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Jeans- how many inches bigger for a IWB holster

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by shibby, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. shibby

    shibby Well-Known Member

    I really never wear jeans and I need to buy a pair or two for the upcoming fall and winter, and was wondering how many inches beyond my comfortable waist size I should go to accommodate an IWB holster/gun. 2 inches? more? What works for most people?
  2. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    One size larger works fine for me.
  3. Sapper771

    Sapper771 Well-Known Member

    i can normally wear a size 36 waist in pants, but I will buy size 38 to accomodate the IWB holster. Different pants also have deifferent sizes. Some pants I have to go up to a 40 waist. I recommend putting the holster in your pocket , or in your wife's purse when you go shopping for your pants. When you go to try the pants on , just slip the holster into your waist band and see how it fits, just make sure to leave a little to make up for the pistol being absent ( if you didnt bring it with you to put in the holster).
  4. shibby

    shibby Well-Known Member

    good idea sapper, Ill have to do that.
  5. alfack

    alfack Well-Known Member

    I normally wear a 34, but good luck trying to find 35, so I get 36.

    The sizes go 33, 34, 36. What's the deal with that? Is 35 an unlucky number? Never could figure that one out.
  6. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    It depends on the IWB holster. Some are thicker than others.

    The one I use doesn't mandate a larger waist size. The holster I used before added nearly 3/4" all by itself, not counting the gun contained within.
  7. anewconvert

    anewconvert Well-Known Member

    For reference, Lucky brand sells 35. See them regularly when looking at jeans. :)

  8. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    I don't need a larger waist size, but then I'm sort of squishy, and wear looser pants in the first place.
  9. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    I only had to go up a couple inches. Wearing 32 and a belt works fine for me. :neener:

    Really do wish I could find the size I need. I can find 52W/26L :eek: at Wally-World, but 32/34 is nonexistant.
  10. KenWP

    KenWP member

    Many brands sell 35 jeans. You should even be able to find Levis in that size. You can find 33's also. If your small there are 27 and 29's in womans sizes. I ran a mens wear for years and had many 27 inch mens jeans in stock as every lot had them and nobody ever bought them except a couple ladies.
  11. indiandave

    indiandave Well-Known Member

    I wear LL bean hidden comfort jeans. They have elastic in the waist. They fit with and with out a holster. catalog #TA57121.
  12. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    I used to find Levi 501s in odd sizes like 35".
  13. eatont9999

    eatont9999 Well-Known Member

    I usually take a 28"-30." I buy a 32" in case I feel like IWB later. I also check pocket depth for my .38 J frame. I just bring the .38 with me and try it with the pants on. It is harder than you think finding a nice pair of pants with good pockets.
  14. Hhrshooter

    Hhrshooter Well-Known Member

    You can find the size 35 at Penny's, Levi 501's..
  15. Oonzpoonz

    Oonzpoonz Active Member

    I use the same size pants that I had before carrying. (31)
    But 31 is kinda of in between size.
  16. sohcgt2

    sohcgt2 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the laugh, I was going to same the same thing, but in a less humorous way I'm sure.
  17. Thingster

    Thingster Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that disgusts me. I go to the store and there is one cubby hole for 29-30" waist pants and 3 holes for 50" pants, with 1 hole each for 52's, 54's, and 56's.:banghead:

    Anyway, back on topic-

    I always just take everything with me to verify unless I'm buying pants that I've purchased several pairs of prior. I tend to carry an SP101 in a sandwich holster and normally only have to step up 1". With a 1911 in the same sandwich holster I just buy my normal pants size.
  18. Lakeshore

    Lakeshore Well-Known Member

    Bought my first ever IWB holster today. Instead of buying new pants I'm going to try Plan B which is to trim an inch or two off the ole waistline. We'll see, may have to go back to Plan A.

    What is the best position for IWB carry, e.g. appendix, strong side, small of back?
  19. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member


    I can dream up all kind of adjectives, pear shaped, rotund, portly, and so on, and so on...If I stayed up all week thinking about another term that was instantly understood by all, I could NEVER be more descriptive than 'squishy'.

    Thank you.

  20. charliehustle10

    charliehustle10 Well-Known Member

    LOL, I thought I'd shave a few inches off the waist line as well and a gun would fit fine....let's just say I was shopping for pants real soon. Hidden comfort type waistlines work really well for IWB.

    Position for IWB is really a preference, and depends on the gun, body, holster, comfort, etc. For example, I carry my P229 around 4:45/5:00, while my snubby (If it's on my waist) at 3:00. It is just that certain conditions allow for better concealment and or access. When I bought my first IWB holster at gun store, the salesman told me where to position it, when I moved it forward to be more comfortable, he practically yelled at me for "wearing it wrong", thus I hated IWB for while b/c I couldn't do it right and be comfortable. i was naive back then....

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