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The Newbee-knows-best syndrome.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on August 16th, 2009

I’m always amazed when I get an email from a customer with very little experience carrying a concealed handgun, saying he really likes his new holster, but we made it ride too high.

I have a Google Alert set so that I am notified of gun forum posts about Tucker Gunleather, and I was alerted to one late last week. A customer had a brand new Tucker IWB holster for sale. Given our 100% guarantee, I wondered why he hadn’t called us to discuss it.

I contacted him to find out why he was selling it and he said it didn’t ride low enough so he can wear it with the grip just above his belt line.

I asked him how long he’d been carrying and the answer was that he’s just started. I asked him about his formal training and he’s had none. I asked why he wanted to carry the gun so low and he was very concerned about “printing.” (Chances are that he wasn’t actually printing in any noticeable way, but when you’re new to concealed carry, you’re paranoid someone will notice.)

I sent him a link to this post called “Buried Carry.” The jist of it is that you must be able to get a full firing grip on your pistol in the holster so you don’t have to re-grip on the way to the target under stress. A low carry requires grasping the gun with your thumb and a couple of fingers and then shifting your grip.

It works OK in practice most of the time, but it’s asking for trouble when your “fight or flight” response is in high gear and your fine motor skills are impaired because someone is about to shoot in your direction.

I don’t know what he’ll do, but my guess – he’ll ignore the advice, thinking he knows best.

When you consider that Tucker has been making premium holsters for thousands of people and gets wonderful “attaboys” from customers who know what they’re doing, and add in the extensive training Tucker has with the military, law enforcement, competition and special training you have to wonder about the “newbee knows best” syndrome.

It doesn’t really happen very often, so I’ll get over it and move on. I just want customers to benefit from our experience and not have to learn the hard way.

Note: All Tucker holsters allow for easy access to your pistol and a full-firing grip.

2 Responses to “The Newbee-knows-best syndrome.”

  1. Joe Allen Says:

    One of the things I like best about Tucker holsters is that most models are very configurable for different ride heights and cant.

    I too had some ideas about what would work for carry that didn’t last long after exposure to reality. Training and practice quickly showed me what works well.

    I’ve also noticed that most people that want a low ride height because they have problems with printing or the gun flopping about are using a department store belt.


  2. Chris Edgington Says:

    I agree…I prefer my pistol to ride high enough to get a full grip. For me the biggest problem I have with printing isn’t the height of the pistol above my beltline but rather the size of the pistol’s grip. I don’t have what anyone would call humongous hands so I do perfectly fine with an officer’s size grip, and when I bend over to pick something up I don’t have to worry that the grip is sticking out 3 feet behind me. Too bad it is getting harder and harder to find a true Colt CCO sized pistol…commander frame with an officer’s grip. There are a few out there (Kimber Compact comes to mind and I think Dan Wesson makes one, as well) but I wish there were more of a selection. My goal is to see a nicely blued CCO with real ivory grips riding in my Tucker Texas Heritage IWB! Would also look great on my Tucker HF1 belt holster!

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