IWB holster advice/preferences for J frame?

IWB holster advice/preferences for J frame?

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    IWB holster advice/preferences for J frame?

    Need some advice on a holster for my S&W 642 j frame. I have carried this gun alot but always in a pocket holster or ankle carry.

    I decided I want to carry this under my work clothes which consists of slacks and short sleeved button up untucked shirts ( Haggar shirts). I normally carry my other guns IWB with VMII's which work great but I was thinking this kind of holster might be kind of bulky for such a small gun. So basically I was wondering about preferences for this kind of carry, if thinner, maybe one belt strap holsters work well? And also your opinions on just carrying a wheel gun on your belt versus an auto, likes, dislikes?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback you folks can provide.
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    I use a Don Hume or a crossbreed supertuck..when I am not pocket carrying. I must say it just disappears, when carrying IWB. Not as comfy,as pocket carry, but I carry IWB when wearing jeans....with a t shirt. No printing.


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    I'm waiting on a desantis "the companion" right now, but found out its on backorder. It'll go either IWB or OWB. Here is a link to the holster, but they don't show the style for a j-frame. Unfortunately I can't find any that show it on a j-frame. BUT, this holster, based on closeups from the seller and a serial number (026) comparison, is a companion. Hopefully its not just an old version b/c this is the style I'd really like.
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far Masterguns and Bps3040. Good choices and inexpensive.
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    J frame S&W grip

    I like the Barami hip grip used in combination with a Tyler T grip, and I pull a piece of bicycle tube over them for a more secure grip.
    I also have the J frame Mag-na-ported.
    The 642 with Barami hip grip is very easy to cary & conceal.

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    Try clipdraw.com. Great for a jframe and tshirt, on a bicycle and everywhere else.

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    Just received a Shirt Tucker from Comp-Tac about a week ago. Single, wide belt clip, very deep "tucking" ability between exterior of holster and interior of pants (if that made sense). Carrying a 638 S&W. While I've only had it a week, I'm very happy so far. Had a day or so of 70's weather so I was t-shirt tucked over and into jeans. Very good so far. And Comp-Tac is a great outfit to deal with (3 holsters so far). Good luck.
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    What about a Desantis Scorpion I have one for Glocks and I believe they make one for the J frame.

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    Go to the 'Related Links' above...search out Fist holsters.
    I have over 30 of them and have never had a bad one.
    Quality, reasonable prices, and quick delivery...costs nothing to look!
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    I have been using a Galco Royal Guard IWB for the last 8 months or so - I love it. It might be a bit more expensive than some of the others you are looking at, but the quality at Galco has been great for me so far!

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    all good choices, thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Go to the 'Related Links' above...search out Fist holsters.
    I have over 30 of them and have never had a bad one.
    Quality, reasonable prices, and quick delivery...costs nothing to look!
    Actually, that is a brand I was looking at, specifically the #17 IWB. Looks like it is pretty thin and no mouth re-enforcement and only $45. Do you use the IWB holsters from them?
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    I have two favorites for my J Frame. A K&D Thunderbird and an Andrews Leather McDaniel II. Can't say I prefer one over the other except the Thunderbird can be IWB or OWB, a nice feature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CDW4ME View Post
    I like the Barami hip grip used in combination with a Tyler T grip, and I pull a piece of bicycle tube over them for a more secure grip.
    I also have the J frame Mag-na-ported.
    The 642 with Barami hip grip is very easy to cary & conceal.
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