Holster = Confusion
This is a discussion on Holster = Confusion within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hi all. I am a newbie that needs some help by way of explanation. I do not currently carry, but will be starting that process ...
Post By WoodLark
Post By kapnketel
September 3rd, 2012 12:58 PM
Holster = Confusion
Hi all. I am a newbie that needs some help by way of explanation. I do not currently carry, but will be starting that process soon. I have read many threads here and I still don't understand all of the options available as far as holsters go. Way too many acronyms to wrap my head around, so I thought you could help. I know many are self explanatory, but I will list them all so I am clear.
I have read many times that it's a personal choice, I just need a little knowledge before I start building my holster drawer
September 3rd, 2012 01:34 PM
Picture in your mind a clock around your waist. 12:00 is straight in front, 3:00 is the your right pants seam, 6:00 is your tailbone, and 9:00 is your left pants seam.
IWB = Inside the Waist Band
Provides good concealment, but may be uncomfortable for some people.
Usually worn 3:00 - 5:00 for right handers
AIWB = Appendix Inside the Waist Band (as opposed to being worn on the hip)
Provides good concealment and very natural draw stroke. Some people have a problem with the direction the barrel is pointing.
Worn 12:00 - 2:00 for right handers. I wear mine at 10:00 - 11:00 (left-handed).
IWB Tuckable = Inside the waist Band, but you can tuck your shirt between the gun and clip instead of having to leave your shirttails out (doesn't work that well in my opinion, but YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
IWB Hybrid = Inside waistband with form fitting kydex (plastic) shell mounted to a flat leather backing since some people don't like the feel of kydex against their skin.
OWB = Outside the Waist Band (basically, a belt holster). Usually a little harder to conceal than IWB, but (again usually) more comfortable.
Often worn at 4:00 - 5:00. When I carry OWB, I carry at about 9:00 (3:00 if you are right-handed).
Hope this helped!
Earth is the insane asylum of the universe!
"Never mistake motion for action" - Benjamin Franklin
NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer
September 3rd, 2012 03:45 PM
Awesome. Thanks for the great detail. That gives me a place to start. IWB for sure.
September 3rd, 2012 03:54 PM
Best of luck to you. Glad you found us. Confusion is part of it to start. You just have to limit what happens at any given time. Keep it simple. This might be your ultimate test on focus and your mission. Confusion shouldn't end the mission.......it's merely a challenge with a means to an end. End is a three letter word you never speak nor hear so long as you're willing to survive.
September 3rd, 2012 04:21 PM
And do not be discouraged when you end up with the "drawer of holsters" on the the way to finding the right one for you. Believe me, we all have one.
I'd rather be lucky than good any day
There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
September 8th, 2012 12:40 AM
This may help, its a picture, but it was explained perfect a few posts above by Woodlark. Questions
September 8th, 2012 06:25 PM
September 8th, 2012 09:26 PM
Here is what I have found, no one holster suits every need for me. Sometimes IWB is good, other times a plain OWB pancake works well. Other times when I need absolute deep concealment, I use ankle holster.
English is my second language, I have been told my use of it is harsh, apologies if this is the matter.
You know what stops a bad guy with a gun? A good guy with a gun