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Transitioning from IWB to OWB

This is a discussion on Transitioning from IWB to OWB within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I also go with OWB, it is just more comfortable. I almost wear a cover garment. In the summer, I have started wearing a lite ...

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    I also go with OWB, it is just more comfortable. I almost wear a cover garment. In the summer, I have started wearing a lite "sun jacket." In all, my pistol is adequately covered; but then, I am also in a "no one cares" part of the country.

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    Checkout http://winthropholsters.com/ Well made, decent quality holsters....Not quite the leather thickness and glossy finish of a Galco or custom made holster....but still well made, functional, and 1/3 to 1/2 the price......shipped within 24 hours as well....

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    I started out carrying IWB as that was the way to CC back in the day. Milt Sparks VM2 was my favorite holster. Now days, comfort is a main consideration and there are a number of OWB holsters that conceal very well and are more comfortable than IWB. My current is a DeSantis Speed Scabbard. I prefer leather. YMMV.

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    I live in NC and even though open carry is legal but in the 20 years here I have here I have never seen anyone open carry on the streets other than those with a badge on the belts too ! Now I will carry my pistol or revolver owb on the rare occasion but only when in the woods scouting . Other wise I have 32 years of IWB at 3:00 carry both higher and far tighter to my body than any owb will even allow . I also don't want to wear a retention holster and if you go around people in a city you better use a retention holster . I also need to wear suspenders with IWB or OWB so that's a none issues . Being 63 years old I have had to deal with the lack of Butt checks issues for some years . Drop my suspenders off my shoulders , remove my pistol and wiggle my hips and my pants hit the floor !!

    As it is I'm 5-9 215lb and if I wear a Carhart Force t-shirt now as there cut a little wider at the hips than regular T's and that makes a full grip 1911 easier to conceal .
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    OP here with results. Love the StealthGear OWB Ventcore. The OWB holster is a bit more comfortable as it doesn't require the belt to be quite as tight. Biggest advantage is that I can wear it at 3 o'clock making it more accessible than the OWB holster sitting at 4:30 (no way my body type would keep the OWB at 3:00!). The OWB is also easier on and off, handy when I go to matches and practice since I run a 1911 in a double belt rig for same. And, with the holster now at 3:00 I can spray weeds with a backpack sprayer while carrying.

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    If I carry in a holster...it is OWB. I am way past suffering the discomfort I experienced with IWB. So, today, it is in my pocket or outside my waistband...and has actually been that way for some years now.
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    I swing both ways. But OWB is more comfortable with a good holster and belt.
    Even with the dreaded noassatall disease. I can still carry a full size 1911 without my kilts or britches down around my ankles

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    I was an IWB concealed carrier for years, but after several hip surgeries, I tried OWB. It's more comfortable and just as easy to conceal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RETSUPT99 View Post
    I was an IWB concealed carrier for years, but after several hip surgeries, I tried OWB. It's more comfortable and just as easy to conceal.
    Hmmm. Something for me to consider. Interesting. Thanks!
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    I've found that the key to the switch is a good belt. A loose belt will flop like mad OWB. With my hip replacement I had to carry OWB for the past year and I found that a DeSantis Speed Scabbard held by a Hanks belt did the job.
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    Especially with thinner guns like sig 365 i find I don't give up much in concealability and gain accessibility.

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    I used to carry IWB, but due to a rotator cuff injury, I switched to OWB. I have less problem. And I bought a Phalanx Defense Systems belts slide holster which conceals my Sig P229 easily. I can also carry my Beretta 92 with an old Uncle Mikes kydex paddle rig easily too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threefeathers View Post
    I've found that the key to the switch is a good belt. A loose belt will flop like mad OWB. With my hip replacement I had to carry OWB for the past year and I found that a DeSantis Speed Scabbard held by a Hanks belt did the job.
    Using a 1.75" gun-belt does a lot to keep an OWB in-place.

    Wear the holster you want, and dress to conceal.
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    Every holster I own except one is a @NelsonHolsters OWB version. It's so comfortable. I do carry James' Stealth for IWB when I want to carry my full size XD discreetly.

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    OWB concealed is my daily standard. Lately I've been using a paddle holster for easy on/off. Even in summer heat, with a large T shirt it works fine.

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