Thoughts on IWB carry

Thoughts on IWB carry

This is a discussion on Thoughts on IWB carry within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This is a follow up to my recent experiment with my G42. Another + for the Glock 42. IWB hybrid holsters I've owned many slim ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25
Like Tree30Likes

Thread: Thoughts on IWB carry

  1. #1
    Ex Member Array DetChris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    2,625

    Thoughts on IWB carry

    This is a follow up to my recent experiment with my G42.

    Another + for the Glock 42. IWB hybrid holsters

    I've owned many slim single stacks before and I've carried all of them IWB in a hybrid holster at one point or another. LC9, LCP, Shield, G36, and a few others that escape me right now. I've also carried on the other side of the spectrum: G20, Ruger SR1911, and yes, even a 4 inch GP100.

    I've noticed this several times but I forced myself to think different but the fact is this: it doesn't really make a difference what gun I carry IWB. They all carry pretty much the same. Maybe it's my build or age or both but I feel that the hips are able to hold and distribute weight a lot better than we think.

    I honestly didn't feel a ton more comfortable IWB carrying my G42 compared to my G26. It happened before when I tried comparing IWB carrying my LCP vs one of my Glocks or XD's. It surprisingly made very little difference. The discomfort came from having "something" sitting inside my belt. But the size and weight of the gun didn't matter with a good belt and holster.

    I guess I'm posting this because a lot of ado is made about what guns are more comfortable to carry. Printing, yes, there's a difference between a single vs double stack and the length of the handle. Smart dress choices can solve most of that. But comfort-wise, IMO there's no difference to me with respect to IWB carry.

    My 2.5 cents.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


  2. #2
    VIP Member
    Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    10,692
    Comfortable IWB carry is much more dependent on the carry platform than on the particular gun being carried.
    The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
    Ayn Rand

  3. #3
    VIP Member Array blitzburgh's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Coastal SC
    Posts
    3,738
    I haven't noticed much difference comfort-wise. Then again, I also haven't tried to conceal a DE IWB either.
    gatorbait51 likes this.
    "Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God." - Benjamin Franklin
    "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn." - C.S. Lewis

  4. #4
    Member Array Captains1911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Loudoun County, VA
    Posts
    179
    I disagree. I find thinner guns much more comfortable to carry IWB than thicker ones (i.e. single vs. double-stack). I only use hybrid style holsters.
    bps3040, gatorbait51 and Czombie like this.

  5. #5
    Member Array gregivq's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    441
    In my opinion, if it goes IWB then there are two factors to consider; weight and thickness (double vs single-stacked). My hip already (IL - soon) carries M&P Shield so all I really want is a pocket gun, and a full size gun.
    gatorbait51 and WrongRecroom like this.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Array XD40SCiinNC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    578
    Quote Originally Posted by Captains1911 View Post
    I disagree. I find thinner guns much more comfortable to carry IWB than thicker ones (i.e. single vs. double-stack). I only use hybrid style holsters.
    I agree, a single stack is more comfortable. I alternate between a double stack (XD40sc) and a single stack (XDS). Both are comfortable, the XDS just more comfortable
    gatorbait51 likes this.
    "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing." - Adolf Hitler

  7. #7
    VIP Member
    Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    10,692
    Quote Originally Posted by Captains1911 View Post
    I disagree. I find thinner guns much more comfortable to carry IWB than thicker ones (i.e. single vs. double-stack). I only use hybrid style holsters.
    In a hybrid, I find them all to be very uncomfortable.
    DetChris and gatorbait51 like this.
    The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.
    Ayn Rand

  8. #8
    Senior Member Array bps3040's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    735
    Quote Originally Posted by Captains1911 View Post
    I disagree. I find thinner guns much more comfortable to carry IWB than thicker ones (i.e. single vs. double-stack). I only use hybrid style holsters.
    Same here. My Kahr PM9 carry's much more comfortable than my XD 4" .40. No comparison. Or even my G36. I carry in a minituck, mainly. For bigger guns, I switch to single clip, leather appendix style
    gatorbait51 likes this.
    Socialism: A great Idea...'til you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher

    "A man without a gun is a subject, a man with a gun is a citizen."
    ~Ted Nugent

  9. #9
    Member Array mnmbrewing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    195
    My holster choice depends on how I am dressed. I have IWB, OWB and Shoulder. Shoulder is by far most comfortable but the IWB vs OWB are about the same. Both are leather.
    gatorbait51 likes this.

  10. #10
    Member Array Bigmac31391's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    382
    I am owb guy 100% of the time. It's just more comfortable to me + I am a lot quicker on my draw!
    gatorbait51 likes this.

  11. #11
    Member Array Enzo411's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    389
    I love carrying IWB my P226 and M&P 45c but neither carries better than my Shield. IMO, grip length and thickness make a world of difference.
    gatorbait51 and bps3040 like this.
    "If there is trouble, I stay here to help you. For your father -- for your father."

  12. #12
    Distinguished Member Array Fitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    So. Central PA
    Posts
    1,802
    I carry either pocket or IWB.

    I weighed all my carry guns plus a loaded magazine and a loose cartridge to go in the chamber on our digital kitchen scales. In other words I weighed them with the magazine and ammo they'd have when they were ready to stick in the holster.

    The SIG C3 weighs 35.1 oz.
    The Glock 19 weighs 30.6 oz.
    The Glock 26 Weighs 26.5 oz.
    The XDs weighs 26.3 oz. (with the 5 round magazine).
    The P238 weighs 17.5 oz.
    The LCP weighs 12.5 oz.

    I have a hybrid holster for each of them. (The G19 and G26 share the same holster).

    For IWB carry, I find both thickness and weight matter. FWIW: I'm 5'-8", 32" waist, and weighed 154.4 lbs. on the scales this morning.

    My sig C3 is thinner between me and my belt than my Glock 26 but the C3 is noticeably less comfortable to carry because it weighs just over a half a pound more than the G26. The G26 is just over half a pound lighter. But slightly thicker. The XDs is the same weight as the G26, within 0.2 oz. on our digital kitchen scales, but noticeably thinner than the G26 and it's both easier to conceal in the summer and more comfortable.

    My Glock 19 weighs 30.6 oz. ready to stick in the holster. That's a quarter pound more than the G26 and a quarter pound lighter than the SIG C3. The G19 is slightly thicker than the C3 but more comfortable to carry because it's lighter.

    The LCP hasn't been carried IWB ... yet, but the P238 has and it's hands down the most comfortable IWB carry I've tried. I carried the P238 IWB when I was wearing a sport coat at holiday parties and when I was wearing a suit at several weddings and receptions.

    So, to me, both weight and thickness matter. I think I'd find the P238 slightly more comfortable to carry than the G42, but I'd probably shoot the G42 better simply because it's another Glock and I shoot my Glocks a lot when the weather is suitable for outdoor ranges (not today).

    Fitch
    gatorbait51 likes this.
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” by H. L. Mencken

  13. #13
    VIP Member Array glockman10mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    8,912
    Chris, my thoughts on the subject are that I'm not sure there is a totally comfortable carry method. I've carried for over 20 years, and I think the best one can hope for is something that is bearable.
    Now, I'm not talking pocket guns, but guns of caliber and size I feel confident in.
    Here in Texas, it's warm weather, and all I brought was T shirts or long sleeved shirts.
    This is what's working for me.
    image.jpg

    Meanwhile, back on the ranch, this is how it conceals
    image.jpg
    gatorbait51 and DetChris like this.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.

  14. #14
    Distinguished Member Array Fitch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    So. Central PA
    Posts
    1,802
    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Chris, my thoughts on the subject are that I'm not sure there is a totally comfortable carry method. I've carried for over 20 years, and I think the best one can hope for is something that is bearable.
    Now, I'm not talking pocket guns, but guns of caliber and size I feel confident in.
    Here in Texas, it's warm weather, and all I brought was T shirts or long sleeved shirts.
    This is what's working for me.
    image.jpg

    Meanwhile, back on the ranch, this is how it conceals
    image.jpg
    You do the same thing I do. Push the gun down as far into the belt as you can. That is especially important with striker fired pistols because the slide sticks back so far behind the grip.

    What holster is that?

    Thanks
    Fitch
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety), by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” by H. L. Mencken

  15. #15
    VIP Member Array glockman10mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    8,912
    Quote Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
    You do the same thing I do. Push the gun down as far into the belt as you can. That is especially important with striker fired pistols because the slide sticks back so far behind the grip.

    What holster is that?

    Thanks
    Fitch
    It's a Don Hume, only about 25 or 30 bucks. One of the most useful holsters I have. This one is at least 7 years old.
    Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

g42 minituck
,
g42 more comfortable than xds for ccw
,
g42 vs 26 iwb
,
glock 26 iwb comfortable
,

thoughts on aiwb carry

,
wright leatherworks complaints
Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Log in

User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!

» DefensiveCarry Sponsors