How do I carry IWB comfortably?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by brewer12345, Mar 24, 2021.

  1. JR24

    JR24 Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    I'd have to say the mounting loops/clips are the #1 thing that I'm snobbish about with IWB holsters. I carry at 1-2 o'clock and like some forward cant and there are precious few holster designs that fit in that location (need a small footprint in the belt, so no hybrids and usually only single clip works) and of those that do, even fewer have a rigid and firm enough clip setup to keep the gun from sliding on the belt or having the cant wander.

    It's so specific because I prefer bigger guns for carry (I shoot them better) so concealment under a t-shirt needs a more specific body forming setup.

    Only holster I've found that "gets it right" is the Vedder light tuck, largely because of the steel clips they use. Also, I hate having to adjust a holster every time I sit or stand/I want it to stay all day where it should.

    I can't do leather because in the summer I'm just s sweaty guy and hate soggy leather against my body, eventhough I always wear an a-shirt between my skin and holster.

    Oh, and I don't think anyone suggested that yet in this thread. Wear an undershirt, lots less rubbing and chafing that way.
  2. doubleh

    doubleh Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    NM-south of I-40
    I don't really know. I'm down to basically skin and bones except for a paunch that refuse to completely go away and I don't even try. My oldest grandson is still in excellent conditions at 37 years old and uses a kydex holster for appendix carry and likes it. His father has a bit of a belly and uses a belly band and says it's great.

    I did the same as 1942bull but still have some gut that gets in the way. At my age I appear to be stuck with it. My muscles decided to move south and stopped at my waist. :D In reality it's not funny.
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  3. WrongHanded
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    WrongHanded Contributing Member

    Jul 6, 2017
    I didn't read the whole thread but here's my suggestion.

    I've tried over the years to carry many different guns in many different IWB holsters. The conclusion I came to is that it's mostly pretty uncomfortable, sometimes very uncomfortable, and I strongly prefer not to do it for more than a couple hours at a time. Sometimes it's necessary, but I'd rather carry OWB or in a SafePacker on my belt.

    However, the most comfortable IWB holster and pistol combo I ever used was a Sig P239 in a Crossbreed Super Tuck with horse hide backer. The horse hide kept the gun from digging into my flesh but softened quickly to conform to my body. So I'd suggest looking into that brand, though there are other similar designs available.
    WisBorn likes this.
  4. Zendude

    Zendude Member

    Mar 27, 2015
    For something around the size and weight of a fully loaded G19, I find that holsters with dual belt clips more comfortable than those with a single belt clip.
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  5. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Member

    May 5, 2005
    Garrettsville, Oh.
    If I were forced to pick two items with no other information, I'd say Wilderness Instructor belt and Alien Gear Cloak Tuck holster.
  6. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Body type has alot to do with it so all I can tell you is what works for me(6'1" 210lbs). I carry a 26 ounce 2.25" 357 snub AIWB in an old soft suede Bianchi with a very stiff belt clip. I carry a 19 ounce Shield 9 IWB in a Vedder light tuck index at 3-4 o'clock. My Shield is about two ounces lighter, same width and an inch shorter than the Glock 19. Sig P226 OWB in a Galco two slot leather pancake type holster works. Ymmd
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