Pant size for IWB holster

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    Pant size for IWB holster

    Hello everyone. I am somewhat new to the forum, mainly a lurker. I am also new to concealed carry and I am curious about what pant size to where to allow me to carry an IWB holster for a Kimber 1911 4" barrel.

    I am about a 30" waist and normally where size 32", so would I need to use 34" to fit the holster, or would 32 still work just be little more snug? Or does it matter depending on the holster?

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    I could wear a 30 waist but I buy 32 to accommodate my holster, Even with a double stack in my pants they are still a bit loose. Are the 32's that you wear now loose? If so then you could probably stick with 32's. Best way to tell is to stick the gun (after it's been safety checked) down your pants about where you will carry. If your pants feel loose stick with the same size. If they fit just right or snug you want to go up a size.
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    Go to a store with your gun and holster. Grab a few sizes and strap up in the restroom. I could wear a 30" pant but choose to wear a 32" for comfort when carrying IWB.
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    Just because I've been going through this with my new IWB for the Glock 19, here are my inputs:

    1) don't forget about that spare magazine holder. iwb is the only way I can conceal this. It adds to the waistband "stress".

    2) pants and shorts will defineately (spelling?) STRETCH when you start edc'ing all this stuff iwb. My favorite Walmart jeans are very thin cotton and have permanently increased in hip size.

    3) BELTS also need to be bigger. I have robbed the hubby's old belt rack for larger belts to wear with my hip hugging shorts and pants. Even my own Wilderness belt, I need a whole nother size for my lower pants and the iwb holster plus mag holder.

    Hope this helps. It's a journey.

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    I go one size larger than what I normally wear

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    As a 30/32, 32's will be fine.

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    I use an inch up from my actual size and can fit my IWB comfortably.
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    Maybe the 32's will work; I have 38 waist and wear 40's.

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    I use one or two inch larger for IWB.

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    Be comfortable...go one size bigger.
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    First off, Welcome Aboard PEBKAC!

    After I began carrying IWB I started buy my britches a size bigger. It felt better/more comfortable for me and isn't an issue when I'm not carrying IWB.

    Also I'd recommend investing in a quality gun belt. It does make a HUGE diffrence!
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    Size can also depend on the holster/gun you're using. If they tend to be large, say full size 1911 and a VM holster, you might need pants two sizes larger. I currently carry a 3913 in a HBE Com III and find one size larger works fine. The kind of pants you wear might also be a factor. I tend to wear only Levi's, but dress slacks fit me snugger. Experiment a little.
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    A good rule of thumb is 1 size bigger than you normally wear. That of course will vary from one make to another. The most critical part of your wardrobe is going to be your belt. It is no longer simply holding up your pants, now it has that function plus holding the 1 1/2 -3 pounds of your weapon.
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    Welcome to the forum
    We all are different, and for that reason what works for me might not work for you. Also important to consider is the size of gun and the holster, as well as how you dress. I do not wear extra sized clothes, but I change gun depending of the attire. What I should recommend is that, next time you want to get new pants, you try them first when carrying your primary gun and holster.
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    I go up one size...but it depends on the brand of pants....

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