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How are you guys holstering your sidearm when Coyote hunting?

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I will be carrying my XD Subcompact 9mm this season while Coyote hunting. I have a regular belt holster as well as a Military style leg holster that I can use. They are both uncomfortable (maybe I need some sort of suspenders to take the weight off) so I am trying to get some other ideas. I was thinking during the winter of getting a vest with the holster attached to it (again military style) and in the hotter months using a shoulder holster. It needs to be open carry, but comfortable.What are you guys using?

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I carry a drop thigh holster for my XD 45. It's just in the right spot and out of the way when crouching, moving, etc.

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I carry a drop thigh holster for my XD 45. It's just in the right spot and out of the way when crouching, moving, etc.
That is the kind that I have but it just seems to drag down. Are you using the snap type military wide belt with it? If so, are you also using suspenders?I think if I used a different belt (one that actually fits through the belt loops on my pants) the leg holster would work better. I really like the idea of using the leg holster as it gets it out of the way, plus is much more visible for open carry.

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I use a thick leather belt. I've found that if you unclip the uppermost clip, and loosen it then re-attach it a little higher than you would expect it to go THEN tighten it...it's much less likely to droop. Mine droops a small amount but is plenty tolerable. Also, I rotate the unit slightly more to the front of my leg than the side, it has more of a custom feel to my body but my leg muscles seem to support it up higher there and reduce slipping...but that could just be in my head.

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A sub-comact 9mm is dragging your drawers down?! Heck, my wallet weighs as much as most of those things. :) Are you wearing it on the belt you use to hold your pants up? If you are get a seperate pistol belt. I carry my big bore wheel guns on a pistol belt and don't have any problems. I carry all of my sidearms in a cross draw position. This way the butt of you pistol never smacks the stock of your rifle when it's slung on your shoulder plus it's easier to draw from a sitting position.

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A sub-comact 9mm is dragging your drawers down?!
Yeah, I'm weird. I hate wearing tight belts and when I tried my military webbing style belt (like 3" wide) it just felt akward. I will try the leg holster with a regular leather belt and see how that feels. I'll also try rotating the holster forward.Clampdaddy, you must have one heavy @ss wallet! Time to go through that thing and thin it out before you have back problems. :)Also, as far as a pistol belt, are you talking a size that goes through your belt loops? Cause the belt I have for my leg holster is really wide and I guess more for a MOLLE setup.Here are some pictures of basically what I have:30283L.jpgleg-holster.gif

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Why carry a handgun while calling coyotes?

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Bob, just incase you run across any of those "evil MaryJane growers" LOL. Got plenty of them east of me here in the Sierra foothills. Up north, they were shooting at the firemen working those fires, and they had to call the Sheriff up to protect them.

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Why carry a handgun while calling coyotes?
You never know when a lion might jump on you. Right now i use a paddle holster for my xd the only bad thing is when I sit down it pokes me in the side.What do you guys think of the blackhawwk serpa holster?

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I'd bet that if you attach the holster directly to the belt your problems will go away. I once had a cowboy style holster with a leg tie and it would tug at my waist too. When walking, the leg tie would creep down a bit when my leg was straight down but upon stepping forward it would get tight and tug at the holster. I got rid of the leg tie and the problem went away but then I had a long holster hanging off my belt and it would try to come up when drawing my pistol. That's how I came to the high/crossdraw method of carry.

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What do you guys think of the blackhawwk serpa holster?
That is my OWB holster I use with my XD-40. Lightweight, you can 'cant' it and weapon is secure with the Level 2 system. I'd like to get the drop setup for it though, especially when carry a rifle. Even though Blackhawk doesnt carry a legdrop holster for it, you can get the platform and the holster still attaches to it, like the Glock, Sigs, etc that they carry. Legdrop setup is kinda pricey though, about $75 or so, minus the holster which is $40 or so. Will have to think about it more......someday....Blackhawk Serpa dropleg holsterserpa.jpg

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I'd bet that if you attach the holster directly to the belt your problems will go away. I once had a cowboy style holster with a leg tie and it would tug at my waist too. When walking, the leg tie would creep down a bit when my leg was straight down but upon stepping forward it would get tight and tug at the holster. That's how I came to the high/crossdraw method of carry.
The creeping and tugging is what I am experiencing. I really like the idea of a leg holster as it kind of gets it out of the way. I will try it first with a different belt, then try just having the holster on the belt.What does a High/crossdraw look like?
Why carry a handgun while calling coyotes?
I'm new to this, but my reasons are:1. Self Defense in a close quarters situation (not against coyote's but 2 legged or even a mountain lion) I plan to be in some pretty remote areas, why not have a little backup just in case? Who knows who or what you will run into. What if you were out hunting alone, and you fall and in the process, get separated from your rifle. It could possibly be days before being found. It would be nice to have a sidearm to fend off the predators. I'm not planning on going Rambo or anything, but it's not that heavy so why not. Just seems like a bit of insurance and the great thing is I already own it!2. Putting a wounded coyote out of it's misery while not using a $4 shell.

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Dont forget..... you gotta use non-lead ammo in the "condor strip", even in your sidearm. I havent quite figured out yet any non-lead snake shot?? I agree with you on both 1 & 2.

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Yep, I already have some 9mm cor-bon on order through 10%. I also ordered some barnes 9mm bullets to reload. I actually think I convinced Wes at 10% to order a box of cor-bon 40sw for himself (since he carry's a 40 when out Coyote hunting). You really only need one box of handgun ammo (until you start firing rounds off) to keep yourself legal in the Dead Zone (I mean No-Lead Zone).That stuff is sooo expensive though. $30 for a box of 20 9mm. $15 just for 20 slugs. Man I hope more and more manufacturers get going on this non-lead stuff.

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What does a High/crossdraw look like?
It's not a true "high" crossdraw, it's just higher than a drop holster. I have a friend who carrys the same way but he got a mil surp ALICE set, ditched the pouches and suspender pads, and uses that as his pistol belt.100_0257.jpgFor me it is by far the best way to carry when I'm also are carrying a rifle. It puts some weight on the other side of your body, your guns will never hit each other, it's easier to draw from a sitting position, you can draw your side arm with either hand, and it's more comfortable when riding in the truck.

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I wear a shoulder holster for my .45. That way I can be sitting down with nothing binding, or tough to draw from. Normally in a stand, I will have the .45 cocked and sitting in my lap. That way I just drop the rifle buttstock off my shoulder and just point the .45 where I need to. Makes things work very smoothly and easily.Darren

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I was hoping someone with a shoulder holster would pipe in. So it doesn't get in the way of shooting/handling/slinging your rifle?

O.k. I know this sounds stupid but what about using the holster that came with the XD?
The thing I don't like about the XD holster is it lacks a snap or anything to hold it at the top. I know it's pretty secure, but I feel better about having a snapping enclosure for a hunting rig. Who knows what kind of running, crawling etc you will have to do. Plus it provides a bit more protection when going through thick brush.

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Bob, just incase you run across any of those "evil MaryJane growers" LOL. Got plenty of them east of me here in the Sierra foothills. Up north, they were shooting at the firemen working those fires, and they had to call the Sheriff up to protect them.
That's a +1.I have a shoulder holster.An Uncle Mike's.It's for the Ruger RedHawk.Modified it to have speed loaders.Haven't used it in years.

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I wear a shoulder holster for my .45.Darren
Same here, but it is a little NAA .22 mag revolver I carry.SteveH.

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Yep, I already have some 9mm cor-bon on order through 10%. I also ordered some barnes 9mm bullets to reload. I actually think I convinced Wes at 10% to order a box of cor-bon 40sw for himself (since he carry's a 40 when out Coyote hunting). You really only need one box of handgun ammo (until you start firing rounds off) to keep yourself legal in the Dead Zone (I mean No-Lead Zone).That stuff is sooo expensive though. $30 for a box of 20 9mm. $15 just for 20 slugs. Man I hope more and more manufacturers get going on this non-lead stuff.
I think you just carry a box of 19 of them?yes sir that's the bullet I used, right there...

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Mine is very similar to this one but is desert camo colored and my ParaOrd 14+ fits just fine. I leave the thigh strap just a tad loose so the whole thing moves with my leg.

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