Pants & sizing

Pants & sizing

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    Question Pants & sizing

    I'm a relatively skinny guy, at 6', 155lbs... I'm new to CC, so still figuring how best to carry. My clothes are, for the most part, pretty fitted. It's just a preference thing. I understand that may change with sticking a firearm & holster inside my waistband, so my question is... what is the average 'adjustment' to pant size I'll have to make? I'm fairly sure there's no way I can comfortably get a Remora and Kahr P9 inside my current jeans and shorts. So, do I need to buy 1" larger waist size? Or just take it all when I try on pants, and see what fits best? Just curious what others do.

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    Your best bet would be to take it with you when you try them on. Otherwise going up 1" in the waist is a good start.
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    I went up from a 34" waist to a 36" waist to comfortably carry IWB. This is with an LCR though, so might be larger than you'd need for IWB carry of a semi-auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreddy View Post
    Your best bet would be to take it with you when you try them on. Otherwise going up 1" in the waist is a good start.
    This is probably the best way to go. Especially the having the gun with you when you try them on. Also remember, a quality gun belt will help also.
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    As a fellow 6' tall ~150 guy:

    Get a good belt, no exceptions. I have a typical leather IWB holster with a super sturdy belt (both Stronghold Phoenix), and I have no problems with a heavier firearm (p220 compact). [This coming from the guy who could never keep my jeans up normally sans gun before I got the nice belt]

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    I found that I am most comfortable if I buy the next 2" waist size bigger.

    Has nothing to do with CC... I just like doughnuts a bit too much.
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    Depending on what I'm carrying, I wear a 3 Speed deep concealment at 12 o'clock with my G19, with 1 size larger waist and elastic waistband jeans or shorts. This provides very quick draw. For my CW9, I wear 1 size up, good belt and Foxx Trapp holster at 4 o'clock.
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    I have a 32 inch waist and I buy my pants with a 33 waist. Def wear your gun when you go clothes shopping.
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    I never could get comfortable with IWB carry. I carry in front pocket, or OWB holster, depending on which gun I am carrying.
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    As others have mentioned a 1" increase in waist size is a good idea. I have a Kahr PM9 and all my pants are 1" larger. They fit very well with a Kahr IWB.
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    I am 5' 10" 165 lbs and get by by adding 1" to the pant waist size to accommodate a Galco King Tuk or a CrossBreed Super Tuck with a good belt, I use a CrossBreed or a Bull Hide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I have a 32 inch waist and I buy my pants with a 33 waist. Def wear your gun when you go clothes shopping.
    same for me. 32 inch waist and find the 33 works great. I also have 34's for when I can't run as much and my love for food takes over!

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    I most generally wear 36X40 jeans when I want them to fit. But as I prefer IWB carry and like Glocks and SIGs (thick guns), most of my jeans are now 38s.

    Seems like I have gravitated to Dickies carpenter jeans. All kinds of roomy, and 22 bucks a pair.

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    I have never purchased different pant sizes. I do not tuck my shirt in, but I pull my belt tight, button or zip my pants. I wear Levis. I can button all the buttons except the top one and it will never show. I can zip my pants almost all the way up. I am 5'8" and 175 lbs. I have shrunk some over my 72 years.

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    I go from 32" to 33" for one Glock. 34" for two. Thinner guys seem to have better luck around the 4:30 position than further forward toward the hip.
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