I wrote about the SmartCarry deep concealment handgun holster in June of 2008. I had worn it around a few times, and while it was comfortable enough, I still couldn’t get the hang of living with it on. It really is an “assault diaper,” and fits very snugly around my waist, with the pistol right over my groin. This requires some changes in my usual behavior, especially using the restroom. One of my big complaints about my SmartCarry review was how to use a urinal without either spraying myself or appearing like a pervert.
This write-up is not intended to show you how to sneak a gun into some place you’re not allowed to carry. It’s not intended to help you break any laws or company policies. If you choose to carry some place you shouldn’t, that’s on you. Here are some of the pros, cons, and lessons learned after wearing the SmartCarry for a longer period of time.
- You are going to need a distraction for the butt of the pistol, especially if you wear plain-front khakis. I think pleats might blouse the butt of the handgun enough, but otherwise it presses just enough to potentially attract attention. I hang my door badge right above it, which covers the trouble spot. Part of the SmartCarry’s success strategy is that most people won’t look at your crotch. Which leads me to ….
- Don’t put your junk in someone’s face. Sounds simple, right? Well, I was giving a presentation one day. I was standing; everyone else was seated. I glanced at my friend near the front of the room, and his eyes were right about the level of my SmartCarry. It occurred to me that depending on how I stood and my distance from someone seated I could inadvertently print my handgun against my pants. For example, if I’m standing with one leg forward and hands on my hips I have a great chance of printing than if I am standing with my feet shoulder-width apart and hands relaxed.
- I figured out how to use a urinal with the SmartCarry on, and I’m going to try my best to describe the process. First thing is that absolutely have to have a barn door in the front. Bikini briefs or no-door boxers are just asking for trouble. It is also important to completely unbuckle your belt and unzip the front of the pants. Grab the SmartCarry with your off-hand (across the front) and snag the barn door as you pull. Use your untucked shirt to make sure the handgun is covered, and use your other hand to avoid problems. Keep your fly open as you put everything back in place, and then slide the SmartCarry back into position.
- You will need to practice putting things back together after using the urinal. This is by far the most complicated part of wearing the SmartCarry. Your gait may be off if you don’t return things back to complete center, and if you push the handgun down too far it may hurt when you sit (ballsmash).
- Sitting down in the restroom is very easy. Just pull the SmartCarry up around your belly. However, make sure that you are still covering your handgun with your shirt! You can still see into a stall through the cracks, and the last thing you want is someone to glance into the stall via mirror or otherwise and see a pistol.
- Push the handgun as far down as possible. One of the problems I had originally was wearing the handgun on my pubis; this made it hard to button my pants properly and would cause a weird, bulbous print on the front of my pants.
- Watch for wear on your pants. My Kel-tec PF-9 has worn two spots on the front of some of my thinner pants; one at the top corner of the pistol’s slide, one at the top of the grip. Be particularly mindful on black or dark-colored pants. I have several pairs of pants and rotate them regularly, but once they wear too much I will have to get rid of them.
If there are any particular carry questions I’ll be happy to answer them. I know it’s hard to visualize what I’m talking about, but I couldn’t think of a way to take pictures without scaring any of my readers.