Question for those that carry OWB.

Question for those that carry OWB.

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    Question for those that carry OWB.

    I am curious about carrying OWB. I just started carrying a few years ago and have always carried IWB with kydex holsters. Today the holster for my Shield broke where the clip attaches so I need to get something new anyway. So when you guys carry OWB (I'm thinking leather pancake style) is it difficult to keep the muzzle end concealed? I realize a longer shirt would cover better but I would think that would mean more shirt to fumble with to draw the weapon. I think my normal attire would cover decent until I have to reach high for something and then I would be concerned about my shirt riding up high enough to expose the holster. Am I overthinking this or is this a valid concern? Thanks for any input.

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    Concealment OWB is going to depend on individual body size and gun size. I a a trim 165 pounds, whatever I wear showns on me so I carry a gun they will get the job done and which I can conceal. The photos below show my OEB concealed PPS M2. In a Bianchi Foldaway Holster. If I tried to OWB conceal a larger gun it would not work as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycamaro_68 View Post
    So when you guys carry OWB (I'm thinking leather pancake style) is it difficult to keep the muzzle end concealed?
    Mycamaro_68,

    I OWB carry either my Kahr K9 or my Sig M11-A1. 9:00 position, leather pancake holster with thumb break, FBI cant. Holster completely covers the muzzle. I do have to be mindful of revealing the muzzle end of the holster, though. Wearing a dark holster, and dark belt, and dark(er) pants, and having a pistol that's not too long help keep my CCW from being recognized for what it is, though, I think.

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    when carrying OWB I carry a DB9FS. The holster covers just even with the muzzle.
    I use a pancake DeSantis Speed Scabbard open top holster.FBI cant. A good gun belt is also necessary.
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    I rarely carry IWB, and for lots of reasons I lean toward paddle holsters. An untucked shirt here in AZ is adequate cover for 8 months of the year. Most commonly these days I'm carrying a .45 Shield, and a dark or patterned untucked shirt provides plenty of cover for all but the most discerning and trained eyes.
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    You are overthinking this. Don't worry about your shirt riding up, as the Sheep are too engaged w/ their shiny phones to notice anything going on around them.

    Wear the holster you want, and dress to conceal.
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    I carry full size guns OWB in a leather pancake style holster @ 3:00 with a spare magazine @ 9:00. I wear a one size larger untucked shirt to cover.
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    Thanks for the replies so far, keep them coming! I am 5'10" and 200lbs and usually wear xl shirts. I do sometimes carry a full size m&p9 that I cut the grip down to accept compact magazines so that would definitely be harder to conceal because of the barrel length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycamaro_68 View Post
    Thanks for the replies so far, keep them coming! I am 5'10" and 200lbs and usually wear xl shirts. I do sometimes carry a full size m&p9 that I cut the grip down to accept compact magazines so that would definitely be harder to conceal because of the barrel length.
    Barrel length is a minimal factor in concealability, compared to the width of the gun and the length of the grip. One of the guns I carry in a paddle holster is a full-sized Sig 220 with a 4.4" barrel, with no more concerns about concealment than the Shield. You just take care to dress around the gun.
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    I find rubber grips harder to conceal. They cause my shirt to bunch up. Smooth wood grips work best for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycamaro_68 View Post
    Thanks for the replies so far, keep them coming! I am 5'10" and 200lbs and usually wear xl shirts. I do sometimes carry a full size m&p9 that I cut the grip down to accept compact magazines so that would definitely be harder to conceal because of the barrel length.
    I agree that barrel length isn't the real issue. My carry gun has a 4.75" barrel. Cant can help a lot.

    As a side note...Does your user ID mean you have a 68 Camaro?
    I have a 70 parked in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Barrel length is a minimal factor in concealability, compared to the width of the gun and the length of the grip. One of the guns I carry in a paddle holster is a full-sized Sig 220 with a 4.4" barrel, with no more concerns about concealment than the Shield. You just take care to dress around the gun.
    I was surprised how similar my "compact" M&P9 carried compared to my Shield. Grip length are almost identical to each other and the double stack feels better in my hand. I also feel like the longer barrel/slide helps to keep the butt of the gun tucked in better than the Shield

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffreyR View Post
    I agree that barrel length isn't the real issue. My carry gun has a 4.75" barrel. Cant can help a lot.

    As a side note...Does your user ID mean you have a 68 Camaro?
    I have a 70 parked in the garage.
    Yes I do have a 68 Camaro. Is yours a split bumper? I love the front ends on the split bumpers!

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    Ok any recommendations for leather pancake holsters that are good value/quality? I don't want to spend a ton of money but also dont want the cheapest POS either.

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    I carry a Shield in a DeSantis Mini-Scabbard with no problems concealing with a loose T-shirt or Columbia type fishing shirt.
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