Big Boy Carry Options: Holsters for Fat Guys

October 13, 2023  
Categories: Guns

What’s The Best Fat Guy Holster? Concealed Carry For Fat Guys.

Husky? A bit pleasantly plump?

You can call it whatever you wish but some of us are carrying more than just a concealed pistol in our waistline. And for people with a bit extra around the waist, sometimes an inside the waistband concealed carry holster can be a bit uncomfortable.

In this article, we’ll discuss some concealed carry techniques and positioning that are helpful for us huskier gentlemen.

Inside The Waistband Concealed Carry For The Extra Jovial

An inside the waistband concealed carry holster with high retention and a good trigger guard is always worth it. Even though some prefer to go to a shoulder holster or an outside the waistband holster, IWB holsters provide the best concealability.

Unfortunately, some carriage styles may not work depending on one’s waistline distribution. An important consideration is sitting and standing. If an IWB holster configuration doesn’t work for you while seated, it’s not going to work.

What Holster Position is best for bigger guys?

2 O’Clock Truffle Shuffle

We always recommend starting at 2 o’clock because there is a natural valley between the front girth and the love handles. This valley can be taken advantage of by placing your IWB concealed carry holster within it. Not only is it highly concealable, it’s adaptable for sitting and standing.

Obviously, if you’re carrying left-handed, 2 o’clock becomes 10 o’clock.

An appendix carry holster has a lower profile than a typical classic IWB holster, which may improve comfort at the 2 o’clock position if it has a smaller footprint.

It’s all about balancing comfort with utility, and a lightweight holster in this position will be less noticeable.

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

A decent alternate to 2 o’clock is 5 o’clock (or 7 o’clock for lefties). This is right behind the love handle and is reasonably comfortable and accessible. For those with back problems and drive long hours, this may get a bit tiresome but for those who are walking around a lot and only drive casual hours (commuting to/from work), this will work.

When In Doubt – 3 O’Clock Rock It

The only issue with 3 o’clock is it’s not very concealable even for a normally proportional person. An inside the waistband concealed carry holster will inevitably jut out at least an inch or two from the waistline. Most people shouldn’t notice and it is truly a great position to grip your pistol and draw – it’s just unfortunate that in terms of concealability, it’s not always the best move. But when in doubt – this is a position that is usually comfortable for sitting and standing.

aiwb holster

Carrying at two o’clock or ten o’clock requires a low ride holster. This is not one of them.–BBC

Appendix Carry For Chubby Guys: Taming The Tactical Muffin Top

So, you’re wondering if appendix carry for chubby guys is viable? If you’re carrying a tactical muffin top, the answer is…

It depends.

Appendix carry with an appendix carry holster either works for a person or it doesn’t. The lynch pin in the enterprise is where your gun rides.

So, what makes appendix carry tenable for most folks is whether the holster and pistol interfere with your hips hinging. If you can put on an appendix holster and bend over or squat without the gun sticking in your craw…you’re good to go. If it does, then appendix carry isn’t for you.

In other words, if you have a relatively high natural waist – meaning your pants naturally set near your belly button rather than your hips – then you’re suited to appendix carry. If your jeans ride a little lower, then no.

However, what about the gun and holster protruding outward thanks to your spare tire?

This is where a little strategic placement can do wonders.

The standard trick is to move the holster closer to the front pants pocket rather than the button/tab. The reason is the rounded edge of the belly will help camouflage the bulge of the holster.

This way…the one bulge helps cover the other. Place it right and you’ll have no problem with the draw, either.

So…it’s totally possible! IF, however, you’re suited for it, which comes down mostly to your specific shape and proportions.

portly man with a baggy shirt

The right holster position is vital to prevent printing.–BBC

If you live in a place that’s incredibly restrictive about printing, make sure to check out our other articles which discuss various ways to prevent printing or getting spotted.

No matter what size you are – an inside the waistband holster with a back pad should help distribute some of the pressure from carrying a firearm in your trousers. Especially while carrying in the warmer months or if you’re stuck in a hot environment – get an inside the waistband holster with neoprene backing. That will wick away sweat much easier than leather – which can stick to the skin.

The Best Concealed Carry Holster for Fat Guys

What’s the best concealed carry holster for fat guys? The Low-Pro Belly Band by Alien Gear Holsters. Many larger gentlemen choose to use a belly band to conceal their firearm. Advantages of a belly band include increased comfort, greater adjustability, lower likelihood for printing, and ease of access to your firearm when needed. All good things when you’re trying to concealed carry.

The Low-Pro Belly Band features a custom molded, hard plastic shell for ultimate security, a vented neoprene strap with padded backing for ultimate comfort, and is one of the only belly bands with a naturally canted draw angle for ease of draw. We can’t recommend this solution to concealed carrying for fat guys enough.
Here’s a video that talks all about our low-pro belly band:


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  1. Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

    I won’t bore anyone w. details of my 6’4″ 235# build @age 73. Suffice it to say that I have researched, revisited and experimented for many years with SOB carry. All cons duly noted, it works well for me. I am right-handed. Thus, my IWB holster (w. spare mag pouch) is leftie for this carry style. I have practiced drawing enough to trust it. SOB is an even better “valley” than 2:00 or 5:00. As an alternative (or for a backup), I have a shoulder rig whose canted and secure holster extends from a chest band. A spare mag pouch can be mounted @the opposite arm pit. Con: it cannot be concealed under any open-front cover garment. Pro: it is much simpler and way less expensive than a shoulder rig that can be concealed under a suit jacket, e.g. As w. all such matters, YMMV.

  2. Boomer Jack

    Whoa! Are you ok. Did you miss your rabies shot? Triggered much? Maybe you should stop sniffing your sister’s panties in your mamma’s basement. Just sounds like something an obvious ass-clown wanker like you would do.

  3. Rob

    Too much food?

  4. Keith


  5. Hedge

    Do some sit ups ya lazy Boomers. Pull yourselves up by your bootstraps and just do it. Useless fat Judeo Christians hanging onto their CONstitutional rights. You look like shit and you are representing the gun community. Didn’t you fools walk to school both ways up hill in the snow? Why so damn fat now?


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