How to Wear an IWB Holster
Wearing a firearm in an Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) holster is a popular choice among concealed carry enthusiasts. This method allows for better concealment, easy access to the firearm, and greater comfort compared to other holster types. However, it's crucial to understand the proper techniques and considerations for wearing an IWB holster to ensure safety, comfort, and effective firearm access. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of wearing a concealed holster, covering various aspects such as holster selection, positioning, attire considerations, and safety tips.
Choosing the Right IWB Holster
Before delving into the details of wearing an IWB holster, it's essential to select a holster that meets your specific needs. Comfort, retention, trigger guard protection, firearm compatibility, material, and construction are important factors to consider. For the examples in this article, I’m using a leather & hybrid IWB holster from Falco Holsters for my Glock 48 handgun. It’s worth noting that while my particular Glock 48 doesn’t have an optic on it, the Falco holster is capable of not only accommodating a pistol with an optic - it’s also tuckable meaning you can carry much more discreetly with the proper concealment garments.
Comfort and retention should strike a balance, providing secure retention of the firearm while allowing for a smooth draw and reholstering process. Ensure that the holster provides adequate coverage for the trigger guard to prevent accidental discharges and enhance safety. Verify that the holster is designed specifically for your firearm model to guarantee a proper fit and secure retention. Consider the materials used in the holster's construction, such as leather, Kydex, nylon or hybrid options, as each material offers distinct advantages. Additionally, select a holster which fulfills your needs regarding cant, ride heights or retention.
Positioning the Holster
Once you've chosen the appropriate IWB holster, determining the optimal positioning is crucial for comfort, accessibility, and effective concealment. While personal preferences may vary, there are several common positions to consider.
The strong-side hip position, typically around the 3-5 o'clock range, is most often where newcomers to IWB concealed carry will gravitate towards. IWB carry at this position It offers easy access and allows for a smooth draw from your strong side. Experiment within this range to find the most comfortable and concealable position for you.
Appendix carry, at the 12 o'clock position in the front of your body, slightly off to one side, allows for quick access and maintains a low profile. However, it may require adjustments to ensure comfort and safety. However, Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB) carry method also gives you an easier time with reholstering and also provides you with a very easy place to reliably draw from.
Considerations for Clothing and Attire
Choosing the right clothing and attire is essential for effective concealment and comfort when wearing an IWB holster.
Keep the following considerations in mind:
Select clothing items that provide enough room to accommodate the holster and firearm without printing or revealing their presence. Looser-fitting shirts, jackets, or untucked button-up shirts are often suitable options. However, as you’ll see in these photos, the Falco Holster we’re using as an example has a belt loop that still allows you to tuck your shirt in normally. Invest in a sturdy, purpose-built gun belt designed to support the weight of the firearm and holster. A quality gun belt prevents sagging, keeps the holster in place, and ensures a secure and comfortable fit.
Opt for thicker, heavier fabrics or patterns that help to disguise any potential printing or outline of the firearm. Avoid clingy or thin fabrics that may reveal the presence of the holster. Layering your clothing can aid in concealing the holster. Consider wearing a jacket, vest, or sweater over your shirt to provide an additional layer of coverage. Make slight adjustments to the position of the holster to ensure effective concealment depending on the attire you choose.
Wearing an IWB holster offers an excellent balance of comfort, accessibility, and concealment for concealed carry. By selecting the right holster, positioning it properly, considering clothing choices, and prioritizing safety, you can wear an IWB holster confidently and comfortably.
Remember to practice responsible firearm handling, seek professional training when you can to shore up your inventory of firearm handling skills, and familiarize yourself with the specific features of your chosen holster and firearm so that they are not just carried, but carried optimally. I hope this article helped you out & I wish you comfortable & safe concealed carrying.