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    IWB Vs OWB

    Just a personal observation, being tall and skinny, I only weigh 145 lbs. I can not wear a IWB CC, even tried a suede lined holster with a Ruger LCP 380, they chafe on my hip bone, the most comfortable for me are the Bianchi OWB, and even than i wear them more toward the back than on the hip. My normal CC are a 1911 .45 or Charter Arms .44 spc.

    Any of you other skinny guys have this problem ??

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    I'm a long way from skinny, but do you wear an undershirt? I realize you live in Florida, but it might help with the chafing.
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    Not skinny, and not a problem for me. A "Chrisbreed" holster is quite comfortable even with a full sized 1911.

    I normally carry my LW commander now though.
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    I'm probably closer to an average build to slightly overweight but I don't care for IWB holsters either. I generally wear loose clothing and I prefer high riding pancake style holsters for anything that I carry unless it's my LCP which has a techniclip on it and it hooks inside of a pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywapti View Post
    Just a personal observation, being tall and skinny, I only weigh 145 lbs. I can not wear a IWB CC, even tried a suede lined holster with a Ruger LCP 380, they chafe on my hip bone, the most comfortable for me are the Bianchi OWB, and even than i wear them more toward the back than on the hip. My normal CC are a 1911 .45 or Charter Arms .44 spc.

    Any of you other skinny guys have this problem ??

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    yes even though I an a little bit more filled out than you describe yourself----193/6' 1&1/2".

    I want a t-shirt for IWB----hot and no T-shirt then I opt for IWB or a pack.
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    I don't like either, I pocket carry all the time anymore.

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    5’11” 180lbs and I carry some form of single stack 1911 IWB. Depending on what and the weather I carry either a Sparks Versa Max off strong hip and can get away with an untucked polo or a SA EMP IWB appendix with a Remora. The EMP/Remora combo disappears with anything ... even sweat pants or gym shorts.
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    At 6'4" and 245 I can't remember the last time I was accused of being skinny, but when I need to deep conceal for work I use the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster. It has neoprene padding where it touches your hip and the belt clips are 8" apart so it distributes the weight well. It has a thin sheet of stainless steel between the layers so it is flexible enough to follow the contours of your body without losing its shape. The steel also prevents your gun from digging into your hip. I wear it at the 4 o'clock position. I also always wear an Under Armour Heat Gear compression fit undershirt so that the holster does not rub my skin. It is designed to wear with your shirt tucked in so I can wear it with work clothes and nobody has a clue it is there. I think it is about as comfortable as an IWB holster will ever get.




    I too prefer OWB and normally use this Sneaky Pete:




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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyrlf3 View Post
    I'm a long way from skinny, but do you wear an undershirt? I realize you live in Florida, but it might help with the chafing.
    Getting awful personal aint ya??

    Sometimes during the cool months, I did try it but it didn't help. Been thinking about a shoulder holster when we go out to diner since I usually wear a jacket, any thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywapti View Post
    Getting awful personal aint ya??

    Sometimes during the cool months, I did try it but it didn't help. Been thinking about a shoulder holster when we go out to diner since I usually wear a jacket, any thoughts??

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    You can make a shoulder rig work. I sometimes wear one under my jacket to church on Sunday. Requires practice, practice, practice. But they are very comfortable.
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    Obviously Living where I do I cant carry. But I am practicing for when I get my NH license in a few weeks and can carry when we are in Pa. IWB is very comfortable since my waist band on pants and skirts run a little large anyway, and with my small frame it is easier to conceal a pistol. I forget the model holster it is, but it is a Desantis IWB holster for a glock 26. Sadly with my size, carrying a handgun isn't the easiest task outside of putting it in my purse which isn't very practical either. I am only 5'2" and 110 pounds with a 22" waist.
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    There's a lot of variables to IWB comfort. I used to run a Glock 22 and a 1911 in identical Blade Tech holsters without much discomfort, but the smaller Glock 27 in the same model/style holster poked and prodded in very unpleasant ways.

    Shape of the gun is a factor. Holster design is a factor. Weight of the gun and how tight you have to cinch your belt is a factor. Body shape is a factor. Design of your pants is a factor. Width of your belt is a factor. With all those moving parts, my advice or anyone else's is only going to get you so far. Only thing for it is to try Holster A, figure out what you don't like about it and use that in the selection of Holster B, C, D, etc... Not unusual at all to end up with a drawer full of low mileage holsters.
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    Bigslug makes a very good point ... what is best for me might not be for you. The one thing though that does pretty much hold true across the board is a good belt is a must. In general a regular belt is not enough for the weight of carrying a regular holster and pistol. After that be ready to try quite a few setups ... and carrying one gun one way may not be the best way to carry a different gun. The other factor is to me there is no true comfortable way to carry a handgun of my choice ... it comes down to making the best of it and getting use to doing it like buying pants one waist size up and shirts with a slightly longer tail that tend to help conceal. It comes down like Bigslug says what works best for you.
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    Try appendix carry. I used to hate it, because I was a lard ass. Now that I've lost weight, it works well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaywapti View Post
    Getting awful personal aint ya??

    Sometimes during the cool months, I did try it but it didn't help. Been thinking about a shoulder holster when we go out to diner since I usually wear a jacket, any thoughts??

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    The only IWB I like is appendix carry and I utilize that method quite often. Anywhere else on my waist and I prefer OWB.
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    I hate shoulder holsters. I really dislike things draped across my shoulders
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbyrlf3 View Post
    I'm a long way from skinny, but do you wear an undershirt? I realize you live in Florida, but it might help with the chafing.
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    I carry IWB at about 4 o'clock. Carry my Shield and the G19 the same way. Been carrying this way since I got my permit. Like others have said, I buy those thin moisture wicking tank tops to wear under my shirts. Doesn't matter if it's the middle of the summer I have got use to them under my tee shirts. Been doing it so long it's like my wallet I don't even know it's there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zee View Post
    The only IWB I like is appendix carry and I utilize that method quite often. Anywhere else on my waist and I prefer OWB.
    This. I rarely OWB anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linefinder View Post
    This. I rarely OWB anymore.

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    So, I have been trying this IWB appendix carry with my Kahr K9, my pants are about 1/2-1 size over, it is hard to sit and kind of looks like I am glad to see you, tough to sit seat belted in the trucks, using a DeSantis 106 D6. 4-5 O'clock is not great with a tucked in shirt either, gotta wear my cell phone on my belt for camo. I just keep dropping my J-Frame in my front pocket, but magazines seem like a better way to go in certain situations, if not all.

    Any suggestions anyone?
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    I carry OWB as others at about 4.
    When I started I weighed 228 pounds and am 5'11, I now weigh about 184 and find it much more comfortable.
    Our constitutional carry went into effect last August and I carry pretty much daily. I carry the 380 or 9mm.
    When the weight started coming off had to drop down from 38 to 34 in pants but have stayed with the x-large shirts.

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    I'm still pretty new at this, but IWB at about 2 or 2:30 seems to be working for me...
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    Most comfortable with a pistol for me is IWB at 3:30, whether it’s a 1911, my Shield, or anything in between. Revolvers are almost always OWB between 3:00 and 3:30, with the exception of my old Charter .38 when I’m feeling nostalgic.

    I tried appendix carry, but my Dunlap Syndrome prevents it from being comfortable, especially when I sit. Or turn, lean over, walk, whatever...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIRO1989 View Post
    So, I have been trying this IWB appendix carry with my Kahr K9, my pants are about 1/2-1 size over, it is hard to sit and kind of looks like I am glad to see you, tough to sit seat belted in the trucks, using a DeSantis 106 D6. 4-5 O'clock is not great with a tucked in shirt either, gotta wear my cell phone on my belt for camo. I just keep dropping my J-Frame in my front pocket, but magazines seem like a better way to go in certain situations, if not all.

    Any suggestions anyone?
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    Get a remora holster and cure the di ckie-do disease.
    Did they fix the problem from early Remoras where the glue in the seam oozed out in hot weather? Nasty sticky mess, it was...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpj View Post
    Get a remora holster and cure the di ckie-do disease.
    I'll second the Remora recommendation. Thanx to CPJ's recommendation, my wife and I both carry Remoras and they work well.
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    Did they fix the problem from early Remoras where the glue in the seam oozed out in hot weather? Nasty sticky mess, it was...
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