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IWB, tuckable vs OWB

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by P95Carry, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Any IWB I have tried is uncomfortable . well for me! I am not over ''upholstered'' (no pun intended) ... and find IWB plain unpleasant, not to mention sweat aspects!.

    My belt slide OWB rig is form hugging .. and is IMO as tight to me as any IWB (no more 'bulge'' factor IMO) ... but, you IWB guys explain to me how the ''tuckable'' scheme works. I mean, you have to have some belt attachment yeah? ... clip or something ... so how in heck does a shirt get tucked in and over the piece?

    IWB - OWB is a bit like the 9mm vs .45acp deal .. in some ways. Far as I am concerned it is ever only what works for you. OWB (or pocket for BUG) is just dandy for me.:)
  2. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member


    I'd explain it but....I think I just had a little too much tequila and the idea of explaining something isn't appealing to me right now...even this is trying. Maybe tomorrow.


    brad cook
  3. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    OK Brad!! I'll give ya 12 hours to ''settle down'' :D
  4. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

    Essentially, the holster's belt hook is mounted halfway down the holster or so -- so there's some room for the shirt.

    Like this... Michaelangelo I ain't.


    Attached Files:

  5. AZ Heat

    AZ Heat Well-Known Member

    I have yet to find a tuckable holster that actually works the way they say. They are very uncomfortable and bulge terribly.
    I am a big IWB fan (Kydex by Predator). When I can't have IWB, it's pocket or ankle.

    Just my opinion.
  6. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member


    brad cook
  7. Gary Brommeland

    Gary Brommeland Well-Known Member

    Hey Guys!

    I've made something in the neighborhood of 20-25,000 holsters in my life thus far, and I DESPISE the entire tuckable concept.
    In my opinion, a properly designed and constructed IWB has it all over anything "tuckable".
    As far as the comfort issue goes, take a look at my Max-Con V. Most of my customers tell me that it it the most comfortable IWB they have tried.
    If you buy one and it does not work for you, I'll gladly refund your money. Please let me know if I may be of service to you. Thanks!
  8. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Well-Known Member

    I own 3 IWB designs for my P229, all from Comp-Tac...the Undercover, which I understand, isn't 'really' available anymore, the Shirt Tucker, which I don't use anymore because the single rear attachment point just doesn't work for me ( I should have bought the Gurkha) , and the C-TAC, which I use all the time, i.e, daily. My C-TAC is comfortable, believe it or not, and it's most importantly hidden.


    YMMV. I'm a skinny guy with a long waist.

  9. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Matt - many thx for the diagram ... I see what can be done now, not that it appeals!

    Gary - my prob with any IWB is -- sweat on the rig, and ... having the tension of a belt holding a chunk of stuff against me inside the pants .. tho I have a bit more padding with advanced age . I am somewhat ''boney'' .. it is just plumb uncomfortable.

    Now - the OWB ........ to me the ''bulge'' factor is just the same . I mean, the gun and rig have same basic bulk factor wherever they are and by sitting outside of my belt ... minimal pressure on bones and no need for pants to be bigger and belt longer etc.

    I am sure you have totally refined IWB's with your long experience but - doubt I will be converted now!! Will take a peek at the Max-Con you mention.
  10. shooter1

    shooter1 Well-Known Member

    Excellent illustration! Gonna have to find someone who has one of these things and give it a try. (Before I buy).
  11. DigMe

    DigMe Well-Known Member

    Yes but...some people have to tuck sometimes. To me that statement isn't really even relevant because you buy a tuckable holster for the reason that you have to tuck. If you don't ever have to tuck then you don't buy a tuckable holster. Do you offer a tuckable holster? If not then I guess you'd have a vested interest in making that statement.
    brad cook
  12. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

    i;ve been using a tuckable all week, from High Noon.
    it isnt the most comfortable, nor is it going to be the fastest to draw, but it does keep the weapon on me. it rides really low, and i have enough fatteous maximus for it to sink into to prevent printing. all you can really see is the clip on the belt.

    having an undershirt between the holster and your skin helps keep it dry.
  13. Yowza

    Yowza Well-Known Member

    Except, perhaps, that you can't tuck your shirt in over one?

  14. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Chris, I wear Gary's Max Con V along with his gun belt and mag/flash pouch with no problems. It is as thin as you can get, which means more comfortable, yet strong as heck. An important point is the belt loops are widely spaced apart instead of being stacked on the gun and that also makes it more comfortable.

    As far as the sweat issue, I just can't wear a gun against my skin so I wear a tank top tucked into 5.11 shorts or pants, and a lightweight unbuttoned short-sleeve shirt over it. I have no problems with comfort or sweat at all.
  15. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Hey Don ... :)

    I'll definitely look into the Max-Con but - you have not seen me sweat .... has to be seen to be believed!:p
  16. sendec

    sendec member

    I sweat in the shower. I sweat walking to the car in the summer. I sweat walking to the car in the winter. If I type over 15 wpm I sweat. I can rust a Glock.

    I havent had much luck with IWB, either. Maybe I should try a high-end holster, but am concerned that all my sweatage will destroy it.. I desperately wanted the tuckable concept to work because wearing a cover garment in the summer is literally hell, but my experiences havent been good. As gruesome as it sounds I have been reduced to sticking a 642 in the waistband of my undies, pulling up pants and tucking my shirt in. I am pretty much stuck with the 642, and have'nt the courage to try a real gun. My presentaion stroke could be timed with a sun dial and it looks like I am sexually assaulting myself, but it is the best I could come up with. Life would be much easier if I could live with untucked shirts, but it is a dress code violation.
  17. Ringer

    Ringer Well-Known Member

    I agree that with quality hoslters either one adds about the same amount of bulk. For me the IWB just offers better concealment. Your shirt can ride as high as your belt without "flashing" your piece. I carry both IWB and OWB depending on the situation and dress code.

    I have two tuckable holsters, one specifically designed for tuckage and a VM-II with the clips. I've not had much luck with either. To me the gun sticks out like a sore thumb. If I have to tuck my shirt then I go with pocket carry.

  18. Andrew Rothman

    Andrew Rothman Well-Known Member

    sendec --

    Please try a SmartCarry before you emasculate yourself! :D
  19. Gary Brommeland

    Gary Brommeland Well-Known Member

    Quote "Yes but...some people have to tuck sometimes. To me that statement isn't really even relevant because you buy a tuckable holster for the reason that you have to tuck. If you don't ever have to tuck then you don't buy a tuckable holster. Do you offer a tuckable holster? If not then I guess you'd have a vested interest in making that statement.
    brad cook"

    I do not hate the "tuckable" concept because I do not offer one. But rather, I do not offer one because I do not believe that is is a sound idea. I own a holster shop - I can make anything for my customers that any of my competitors can produce. I choose not to because I do not feel it is all that great of an idea.

    A properly made pocket holster has it all over a tuckable for casual business attire. A small pistol (like a Kahr PM-9, for example) can be carried totally concealed, yet can be drawn instantly - much faster than fumbling around with your shirt/holster/weapon in a tangled up mess.

    My "vested interest" lies in making sure that my customers have absolutely the best equipment humanly possible. Any assertion to the contrary is not only untrue, but insulting as well.
  20. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    I have tried "tuckables" but........

    I go back to the way it was done before those new fangled things were invented..

    Fold the portion of your shirt tail up on the inside where your gun rides, and pull your shirt down over the pistol grip. Tuck the rest of your shirt in.. It will appear that your shirt is tucked in over the gun, but it isn't..

    Pull an equal amount of shirt out on the opposite side to conceal a mag carrier in the same manner, or just to balance out your appearance...

    It looks like your shirt tail has worked out a bit while you were sitting down.

    It's faster to get to than a tuckable too.

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