OWB vs IWB with a 3-4" Pistol?
I am having a heck of time trying to make 2 Big decisions.
First is - IWB or OWB. If I could find something comfortable enough I am tempted to go IWB. Anyone have a holster, either OWB or IWB which you feel is very comfortable for carrying a realtively heavy 3-4 inch semi auto? My holster I have now drives me absolutely nuts. It is the Fobus OWB which I complained about last time. OK, now I know what my first mistake was. I was wearing it wrong. Now that I am wearing it the "right" way it still drives me crazy. Part of the time I feel like my pants are going to come off, and the rest of the time it "feels" like my holster keeps shifting. After practicing carrying around the house I have concluded I need something different. My belt is wide but is kind of flimsy so I am open to ideas on that too. Will consider the Liger.
Sorry to get long winded. Oh yeah, the other "gun related" decision I have to post in a different section since that involves keeping my HK USP Compact 45 OR going with something else.
A little off topic - but in reference to the Kimber 3"?
How is the recoil with the Kimber? I used to have a full size Colt Government and am still adjusting to the HK USP Compact. I shot a few other guys guns at the range, and so far have found (for me) that the Polymer light weight 3" guns felt like there was more recoil than I wanted. I have not tried a 3" all metal gun though. I assume Kimber is all metal right? Thanks.
Originally Posted by RSSZ
Suggestion - OWB but under the belt
You asked about a comfortable way to carry your USP 45c with a "flimsy" belt. I would suggest a type of holster that is not commonly seen, but is offered by many holster makers - one that goes between the belt and the pants, but is worn outside the waistband. The advantages of this type, as shown below in the Milt Sparks version called "Mirage", are:
1. Rather than having the weight of the gun and holster hanging from the belt on the outside, dragging it downward and outward, the belt goes over the gun and pulls it tight against your body when it is tightened, much like the hoop on a barrel holds the barrel together. The force of the belt over the gun is directly inward toward the body, and the gun is fixed in place, tight against you. You don't need a particularly thick or heavy belt - a thin belt cinched tight will accomplish the goal.
2. The holster is minimal, without a lot of leather, so it doesn't add much to the package size.
I have an H&K USP 40c, very similar to your USP 45c, and I have carried it with a Galco JAK slide, much like the Sparks Mirage shown above. If you cinch your belt tight, the gun is as tight against you as any IWB holster, and you don't need to buy larger pants as you do with IWB. Other companies that make this general type of holster include Mitch Rosen, Del Fatti and Haugen. Here is Haugen's version, called the "V slide":
THanks I will keep that in mind.
The USP is a bit on the chunky side in my opinion. I like many things about it except for the carry issue.
Originally Posted by Gary Brommeland