Ask any plain clothes law enforcement officer or daily concealed carry civilian what type of holster they use most often and 9 out of 10 will tell you that they are using an In-The-Waistband Holster (IWB Holster) on a daily basis.
The major advantage of the IWB holster is the fact that the lower half of the gun is inherently concealed inside the trousers. This small but significant detail might seem trivial, but ask anyone who has carried a handgun for more than 6 months and they'll tell you that it's much easier to choose clothing and outerwear that will conceal a pistol if only the grip section has to be concealed.
Strong side holsters are most popular but Appendix carry holsters positioned inside the pants as well as crossdraw style IWB holsters are also available for those looking for alternative carry options.
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A few disadvantages are brought up by those who prefer a duty holster or shoulder holster include the comfort factor, the need to purchase pants in sizes slightly larger than normal, and minor difficulties getting into and out of a vehicle. The majority of these factors, however, are shared with other holster styles that will satisfactorily transport a full-sized handgun and all of those who choose to equip themselves with an IWB holster tend to feel that the benefits outweigh the associated hindrances.
It's because of this overwhelming popularity that most holster manufacturers offer more than one IWB Holster design. Most hand-made leather holster craftsmen like those at Milt Sparks or Lou Alessi have a number of IWB holster designs. Not as many Kydex holsters are made for carry in-the-waistband because the material does not lend well to the application but there are a few if you look long enough.
One of the most streamlined and functionally basic IWB holsters that Alessi makes, the Talon Plus features an open muzzle design, nylon Talon Clips, protective ...[Read More]
The MOB is one of the few small-of-the-back holsters that are made by Galco. Designed with concealability in mind and ready for law enforcement use with the int...[Read More]
The SuperTuck Deluxe is Crossbreed's flagship IWB holster which is known for being unbelievably comfortable regardless of its wide stance. Made from Kydex mated...[Read More]
The QuikClip IWB Holster is a smaller kydex/leather hybrid design from Crossbreed Holsters. Unique to the QuikClip is the ability to adjust the forward cant to...[Read More]
The MiniTuck IWB Holster is a scaled down SuperTuck designed specifically for micro pistols designed by Crossbreed Holsters. These holsters are still comprised ...[Read More]
The MicroClip is the smallest IWB holster in the CrossBreed Holsters product lineup. Only available for super-small automatics such as the Ruger LCP and KelTec...[Read More]
The Two O'clock IWB holster is one of Comp-Tac's best designs for small frame pistols and revolvers. This straight-drop holster is fashioned from molded Kydex,...[Read More]
The Thomas Perfectionist is a leather IWB holster from Kramer that was developed in conjunction with shooting expert Duane Thomas for whom the design is named. ...[Read More]
The Watch Six is an IWB holster developed as a joint venture between Milt Sparks and Lou Alessi. Original versions featured Lou's Talon clips, but eventually th...[Read More]
The Alessi Hideout is a smaller IWB holster that incorporates a hip pad in an effort to make an all-out comfort holster that can be worn all day, every day for ...[Read More]
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