SmartCarry® Instructions & FAQ
SmartCarry® Holster Instructions
Congratulations on your purchase of SmartCarry®, the Invisible Holster! With a patented snag-free front panel and a 100% sweat proof rear panel, your expensive firearm will not rust, snag or sag . Caution: follow the instructions below for safe, efficient use of your firearm in this holster. Take your time in mastering holstering and drawing your firearm! With practice your SmartCarry® holster will provide years of earned confidence and security.
Handling firearms can be an inherently dangerous activity and that includes the use of a concealed carry holster. The SmartCarry Concealed Holster is easy to use, but it takes practice. Please practice drawing and holstering your UNLOADED weapon in a variety of poses until you feel completely comfortable. You should be able to retrieve your weapon in only 1-3 seconds.
WARNING! If so equipped, make sure your firearm's safety is fully engaged and in perfect working order. Never holster a firearm with your finger on or near the trigger, keep your finger straight. Always practice with your firearm unloaded.
HOW TO PUT ON YOUR HOLSTER:
Put on your underclothing, shirt, or blouse. Place the holster pouch on the front center of your body and bring the straps around your hips, below your waist and around the top of your hipbones, making sure you stretch the elastic for a firm fit. The tighter the better for comfort and performance. Correct fit is with the entire trigger guard inside the firearm pocket, everything above the trigger guard is out of the pocket and above it. Please note that SmartCarry® is not going to work like it should, or be completely comfortable if you try to wear it too high on your body. The strapping must be around your hips, not your waist, and the holster must be in front of you. A good tip is to put the seam that separates the firearm and tactical reload pocket on the center line of your body.
HOW TO HOLSTER YOUR FIREARM:
1. With the thumb of your non-dominant (non-gun) hand reach inside your waistband and insert the tip of your thumb into the firearm pocket of your holster.
2. Pull the front panel of the holster (and your lower garment) away from your body with the tip of your thumb still in the firearm pocket.
3. Grasping the grip only of your firearm slide the muzzle behind your thumb and into the firearm pocket of your holster. The firearm should be in a vertical position with the grip located at the top of your dominant side pocket.
DRAWING YOUR FIREARM: Anything worth doing, is worth practicing consistently.
1. Using the thumb of your non-dominant (non-gun) hand, pull your belt and waistband away from your body and reach inside with the thumb and fingers of your dominant (gun) hand.
2. Grasping the grip only, pull the firearm up and out of the holster.
3. Once it has cleared the top of your waistband, flip your wrist up and the firearm will rotate up into your hand, in a firing position. With consistent practice (firearm unloaded!), you'll develop the muscle memory for a quick and natural draw. Maintain your skills with maintenance practice.
WEARING TIPS: Wear any type of clothing, any activity, and the very best in concealment! To prevent the strapping from riding up and showing above your belt line in the rear, put on SmartCarry® in the normal manner, over the top of all clothing that will tuck into your lower outer garment (trousers, shorts, slacks, skirt, etc.), then pull up the shirt tail of the last garment that tucks in (normally your shirt, blouse) and let it hang over the strapping of SmartCarry® in the rear only. This will prevent the strapping from riding up and showing above your belt line, which can happen when you're active. To keep your backup magazine/speed loader from seating too deeply in the tactical reload pocket, making retrieval difficult, use some cloth in the bottom of the pocket or safety pins. Use this same technique if you're carrying a smaller handgun in a larger holster. You want the entire trigger guard covered inside the holster pocket. For a quick draw, the grip should be above (or out of) the pocket.
DRAWING WHEN SEATED OR DRIVING:
To draw when seated, leaning back makes this a lot simpler. If seated in a vehicle, wearing a seat belt and shoulder strap, push your gut forward against the seat belt while leaning back in the seat and slide your strong hand in your waistband, grasp the grip of the firearm and pull straight up. Similar to what you have to do if you need to retrieve your wallet at a toll booth. Practice this a few times (always with an unloaded gun!) and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to draw your firearm while seated.
WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
Just fill that out all fields when adding the item to cart and we’ll make sure you get the right size. Of course, if anything seems off just shoot us an email and we’ll help you out.
DO I HAVE TO UNZIP MY PANTS TO ACCESS IT?
For heaven’s sake, NO! The handle should sit just behind the waistband of your pants creating a slight gap to slide your hand in and grab it. If your pants are tighter you may need to pull the waistband out with your weak hand but with a bit of practice it should become one quick, smooth motion that is sure to surprise any ”bad guy”.
HOW DO I.. UH… YOU KNOW…. USE THE BATHROOM?
Much easier than you’d expect! For men; while standing just grab the front of the holster and twist it to the side. If that’s too difficult then you can loosen it a bit but typically that isn’t necessary. When you need to sit down just pull it up a little bit, you don’t need to take it off and don’t need to worry about it falling into the next stall.
For women; just pull it up before you sit down. That’s all.
CAN IT ONLY BE WORN IN THE FRONT, APENDIX STYLE?
Absolutely not! While it conceals best front and slightly off center, you can wear the SmartCarry holster anywhere around the waist. It is completely up to you. Every body is different and what works for some may not work for all. We suggest playing around with placement until you find your “sweet spot”.
WILL IT WORK WITH MY RED-DOT/OPTICS?
In most cases your sights will not affect the fit of the holster. They are typically mounted far enough back on the gun that it sits just above the holster pocket. If you do experience an issue, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will exchange your holster for a modified version that will fit properly.
I HAVE A BELLY, IS THAT A PROBLEM?
Nope! Not a problem at all, actually. It’s difficult to explain this one but you can find reviews on our Facebook page from some of our customers that would be considered “bigger guys”. Most are shocked at how easy and comfortable is.
IS IT WASHABLE?
YES! All fabric SmartCarry holsters are machine washable and can even be dried in the dryer if necessary although we do recommend air drying to extend the life of the materials whenever possible.
Leather holster fronts can be cleaned with leather cleaner while the back can be cleaned with a damp, soapy cloth and allowed to air dry.
WARNING! The producer and dealer disclaim any liability from use of SmartCarry® products. With your purchase, you understand and agree with this Statement.
WARRANTY: Made only in America. SmartCarry® materials and labor are warranted for one full year from date of purchase. If a defect appears in your SmartCarry® product, simply email email@example.com to activate a return for repair or replacement. Please include your order number and pictures in your e-mail explaining the issue.