Do any of you carry concealed with an OWB holster?

Do any of you carry concealed with an OWB holster?

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    Do any of you carry concealed with an OWB holster?

    For the last few years I've pocket carried a Springfield XDS .45 in a pocket holster. I started out doing this just around the house and my own neighborhood.

    I want to carry my other pistols just as comfortably, but I have finally accepted a fact of life: I don't care for IWB carry. Yes, I know it offers the best concealment, but I hate putting an IWB holster on and taking it off. I also hate the way it feels when I sit down. I'm also not crazy about having to wear looser pants to accommodate an IWB holster. I have a locker full of IWB holsters I've bought over the years, each time thinking, "This will be the RIGHT one!"

    In case any of you are wondering, no, I'm not fat.

    So in short, do any of you carry concealed OWB? And if so, what do you carry and in what holster?
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    A couple of choices I use and like. Pictured: G26 in a Simply Rugged CID, XDS in a Fist #12. These 2 holsters were both about $100 give or take. It's the pancake design that makes them very concealable when worn OWB with a cover garment.

    As for IWB carry the best I have for that is a Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 that fits my Glocks 19 and 26. With the Sparks holster you might find that you like IWB after all.
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    I do it every day...I have pretty much foregone leather holsters for all but revolvers.
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    1911 Commander is carried in a Milt Sparks Axiom, or a Fist, Inc. #42 Driving Holster, or a Red Nichols paddle holster. The Sig P365 is carried in Crossbreed "Reckoning." I've been carrying for 45 years and these are what works best for me for the pistols mentioned.
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    My EDC is a Walther PPS M2 with 3.2 inch barrel. I mostly carry it OWB at 3 O'Clock in a Bianchi Foldaway holster.

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    I carried OWB for eight years, either a G26, G19 or G30. Mostly in a kydex holster, either Raven Concealment Phantom, Bravo Concealment, or similar. For the past year I have carried exclusively AIWB. I am wearing the same size pants, but since they have elastic in the waist, they fit acceptably with or without a pistol concealed.

    I now carry a Sig P229 (about the same size as a G19) and find it to be very comfortable. Of course, I also am using an infinitely adjustable belt and a holster specifically designed for AIWB.
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    One other stipulation I forgot..... I REALLY don't like to feel the butt of a gun against my skin, so I also want it to have a backing plate or whatever it's called.
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    Yes, though I carry IWB a lot in warmer weather.

    I prefer to CC OWB if my shirt works with it, ie: Long enough to hide the muzzle when I sit down and loose enough to not print too much. Not a fan of a t-shirt with an unbuttoned shirt on top.

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    I don't like IWB because I can't get my belt tight enough to hold my pants up without digging the gun into my side.

    I live in Colorado where it's usually cool enough that a T-Shirt and an over shirt don't look out of place.

    I carry a Glock 19 or a 26 in the appropriate sized Galco CM holster.

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    I have carried a 3" SP101, Glock 43, SD9, Sig P227 and P220 and currently a Commander 1911 OWB concealed. I have always used Don Hume from Gunners Alley. Good handgun boning and high riding so retains nicely and the big one for me is 1.75" belt slots since all my belts,even the heavy duty gun belt is 1.75" wide. The wider belts allow me to use a thinner more comfortable belt and retain the stiffness needed to keep the gun in close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringerXD View Post
    One other stipulation I forgot..... I REALLY don't like to feel the butt of a gun against my skin, so I also want it to have a backing plate or whatever it's called.
    Re an OWB holster that really does hold the gun tight enough to conceal well: I doubt there is one with a full shield on the back side. And if there is, I think that stiff leather would be quite uncomfortable. Soft leather is a no-no if you want to holster safely and not get the trigger caught in the "collapsing" leather.

    Get some sleeveless light weight undershirts - the Brits call them singlets. A undershirt tank top, if you will. Some people prefer thin cotton but others prefer man made fibers that supposedly wick away moisture.

    And that is the advice from Granny.
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    Do any of you carry concealed with an OWB holster?-img_20190317_220509.jpg Do any of you carry concealed with an OWB holster?-img_20190317_220519.jpg

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ID:	301552 19-4 in a Nelson Holsters Thunderbird if I remember right. It can be worn OWB or IWB with by adding belt clips. Full sweat shield.
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    I often carry a three inch j frame owb, in an Azula pancake holster. About $45. I also have learned to abhor iwb carry. Otherwise it's a 380 in my pocket.

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    For OWB carry:
    Various 1911s in either Mitch Rosen, Wilson Combat, Warbird Leather, leather holsters.

    Various M&P pistols in Wilson Combat leather holsters, or Panther Concealment Kydex holsters.

    All are carried at 3:00, same place I carry IWB.

    I always wear an undershirt, and my cover garment is usually a Tee shirt.
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    I use an undershirt or T shirt to keep the pistol off the skin.

    SP101 in a Theis holster.

    Glocks in a Glock Sport/Combat holster. Im getting a custom leather one made with a thumb break for when I might want to open carry. I wont open carry without retention.

    I tried IWB, hated it. And Im not buying a whole new wardrobe to have room.
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