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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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    Re: IWB Vs OWB

    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.

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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 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Wambli Ska View Post
    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.
    Shoulder holsters almost require muzzle flagging everyone on one side of you during the draw. A no go for me. And if they aren’t great require both hands to accomplish the draw.

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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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    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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    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.
    No help from me on this thread, even on a cloudy day me and my shadow are too fat for an opinion!
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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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    Re: IWB Vs OWB

    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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    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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    Re: IWB Vs OWB

    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 ??

    JAY
    At 5'11" 140, I guess I qualify as a skinny guy. I carry an M&P compact in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck at about 3:30. Don't have the problem you mentioned. But I only carry around the house, and only a few hours at a time. Not sure how it would feel after 8 or 10 hours though.
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    I appendix carry a Glock 19 daily in a Raven Concealment Eidelon. For me the holster makes all the difference, and the Eidelon (and others like it) features a "claw" that your belt pushes against and rotates the gun butt against your torso. I can even carry with a moderately fitted t-shirt without significant printing.


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    I used to carry IWB with a Milt Sparks Executive Companion for my Colt Lt.Wt Officers Model .45 acp.
    But after my hip replacement I switched to a Galco COMBAT MASTER BELT HOLSTER OWB that I carry either my Colt Commander or my Colt Lt. Wt. Officers Mdl. I have found it very comfortable and both fit well and easy for me to conceal.

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    Word to the wise, if you use a pocket holster like the Remora, use it as it was designed to be used.....in a pocket. A friend of mine was using the DeSantis pocket holster similar a Remora, but was using it as an IWB holster. A couple of weeks ago he had to pull his gun to stop a knife attack and the holster came out with the gun. He had to sweep the holster off the gun with his other hand. Luckily the thug fled when he realized he had literally brought a knife to a gunfight. The thug didn't get far, police caught up with him a few blocks away. What may appear to work fine in practice may not work so well in an emergency with the adrenaline flowing.

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    I have an OWB that fits both my PT-709 and fullsize M&P. Love it.

    owb slide.jpg

    A long shirt and it hides the Taurus easily. The S&W needs more help, so if I wear my jacket, fine, otherwise, I have IWB that works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10canyon53 View Post
    Word to the wise, if you use a pocket holster like the Remora, use it as it was designed to be used.....in a pocket. A friend of mine was using the DeSantis pocket holster similar a Remora, but was using it as an IWB holster. A couple of weeks ago he had to pull his gun to stop a knife attack and the holster came out with the gun. He had to sweep the holster off the gun with his other hand. Luckily the thug fled when he realized he had literally brought a knife to a gunfight. The thug didn't get far, police caught up with him a few blocks away. What may appear to work fine in practice may not work so well in an emergency with the adrenaline flowing.
    The Remora CAN be used as a pocket holster but it’s designed to be an IWB carry holster. The Desantis is an actual pocket carry holster. And the real Remora will NOT come out of your pants when you draw, period.

    I’ve been carrying my wife’s 43 apendix in a Remora most of this winter and I’ll be dammed if it’s not one of the most concealable and comfortable CC rigs ever. Hardly notice it’s there anymore.
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    I wore a Remora with a P-64 in it for 12 hours today, drove over 500 miles, and did mechanical inspections on two cars. No strain, no pain, and I almost forgot I was packing, occasionally. I wear mine over my right kidney- - - -best position I've found for long distance driving- - - -maybe not the best for a quick draw?
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