This is a discussion on OWB carry vs IWB within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I carry IWB most of the time when off-duty. I don't like to wear oversized shirts. I can conceal and IWB set-up easier. In the ...
I carry IWB most of the time when off-duty. I don't like to wear oversized shirts. I can conceal and IWB set-up easier. In the winter months I whack it up between IWB and OWB depending on where I'm going and how I'm dressing.
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OWB is much more comfortable than IWB. I carry a 5" 1911 OWB at 3 O'clock.
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It's possible to view this as degrees of concealment. A selection of both handguns and holsters are maintained around here to conform to the manner of dress dictated for the occasion. These include IWB, OWB, and even a few shoulder holsters. None are bothersome and I prefer larger handguns than most.
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OWB is always more comfortable, but the n82 tactical is very close and IWB. It is all I wear now and it even hides a XD tactical. I still get pants in relaxed fit or that have a elastic stretch area. Any gun inside the waist is at least an inch thick plus holster thickness
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IMO, overall OWB is more comfortable, but IWB conceals better. As for speed of draw, I'd say they're about even and it depends on the individual's ability or skill level.
I have both a Galco Avenger OWB holster and a Galco Summer Comfort IWB holster that I use to carry a full size 1911 in cooler weather when I can wear a cover garment (unbuttoned shirt, hoodie, light jacket, or occasionally a vest). The OWB holster is more comfortable and faster to draw from. The IWB holster is better for concealment with lighter weight cover garments. So what I use depends primarily on the weather and what I am able to wear as a cover garment. I'm considering buying a Miamai Classic II shoulder holster for use on long drives and for when I'm riding my Harley.
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I have concealed carried for over 30 years as a citizen, not as a off duty officer. I started with OWB because I did not want to buy a new wardrobe of pants. I use a high quality gun belt, 1 1/4 " and I prefer to use a custom holster non-canted. I wear shirts over my pants or in cooler weather a vest or sweater. I so at times, wear a Walther PPS IWB in a High Noon holster with my shirt tucked over the gun. OWB is very fast - as a part time coin dealer, i wanted to be able to acquire quickly.
It all boils down to what you're wearing. If you are wearing a jacket, vest, or untucked shirt, then an OWB may conceal fine (as long as it keeps the butt close enough to your body). For occasions without a jacket when an untucked shirt is not acceptable, then I use a tuckable IWB (CrossBreed SuperTuck, in my case). By blousing the shirt properly, the gun pretty much disappears under a T-shirt, polo, or oxford unless I bend over and the shirt pulls tight against my back.
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I carry OWB at 3 o'clock with untucked shirt. Never had any problems with it.
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This gun, this holster, carried at 3 o'clock with usually just a tshirt as a cover garment. Sometimes I do wear short sleeve button up shirts untucked. When I hear people say OWB doesn't hold the gun close enough to their body, my only conclusion is that they're using a holster that hasn't been molded to fit their shape.
Personally, I carry OWB and open when I'm at home or at work, and concealed with IWB everywhere else I go. I have a crossbreed OWB and IWB in the mail right now, so we'll see how much the super tuck helps with concealed IWB carry when that comes in.
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I find IWB uncomforable. It is not that I never carry IWB with shorts and a t-shirt I will stick my LCP in a Ramora and away I go. But normally it is my Kahr CM9 in a Hays OWB pancake. Most comfortable IMHO.
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