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Old February 7th, 2017, 08:31 AM   #16
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For a while I used the OWB with the belt loops but quickly transitioned to the paddle version so it can be easily slid and adjusted to the perfect place for whatever position my body happens to be in, and it seems to cling closer to the body.
I think that's the thing for me. Both belt OWB and paddle OWB seem be more flexible in terms of sliding and adjusting while wearing.

I don't find IWB uncomfortable at all. Quite the contrary. It's the whole logistical rigamarole of putting the thing on in just the right spot and having the right size pants, etc. I really don't like having to have different size trousers to match what gun I'm carrying and how I'm carrying it.

I already have to spend too much on tailored suits for work, and I hate shopping so I already despise going out and finding casual khakis and jeans that fit right. I really don't want to spend twice as much time and money buying second sets of trousers for IWB so that's probably a lot of it for me.

I am wondering if I'd like one of the no-clip "Remora" IWB sticky holsters more. I suppose I need to try one of those.



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Old February 7th, 2017, 12:32 PM   #17
 
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IWB is my preferred carry method. I'm a fat dude and have no problems with it. I carry at the 3:00-3:30 area in a Crossbreed or Ryan Grizzle IWB holster. The CB's hold a HK P2000 or a LC9S. The RG all leather rig is for a 5" 1911.

I do have several RG OWB leather Holsters. They are move for range use, range meetings, and BBQ's.

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I carry a CZ 75 PCR in a lather Cebeci IWB @ 8 o clock cross draw. Dont pinch when u sit, and its easily adjustable if needed. Also covers easily with an un tucked shirt, or jacket.

Terry hit on it. A good heavy wide belt with slightly looser jeans makes all the difference.

Ive pretty much been carrying a full size beretta 92 like that for close to 25 years. Been about 2 years with the CZ PCR, which is much more noticeably comfortable than a full size.

I like these leather Cebecci holsters though. They hold the sidearm in place very well. I even have a OWB with a snap, which works great @ 3 o clock also for a full size 5 inch barrel. .

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Not a fan o IWB either. Find it extremely uncomfortable. As has been stated. Everyone is different.
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IWB ... I don't get it.

Got a nice, thin kydex holster and a quality belt so it's not for lack of good equipment. Have carried a bit with a compact, single-stack 9mm. It's OK I guess but I spend all the time wrangling the damn thing into my jeans and getting the clip on then if it's sitting in the wrong place it's about imposible to adjust even an inch or so. And I'm not even fat. I have no idea how fat people can do it.

Once I've got it where I want it, I've still got to have a long enough shirt, or vest or jacket, that it doesn't expose the butt of the gun. And with a shirt / vest / jacket that long I might as well have a Desantis mini scabbard or something else OWB that rides up high and tight, and doesn't mess with how your pants fit.
With my body type (i'm not fat) i have a hard time with IWB. I use a kangaroo style holster
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I like the concept of it. I just dont do it because I'm fat and its uncomfortable.
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When I first started carrying 40+ years ago I carried IWB appendix carry. I could never get really comfortable with it. Switched to OWB and would never go back. Actually, in some cases, shoulder carry works just fine, for me. Yes, it depends on many things, what your carrying, where, what your wearing, etc. It's not just one size fits all.
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I am fat, and have tried IWB with J frame 1 7/8"- 3", and 1911s 3", 4", 5".
I could not get comfortable, with any brand or configuration of IWB.
For the J frames a middle of back OWB (canted right) carry works well, as does a sheep's skin lined ankle holster.
For the 1911s an OWB forward cant FBI style holster carried at 4 clock works well,
Also with cargo pants the lower right front pocket (in a pocket holster) works with the small 1911s, and the J frames.
In AZ I can use a shoulder holster if appropriate, I have 2 Miami Classics, 1911, and K & L framed, and GP100.
I never could get past the fear to try appendix carry.
It is great that we have so many ways and choices to carry comfortably.
In CA I cannot Cary outside of my property so how to carry is been decided for me.

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My most common carry for CCW is a j frame appendix IWB. Comfortable for me.

I'm a thin guy and IWB or OWB behind the hip tends to print more than I like and I like the draw from appendix better than behind the hip because of shoulder problems.
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I'm not as experienced with IWB holsters, but have used some. I have had good success with the Remora sticky-type, and find that they are fairly comfortable. Both of my current carry guns cause a lot of uncomfortable hammer jabbing. The Remoras have the "sweat shield option" which does a good job of cushioning that problem.

I have a CME leather clip-on for my derringer, but it is short, thick, heavy and mostly not comfortable. I do use that one in my front pants pocket when carrying out in the countryside. It rides comfortably there, and is easier to draw. I have borrowed a couple of Kydex types, and do think they might be good, generally. I like revolvers, and the DAO types seem to be more comfortable with IWB. LCRs are nearly perfect.
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IWB in the 3:00 or 4:00 position is my preferred carry location during the warmer months when I'm not wearing a heavy jacket. I found early on you need to have a layer between the holster and your skin. I started wearing Hanes undershirts and this completely changed the feel of IWB carry for me. I find it comfortable and easy to adjust and reposition if necessary. I wear the same size pants whether I'm carrying IWB or OWB, I simply adjust my belt a notch or two. Several times I've even IWB carried my Glock 40 MOS (LONGSLIDE) just to prove I could do it.
Each to there own though... YMMV
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I don't find IWB uncomfortable at all. Quite the contrary. It's the whole logistical rigamarole of putting the thing on in just the right spot and having the right size pants, etc. I really don't like having to have different size trousers to match what gun I'm carrying and how I'm carrying it.
I'm with you on the logistics issues. The key for me was getting the gun and holster small enough that I didn't have to change my clothing. I tried a lot of holsters and ended up having to make my own to get everything that I wanted:
- IWB
- Single clip
- Tuckable
- no visible clip when shirt is tucked over gun
- Reinforced opening
- As thin as possible

This is what I have now:




The clip was cut from some scrap steel I had. It attaches to my belt via Velcro at 4:00 on my waist. If I put the revolver cylinder right behind the belt loop there, it's comfortable standing or sitting all day. The kydex holds the mouth open wide enough that I can re-holster my gun with one hand.

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I am wondering if I'd like one of the no-clip "Remora" IWB sticky holsters more. I suppose I need to try one of those.
The remora was too fat for me. It really bulged around the cylinder. I have friends who love it, though.

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I carry IWB about half the time. When I do I carry sans a holster. I've never found an IWB I liked. I just tuck the gun inside my waistband (pistol or revolver). If it's small enough I'll carry it in front. If it's too big for that it goes behind my right hip. I've carried everything from a j-frame to 5" 1911's IWB without a holster. I like the simplicity of it. I don't have to get all rigged up when I venture out of the house. I just pick a gun, tuck it in my waistband and off I go.
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I carry IWB about half the time. When I do I carry sans a holster. I've never found an IWB I liked. I just tuck the gun inside my waistband (pistol or revolver). If it's small enough I'll carry it in front. If it's too big for that it goes behind my right hip. I've carried everything from a j-frame to 5" 1911's IWB without a holster. I like the simplicity of it. I don't have to get all rigged up when I venture out of the house. I just pick a gun, tuck it in my waistband and off I go.
That's exactly what I've started doing. With my J-frame 642 I use the Desantis version of the hip-grip and it works like a charm.
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Once I got used to IWB (didn't take long), OWB felt like the sidearm was sticking WAY out.

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