1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Cant carry OWB

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by camsdaddy, Jun 14, 2014.

  1. camsdaddy

    camsdaddy Well-Known Member

    I am curious if Im the only one that cant carry OWB? I have tried several holsters. Seems everytime I try OWB the rear of the slide always hits the bone on the inside of my elbow. Am I doing something wrong?
  2. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

    Not sure I follow you. I carry OWB and the gun is at 3:30 to 4:00 position strong side. There is no way possible for the inside of my elbow to contact the gun unless I'm swing my arm rather freely.

    Sorry, but I've never heard of this being a problem.
  3. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Is it a ride height issue for you? Do you wear your IWB and OWB holsters at the same height? I'd think the contact point with your elbow would be the same whether you wore the gun IWB or OWB.
  4. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Sounds like a holster issue . Sloppy made or non- concealed carry design will sag or set away from the body enough its not practical for owb concealed needs. Only deference between iwb and owb is the back side of the holsters construction, 1/2" max!!

    What hand gun and holster do use use. zWhat body type do you have.
  5. gun_with_a_view

    gun_with_a_view Well-Known Member

  6. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Try shifting the holster just a little further back. I'm assuming you carry at the 3 o'clock position. Try 3:30-4.

    Or, depending on what kind of holster you're using, it could be sticking out a little too far for you. A paddle holster such as Fobus or Serpa is going to stick out much further than a pancake.
  7. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    I agree. I think you need to invest in a good OWB pancake, one that holds the pistol tightly inward with a forward cant. If the gun is too vertical, I guess I can envision the situation you are describing, especially if you are not using a quality belt.

    High-Noon makes my favorite holster, and I have a couple of them. They are pricy. If your budget will not handle the two bills or so, I picked up this "Aker" pancake at my LGS for $80. Not nearly the quality of the high noon, but very comfortable and secure.

    Attached Files:

  8. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    Here is a pic of the back. I like my pancakes to have a guard / flap between me and the slide.

    Attached Files:

  9. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator

    I can touch the grip with my elbow while sitting, an it does not bother me.
  10. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Are you wearing your pants high, like at your belly button or on the waist?
  11. camsdaddy

    camsdaddy Well-Known Member

    I am 5'7" 150 and the gun in question is a glock 26/19. I have tried carrying in a don hume and a simply rugged pancake. I almost wonder if I'm not wearing my pants higher because I'm trying to pull my belt tighter to pull the gun closer. In the process I'm working against the comfort I'm trying to accomplish.
  12. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Do you also wear the Cuda IWB? Does it give you the same problem?
  13. camsdaddy

    camsdaddy Well-Known Member

    I haven't tried it IWB. I ought it used and don't have the straps.
  14. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

  15. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    I occasionally smack my elbow on my holstered gun, but it happens with both IWB and OWB carry.
  16. camsdaddy

    camsdaddy Well-Known Member

    I think the holster I have is the CID.
  17. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    The CID is their slide model. I don't think they offer the inside out straps for that model.


    I suspect the CID and Cuda ride similarly, the CID just has no sweat shield and leaves the slide exposed. Not a big deal and not really significant to the discussion. Sorry.

    In any case, do you have the same issue with IWB carry? If not, the question would be what is different about your IWB holster? Does it ride significantly lower than your OWB holsters? Do you carry at a different clock position IWB?
  18. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    What ever you carry it sort of sound like you will find something not juuust right. Got to learn to deal with minor rubbing problems. Move the pistol. 4:00 or 2:00 . Get it away from your elbow . A IWB and a decent belt has to hold a iwb in tight. No way around it. A wide holster tops any hot spots or pressure points. Look at Garrett fusion, comp-tac mtac for rear side ,minotaur neutral for from side. Both are very adjustable for height and cant. It may take a couple weeks of wear to become comfortable with it.

    I wear a commander sized pistol in a 2:00 CC iwb and can tuck a shirt in or not. I will not carry at a 3:00 position . Got to be an hour ether way so I don't rub. fat boy issue??
  19. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    I can't carry OWB, but not for that reason. IWB is the only way I can conceal carry in jeans/T-shirt without a cover garment.

    Have you tried OWB holsters that have a different cant angle or ride depth? That may get your elbow out of the way of the slide.

Share This Page