Ccw iwb


July 16, 2014, 07:15 AM
About how much room will I need in my waistband to accommodate the weapon? Most of my pants have a lot of slack in the waist but my shorts not so much.

Any recommendations for an Springfield XD full size?

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July 16, 2014, 08:09 AM
Zero to two inches depending on tightness of pants, holster design, your squishy factor, and width of gun.

An XD is pretty wide, probably close to two inches in shorts. Particularly if you'll be carrying your spare magazine(s) IWB.

Sounds like you're new to carry, has anyone told you that you need a real gunbelt to carry anything but a lightweight gun on your belt?
Trust me, don't skimp on the belt and make sure the holster is a slim design, too. Carrying my XD45c is fairly easy, but I'm a big guy and have a real gunbelt and a SuperTuck holster.

July 16, 2014, 09:35 AM
bigfatdave is pretty much on the money.

Having a gun belt makes a huge difference even with a relatively light gun like an XD. One of the more respected, and relatively inexpensive belt options is the Wilderness Instructor belt. The 5 stitch option is the most recommended model for a gun belt. Make sure you follow the sizing instructions carefully. Every belt maker has their own way of figuring out the proper size. Chances are good it won't be the same as your jeans size.

The Wilderness Instructor Belt

You can experiment with your unloaded gun, just stick it in your pants in various spots to see how it feels. A holster will add some bulk, but not much. Practically nobody likes IWB carry the first time they try it. If you stick with it a while you will eventually get used to it.

July 16, 2014, 01:49 PM
Yes, I am new to carry. I still need to qualify, but the class is not until next month. I don't have any worries about qualifying. I took a look at that belt and will order one in the next week. I want to carry two mags with me and have made a holster out of leather for them.

So which holster do you recommend for the full sit XD in 45acp.

Vodoun da Vinci
July 16, 2014, 02:12 PM
Take a look at Wilderness Tactical's Frequent Flyer belt as well....same basic belt but it looks less "Tactical" to me.


July 16, 2014, 03:39 PM
My recommendation would be to get a Raven Concealment Systems Phantom and a set of IWB Soft Loops. I've linked the "custom" section below, but they probably list the XD models in their "quick ship" section too. Kydex always seems like such a good match for polymer guns as they are lightweight, weather resistant, and very durable, just like your pistol.

RCS Phantom

IWB Soft Loops

No matter what you get, you'll wish you bought something else. That's the nature of the beast.

In any case the RCS Phantom will allow you try both Outside the Waistband (OWB) and Inside the Waistband (IWB) with just the one holster and the two sets of mounts (it should come with the standard OWB mounts). It will also allow you try different ride heights and cants. While the holster is geared towards the "tactical experts", it is very handy for the first time user as it gives you so many options to try out. If you find you don't care for IWB, you still have a perfectly good OWB holster that works well for concealment and for range/training use.

It may not be the last holster you buy, but it will give you a better idea of what you like and what you don't, and will make buying your next holster easier.

July 16, 2014, 03:42 PM
I use a Vedder light tuck,love it.Forget Im wearing it once in a while.

The Lone Haranguer
July 16, 2014, 07:50 PM
A very general rule of thumb is to go up an inch in waist size. Another is that if your normal pants stay up without a belt, they will probably be too tight when you put a holster and gun in there. This could also be a use for an elasticized waistband.

July 18, 2014, 10:00 AM
BFD covered it well. Also the Wilderness Instructors Belt is fantastic for carry. I've been a leather person all my life. My belts are made locally at a saddle shop in town, always liked carved leather belts so.... Just a few months ago I bought my first Wilderness Ins. Belt. Was so impressed with it I bought a 2nd one a few inches larger for iwb with a Sparks VMII.

The slightly longer belt allows the velcro tab to secure one of the holster's belt loops locking it in the exact place each day. No shifting at all.

July 21, 2014, 06:28 AM
1 to 2 inches and a good belt.

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