This is a discussion on IWB Carry within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ArkhmAsylm - As an aside, I do wear my extra mag pouch OWB. Excellent idea that I hadn't considered! No concerns about ...
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I lost 10lbs this year, IWB actually keeps me from buying new pants. =D
Excellent... when you loose a few more than you need to get a back up IWB gun and holster to compensate further.
I second the good belt and the khaki pants, I prefer cargos (wranglers @ WW) because they provide extra pockets for other non-gun stuff and I have found Dickies belts also at WW and now a faded glory "work belt" which is quite stiff... belts about 10-12$; cargos under 20...
I also frequent thrift stores & yard sales and filter through pants and shorts looking first for cargo pockets and then for my waist size, then for useable pockets and then for amount of use left in them... usually I can find pants under 5$ usually under $3 and 1 out of every three I find are good enough for daily wear to work and such... this has saved me a bundle... you just have to look and be persistent if you ever come across the right sale or day with your size, you can spend 20$ and have 5-6 new to you pants!
I have never bought a bigger size but I am a 37 waist... so you guessed it, 36 a little snug 38 with a gun PERFECT
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My favorite pants to carry in for a business casual look are the Tru-Spec 24/7. They have an elastic band as well, and cargo pockets with dividers that are great for magazines. Although I've never had any issues with having to go up a size in jeans however, I suppose its because I wear pants that are a bit loose, or maybe I've been carrying for so long that I just naturally buy pants that are compatible for IWB, not sure.
IWB is how I carry off-duty almost all of the time. I have a 32" waist and I always have bought my pants 1" larger. This will work IWB or OWB, I just adjust my belt accordingly. However, I cannot wear my pants without a belt.
Body shape has a lot to do with it. Tighten up the core and IWB carry becomes a lot easier. But it isn't for everyone. As mentioned, the rig makes a difference too.
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I'm 5'9" and used to weigh 207. I found that by shedding some table muscle and going down to 185 I was able to carry IWB without buying new clothes. When I don't carry (which is rare) I simply go a hole tighter on the belt.
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I can't tell from just the pictures, but the Tru-Spec 24/7 pants appear to be cut as a "tapered leg" pant. If anyone can chime in and confirm I'd appreciate it.
I'm looking for similar styled pants, but prefer more of a boot cut pant with a flat front.
I am a pretty skinny guy so for length my shorts usually are a little big in the waist, so I didn't have to change up my wardrobe. Awesome you found yourself a solution!!!
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As with the others, I haven't had a problem with IWB. Even before I carried I would buy pants that were a size larger...I haven't liked tight fitting pants since the 80's and I'm too old for skinny jeans
I usually either carry my full sized .40 (S&W SW99) or a 9mm(Cougar) and honestly most of the time I don't even notice it on my hip.
Different strokes though....could be a comfort issue, a draw speed issue or just asthetics. Just do what's best for you.
I've never worried about pant size when using my good quality leather IWB holster. I may need an extra notch on the belt, but that's it.
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