DIY tuckable with no hooks over belt
I don't like the idea of unexplained hooks or straps over my belt when wearing an IWB tuckable holster, and I can't afford a velcro-lined gunbelt. I *did* happen to have some 3" wide elastic laying around and some navy thread which I had purchased specifically for those slacks (take the slacks to the fabric store to get it right: did you know there are 37 shades of navy blue?).
Laying my slacks on the table I positioned my pistol where I wanted it, and laid the elastic over it. I pinned the elastic, turned the slacks so they were right-side out, and started sewing. I sewed along seam lines so as not to advertise my customization, and secured the elastic and made the shelf on which the trigger guard sits. I did multiple lines of stitching and a lot of back-and-forth at stitchline ends to avoid unraveling.
I am quite pleased with how the gun rides and the concealability. It's a bit lumpy, but I am too so it works. I'm not sure how this might work for the ladies, as eyes are not drawn away as they are from me. Perhaps with a smaller pistol it would work well, and would allow wearing IWB without a belt.
Problems: I will leave further improvements as an exercise for the student: please post here how you solve these problems if you try this.
- I have yet to figure out how to reholster without dropping trou or sweeping myself... and even then it takes a long time. I may add a sweatshield which would guide the barrel in - either permanent or perhaps a thin piece of leather with a hook on it so it stays inside the elastic when I draw.
- I also can still feel the trigger through the cloth of my slacks. I doubt I could pull it back to fire (DA/SA pistol) but I get nervous. I may add a small piece of Kydex inside the elastic, or may make the clippy trigger-cover-on-a-string thingy I saw advertised once (a "trigger bikini" or some such: can't remember, but it's covers only the trigger guard and just snaps on).
The green dots show stitching lines; the third image omits one of the stitch lines but on the outside view you can see the seam in which it runs. The scrap of elastic was longer than needed - that's why it extends out under where the grip rides (there's no structural reason for it being that way except for me not having scissors handy, if I remember correctly). If you didn't have seams handy in which to hide your stitches, you could stitch it anyway and make symmetrical stitches on the other side as well for disguise. Probably this would work better on work-weight slacks rather than a suit, but with a suit you have a coat anyway...
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