IWB for tactical pistol class


June 16, 2013, 11:42 PM
I'm seriously thinking about taking a 1-2 day combat pistol class. Right now I carry every day IWB in a fairly inexpensive all-in-one holster. Obviously this will not do for a class where I will be drawing and holstering 100+ times a day. I want to train with the same rig I carry, so I am looking for a good jeans and t-shirt IWB rig for my Walther PPS that will still be suitable for a shooting class. I've heard most instructors prefer OWB, but that is not an option for my everyday carry.

I've looked at Blade-tech, Raven, and Crossbreed. I am open to Kydex, Leather, or both. I'm a fairly big guy (6-1, 225) and I work outdoors in the texas heat wearing jeans t-shirt at least 100 days a year. Any suggestions? Has anybody else taken a combat shooting class and had problems doing the draw-fire-holster drills with IWB?

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June 16, 2013, 11:59 PM
I think you're definitely on the right track by wanting to train with what you carry with every day. I've always thought it was odd when people take a class designed around concealed carry with a full sized pistol and a duty holster, and then leave the class carrying a subcompact in their pocket.

I have a Crossbreed super tuck that I rally like. It is very comfortable and does a great job hiding guns like Sig 228s and Glock 19s, so I have no doubt it would work well with something as small as a PPS. I've not taken a high round count class with it, but would have no hesitation to use it in one. If you're working in a hot environment, I would recommend going with the horse hide option, as it is a better choice if you're going to be sweating a bit. Don't forget a good gun belt as well, it really helps conceal the gun and makes it more comfortable to carry as well.

June 16, 2013, 11:59 PM
I've done classes with IWB, OWB, sm of the back and appendix carry. Sm of the back was a paddle holster, IWB was kydex leather, OWB was leather and appendix was kydex and larger. All in all I am most comfortable with the IWB. I'm hardly ever sitting so it works for me. If you like the crossbreed check out old faithful holsters.

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June 17, 2013, 05:36 AM
I designed this holster with just such a use in mind. It is also the most comfortable all Kydex IWB on the market.


June 17, 2013, 07:09 AM
Nice, do you make one with clips instead of loops?

Rio Laxas
June 18, 2013, 10:57 PM
I've taken a few classes with IWB holsters with no problems. I have used the Comp-Tac Infidel for a kydex holster and the Milt Sparks Summer Special II in leather. Both are great holsters and I feel Milt Sparks holsters are well worth the wait.

June 19, 2013, 08:42 AM
Nice, do you make one with clips instead of loops?

Just a suggestion, but try the loops. They're much more secure, and won't let the holster move around like clips. I guarantee you'll thank me later.

June 20, 2013, 01:05 AM
The Ohio Special only comes with loops. I do offer clips on my modular holster, but I always advise the loops. They are much more secure, and really not that much slower to take on and off.

June 20, 2013, 04:45 AM
I've been very happy with the Silent Thunder IWB (http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/concealed-carry-iwb-and-owb/) from Garrett Industries. It's a kydex shell with leather bonded to the inside. I have a few of their holsters including two IWBs, one for my Beretta Nano and another for my HK USPf9. It's very comfortable and very secure. Since it's kydex it won't collapse when you draw the gun, making it easy to re-holster. But since it's lined with leather it's easy on the finish of your sidearm and the draw/re-holster is dead silent (hence the name).

Even wearing a full sized HK USP9 all day is very comfortable in the IWB. Service from Garrett is also outstanding. Turnaround time on orders is about two weeks.

June 20, 2013, 07:35 AM
I normally carry my 26 or 19 aiwb in a holster from JM custom kydex. I think it would be perfect. Of course I would check with instructor and make sure they allow aiwb.

June 21, 2013, 10:44 AM
I ordered a Crossbreed Supertuck (IWB) for both an M&P Shield 40 and a standard 1911.

I went to an intermediate-level class and spent about half the day with the Shield, and half the day with the 1911. The holsters performed great, although I switched to 4 o'clock carry instead of small-of-back after about an hour because my frustration level with reholstering just got to be too high. The class required mag holsters, so I had a Crossbreed single mag carrier on for the first half (also IWB) and a double mag carrier for the second half.

It was around 90 degrees outside and humid and the holsters performed very well, although by the end of the day I resolved to get a better belt.

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