What to look for in an IWB holster

What to look for in an IWB holster

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    What to look for in an IWB holster

    I'm not looking for specific brand/model recommendations (although that would be welcome) but am interested in hearing opinions about what to look for in an IWB. I'm sure it varies based on body shape, size, handgun, etc. but trying to get some good rules of thumb before I go shopping. I currently carry a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm compact OWB.
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    Well, in my opinion you want the following:

    - Well molded kydex or leather holster fitted properly to YOUR gun of choice.
    - Quality stitching of the leather.
    - Double lined backing and even horsehide inner liner for comfort
    - Enough space between the clips to spread the weight of the gun over more distance
    - Quality clips that are secure to the belt and have good life span without cracking
    - Cant settings for optimum position of gun grip
    - High ride and tight fit to body
    - Good trigger coverage and good coverage of the muzzle tip (not combat cut)
    - from a company that will stand behind their product

    - (Added later) If choosing leather make sure it has a reinforced lip for easy reholstering
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    concealibility, fit and comfort are probably the most important things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    Well, in my opinion you want the following:

    - Well molded kydex or leather holster fitted properly to YOUR gun of choice.
    - Quality stitching of the leather.
    - Double lined backing and even horsehide inner liner for comfort
    - Enough space between the clips to spread the weight of the gun over more distance
    - Quality clips that are secure to the belt and have good life span without cracking
    - Cant settings for optimum position of gun grip
    - High ride and tight fit to body
    - Good trigger coverage and good coverage of the muzzle tip (not combat cut)
    - from a company that will stand behind their product
    Good recommendations the only other thing I would add is a reinforced mouth for easy reholstering.
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    Completely agree but want to emphasize the importance of two mounting points for best stability especially for larger/heavier firearms.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    Well, in my opinion you want the following:

    - Well molded kydex or leather holster fitted properly to YOUR gun of choice.
    - Quality stitching of the leather.
    - Double lined backing and even horsehide inner liner for comfort
    - Enough space between the clips to spread the weight of the gun over more distance
    - Quality clips that are secure to the belt and have good life span without cracking
    - Cant settings for optimum position of gun grip
    - High ride and tight fit to body
    - Good trigger coverage and good coverage of the muzzle tip (not combat cut)
    - from a company that will stand behind their product

    - (Added later) If choosing leather make sure it has a reinforced lip for easy reholstering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally XD View Post
    Well, in my opinion you want the following:

    - Well molded kydex or leather holster fitted properly to YOUR gun of choice.
    - Quality stitching of the leather.
    - Double lined backing and even horsehide inner liner for comfort
    - Enough space between the clips to spread the weight of the gun over more distance
    - Quality clips that are secure to the belt and have good life span without cracking
    - Cant settings for optimum position of gun grip
    - High ride and tight fit to body
    - Good trigger coverage and good coverage of the muzzle tip (not combat cut)
    - from a company that will stand behind their product

    - (Added later) If choosing leather make sure it has a reinforced lip for easy reholstering
    Agreed. I would also look for a holster that doesn't cover the magazine release and allows you to get a full shooting grip before you draw.

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    I've gotten good advice here and number of times now...thanks!
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    All of the above or you can just get a Crossbreed Supertuck and a Crossbreed belt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    All of the above or you can just get a Crossbreed Supertuck and a Crossbreed belt.
    Crossbreed doesn't meet the criteria for a full shooting grip unless you get the Combat Cut (extra $10) and I'm not sure if that allows access to magazine release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    Crossbreed doesn't meet the criteria for a full shooting grip unless you get the Combat Cut (extra $10) and I'm not sure if that allows access to magazine release.
    True, I have the combat cut and highly recommend it. I can get a good shooting grip. Magazine release is still covered.
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    All have given good advice, and sometimes it's also nice for the holster to have a large leather backplate to keep the pistol grip from imbedding itself into a "love handle" (and greatly increasing draw speed) if your waist is no longer slim, lean and mean like it was many years ago. The "kholster" is a good place to start since they have dual mounting clips and let you adjust the cant as desired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apvbguy View Post
    concealibility, fit and comfort are probably the most important things
    I'd agree with this. To me, the most important things in an IWb holster are, it has to be comfortable. If I'm going to wear this thing squashed between me and my belt all day, if it isn't comfortable, I'm not going to wear it.

    It has to be fitted or designed for my gun. I'm not going to carry a "generic" holster that fits guns my size. It has to be made to fit my gun specifically so I know it is secure.

    I will suggest this brand: Theisholsters.com | Home | Custom IWB Holsters I have 3 of Tommy Theis's holsters and they meet the criteria I just listed perfectly. His turn around time is fast, 5 days from order to when I had it in my hand. He has a life time warranty and gives you two weeks to wear it and if it doesn't work for you, you can return it for a refund. $55 total, it is well worth that and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    Agreed. I would also look for a holster that doesn't cover the magazine release and allows you to get a full shooting grip before you draw.
    I will add that the CompTac M-Tac Minotaur does meet this standard. I actually use the MTac in some competitions and I can get a full grip, can release the magazine while holstered and can easily draw and holster without looking, "hunting", for the opening.

    It has two belt clips spaced far apart for stability, fully "cantable" settings and great large backplate leather coverage of the pistol body to protect skin.
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