Are you a firearm owner wanting to carry your weapon outside the limits of your property? In many US states, concealed carriers should ensure their firearms are legally disguised. Now, this can be a challenge for many. Ensuring your firearm is fully concealed and enables seamless access isn't easy.
One of the best and most popular concealed carry options is IWB, a holster that fits well into your pocket. Let’s learn more about this type of holster, its design, and how to choose the best one. You’ll also learn how to wear it and the ideal testing period of an IWB holster.
What Is an IWB Holster?
An inside waistband Holster is the most comfortable way of carrying your firearm discreetly. It is worn between your body and your pant’s waistband. You can wear an IWB Holster anywhere within the waistband. It all depends on the kind of firearm you have, your body proportions, and your level of comfort.
IWB disguises a large part of the firearm. It, in turn, prevents the chances of printing. Many have clip attachments, making them easier to attach and remove from your shorts or pants. For example, the Cruiser IWB Clip Holster from Wright Leather Works LLC has an over-the-belt clip. It hooks to the outside bottom of the belt and is removable. Such a clip has four height adjustment goals for the wearer to customize the ride height.
An IWB Holster dispenses the weight of the firearm evenly across the waistband. This prevents the wearer from feeling uncomfortable. Some holsters have ultra-concealable clips and can be concealed under a tucked-in garment.
What Is an IWB Holster Made Of?
An IWB Holster is primarily made of either nylon, Kydex, or leather. The nylon holster is softer and comfortable for prolonged hours of carrying. Nylon is weather-resistant and ideal for concealment. It also easily attaches to tactical vests.
Kydex is a stiff material that holds your firearm securely. Its stiffer casing commonly results in noisier draw strokes. So, if you want silence, opting for nylon or leather will be a good choice. Leather is also commonly used for IWB Holsters. The leather part in them creates a barrier between your skin and the IWB. It creates an almost custom fit for your specific body type.
Leather holsters like pocket, clip, and hybrid holsters made of leather from Wright Leather Works LLC are highly durable. Their extra leather coverage masks potential printing and provides optimal comfort.
How to Pick the Right IWB Holster?
Comfort, durability, safety, and concealment provided by an IWB holster are three major considerations for choosing one. They are explained below.
The extent of comfort a holster provides is affected by its material, your body, and your daily activities. It is also impacted by your clothing and the time you spend driving. The most comfortable kind of IWB are leather holsters. Those with a sweat shield provide additional comfort because they don’t get sticky with the day's passage.
Kydex and nylon are other options when it comes to the material of IWB that makes it comfortable. If you are searching for a Kydex holster, look for one with an adjustable ride height.
A nylon holster with a hook Velcro attachment makes it compatible with any gear covered by Velcro. You simply need to attach the holster to the Velcro panel within the gun compartment of your bag.
Always choose an IWB holster crafted from long-lasting materials. This is what makes it tolerate the rigors of daily usage. Kydex is one of the highly durable holster materials. Some hybrid holsters come in a kydex-leather and kydex-nylon combination. They offer better comfort and the durability of a Kydex holster.
The Insider purse holster from Wright Leather Works LLC features a durable design and superior fit. Their custom-built makes them offer reliable protection for different kinds of firearms.
There are several safety factors that your IWB Holster should provide. To begin, it must properly protect your trigger. An exposed trigger can be easily bumped, resulting in a negligible discharge. The IWB should also hold your gun securely. It prevents the firearm from falling out of the holster. So, buy one that is molded for your specific firearm.
Also, quality attachments are another important safety element. It enables the firearm to hold securely to your body. The IWB should also allow for a consistent good draw and grip. If the gun sits very low in the holster, you’ll be unable to get a consistent grip and draw because the firearm will not be exposed enough.
Concealment or Tuck ability
An IWB Holster that cannot deeply conceal your firearm is useless. It is important to consider the holster’s concealment inside your pants. It means the area of the firearm that can be tucked inside. The more you can conceal with the IWB Holster, the better. It will eliminate the possible gun print.
Another important thing to consider is adjustability. You must be able to customize the height and angle of the IWB so it seamlessly melts with your attire and body.
How to Wear an IWB Holster?
Wearing an IWB Holster boils down to determining its optimal positioning. Here are some points to consider.
● The strong-side hip position (around a 3-5 o’clock range) – This position provides easy access and enables a smooth draw from the dominant side. You can experiment with the 3-5 o’clock range to determine the most concealable and comfortable position.
● Appendix carry (12 o’clock position) – This is the 12 o’clock position in front of your body. It is a bit more leaned on one side, allowing quick access.
● Size of your clothing – The IWB fits between your body and waistband. So, you must know the way your clothing fits. If your pants are form-fitting or tight, buy a larger size to accommodate the IWB.
The Testing Period of Your Concealed Carry Holster
You shouldn’t rush when testing an IWB holster. Becoming familiar with using an IWB takes time. You must have an appropriate carry position and a comfortable IWB to improve your experience.
We recommend that you first find out the best carry position for yourself. After that, make the holster adjustments and learn how to draw from your position. This testing phase can last a few days to 3-4 weeks.
After that, engage more in drawing from your position to get used to it. It is best not to change your carry position often. Pick one and practice drawing repeatedly.
Hopefully, this guide has cleared all your queries about finding and using an IWB holster. The tips to select one will help you get a great IWB that fits perfectly on the first try. If you plan to buy one, browse through Wright Leather Works LLC’s range of high-quality leather IWB holsters. You can wear them with any clothing and carry your weapon securely, with complete ease.