4" Revolver CCW: IWB or OWB?


May 8, 2007, 03:17 AM
What do you all prefer when carrying a 4" revolver, IWB or OWB?

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Nomad, 2nd
May 8, 2007, 03:51 AM

May 8, 2007, 05:58 AM
4" INside the waistband??? Ouch!!!

May 8, 2007, 08:28 AM
I prefer OWB when I can swing it.

May 8, 2007, 08:34 AM
It all depends on the holster.. I have a Bianchi IWB for my 4" and it carries very comfortably

May 8, 2007, 08:42 AM
Really easy to carry.

May 8, 2007, 09:11 AM
4" N-frame IWB without any discomfort.

May 8, 2007, 10:21 AM
I am looking for a rig for just that type of sidearm. Found two, an OWB, and an IWB, both by Master's Leather. When I can afford them, I'll let you know which works better.:cool:

May 8, 2007, 10:26 AM
Occasionally I carry a S&W 4" model 10. I'm 6'2" and long waisted, maybe that's why I have no problem with the IWB carry.

May 8, 2007, 05:05 PM
OWB in a DeSantis Speed Scabbard. http://www.desantisholster.com/002.html

Deer Hunter
May 8, 2007, 06:00 PM
Here's a revolver holster that always interested me. you might want to check this one out.

May 8, 2007, 09:19 PM
The ITP Utrux holster by Hoffners is NOT a good holster. It can be fixed.

The problem is both the straps are on the front of the holster and the kydex grips the trigger guard VERY tightly. The result is you MUST draw it perfectly upward or it will stick. Grabbing on with two hands and pulling as hard as you can will not help ;)

The solution: move the strap that's toward the middle to just below the rear screw. This requires drilling one hole, widening it a bit, and placing the strap there. I have had no problems with the holster since I fixed it.

May 8, 2007, 09:22 PM
OWB--my pants are too tight already.:neener: Plus shoving a 4 inch revolver in tight pants might cause me to shoot my Throckmorton off!:cuss:

May 8, 2007, 10:42 PM
Plus shoving a 4 inch revolver in tight pants might cause me to shoot my Throckmorton off!
Now that's very funny....thank you for the laugh!

Ala Dan
May 8, 2007, 10:43 PM
Also, OWB~! ;) :D

May 9, 2007, 01:59 AM
Thanks for the responses. I'm planning on carrying a 4" revolver and I do have a few choices with IWB but haven't really made up my mind yet.

Is it much easier to carry OWB while driving? Also, since a revolver plus the holster will be about two inches thick, is it pretty difficult to conceal the OWB bulge? What do you all do about your natural arm placement to the side of your body? I'm also assuming you all are wearing high-rise OWB holsters.

Also, does the revolver barrel bother you any more than say, the thickness of an autoloader?

May 9, 2007, 02:04 AM
That DeSantis Speed Scabbard rides high and it's very comfortable. All you need is a loose top shirt and you won't see the revolver.

May 9, 2007, 03:12 AM
Cool, thinking about carrying a Security Six. DeSantis doesn't have a Security Six listed on their site for that holster, but they have bigger guns listed like the GP100. Might just call them or find out. But I am leaning towards a Simply Rugged holster.

What advantages and disadvantages do you have carrying high-rise?

May 9, 2007, 07:03 AM
is that you can wear a normal looking cover garment. You will have easier access to your back pocket, and when you sit down, you won't get jabbed in the butt by your muzzle.
The disadvantage is that you now will have a revolver grip about 4" below your armpit. This isn't all that bad for drawing, but it really bites when you have to bend over to grap something, and you print.
I still recommend IWB for big guns.

May 9, 2007, 07:55 AM
The holster is everything in IWB carry. I have sucessfully used Milt Sparks, Brommeland Gunleather, Tucker Gunleather & HBE holsters and all have been extremely comfortable with 4" guns.

May 9, 2007, 05:32 PM
Using your criteria, would you consider a 4" K-frame to be a big gun, steveracer?
Also, does having the gun OWB keep you from placing your arm in it's natural position?

To bend over to grab something, I can always use my knees instead of my bac. :D

Are you able to carry OWB in the 3 o'clock position while driving?

May 9, 2007, 05:48 PM
Ive got a GP100 and a M66 that I carry OWB in a DiSanti. Great holster and I can cover it with a T-shirt. But it can't be a plain jane white T-shirt, I usually wear some kind of pattern on the shirt to distract peoples eyes from looking down at my right side, it's really easy if you wear a T-shirt that has writing on it as well brcause people are usually draw to read what it says and not look at the rest of me.:D

May 9, 2007, 07:03 PM
Where are you putting the gun, slow944? 3 o'clock?

May 9, 2007, 07:41 PM
More like 2:30-2:45

May 10, 2007, 02:54 AM
Does it bug your arm at all having the gun there?

May 10, 2007, 08:43 AM
It's basicaly behind the arm, not under it, so your elbow would only hit it if you were trying to touch your elbows behind your back.
To answer your question: The 4" K-frame is a full-sized service gun, but not what I would call large. With the right grips (which are EVERYTHING when carrying a revolver) it feels pretty sleek. Many would tell you that anything larger than an airweight J-frame is too big to carry. I totally disagree.
I am NOT a big guy, and I carry a pretty darn big revolver no problem. If, however, I'm going to be in shorts and a T-shirt, I have to switch to a 3" K-frame (the four incher would be fine, I just don't have one) with a round butt and boot grips. Easier to carry that than a full sized 1911, although that's also a very good choice.
If it's a blued gun, and you are a sweaty bugger (like me) than you should be careful carrying it all day in the summer. Otherwise, there's not much keeping you from carrying a big gun. What matters much, MUCH more is if you can SHOOT that gun well.

May 10, 2007, 05:02 PM
steveracer and slow944,

Thanks for the replies; very helpful. I have a Dan Wesson .357 with a 6" barrel, which is at least L-frame size that I use for hunting and target shooting. I have a Uncle Mike's waist holster that I use to wear it in the field.

So, today, in order to mimic the effect of a high rise holster, I strapped on the Uncle Mike holster to about where my belly button is and placed the gun with a slightly forward cant at 2:30 to 2:45. VERY comfortable place to carry the gun. Unlike wearing it much lower at 3:00 o'clock, in this position the grip does not constantly hit my arm. I can keep my arms to my side without the gun bumping into my strongside arm. Also, it's very concealable. I put on an oversized camo shirt and there is only a minor bulge where the gun is at; can't even tell it's a gun so that's no problem at all. The shirt covers the entire gun all the way to the end of the muzzle and when I lean forward, the gun is kept tight to my body while the shirt fans out, so there's no print.

Definately not a CCW though since the very end of the 6" barrel bumps into my thigh when I lift my leg up. Also, while loaded the gun weighs 40 something ounces.

So with a 4" K-frame or Security Six sized revolver I really should have no problem carrying it high rise OWB.

What would be the advantage of carrying it IWB? You still have to cover it up with a shirt. The way I see it you can at least carry it while driving OWB, but not IWB.

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