which to conceal it are forever solved. Thank you for such a great product and for the time you spent with me on the phone.D. W. - Kentucky
I just wanted to let you know that I received my SmartCarry Holster and have been wearing it for the last few days. Like the other reviews I've read on your site, I was thinking "it sounds too good to be true." Well, I have to tell you, it is the best and most comfortable concealed holster that I've ever carried. As a Beach Patrol Officer, I wear shorts with a tucked in shirt 99% of the time and have always had to carry small .22 caliber pocket guns off duty. The past few days I've worn jean shorts and a tucked in Polo shirt (SmartCarry equipped) and carried my SIG Sauer P232 w/ the extra magazine and experienced the most comfortable carry, and of course, a completely undetectable weapon. You really do forget that you even have it on sometimes. I want to thank you for making such a quality product and let you know that you have forever solved my concealed carry problem with larger caliber weapons.
R. G. - Captain / Somewhere in Florida Beach PatrolPS You have my permission to post this e-mail on your site if you wish. Please protect my identity. Thanks
It's been about six months since I received my SmartCarry holster and I wanted to give an update. The true test of a concealed carry holster is how well it works in Arizona summers. Here in the desert-southwest summers are hotter than (add your own hyperbole here). Summer attire excludes long sleeves and anything (besides a hat) that might be extra clothes. Whenever I can wear shorts and t-shirts, I do. With such summer attire (except for the office), it's hard to hide a pair of sunglasses.
Even with these limitations I have not spent a single day this summer without my self-defense protection. Sometime I even forget I have my Glock 23 around my hips. I put on the SmartCarry as part of my daily routine -- it's just a part of dressing. And as the commercial says, I've got all-day protection.I've worn my SmartCarry holster around my clients, my friends, my family, and in every situation where it is legal to carry a firearm according to local statute. No one knew. Even my anti-rights in-law delivered his standard gun-control lecture to his very armed son-in-law, and he never even suspected he was preaching to an armed citizen. I hope you appreciate the humor I saw in that situation. In all cases I've been comfortable. In all cases I've been discreet. I couldn't be more pleased with this holster.I hope I never have the need to use my sidearm -- even to show it -- in self-protection. That's not why I carry. SmartCarry means never having to admit you're packing.
J. S. - Phoenix, AZ(please conceal my identity as well as you have concealed my Glock)
I received my /SmartCarry /Holster in the mail today, and it works great! As I told you on the phone, I'm recovering from a chronic pain disorder and have an implanted Spinal Cord Stimulator. The control/programmer has always been in the way on my belt, especially with loose t-shirts I normally don't wear tucked in. When I saw these holsters on Ripley's Believe it or Not, (I'm not sure if they were the same ones) I thought it would be the best answer to my trouble of keeping the control out of the way. The side for the back-up mag I'm using for an extra battery (which I'm supposed to keep on hand).
Thanks for your help and the quick service. I have a wedding to attend this weekend and have to wear a tux, but no one will ever know I'm carrying that control with me!
Best Regards and Happy Holidays to you and yours,
J. B. - Hemet, CAWebmaster's note: J. called and described his problem of carrying the mandatory control unit for his spinal implant and since there is no physical connection to his body (the control unit is held over the skin in the location of the implant and does its thing via radio frequency or magnetic pulses) it should be even easier than the insulin containers some diabetics use SmartCarry® for, since they do connect to the body. We're glad to hear its working out for J. and he even has a place for his required back-up battery!
I received my white medium SmartCarry holster for my Glock model 27 a couple months ago and I've been trying it out regularly since then. It is terrific!
As a 50+ female deputy district attorney in northern California who prosecutes major drug manufacturers and dealers, it is necessary for me to have a CCW permit and be armed on a daily basis. I spent lots of time and money trying to find a carry rig that would fit my body, lifestyle, and clothing. Your product is it!
I try to dress to conceal my tummy anyway, so the SmartCarry fits nearly all the clothes I wear to court. Sometimes there are bulges, but I just suck in and carry on and no one has ever commented on them. In fact, I feel very secure with my Glock nestled against my lower abdomen.
I can reach it easily in pants or under a skirt. It is only a minor inconvenience to sit with knees crossed and no problem using the bathroom. I hate the velcro itch, but keep the back strap covered with my underwear or shirt as you suggested and it rarely bothers me.
Today the temp was 95 degrees and I wasn't the least uncomfortable with the extra undergarment. I just have to be careful not to bump my tummy against a hard surface (like the sink or a counter or my desk) to avoid an audio giveaway.
No one but my close colleagues know how I carry. And because it really gives concealment, my SmartCarry works everywhere I go. Sitting is comfortable, as is driving and walking. I don't even notice it most times during my busy day. The only time I don't wear it is in Yoga class, but I probably could, and even do handstands!
Anyway, this is a long way of saying I love your product and tell everyone about it with whom I discuss concealed carry. I also love looking like a "normal" woman wearing it. Your product is the answer for women who want to carry their firearm every day, no matter how they dress.
Thanks so much,K. H. - CA
The SmartCarry holster is everything you claimed. I am impressed and very happy to have a holster that carries my Glock 23 in such a way that nobody -- and I mean nobody -- can tell I'm carrying.I was so skeptical before my purchase that I e-mailed you and even called you because I'm fat and couldn't believe a holster inside my pants could be worn comfortably and covertly. Your assurances and the 60-day money-back guarantee were enough to surmount my disbelief and, even though still skeptical, I figured I couldn't lose. I didn't. This is a very comfortable holster. I'm 6 ft. and weigh 275 pounds. I've got the build of a (short) linebacker and carry about 45 extra pounds, to boot. I carry a Glock 23, which is not as large as a service-duty firearm but isn't exactly the idea of a concealed-carry weapon. You can't carry it on your ankle unless you have ankles the size of posts. You can't carry it on your hip unless you want everyone to know you have it. You can't carry it under a jacket out here in the Desert Southwest (they'll know you're carrying or you're crazy -- and maybe both).
But I put it in the SmartCarry holster and I've been carrying for days and I sometimes don't even notice it. I carry the handgun and an extra magazine. No other holster will carry my extra magazine. Tell your customers to figure that into the cost of other -- less worthy -- methods of concealed carry.
The point of this story is not just the accolades I wanted to send. The point of this story is to tell you about all the "experts" with whom I discussed concealed carry that told me this type (weapon in front, below the waist, inside the pants) of holster wasn't worth the effort.
One expert told me how uncomfortable it was. Another expert told me how hard it would be to "present" the firearm in case of need. Another told me that everyone would know I was carrying a concealed weapon or stealing a banana.No one -- not one -- even suggested I should try it. They all said it was a failure as a concealed-carry method.
All of them were wrong and I feel very superior to have overcome my skepticism and their prejudices and ordered the SmartCarry holster. I'll be carrying my Glock in the heat of the summer. I'll have my firearm with me in sensitive situations where clients would be uncomfortable with their consultant carrying a pistol. I won't leave my firearm behind just to avoid the way some people shun you when they learn you carry. No one will know.
I was carrying for the third day when I commented on my holster to my beloved wife. I told her how comfortable and concealed it was. She admitted that she could usually couldn't tell when I wore it and added -- "but you're not wearing it now." I corrected her. I was wearing it and even she couldn't tell. She was surprised and so was I. I thought that since she knew how to identify the tell-tale signs that I had my SmartCarry and my handgun, she would recognize it when I carried.So even if your spouse -- who knows you and knows how to tell if you're carrying your gun -- can't tell, who can?
I have no excuse not be armed, now. And I'm growing more comfortable in the knowledge that nobody will know.
Thanks for making a good product. Thanks for sending it faster than I thought possible for the postal service. It got here faster than a Randy Johnson fastball (a little Diamondbacks reference for those who don't follow baseball).
Carrying, Concealed, and Comfortable in Phoenix, Arizona
(and feeling pretty smart),
J. S. D. - Phoenix, AZ(like all of your clients, please protect my identity if you use my letter in your testimonials)
I ordered your product a few months back and wanted to give it a reasonable evaluation period before I commented. As a matter of fact, this is the first endorsement of any kind that I've ever offered. First, the delivery time after ordering was very fast. In the rig, I carry a 2 ½" S&W Mod. 19. This is not a small weapon and I am not a big man but it remains well concealed. I replaced the Pachmyr grips with the original skinny wood grips and now my wife doesn't know when I'm carrying. It's very comfortable and accessible. As a corollary to the first rule of a gunfight, "Have a Gun", I offer the second rule; "Be Able to Get to it !! " This concealment rig fits the bill. Quite often, I forget I'm wearing it. I wish I had this when I was working undercover narcotics back in the late 60's. Great product !!!R. M. - Wyoming
My 4th SmartCarry arrived 2 days ago. This one was for my Beretta 92 FS. Like I told you before I'm very skinny for a 41 year old. The SmartCarry you made for my Beretta 92 fits like a glove. Also, the gun is fairly heavy, but with the placement of the SmartCarry I can hardly feel it. I've used a holster with my Model 92, and it just kills my hips, but the SmartCarry somehow takes the weight off the pistol. As far as concealing, with dress/suit pants, it can't be seen. With jeans, tight jeans on a skinny guy mind you, I would need to wear a shirt to cover the top. Readers keep this in mind, the Beretta 92 FS is about 8" overall, so its a big pistol, and I only weigh 130 LBS. I NEVER would of thought ANYTHING would conceal it as great as the SmartCarry. I just can't mention the fact enough, that for a skinny person, it was impossible to find a comfortable holster, UNTIL the SmartCarry came along. Anyway, Charlie Thanks Once Again for making such an excellent product. It IS the Best on the market!!J. S. - Chicago, IL
I have had my "SmartCarry" for all of three months now. I am a heavy equipment salesman. I drive 600-800 miles a week. I am in and out of my vehicle (lots!), up and down looking and running equipment, etc.,. I dress casual, so I don't wear a coat or suit to cover other types of holsters. I started with a IWB and had too much of a "printing" problem with most tighter clothes.
In February my wife and I went to your GREAT reciprocity state of Fla. Did Walt Disney World, Sea World and Cypress Gardens, and I carried every where, (that I could legally). I have a Taurus PT-140. Being from the northern states, and LOVING to be away from the snow it was T-Shirts (tucked in) everyday! Never had a problem, any where!
Only ONE complaint:
Have you ever been walking into a store and have that "I forgot something" feeling and reach back and feel your back pocket for your wallet ? With this holster, I sometimes find myself wondering if I remembered my pistol!
Thank You and KEEP SAFE !!S. H. - Iron River, MI
To the good people of SmartCarry,
Thank you for such a simple, effective answer to the concealed weapon problem. Here in Florida, where common attire consists of shorts and a t-shirt, an effective and comfortable method for concealing a gun has eluded me for years. Ankle holsters are useless when wearing shorts, hip-bags are inappropriate in the business environment, and in-the-pant holsters still require some type of outer garment to drape over the belt. I've had SmartCarry for about two weeks now. I have worn it now with shorts and with pants, including denim jeans. I can truly say that my Taurus .45 is unnoticeable through my pants. If that weren't enough, I can sit, stand, or bend without anything 'catching'. I actually don't feel the holster and gun after a few minutes in the morning after dressing. I forget that I'm wearing it throughout the day. 'Taking a leak', on the other hand has taken some getting used to. I have found the only way to do this is to go into a stall and 'drop trou' in order to temporarily reposition the holster. This is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that I now have. I have had a CCW for 8 years in Florida, but rarely carried because there was no one real solution that I could comfortably and consistently use. Now, with the SmartCarry, I have a single holster that I can use with all my clothes in any environment, and I have only the SmartCarry to drill drawing from concealment. It's comfortable, it's practical, and it works. Thank you again.
D. K. - Sunrise, FLWebmaster note: We've e-mailed D. K. and advised him to re-read the instruction sheet that came with the holster and to practice in the privacy of his bathroom. Charlie carries a full size 1911 and has never had to go into a stall to urinate! It can be done, quite easily, with one hand only, but, like the instructions say, it does take a few "practice" runs to get it down pat!
Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. It went crazy here, 2 of our officers are on leave and one guy got sick, so we had to pull double shifts for a couple of days. Oh well .... :-)
I received the holster on the weekend, thanks a lot ! I played around with it for awhile and I think I can handle it pretty well. Only the Jetfire's barrel and trigger-guard fits inside the pocket, the handle is sticking out completely. Although my jeans are pretty tight around my belly, I can reach for the gun without a problem. I can even draw it while being seated in the patrol car. Works for me !! (you can quote me if you want) ;-).
Singer Sewing also made the 1911?? Wow, I'd love to have one of those pistols.... I can imagine that they are hard to find, even in the US.The russians are selling a lot of "WW2 leftovers", as I call them. They were supplied as "war help" to the russkies in 43/44 but never used, since the russians didn4t have the .45ACP ammo and were to stupid to produce it. Maybe I get one of them, they are about US$300 over here, never used, brand new in box.
Good to hear that you have some "pre-ban" clips for your pistol. Can't hurt to have a little "firepower".... :-)The Mauser is really nice, and hard to find, even over here. My grandfather had the good old 08, since he was only a airforce guy.
Banning guns in definitely not a good idea. We can see the same movement over here. It's getting harder and harder for the law abiding citizen to obtain a firearm, but the criminals don't care about laws. They get their guns somewhere else and kill innocent people with them. I wouldn't mind more people owning guns here, that would create less work for us cops. We are 8500 officers in Munich and have to protect a population of 1.5 million people....
Although I'm in Germany, I'm still a NRA member.... :-)
Well, gotta run for now ! Thanks again! Maybe I can come up with some order from the other officers. :-)
Take care, stay safe !
M. M. - Munich, GermanyWebmaster note: We thought these comments from a German police officer would be of interest to all. His remarks on the 1911 and banning guns are from the e-mails he exchanged with Charlie when he placed his order. Charlie's dad brought a P-38 built by Mauser (BYF proof marks) back from WWII. M. M. joked in one e-mail, "You've got my grandfather's gun!"
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Message.............: I've used one of your holsters for two years and I love it. I carry concealed every day at work (T-shirt and jeans) and your holster is by far the most concealable and comfortable I've ever used. I'm having to replace mine now because the muzzle end of the slide is wearing a hole in the denim since I wear it so much. I tell all my friends that have concealed carry permits about your holsters. At least one has ordered a SmartCarry holster and likes it. I'm always surprised when I read an article in a major gun magazine about concealed carry methods and I've never seen your holster mentioned. That is a shame since your product is without a doubt a superior method to conceal a handgun than anything mentioned in the articles.
K. M. - Colorado Springs, COWebmaster's note: K. just placed and order with us for a replacement for the SmartCarry® he purchased in November of 1999 and put his comments in the message section of the secure order form on our website. We've often wondered why no one except a writer here in Florida who carries in a SmartCarry®, and a lady who posted a review years ago on rec.guns on the Internet, has ever given us a review. But as long as our customers keep giving us great reviews, that's what really counts!
I am a Peace Officer with the California Department of Corrections. I recently purchased a Smart Carry for my Sig P220. I purchased my Sig from a buddy and thought it would be a good weapon to conceal off-duty. However, I found it seemed too big for concealment on my person. I reviewed many different styles of holster, but found nothing that I thought would keep my gun from looking obvious. I even considered that I might have to switch to a smaller handgun. Then, I found your web-site. I even read your customer reviews, which ultimately lead me to the purchase of your Smart Carry. I am very pleased with your holster and service. I am able to conceal my Sig without any problems and I don't have to change to a more compact weapon. In addition, I told a couple work buddies about the style of holster, but they seemed skeptical about the style and location. My advice to them was if they are looking for a holster that combines comfort with little or no sign of concealment this product is what you want to buy. I can't imagine using anything else. Thanks for innovation Mr. Parrott.J. S. - Palmdale, CA
I saw your product at a gun show in Lakeland on August 4, and then I was skeptical of the smart carry. Well, I ordered one about a week later. You were right, it is the only concealable holster that you can wear anything with and still carry your full-size handgun. I carry a Glock 17 and a Beretta 96, both which are full-size handguns and I am able to move freely and comfortably. I even wore the smart carry to work for 10 hours and was impressed how comfortable it was. I have recommended the smart carry to my friends who carry and I am even considering buying one for my wife. Nobody can even tell that I am carrying. I am a very skinny guy about 5'11'', 150lbs and I used to carry my gun in a inside-the-pants holster, what a bunch of crap. It always used to fall out and it was very noticeable when you are in public, then I started to carry a waist pack with the firearm pouch, that got to be too inconvenient. Thanks for the great product.T. D. - Riverview, FL
The ultimate skeptic has now spoken! I am the one who kept asking for all the negative feedback thinking nothing could be that perfect. Well, I was wrong! I put on my holster, holstered my gun just like I would carry in public and walked up to my mother and said, "Well, what do you think?" After looking at me from head to toe her response was, "About what?" I told her I was carrying concealed and raised my shirt to show her and her eyes got as big as golfballs!
I told my dad I had something to show him. I did the same thing and he had no clue, and I even saw him look in the area the gun was! He never saw a thing! His eyes also got big when I raised my shirt and had my little .380 sitting there! Since I have a small torso, I don't think I could carry a concealed weapon much bigger than my little Firestorm anywhere on my body, in any type of holster, so this one does the best it can given the small space my small torso allows. Great product bud!!!!
One more thing Charlie......you shipped it on Monday, and it was waiting in my mailbox Wednesday morning! Great service!!! Florida to Louisiana in 3 days, I sure wish UPS could match that!B. H. - LaFayette, LA
I purchased a SmartCarry holster in West Palm Beach in 2001. The first day I wore it for 9 hours. No pain, and no adjusting. As a plain clothes and undercover deputy I have had every kind of "concealable" holster made. None do the job my SmartCarry does. The other holsters are all sitting in a box gathering dust.
Thanks for a great product.S. C. - West Palm Beach, FL
Well, I told you that I would write with my "review" of the holster after I had worn it for a few days. I've got to say that this thing is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I must admit that I had found it hard to believe that the Smart Carry could really make it possible to conceal anything bigger than a pocket pistol (I originally ordered it to carry my Sigma .380), but after starting with the .380 and finding that to be totally comfortable and concealable, I am now carrying my Glock 27 in it most of the time and have even found that with loose jeans I could carry my Glock 22 duty weapon in it except for the fact that the medium holster that I ordered is not really sized for the full-size Glock. At any rate, you make a fine product and I would encourage anyone who is considering a Smart Carry to order one YESTERDAY! You won't be sorry!
Thanks again Charlie for making a great product! I'm going to wear it everyday while off duty (I have so far!) and when I wear it out someday I'll call you again!
Sincerely,Sgt. M. E.
To The Makers Of SmartCarry Security Holster,
Never have I been so impressed with a product that I went to the trouble of writing (typing) a letter. I have tried many holsters, and none compares to the SmartCarry. I had finally found two that were small enough, and easy enough to wear that I thought I was finished with my search. Then I decided to try the SmartCarry Security Holster.
Unbelievable! I have never seen such a small holster that hides so well and draws so clean, it's flawless. I can now carry BOTH my Smith & Wesson .38 special AND my KelTec P40 together, right in front of me, no matter what the occasion.
I am even thinking about getting another SmartCarry (in white) just for the gym.
Really, an incredible product, thanks.Pxxxxxx X. Sxxxxx - Sanford, FL
I've recently bought one of your holsters and after wearing it around for a couple weeks to get used to it I thought I would really put it to the test. Here it is:
As a 35 yr. old 3rd Degree Black Belt, I teach a Cardio-Kickboxing (Tae-Bo) class at our Martial Arts schools on the side. Cardio-Kickboxing is basically an Aerobics class with a lot of jumping, punching, and kicking to loud music. All I wear during the class is a pair of elastic gym shorts and a tank top. I put my Taurus Model 85 .38 special 2"barrel snub-nose stainless steel revolver (27 oz.) in my Smartcarry holster and proceeded to begin class. It never obstructed or hindered my movement in any way!! I'm talkin' taekwondo kicks as high as your head, full split stretches on the floor, etc.!!
After class, I showed my Instructor (8th Degree Black Belt and daily carrier himself) what I had done by walking off the do-jang floor and pulling the firearm out of my shorts! He was blown away and also some more of my Black Belt buddies who happened to be there.
The best thing is that none of the 25 ladies taking my class had any idea I was packing.
Because it's so comfortable I'm now carrying much more often than ever
before. Thanks for a great product.
I have to admit, when I saw the ad for this product, I was a little skeptical. But after looking and even trying some other products, I was looking for something that was going to be truly concealable. Not only that, but I wanted a holster that would be accessible as well as comfortable.
After reading the customer comments and the FAQ's, I thought I would try one. I mean, for $40.00 it was a safe investment. After all, if it didn't work, at least I hadn't blown $60.00 like I did with the pager pal, which by the way is a nice idea if you have a waistband made of steel and a gun small enough not to drag your waistline down or bulges out like you're carrying something (like a gun)
Not only did I receive my product VERY quickly, I also got a call from Charlie himself double checking my order. Where else have you ordered where the owner of the company calls to ensure satisfaction?
Okay, that's all the niceties, but here is the final verdict. IT WORKS! Not only does it work for my very concealable .38 lightweight, but as I am typing this, I am holstering my Ruger P-95, which is a pretty bulky gun with a rather long butt on it.
I was so impressed by the IMMEDIATE ease and comfort, I thought I'd find out just how concealable this was. With blue jeans on (which can fit rather tight around the waist), I put my firearm in my new holster and went out to a busy restaurant. Not only did nobody see anything, but I sat with complete comfort in two ways. The first was there was not pressure poking at my legs or any part of me. The second, was I had found what I had been searching for. I want my gun accessible at all times in the event of an emergency. I don't want to attract attention giving other people knowledge I have a gun on me.
Okay, a lot of stuff, but I really could write much more. Just remember these points:1.) Very concealable (does not require a small pistol either)
If those 5 main points are what you're looking for in a holster, I encourage you to give this product a try. No fancy advertisements, just honest facts by honest people writing praise about a solid product from an honest company.B. J. - Nashville, TN
I am writing to tell you how pleased I am with your product. I currently carry a Smith & Wesson 4006 TSW with combat grips. I've worn it practically everywhere, including to a wedding where it was perfectly concealed in my tuxedo.
A few weeks ago, I appeared at a hearing in federal court in Massachusetts (I'm an attorney, not a defendant). The court's procedure requires me to announce that I am carrying and proceed to an area where I can be supervised while I check my weapon. The U.S. Marshalls could not believe that I carried a full-size automatic in a suit without printing.D. B. - Longmeadow, MA
(Webmaster's note: The message above was typed in the message area of our encrypted secure order form by a SmartCarry® user who purchased another holster for a different firearm. D. B. has been carrying in a SmartCarry® cc holster for quite some time, so he speaks from experience!)
Thank you for the e-mail and tips. I received the SmartCarry in good shape and am very satisfied with it from trying it out a bit around the house like we discussed.
The firearm fits perfectly, just as described and the unit is very comfortable. I'm sure it will continue to please and satisfy in "real use". Thanks for the good service!
I went up to continue my application process and it went very well with the fingerprinting portion, our Sheriff said. It is possible that in a month or so I could be permitted. Ironically, we've had several incidents lately in this usually rather quite and rural area here in extreme southern lower Michigan.
Several nights ago a sheriff's Deputy stopped to check an open door at a church a few miles from here in the open country side. He called for backup but decided to go in before they got there. Well, he soon got more than he bargained for. He flushed out a robber caught in the act, except that as he chased him outside, a buddy of his ambushed him and pinned his head to a wall with a gun while he cuffed the officer with his service handcuffs! Then, the 2 left fast in a car, but a backup officer took up pursuit. Coming toward our house, shots were fired at the cruiser, disabling it and one bullet went through the windshield & got the edge of the Officer's shoulder. He was hospitalized & released to light duty the next day. As Sheriff Richardson said: "We could have had 2 dead cops."
Then yesterday at 4:30 p.m. in broad daylight a lady was walking along a road 3 miles south of here and was abducted & taken to a more secluded area & raped. A sketch artist is making up a likeness according to her description.
I thought of your leaflet describing SmartCarry. If this young lady had been prepared like the one on your sales sheet, she might not have been the victim of that nasty crime (provided she could sense that she had a chance to go for it and make it stick). There would be little time or room for error, but I think it could have been done even by a lady well trained and equipped.
Well, have a good evening, and thanks for the service you provide in your products.
Best regards to you,
K. M. - Clayton, MI
I purchased your lower abdomen concealed carry holster some time ago. I believe wearing it and carrying my handgun may have saved my life! Recently, I was approached in an isolated mall parking lot by four young men who threatened me and demanded my purse and keys. I responded by simply raising my t-shirt to my waist and showing them the butt of my ever-present Glock. I did not have to draw my gun at all. One look did it. They ran. I can honestly say that I would not have been carrying that day had I not had the convenience and complete concealment of your SmartCarry product. Thank you!
Please do not use my name or email address publicly.
Webmaster's note: The above is from a lady customer who bought her SmartCarry® cc holster in early March of 2000. We will honor her request for anonymity and simply say she's from North Carolina. An e-mail like this makes us very grateful that our product saved this person a lot of grief and possible injury or death. And she's right about the comfort - I put my large size SmartCarry® on every morning when I dress, just like another piece of clothing. Where ever I go and can legally carry, my constant companion, "Mr. Ithaca", is always with me!
First off I must thank and congratulate you on marketing an amazing product and running a truly professional and prompt business.
My Smartcarry arrived within 52 hours of ordering, and greatly exceeded my expectations. The fit is perfect, the construction top-notch, highly comfortable, and totally concealable. (Which is critical now that my workplace has gone "casual.") You've earned a customer for life.P. C. - Abington, PA
I am Konstantin U., and i received your SmartCarry!! Very good! it is much MORE better than i seen at your website!! cool picture in brochure (about girl with SmartCarry! - it very.. very good show of pluses of SC!!) - I not seen it at website !! why?
it is great invisible holster! i like it!!
SC is patented only in USA or in other countries?(Russia, China, Honkong)?
Jean says me to send you date of receiving it in Moscow, Russia it is about 4.09.99 (there is no Russian post stamp about receiving). Thank you very much!!
Great thing! Thank you to create it!
Konstantin U. - Moscow, Russia(SmartCarry note: Yes, our utility patent does protect SmartCarry in other countries!)
I just came back from the Foxboro, MA gun show where "ThunderWear" was being shown. I looked at it with a discerning eye after checking out your site. I thought I might be able to get a good comparison and maybe pick it up without waiting for the mail delay.
Let me tell you, I wasn't in the booth long enough for the guy to even see me. The seams that would catch were amazing. I know from rec.guns that any seam inside the holster is a no-no.I'll be calling on Monday to order one of these up. I am very impressed with your product. I can't wait to get it and test it out. (Although a couple of my buddies will laugh at me when they find out I have it. They're also the ones limping around due to a Sig or Beretta stuck in an IWB holster. My back can't handle that!)
Thanks again! Talk with you soon!D.O. - Taunton, MA
Well just a few weeks ago, I was working in a bad neighborhood repairing a building. Just before I, three employees and two customers were about to leave, (it was closing time,) two armed robbers came in to the store guns drawn. They had the drop on us, and we all were told to eat carpet. They then held a gun to each of our heads in turn from behind and frisked us. They got all of our wallets, and actually reached into all of our pockets- they never had a clue I was armed with thunderbelt and a readily accessible and ready walther. The robbery proceeded quite calmly and efficiently- I knew these guys were pros and resolved not to have a shootout if things continued to go well. I admit I was as scared as I've ever been, but I felt a lot better knowing if things got ugly I could immediately pull my piece.
TO SAY THE LEAST I STILL HAVE MY FAVORITE $480.00 GUN THANKS ENTIRELY TO THUNDERBELT! The owner of the store had a regular waist holster and no longer has his gun now.
Well the robbery did start to go bad, they wanted to know where the safe was. I, and the other employees knew there is no safe, but the bad guys didn't believe the owner. They started to yell and pistol whip him. They finally knocked him down, and by the grace of God, just as I thought we were dead and I was going to pull, they ran out.
The story you have just read is entirely true. We are living in a truly dangerous society, and to believe otherwise is naive and foolish. I am 31 and have been robbed twice, and burglarized five times!!! I encourage every honest American to take a personal safety/awareness class, learn to use gun, make a sensible purchase of a quality firearm, get a permit to carry it and PURCHASE A THUNDERBELT TO CARRY IT IN !
Charlie has developed a top quality, comfortable, long-wearing, washable, carry device. You have total freedom of dress and movement. With very little practice, I can draw my pistol twice as fast as I could with my snap-strap waist holster. I can honestly say I will never carry any other way, and recommend thunderbelt to everyone without reservation.
Charlie- thanks again, you could very well have saved my life, and I mean it!
Most Sincerely,C. P. - West Palm Bch., FL
I have both Thunderwear and the Thunderbelt and I can tell you that the Thunderbelt wins hands down on quality. I can't draw my S&W 640-1 out of my Thunderwear. It snags on the cylinder every time. The Thunderbelt is made differently. No seams to snag on.
I can't recommend the Thunderbelt highly enough!!J. H. - TX
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