Going to an IWB holster

Going to an IWB holster

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    Going to an IWB holster

    I'm thinking about getting another holster and my question is... How many inches do you need to add to you pants on the average to accommodate an IWB holster? I'm referring to jeans. I don't were dress pants typ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by never_retreat View Post
    I'm thinking about getting another holster and my question is... How many inches do you need to add to you pants on the average to accommodate an IWB holster? I'm referring to jeans. I don't were dress pants typ.
    My normal waist size is 36. I like to buy 38s for wear when carrying IWB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by never_retreat View Post
    I'm thinking about getting another holster and my question is... How many inches do you need to add to you pants on the average to accommodate an IWB holster? I'm referring to jeans. I don't were dress pants typ.

    What Wmhawth is said is about standard.
    on average 2" so if you wear a 36" go to a 38"

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    None, before you change your wardrobe, try your rig in your every day jeans. Maybe I'm the exception but I haven't bought larger sizes.

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    I go almost exclusively IWB ( a 642 so far ) , and I havent gone to bigger britches. I buy the cargo's with the elastic waist bands. Its finding that "sweet spot" too.

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    I usually buy one size bigger in jeans also. Depends on the brand too but usually one size bigger works perfect.

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    I wore a 36 and they fit with both my full size and subcompact. I have lost about 25-30 lbs so I'm going to have to go to a 34 soon.
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    You might not have to, it depends on the gun/holster bulk and also if the jeans are snug.
    I wear jeans that fit but aren't tight, I can easily accommodate an XD9 IWB, I didn't have to buy all new pants.
    Try it before you go out and spend the cash.

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    I'm going to put a spin on this post, I been browsing the web now for a few hours and I need help. Where can i get a good quality lower cost (100 bucks or so) holster. And not wait 3 months to get it. I was looking at the high noon Closing Argument seems to be nice and have a feature or two I was looking for. A piece of leather between me and the gun and the ability to tuck in more than an inch of shirt.http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Prod..._argument.html
    Oh by the way its for a Hk usp compact 9mm
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    http://www.comp-tac.com/

    I have the C-TACT for my Taurus that I wear everyday as well as one for my Beretta.
    http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog/prod...d50d3bbedc0abc

    I also have an extra mag holder from them.

    Edit: whoops, didn't see the leather part.
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    Forget the leather. Go with the Comp-Tac C-T.A.C. Great company, great holsters.

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    My issue with less expensive IWB leather holsters (and some OWB ones) is how well the holster mouth stays open when the gun is drawn. If it collapses, there is a tendency to use the muzzle to squeeze open the holster. In many cases this causes the muzzle to point toward the body as you move it back and forth to force it in - not a good practice.

    The alternative is to use two hands; one to hold the holster open and the strong hand to reholster - again, the issue is sweeping your weak hand.

    Kydex holsters or more expensive leather holsters stay open and eliminate that issue.

    Just my .02.

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    I've found that trouser size really varies from brand to brand. Usually, one extra size will do quite nicely for my IWB CCW rig. However, what I do now is to wear my rig to the store and take in the trousers into the dressing room and just see what size I need to accomodate my CCW. Works for me
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    I would say 2 inches too. And as far as WHICH IWB? I'm STILL trying to decide between a Milt Sparks VM2 or a Comp-Tac Infidel!

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    2" sounds about the norm. I wear a 38 normally and had to buy 40's for IWB.
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