Newbie IWB Question

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    Newbie IWB Question

    I'm considering my first IWB holster purchase, a Comp-Tac CTAC. My question is this, how do you put your IWB holster on? For example, holster on to pants, gun in holster, then pull pants on or pants on, put gun in holster then holstered gun on pants.

    Dumb question maybe, but I'd really appreciate your input.

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    Pants on, belt on, holster on, gun in. IMO holsters are for wearing not storing. I never leave a gun in a holster, plus sweaty holsters are not good for some guns finish. I also try to limit manipulation of a holster with a gun in it.
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    S 45 summed it up pretty well. But, there is no hard and fast rule. I've been known to put on my pants and belt, but yet not fasten them, as I work the holster into the position I want, then secure everything and insert the gun.

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    Pants on...belt in place...ready to go out the door! My Fist IWB (with a clip simply goes right into place. Easy on...easy off!
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    Pants, Belt, Holster, button and (usually remember to) zip, buckle, Gun.

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    It depends on the holster. One with clips can pretty much go on after your pants on up, zipped, & belt's on & maybe even cinched. If not, then just before your cinch your belt. The gun should be the last thing put in, except maybe for cinching/loosening your belt, depending on your needs.

    It may "seem' like a dumb question, but I'm sure many of us have dropped our guns (Or almost have), while trying to figure it out.
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    Pants Size

    You may have to wear a larger size! If your pants are a little tight IWB can be very uncomfortable!

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    Pants, Holster, Tighten Belt, Gun. IWB with the weight of a gun not supported by a belt tends to flop upside down possibly causing gun to drop to the floor. (had this happen to my g23 in the men's room.as I was dropping trow). It was less than a one inch fall but it still takes the wind out dropping a loaded gun but first on a hard tile floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhiggi02 View Post
    I'm considering my first IWB holster purchase, a Comp-Tac CTAC. My question is this, how do you put your IWB holster on? For example, holster on to pants, gun in holster, then pull pants on or pants on, put gun in holster then holstered gun on pants.

    Dumb question maybe, but I'd really appreciate your input.

    Thanks, Michael


    You should take a look at the newer Comp-Tac MTAC. Like the CTAC but with leather backing. Many are finding it more comfortable than the all kydex CTAC. Can also switch out the kydex body to accomodate different guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimjim View Post
    You should take a look at the newer Comp-Tac MTAC. Like the CTAC but with leather backing. Many are finding it more comfortable than the all kydex CTAC. Can also switch out the kydex body to accomodate different guns.
    Great, thanks - I'll check that one out. I appreciate everyone's input.
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    Depending on the clip type - I put my holster/gun on pants, belt on pants - then pants on me.

    Side note- I am sending my CTAC back! It conceals fine and is made well - but it is the most uncomfortable holster I have ever had on. If you wear an under shirt - it may function fine. I am going with the MTAC instead as I have a Crossbreed that it looks similar to - which I have been extremely pleased
    Last edited by FlyboyLDB; August 21st, 2007 at 11:38 PM.

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    I appreciate everyone's input. Per slimjim's recommendation, I ordered the Comp-Tac MTAC (http://www.comp-tac.com/catalog/prod...products_id=95) and expect it late next week or early the next. I also ordered a Triskel IWB holster and a belt from Garrity Gun leather about 5 weeks ago (http://garritysgunleather.com/IWBHolsters.htm) - playing the waiting game for that one.

    Anyone have any experience with either of these?

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