IWB - Clips or Straps


January 21, 2013, 06:00 PM
What works better for a IWB holster, metal clips or leather snap straps?

What are the pros or cons of either?

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January 21, 2013, 06:49 PM
Here is High Noon's take on straps and clips.


BP Hunter
January 22, 2013, 04:31 PM
I seem to like the straps better than the clips. I had a similar looking crossbreedhsolter form my J frame revolver using a clip. I wore it athe 3 o'clock position and the entire hgolster would always slide up belt whenever I would sit down. I fashioned a strap using my old leather belt and it has held it nice and stable since.

Jorg Nysgerrig
January 22, 2013, 04:43 PM
I think you mean magazines or straps.

January 22, 2013, 06:36 PM
Wouldn't it be magazines or slings, Jorg?

I've found there are two types of clips. Those that are a {self moderated} to put on, but sit securely, and those that are easy to get on, but I'm afraid will fall off. I think if you're looking for a tuckable, clips are the way to go, but I've learned to appreciate the straps. FWIW, I have changed to OWB, which slides even easier, so I've gone to the straps.

Old Fuff
January 22, 2013, 07:06 PM
I make my own rigs, and generally sew the straps. I have to thread my belt through the loops, but they lay flat and I don't have to worry about the holster staying with the gun when it's drawn.

January 22, 2013, 07:36 PM
Attaching anything of value to your belt with a clip is just....silly. Over the years I have seen so many guys lose radios, keyrings, flashlights, knives, tools AND guns because they were "clipped" on their belt. And for many years this happened on an air base where suddenly runways are closed and everyone gets "volunteered" to walk back and forth in the dark with flashlights for as long as it took until the item was found so it would not end up inside the engine of some 30 million aircraft. No clips for me. A good strap will make sure it is still on you when your shift ends.

The Lone Haranguer
January 22, 2013, 08:10 PM
I've owned both and haven't formed a definite opinion either way. Both work. But with a clip, the design of it does matter. They usually have an out-turned lip that makes the portion that hooks under your belt rounded. If great care isn't taken to be sure this is firmly seated and hooked in place, the holster can come off the belt. The design High Noon uses turns this lip competely inwards in a U-shape, which pretty much negates this, as far as I can tell. The metal used in the clip also must not fatigue, thereby losing tension, every time it is taken on and off. And I don't like J-hooks. The weight of the gun is supported by your pant waistband, not the belt, and with so little engagement on the bottom of the belt, they look very likely to allow the holster to be pulled up along with the gun.

January 22, 2013, 08:14 PM
I prefer straps. Clips are easier to misjudge whether the belt is sufficient or too big/small.

I've accidentally drawn gun and holster together when using a clip.

January 22, 2013, 08:34 PM
Sounds like straps it is. Thanks all.

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