issues with OWB, any pointers ?

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    issues with OWB, any pointers ?

    Guys,
    I usually carry IWB due to "restrictions" at work but have been trying to convert to OWB. Using OWB around the house, to run some errands, etc. All under a cover garment.

    My issue is the OWB really seems to be floppy. I went from my 1.5" typical belt to a 1.75" desantis, and no real help there. Even with the belt cinched super tight, there's a pendulum hanging off my hip.
    Have tried OWB holsters from Aker, a kydex galco, and a nylon over kydex Strong (strongcore).

    Any tips as to how I can reduce the floppy feeling ? Would be with a G23 or G22.

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    If you have a good belt and a good holster, the only thing I have is try to move your holster to a different area on your body. I can't carry at 3:00 or 3:30, but 4:30 to 5 works great. Move it around until it seems like the grip is tightest to your body.
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    It sounds like maybe your Belt Slots are "cut" wider than your Belt is.

    In short, your Holster has 1.75" Belt Slots and your Belt is 1.25" wide. That may or may not be the problem, I don't know. I usually recommend a "first rate" Holster Maker and suggest you buy their Holster and Belt as a "unit" because that way you are ensured a good "fit" between the Belt and the Holster.

    Good luck "Floppy".

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    I suspect that the belt is not good enough, and you may be using high ride holsters. I find that a good double thickness belt, and a pancake such as the Sparks I-BAK, or Kevin's (K&D) Eagle or Laredo Defenders holds the gun very securely and tightly against the body.

    Many others prefer the high ride holsters, but I find that unless the belt is very tight the butt of the gun wants to ride out away from the body.
    Good luck, and I am sure that with a little experimentation you will find a satisfactory solution. I almost never carry IWB.

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    The belt is the biggest thing. I have a couple of Desantis belts and I use them for paddle holsters and lower riding OWB holsters. They are not quite stiff enough for higher riding holsters, at least for me. I don't know which Aker you tried but the other holsters you mentioned are not body huggers by design. Most two slot pancake type holsters offered by most makers will do a better job of keeping the pistol tight to your body. Generally, the higher the ride of the holster, the stiffer your belt needs to be. My usual carry is a G19 in a UBG Bonneville. It's high but tight because of the belts I use. A UBG and a Wilderness mostly. I couldn't use that holster with my Desantis belts.

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    Kramer Horsehide Belt Scabbard or Sparks Axiom
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    Pancake of paddle OWB only for me. I think some of it may just be your perception of being floppy after having carried IWB.
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    The more around your waist the belt lies, rather than your hip, the better the holster will function...regardless of how good the belt is. This may not apply in your case, but I know many of our younger citizens wear their trousers lower than I do.

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    What holster are you using?

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    Assuming you've got a good belt, here's two things to try.

    Make sure the belt is riding on your waist, not the top of your hips. Then ditch the high-ride holster, if that's what you're using. Polymer handguns are butt-heavy when loaded and the butt is far from the attachment point to your belt. This makes it a sort of lever and falls away from your body.

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    I don't have any problems with my glock 26 or 19 riding owb. the beltman belt is an excellent foundation for any holster. the 19 rides in a don hume ot0721 and the g26 in a rusty sherrick us high ride. i also have a serpa sportster paddle holster that is one of my favorites as of late.




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    Alright I think I'll have to upgrade my belt - again - before I condemn OWB!
    Thanks guys

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    If your in a hurry to get something you might try Lightning Arms Sports, they may have something in stock from milt sparks and others.

    Otherwise I would order a belt and holster from some of the great leather makers mentioned. Myself I have a Milt Sparks Axiom Holster OWB and belt and love them holds my 1911 nice and tight to body.

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    Good holster (IWB or OWB)...tight, quality belt...no problem.
    I just ordered two new belts from Looper Belts...should be here on Friday... normally I use a Wilderness, but not with dress pants.
    Seeing that I wear dress pants and suspenders at school where I can't have a weapon anyway (no belt needed), my Wilderness works just fine with shorts or jeans...while outside of school...we'll see how the Loopers work!
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