This is a discussion on Between the belt holsters? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This seems like an interesting way to carry since IWB can be a pain but whenever I look at these type of holsters, it always ...
This seems like an interesting way to carry since IWB can be a pain but whenever I look at these type of holsters, it always seems like they would slide back and forth on your waist. Are these types of holsters secure? The Rosen between the belt rigs look real nice but I am worried if they are secure enough and wont be shifting all the time
My main experience with this concept is through the Galco JAK slide, of which I have two. This is a belt slide holster with open bottom, so the gun barrel sticks out some. The belt goes over the gun and holster, as in the Rosen shown above, and the tightening of the belt pulls the package very snugly against your side. I find that this approach holds the gun and holster as tight as an IWB holster without requiring a larger pants size. The key is snugging your belt fairly tight, which really retains the gun in place firmly.
So I like this type of holster, and may have to consider getting one of the Rosen models that cover the complete gun like the one shown.
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I have a Galco and have been looking for a replacement because getting the firearm in and out of the holster is a challenge. I mean, it carries nicely and you can draw, no problem. But this is no range holster that is for sure.
I'm not sure I really see the point of Inside the Belt holster. Doesn't conceal like an IWB and is basically a odd OWB. I'm open to explanation though.
I have used IWB holster in that manner without a problem. I just prefer an OWB if I am not going to IWB.
Between the belt and pants holster is a nice compramise to IWB carry. It is much more comfortable to wear although not as concealable as IWB, as Pogo said by haveing the belt tension on the holster with your pants acting as a barrier the gun will pull itself very tight to your body making it conceal better than an OWB but not quite as good as an IWB. This style holster is very nice if you carry a short barreled gun. I made them and when I open shop again I will be making more.
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If I'm wearing my gun showing, I'll have it in a comfortable, close hugging OWB, like my Axioms. If it goes under my belt, just as well have it concealed in an IWB.
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I like the concept myself. I have a FIST #19 "close-crop" - a narrow version of this:
I had them add a tension screw in case it is needed over the years because it has loostened up some. It's very adjustable for ride and cant. It retains well and stays open for reholstering.
I ordered the "kit" for quick change snaps and other options.
I like the idea of a quality holster that can be worn either way. I don't have to invest in several holsters. If my pants have room, I can carry I.W.B. If they are tighter, I can carry O.W.B. (as pictured). A well snugged belt makes O.W.B. conceal almost as well as I.W.B. IMO.
Why spend twice the $ when just one holster does it all?
I also have a "Defender" belly band for "deep cover" and a Mika pocket holster. I don't have an unused "holster drawer" and am happy with my choices in holsters. They are all I need - as far as I can tell.
(I carry a S&W 340 snub.)
I have dozens of Fist #1A's (clip & cant)...they never slip...but I keep a tight, quality belt.
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Here is a inside the belt holster I made for my personal Makarov. Ive also made them for the J-Frame Smith,
Model 26/27 Glock, Kahr PM series, and Walther PPKS. I usually build them roughside out to help keep the holster from moving around on the belt. I'm a rather large guy and the IWB doesn't work well for me. The inside the belt holster works for me and several of my large economy sized clients