This is a discussion on Is there a happy medium between IWB & OWB? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ghost tracker Your issue is that you mistakenly believe you can think, research, ask, try, rethink, do more research, ask again & ...
I've begun my holster collection in seek of the perfect match of comfort, concealability, fit, quality, and price for each of my carry guns. Then I need an IWB and OWB for each. This is going to be a long process. There are so many quality holsters out there to choose from. Good thing I am determined!
I really think it depends on a few different things...first for me is comfort, second is concealability, and third is summer vs winter...some weapons are to large and bulky to IWB carry in any holster and in summer they print really bad. In cooler weather condition I OWB carry in a very comfortable holster covered by a light or heavy jacket. In the hot summer I IWB carry. I also carry a sub-compact 9mm and a 380. Both very easy to conceal anytime of the year or clothing options.
Milt Sparks Versa Max and their Summer Special II will handle the IWB duty.
Same outfit's 55BN covers the OWB stuff.
When I first started carrying many years ago, OWB was all I'd do. Now, IWB takes 90% of the load.
Glad I could help!
Something worth noting is that this specific holster does make it difficult to retrieve your wallet (assuming that your wallet is on the same side that you wear your gun). I just slide the holster forward enough to get my wallet out and then slide it back. Minor inconvenience.
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There are times for either IWB or OWB...in FL both must be concealed. With lose clothes, it's not a problem
I do not, however, like holsters where the tip of the firearm is exposed, as in the Galco Jak Slide.OMO
To the OP, now is the time to start your 'holster box'.
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Clothing selection can make a huge difference in the basic concealability and comfort of a given holster/gun choice. Many people find that a bit different style of pants (or at least a one-size bump up in size), or a change in the covering garment (shirt, blouse, jacket, vest) makes a world of difference in these areas. Some styles, patterns, colors just won't work quite as well as others. The only way to see is to try them out, perhaps also getting someone else's feedback on whether it's "printing" with that combination.
For example, I've got some pants where IWB/OWB is fine, but pocket carry is impossible, based on both the pocket design on those pants and how little extra room there is around the pants area for a full holster/pistol. Whereas, most of my pants have come along after I began carrying, and I have acquired them with a specific eye toward suitability for accommodating IWB, OWB and pocket carry ... if I could get all of those in a single piece of clothing. Same with jackets, and certain shirts. Some work, some don't, but ones that I have purchased since carrying have been purchased with an eye toward suitability with carry.
I'm sticking with IWB. I've used Blackhawk and Crossbreed. Like them both for several changes of guns over time.
A recent newspaper article here in Oz by Bettina Arndt (probably syndicated) describes research that says we blokes only work hard to get girls; and it looks like your husband has found perfection!
The holster question itself has been too thoroughly answered over the last 100 years to be discussed, tho! It's like asking which colour of the rainbow we like :)
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