IWB vs OWB

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    IWB vs OWB

    When I first started carrying it was always IWB. Now after a couple of years I really prefer OWB. My edc is a Kahr P9. Has anyone else had this happen to them? I just find OWB with my shirt untucked works well for me. Thanks.

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    Dave, any suggestions for an OWB for a Taurus model 85 UL with a 2 inch barrel?

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    I felt like I had to carry IWB when I started. Everyone pushed me that way... but I eventually downsized (Airweight 642) and carry OWB daily. I like it better.

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    I've carried IWB for so long I feel naked without it. Most OWB's now feel less secure than my trusty IWB's.
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    It depends on what I am wearing and the pistol I am carrying.

    Full size autos OWB

    Revolvers and compacts autos IWB
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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    I felt like I had to carry IWB when I started. Everyone pushed me that way... but I eventually downsized (Airweight 642) and carry OWB daily. I like it better.
    I am feeling the same way.

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    I've grown accustomed to IWB's...
    I tried OWB, but found it awkward and bulky...OMO
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    Most of the time it is a G23 on the hip, if I am going where there will be crowds then in is IWB appendix carry.- George

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    I only carry OWB and find it very comfortable and easy to draw. Mostly leather but you may also want to consider Fobus with I also like, I prefer paddle in both styles. Just my .02 cents.
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    When I'm carrying my Sig, i'm OWB, 100% of the time. No worries about printing 'cause this is an open carry state. If I need more full concealment some reason, I carry a S&W 638 in my front pocket (with a holster)
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    lately I have been using a Wilson Combat Lo-Profile OWB. Resonable price and the gun rides High to prevent the barrel sticking out when I raise an arm. These have a breakin period though.

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    I also find myself preferring OWB. Getting ready to order a couple of holsters for my G27. First will be an OWB.
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    I actually switch constantly. Sometimes I just want a little more coverage, other times I want a faster draw. Sadly the more coverage is the OWB, and faster draw is IWB for me. Both are pretty comfortable.
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    It took me a while to find just the right combination of guns and holsters to be comfortable and they're mostly IWB because I can conceal them better. OWB holsters tend to peek out under my coats or shirts a little faster than IWB.

    I've actually had OWB holsters that were uncomfortable. It's just the combination of a gun, the leather, and the lay of the land (i.e. your particular hip and waist). It's a pain getting there but once you do and you can just carry, it's sweet!!

    For outdoor hunting/fishing, I tend to carry OWB a bit more to keep the gun out of the way of packs, etc.

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