IWB vs. OWB holster


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tackleberry45
January 30, 2011, 06:02 PM
Is there an OWB ( I have a G30SF in a SoftTuk now) that carries really tight to the waist, sort of like it being carried IWB? In other words really flat to the side.

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Sam1911
January 30, 2011, 06:26 PM
Yes. Look at what are known as the "pancake," "speed scabbard," or belt-slide design.

That's how I carry a full-sized 1911 most of the time. About as smooth and discrete as an OWB can be.

Here's one: http://www.desantisholster.com/store/SEARCH-BY-GUN-MANUFACTURER/SPRINGFIELD/GI45-FULL-SIZE-MIL-SPEC-1911-A1-5/BELT-HOLSTERS/Speed-Scabbard

A really good one: http://www.miltsparks.com/CC-AT.htm

Here's another, with a thumb-break, if you're into that: http://www.shado.com/Leather-Holsters/Shado-Leather-Revolver-Holster-110R.html

The fore and aft placement of the belt loops makes them really stable, but as the top layer of leather is continuous as well as the back, it makes for a very smooth outer profile under your cover garment.

Zundfolge
January 30, 2011, 07:38 PM
Yep, a pancake is going to be the best bet for an OWB that carries tight to the body.

Several good holster makers down in FLA too (one is even in Tampa).
http://www.bernieholster.com/
http://www.kdholsters.com/
http://www.highnoonholsters.com/
http://www.andrewsleather.com/
http://www.sunriseleather.com/
http://www.cobragunskin.us
http://www.secretsquirrelleather.com/
http://www.sunriseleather.com/

AK103K
January 30, 2011, 08:39 PM
I have a couple of the Desantis Speed Scabbards, and for the most part they worked great with my SIG's, but the couple I've had for my Glocks, were a PITA.

Even with the retention screw removed, the gun is still very difficult to get out of the holster, even after a bazillion presentations. Never had an issue with the SIG's at all.

I thought Id initially got a bad one and sent it back for a replacement. Same problem with the second one too.

DBR
January 31, 2011, 02:19 AM
After spending mucho $ on custom holsters I have settled on the Glock "sport holster" at $14.00 +-. For an OWB it is really hard to beat. There are many "pancake" belt holsters that also work well.

JTQ
January 31, 2011, 07:27 AM
If you are looking for a kydex pancake, there is Raven Concealment.

http://www.ravenconcealmentsystems.com/

Paladin38-40
January 31, 2011, 08:28 AM
I have a couple of the Desantis Speed Scabbards, and for the most part they worked great with my SIG's, but the couple I've had for my Glocks, were a PITA.

Even with the retention screw removed, the gun is still very difficult to get out of the holster, even after a bazillion presentations. Never had an issue with the SIG's at all.

I thought Id initially got a bad one and sent it back for a replacement. Same problem with the second one too.
I have the same problem with 2 Desantis holsters, one for a Glock 19 and one for an S&W revolver. I also sent mine back to no avail.

There are several reputable holster makers already mentioned, but also take a look at FIST, www.fist-inc.com (www.fist-inc.com) They offer a lot of bang for the buck plus many styles and options. I have 4 kydex and 1 leather FIST so you can see I am well pleased.

ArchAngelCD
February 1, 2011, 04:20 AM
A DeSantis Speed Scabbard even hides a 4" M686 revolver well.
I highly recommend them.

Simply Rugged (http://www.simplyrugged.com/) makes a great pancake holster for a very fair price that is very tight to the body. Check out their IWB straps option too.

Zundfolge
February 1, 2011, 12:52 PM
Yeah for a wheel gun (especially something larger than a J Frame) Simply Rugged is absolutely THE way to go.

Wedge
February 1, 2011, 03:51 PM
After spending mucho $ on custom holsters I have settled on the Glock "sport holster" at $14.00 +-. For an OWB it is really hard to beat. There are many "pancake" belt holsters that also work well.

QFT

The sport/combat GLOCK holster is great.

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