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Concealment Or Accessibility? With the right IWB holster I´ve found both.

When I first learned about the possibility of inside-the-waistband (IWB) carry I thought that in a self - defence scenarios I wouldn´t be able to draw my gun fast enough. That was when I started to work in Falcohoslters company and I suddenly had the opportunity to get advice from my new colleagues who have deep understanding of the nuances of concealed carry.
Thanks to them I learned about various factors to consider when selecting the right IWB holster and I will do my best to pass this knowledge in this article. Whether you're a law enforcement officer, a licensed civilian, or like me, simply seeking to enhance your personal security, understanding the nuances of holster materials, design, and fit is key to making an informed decision. Join me as I delve into the world of IWB holsters so you can find the perfect match for your concealed carry needs, making your gun securely hidden and readily accesible.

What is an IWB Holster?

If you are a seasoned concealed carrier you will already know the answer to this quesiton. If you want to check if your answer is correct or you are a newcomer, the following is meant for you: An Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) holster is a specialized type of firearm retention device that is uniquely designed for concealed carry. You can clip or fasten it directly to your belt and it sits inside the pants, snugly against your body. This is why you can sometimes hear IWB holsters being called an inside pants holster or waistband gun holster. Typical position is along the waistline, where you can conceal the holster beneath your shirt, jacket, tuxedo or whatever you prefer to wear. With the right IWB holster, I get to conceal my gun and, to my pleasant surprise, draw my gun quickly and easyly when I need to.

IWB Holster
IWB Holster

If you are in law enforcement or military this carry style is meant for you. The discretion and effectiveness are merits that make IWB holsters an attractive choice for me (a behind the desk worker) too. With the IWB holsters the outline of your gun is less noticeable or even non-existent. This is known as 'printing' and it is a significant factor for concealed carry permit holders.

Why use an IWB Holster?

You can just as well ask „Why brush your teeth?“ Here are several of the key advantages:

  • Enhanced Concealment: Their design ensures that the firearm is less visible than with other holster types. This reduced visibility is particularly advantageous in environments where discretion is paramount.
  • Quick Access: Despite the concealment, these holsters allow for rapid draw, which is crucial in self-defense situations. This blend of accessibility and concealment is a primary reason for their popularity among concealed carry users.
Open Top IWB Holster for quick access
Open Top IWB Holster for quick access
  • Weight Distribution: Many IWB holsters are engineered to distribute the weight of the firearm evenly across the waistline. This thoughtful design aspect makes them comfortable for extended wear, reducing strain and fatigue.
  • Versatility in Clothing: They are compatible with a wide range of clothing styles, from casual to business attire, making them suitable for various social settings and professional environments.
Little oversize clothing for Concealed Carry
Little oversize clothing for Concealed Carry
  • Customizable Fit: IWB holsters can be customized for features such as cant (angle) and height of sweat guard, allowing users to customize the fit according to their body type and personal preference.
  • Security: waistband gun holsters often include retention mechanisms that securely hold the firearm in place, minimizing the risk of accidental discharge or loss of the weapon.
  • Comfort: Modern IWB holsters are designed with comfort in mind, using materials and contours that reduce rubbing or discomfort to the wearer.
  • Various Material Options: They are available in different materials, including leather, Kydex, nylon, and hybrid combinations, offering options to suit individual preferences for feel, durability, and maintenance.

Here is a summary for those who skipped the list above (as would I): Inside the waist holsters provide a practical and effective solution for those seeking a secure, comfortable, and discreet way to carry their firearm. Their design and features reflect a deep understanding of the needs of concealed carry users, balancing the critical aspects of safety, accessibility, and concealment.

The Different Types of IWB Holsters

This carry method offers an extensive range of IWB holster types, each designed to meet specific carrying preferences and requirements. In the next few paragraphs I will cover various holster types, including AIWB, canted, leather, Kydex, and hybrid models, providing you with the knowledge to choose the right one for your lifestyle and firearm.

AIWB Holster (Appendix Carry Holster):

Positioned in front of the body, around the appendix area. I recommend this position if you value quickness above anything, here you have a high accessibility to your firearm. I find it the best position for concealment, but also for comfort. However, this is not universal for every body shape so make sure to research what is best for you before purchase.

Appendix IWB Holster
Appendix IWB Holster

Canted IWB Holster:

Once you decide to go for a position on the hip ( 3 o’clock for right-hander or 9 o’clock for left-hander) or more towards the back ( 4-5 o’clock ) I strongly recommend choosing a holster with a cant. This angled design will help you facilitate a more ergonomic draw but also conceals the grip of your firearm very effectively.

IWB holster with Cant
IWB holster with Cant

Leather IWB Holster:

Now let’s talk materials. Classic IWB leather holsters mold to the shape of the gun and the wearer's body over time. This is why they are considered to be one of the best options for comfortable carry during the whole day. Inside the waistband leather holster can be more silent than Kydex options. Thanks to this potential thread wouldn't hear you drawing or reholstering during emergency situations. Make sure the IWB holster leather used in your holster is broken in before you start every-day carrying it. Leather IWB gun holsters are commonly appreciated in the form of an IWB revolver holster or holster for 1911. However, it works flawlessly with all handguns on the market. I personally prefer this material above others.

Leather IWB Holster
Leather IWB Holster

Hybrid IWB Holster (Leather Kydex Holster):

Combines the comfort & silence of leather with the durability and safety of Kydex. Leather and Kydex holster can be a game-changer when it comes to concealed carry inside the waistband because it offers best of the both worlds. The leather platform should face your body & Kydex shell should face outside, shielding your handgun from external dangers. I myself tested this & Hybrids are right between Kydex & leather when it comes to silence while drawing. This option is very popular nowadays & if Falco’s leather holsters aren’t as perfect as they are now, this will be my go-to option.

Hybrid IWB Holster
Hybrid IWB Holster

Kydex IWB Holster:

Made from durable thermoplastic, these holsters are lightweight and maintenance-free. Kydex IWB holsters are widely respected as the best option for concealed carry because the shape of these holsters does not change over time & you do not have to treat them well so they last longer.

Kydex IWB Holster
Kydex IWB Holster

Nylon IWB Holster:

Durable and lightweight, these are often more affordable and offer a semi-universal fit for various gun models. However, do not just go for any nylon holster you find in your favorite gun shop. If I went for this option I would hoose one that features a sights channel. This rail not only protects your sights & thus your handgun but also the holster itself. A common issue with nylon holsters is that they are damaged by cuts of sights while reholstering or drawing and this issue can be flawlessly resolved with the mentioned rail or at least the reinforced side of the holster.

Nylon IWB Holster
Nylon IWB Holster

IWB OWB Holster:

If you are an indecisive type, or simply like to have your options open, this is a holster ready for both concealed carry inside the waistband and ( outside ) belt carry. It is ideal for those who like universal designs & seek multi-functional accessories.

IWB/OWB Leather Holster  A605
IWB/OWB Leather Holster A605

Tips for Concealed Carrying with an IWB Holster

Master the art of concealed carrying with my expert tips tailored for IWB concealed carry holster users. From optimal holster positioning to clothing choices and drawing techniques, this compact guide offers practical advice to ensure comfort, safety, and readiness for in waistband holster carriers.

  • Positioning: Experiment with different positions around your waist to find the most comfortable and accessible spot.
  • Clothing Choices: Wear slightly looser clothing to better conceal your holster and firearm.
  • Belt Selection: Use a sturdy belt that can support the weight of the gun and the holster.
  • Practice: Regularly practice drawing your firearm from the holster to ensure proficiency and ease of access.
  • Custom IWB Holster: The IWB holster revolver is not the same as the IWB pistol holsters. Make sure to choose a holster made custom for your handgun and based on your preferences.

Top Picks for Concealed Holster

You are probably thinking "Yeah,that´s all very well, but tell me which one should I get!". That is why I prepared a list of IWB holsters that I personally enjoy the most. There are a lot of holster companies nowadays, however, not many of them can craft custom concealed holsters in just 10 days. I carefully selected these gun holsters made by Falco, for their quality, comfort, and functionality. This guide highlights top choices across various categories, including leather, Kydex, Hybrid, and light-bearing options, to help you find the perfect CCW holster for your concealed carry needs.

Leather IWB Holster with steel clip
Leather IWB Holster with steel clip

Hybrid IWB Holster: A116 L 2021

Having personally tested the A116 L 2021, I can confidently say it redefines hybrid holster standards. The Italian leather and U.S. Kydex merge beautifully, offering a snug, custom fit for my handgun. The perforated leather platform is a standout feature, promoting breathability and preventing discomfort during long carry periods. What I particularly appreciate is its low-profile design; the strategically placed steel belt clips make it remarkably effective & stable even for my full-size 1911. I see this model as the best holster for concealment on this list.


  • Comfort & Breathability: Extended carry is a breeze, thanks to the airy leather platform.
  • Durability & Stability: The Italian leather and U.S. Kydex balance is commendable for both comfort and gun retention.
  • Concealment: It excels in low-profile carry, making it a go-to for my 1911.


  • Specific: Custom design of Kydex outside shell means & cant use it with other handguns like Glock 17.
  • Maintenance: The leather part demands care, but it's a small price for the comfort it offers.

Leather IWB Holster: A604 L 2021

The A604 L 2021 is a leather inside waistband holster that exudes quality and craftsmanship. In my use, it has proven to be a slim, highly comfortable & concealable holster. Its capacity to accommodate firearms with lights or lasers is a significant advantage. I've worn it in various positions, and the slight cant of this IWB leather gun holster makes drawing smooth and effortless. The open muzzle and top, reinforced with an additional leather layer, ensure easy re-holstering.


  • Elegant Design: The premium Italian IWB holsters leather is not just durable but also adds a touch of class.
  • Customizable Fit: You can choose your preferred color, hand & special specs of your firearms
  • Adaptive Comfort: Holster was comfortable out of the box, however, it seems to get even better with use.


  • Break-In Time: It requires some patience to achieve the retention you need from it. The holster was tighter out of the box.
  • Model Specific: This holster was specifically made for a combination of my Sig P365 & TLR7A. It probably wouldn’t fit other handguns & light combinations.

Kydex IWB Holster: A901 2021

Testing the A901 2021 revealed its strengths as a low-profile, slim fit holster. Its retention and durability are top-notch. The design allows for shirt tucking, making it discreet under my clothing. The optional holster claw is a game-changer for closer body concealment. I was afraid of one clip on the side instead of a wide one in the middle & honestly, it is better than expected. A smaller clip means a more compact design.

IWB Kydex Holster for Concealed Carry
IWB Kydex Holster for Concealed Carry


  • Discreet Carry: Its low profile is ideal for concealed carry.
  • Hassle-Free Maintenance: Being all Kydex, it's easy to maintain.
  • Printing: The optional claw feature adds to concealability, pushing grip of your handgun to your body.


  • Comfort: It's a bit rigid compared to leather or hybrid options.
  • Rigidity: Kydex lacks the flexibility and body-conforming nature of leather.

        Nylon IWB Holster: A805 Smith

        My experience with the A805 Smith in waist holster has been impressive. It's an innovative blend of nylon and leather, ensuring durability while maintaining shape. The integrated plastic sights rail is a thoughtful addition, protecting my gun's sights & holster itself effectively. The holster's design ensures it stays open for easy reholstering.

        Nylon IWB Holster for Glock 19
        Nylon IWB Holster for Glock 19


        • Innovative Design: The nylon and leather combo offers a unique balance of rigidity and comfort.
        • Sights Protection: The integrated rail is a practical feature for safety of your handgun and holster itself.
        • Ease of Use: It remains open for hassle-free reholstering.


        • Aesthetic Appeal: It lacks the classic look of a full leather holster.

        After hands-on experiences with these gun holsters for concealment, I can attest to their distinct advantages. The A116 L IWB gun holster shines for concealment, the A604 L for its comfort, the A901 for durability, and the A805 Smith for its innovative design. Your choice should align with your specific needs and preferences for the most effective concealed carry experience.

        Frequently Asked Questions About IWB Holsters

        Still have questions? I still have answers! Here in this section you´ll find the most common inquiries surrounding the IWB holsters. From questions about choosing the right holster for your needs, to tips on maintenance and wear, I cover essential information that both newcomers and seasoned users will find helpful. Dive into these FAQs to enhance your understanding and usage of IWB holsters.

        How to Make IWB Holster More Comfortable?

        • Choose the Right Size: Make sure the holster fits both your gun and your body type.
        • Customized for you: Look for custom holsters that suits your preferences
        • Break-In Period: Give leather holsters time to mold to your body & handgun
        • Use Moleskin Padding: If you use Kydex holster apply it to the inside of the holster for added comfort.

        How to Choose the Right IWB Holster for You

        • Gun Compatibility: Ensure the holster is designed for your specific firearm model.
        • Material Preference: Decide between leather, Kydex, nylon, or hybrid based on comfort and durability.
        • Retention Level: Consider how secure you want your firearm to be in the holster.
        • Cant: Choose the option of cant or straight on the hip based on your body shape. This will ensure your IWB concealed carry holster would be good for rapid draws & everyday carry.
        Belly Band for Concealed Carry
        Belly Band for Concealed Carry

        More on this topic can be found in our blog post about concealed carry.

        How to Wear an IWB Holster for Maximum Comfort and Concealment

        • Placement: Typically, behind the hip or at the appendix position offers optimal comfort and concealment for your conceal holster.
        • Snaps: Utilize holster with belt snaps attachment or clips to secure the holster firmly but comfortably.
        • Proper Clothing: Ensure your clothing complements IWB pistol holster position for maximum concealment. My recommendation is to tuck tank top or T-shirt under the holster & cover it all with hoodie or jacket. This is however not functional during summer time.
        IWB Carry with holster equipped with snap attachement to belt
        IWB Carry with holster equipped with snap attachement to belt

        Explore more on the topic of IWB Holsters in this blog post.

        Customer Reviews of Top IWB Holsters

        If you got to this point, you are familiar with my point of view on this topic. If you would like to hear some other opinions, check these insights from real-world users through customer reviews of top IWB holsters. These testimonials offer honest feedback and experiences from individuals who have tested various holsters, helping you make an informed decision based on real-life usage and satisfaction levels.

        Customer: Vadim M.

        Product: Comfortable IWB Concealed Open Top Leather Holster Premium

        The holster didn't even require any break in. 100% fit right from the box. Nice.

        Customer: Robert W.

        Product: Timeless Open-Top IWB Leather Custom Holster for Gun with Laser/Light

        Exactly what I was looking for. Extremely well made. Fit is perfect.

        Customer: Philip H.

        Product: Premium Stable Easy On IWB Leather Holster for Gun with Light Premium

        The customer service was outstanding. I was pleased with my order and the dedication of the company to go out of its way to obtain the equipment to make more templates in order to keep up with vast changing world of guns and accessories.

        Find more reviews after clicking here.

        Conclusion: Your New IWB Gun Holster

        This comprehensive guide, based on my own experiences and insights from holster manufacturer, Falco Holsters, aims to help you find the ideal inside holster. Whether you prefer the classic feel of leather or the modern appeal of Kydex, there's a perfect IWB holster for your concealed carry needs. Remember, the key to effective concealed carry is a blend of comfort, accessibility, and safety – all of which can be achieved with the right concealment holster.

        Leather IWB holster with steel clip for appendix carry
        Leather IWB holster with steel clip for appendix carry

        Author: Martin Lukacko

        Date: November 11th, 2023