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IWB

One of the most popular concealed carry holsters out there is the IWB or inside the waistband. Our concealed carry community would like to know if IWB is your holster of choice for concealed carry. Submit your review of IWB holsters for concealed carry here; feel free to write your opinion on why this type of holster works for you or does not. We look forward to your IWB review.

 

  • James says:
    Arizona
    Galco
    King Tuk
    IWB
    Hybrid
    I decided to give the Galco King Tuk a try after some positive reviews on some forums I browse. The consensus was it was a ready-made “knock off” of the more expensive Cross Breed Super Tuck which is custom made to order. At around $50 I decided to give it a shot. This holster did not impress me. The belt clips were of metal and patterned in a way that were not discreet when wearing the holster with a tucked shirt. I also found that the clips were not extremely secure and allowed the rig to gradually slide more and more behind my hip. The cant is adjustable, but only if you remove one of the screws which is against its original design. It does however, offer adjustable ride height. Once experiencing the joys of custom rigs I wouldn’t go back to a King Tuk. For whatever its worth, I carried a Kahr CW9 and S&W 642 J frame in these rigs.
  • Jennifer says:
    Colorado
    De Santis
    Soft Tuck
    IWB
    Leather
    This purchase was made when I was searching for a bargain. This holster is tuckable and has adjustable cant but only with one screw. A flimsy clip attaches it to the leather body, which has a reinforced (and double thick) opening resulted in a not so secure holster. I couldn’t trust that it wouldn’t wiggle around. This holster comes with a “J” clip that affixes behind and under the belt, which results in quite a discreet appearance. However, this advantage is quickly eliminated due to the thickness of the holster itself. This holster filled the role for an easy on-off rig for short trips for my S&W J frame but I likely wouldn’t use for extended use.
  • Rich says:
    Texas
    Comp Tac
    CTAC
    IWB
    Kydex
    After experiencing such great success with the MTAC line for a variety of carry guns I decided to give the CTAC a try. The CTAC offers the same adjustability of retention, ride height, and cant, but is full kydex. It is slightly less expensive but offers a bare bones approach. The CTAC is great if you don’t like leather against your skin in a hot climate. All the pros of the MTAC apply here, except for the ability to swap kydex bodies if you switch guns. Word of caution: if you like carrying at around 3:00 or 3:30 this holster may be uncomfortable against the hip. I prefer it for behind the hip carry. I carry a 4” 1911 in it and love it!
  • Phil says:
    Wisconsin
    Foxx Holsters
    Trapp
    IWB
    Kydex
    Foxx is a small company with absolutely astounding customer service. Each holster is shipped with a personalized letter from the owner. Like some other manufacturers, Foxx offers satisfaction guarantee for a period of time. I ordered the Trapp holster for a single stack 9mm. For a light, slim gun, this was a great rig. Despite it not being advertised as tuckable, I was able to wear it tucked with a collared shirt to some dressier functions with no notice. My only gripe is that the clip attaches directly to the body of the holster. This adds to overall width versus being offset from the body (in front or back) to make the holster slimmer. I was very satisfied with this rig and it offered extremely easy on-off. Because of this, I often grabbed this rig for those quick trips to the gas station or grocery store.
  • Michael says:
    Wisconsin
    Comp Tac
    MTAC
    IWB
    Kydex
    i. Comp-Tac is a brand that I shied away from due to the cost. After trying some more “cost effective” options for my carry guns I bit the bullet and ordered a custom hybrid holster (kydex and leather) called the Minotaur MTAC. The turnaround time is astonishingly quick for custom rigs. These holsters are completely adjustable and allow to fit different body types, different carry positions, and different carry styles. You can adjust retention, carry height, and cant. For some of my rigs I carry at 4:30 (behind the hip) while others I carry at about 3:00 or 3:30. Each holster I can set to the cant and ride height that works for carry in that position since I desire a stronger cant the further behind the hip I go. The MTAC is extremely secure and has two clips that attach to the belt. A variety of clips are available based on your preference. Using this holster in some defensive pistol leagues has kept the gun in place even when running or during short springs. These rigs have a very fast draw and offer the benefit of leather for the comfort, with the speed of draw and ease of re-holstering of kydex. To boot, if you buy a rig for your gun, and decide to sell it, you can buy another kydex body for the holster for less than half the cost of replacing the holster all together. I highly recommend their Minotaur MTAC and prefer it as my main carry rig.

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  • James says:
    Arizona
    Galco
    King Tuk
    IWB
    Hybrid
    I decided to give the Galco King Tuk a try after some positive reviews on some forums I browse. The consensus was it was a ready-made “knock off” of the more expensive Cross Breed Super Tuck which is custom made to order. At around $50 I decided to give it a shot. This holster did not impress me. The belt clips were of metal and patterned in a way that were not discreet when wearing the holster with a tucked shirt. I also found that the clips were not extremely secure and allowed the rig to gradually slide more and more behind my hip. The cant is adjustable, but only if you remove one of the screws which is against its original design. It does however, offer adjustable ride height. Once experiencing the joys of custom rigs I wouldn’t go back to a King Tuk. For whatever its worth, I carried a Kahr CW9 and S&W 642 J frame in these rigs.
  • Jennifer says:
    Colorado
    De Santis
    Soft Tuck
    IWB
    Leather
    This purchase was made when I was searching for a bargain. This holster is tuckable and has adjustable cant but only with one screw. A flimsy clip attaches it to the leather body, which has a reinforced (and double thick) opening resulted in a not so secure holster. I couldn’t trust that it wouldn’t wiggle around. This holster comes with a “J” clip that affixes behind and under the belt, which results in quite a discreet appearance. However, this advantage is quickly eliminated due to the thickness of the holster itself. This holster filled the role for an easy on-off rig for short trips for my S&W J frame but I likely wouldn’t use for extended use.
  • Michael says:
    Indiana
    White Hat Holsters
    OWB Slide
    OWB
    Hybrid
    I was searching for an inexpensive outside the waist band (OWB) holster for my M&P 9c and came across White Hat. I tried out their horsehide OWB Slide Side and waited 6 weeks for arrival (reasonable for a custom rig). I tried this rig immediately and found the hand cut leather loops did not seem reinforced enough. This resulted in the rig not holding tight to the body. Being a slimmer guy, the kydex that is affixed to the leather backing was wider than my hips (when worn at around 3:00). This might be very different for a larger individual. The combination of the holster not riding high and tight, and the kydex not rounded to fit a body left me disappointed with this rig. Thankfully, WhiteHat had superb customer service and stood behind guarantee. They accepted my return in a heartbeat. I would consider giving them another try with their other products due to their service.
  • Owen says:
    Michigan
    Simply Rugged
    Pancake
    OWB
    Leather
    I ordered one of these holsters for my S&W Model 66 4”. Boy was this is a nice rig. Despite the size of the gun, this rig was super secure, offered the option of cross draw, and didn’t take long to break in. As the name states, it was a simple design, custom made, and I’d order again. This rig was used for range duty but could easily have been used for daily carry. For those that don’t know, the pancake design is two pieces of leather stitched together like a stack of pancakes. I personally like the style, and Simply Rugged executed it well.
  • Adam says:
    Wisconsin
    De Santis
    Mag Packer
    Pocket
    Kydex
    I ordered myself a De Santis Mag Packer pocket magazine carrier after I realized how stupid it was to carry a spare magazine loose in a pocket. After carrying my Kahr CW9 concealed on an ATV ride and a spare in my pocket I had a frightening incident. Being a single stack magazine, the loaded rounds are easily dislodged. After my ride, I was unloading my carry gear and reached into my pocket where my spare was and the magazine had 1 round left it with 6 loose rounds that had unloaded themselves in my pocket. This event was terrifying. Not only was my spare magazine virtually empty, but could very well have moved around in my pocket. This De Santis Mag Packer securely holds the magazine in place, bullets forward, and softens the printing in the pocket. I even train my reloads with this magazine carrier and the Mag Packer stays in the pocket while the magazine comes free and is in the same place every time. The only time it will come out with the magazine while drawing is in very large pockets. For those times belt carry seems to be best. I love the Mag Packer and have one for my single stack and double stack magazines. See the picture - the Mag Packer is for the magazine on the left.
  • Sean says:
    Florida
    Tagua Gun Leather
    Slide
    OWB
    Leather
    I typically carry inside the waist band (IWB) and was looking for a less expensive outside the waist band (OWB) rig for range duty for my M&P 9c and M&P full size. I came across the Tagua Slide which would accept both. Tagua is a larger manufacturer and stocks their holsters so they ship right away. Their price point is right, but you don’t get the same fit and finish as you would with a custom set up. When I got this holster it was stiff, and that is an understatement. I couldn't even draw the gun from the holster. I tried a lot of the tricks I read about online. What ended up working the best was wrapping the gun in wax paper and leaving it in the holster while torquing the gun side to side to stretch the leather. It took nearly a month of breaking in and house carry before I felt truly comfortable using this rig, even on the range. Once it finally broke in It seemed to fit my Glock 26 and 19 just fine as well. I have been using it on the range most as it is tough to get a full grip on the gun. My fingers seem to get pinched against the leather near the front of the grip. I have warmed up quite nicely to OWB carry and will likely search for some nicer custom leather in the future for this application.
  • Rich says:
    Texas
    Comp Tac
    CTAC
    IWB
    Kydex
    After experiencing such great success with the MTAC line for a variety of carry guns I decided to give the CTAC a try. The CTAC offers the same adjustability of retention, ride height, and cant, but is full kydex. It is slightly less expensive but offers a bare bones approach. The CTAC is great if you don’t like leather against your skin in a hot climate. All the pros of the MTAC apply here, except for the ability to swap kydex bodies if you switch guns. Word of caution: if you like carrying at around 3:00 or 3:30 this holster may be uncomfortable against the hip. I prefer it for behind the hip carry. I carry a 4” 1911 in it and love it!
  • Phil says:
    Wisconsin
    Foxx Holsters
    Trapp
    IWB
    Kydex
    Foxx is a small company with absolutely astounding customer service. Each holster is shipped with a personalized letter from the owner. Like some other manufacturers, Foxx offers satisfaction guarantee for a period of time. I ordered the Trapp holster for a single stack 9mm. For a light, slim gun, this was a great rig. Despite it not being advertised as tuckable, I was able to wear it tucked with a collared shirt to some dressier functions with no notice. My only gripe is that the clip attaches directly to the body of the holster. This adds to overall width versus being offset from the body (in front or back) to make the holster slimmer. I was very satisfied with this rig and it offered extremely easy on-off. Because of this, I often grabbed this rig for those quick trips to the gas station or grocery store.
  • Michael says:
    Wisconsin
    Comp Tac
    MTAC
    IWB
    Kydex
    i. Comp-Tac is a brand that I shied away from due to the cost. After trying some more “cost effective” options for my carry guns I bit the bullet and ordered a custom hybrid holster (kydex and leather) called the Minotaur MTAC. The turnaround time is astonishingly quick for custom rigs. These holsters are completely adjustable and allow to fit different body types, different carry positions, and different carry styles. You can adjust retention, carry height, and cant. For some of my rigs I carry at 4:30 (behind the hip) while others I carry at about 3:00 or 3:30. Each holster I can set to the cant and ride height that works for carry in that position since I desire a stronger cant the further behind the hip I go. The MTAC is extremely secure and has two clips that attach to the belt. A variety of clips are available based on your preference. Using this holster in some defensive pistol leagues has kept the gun in place even when running or during short springs. These rigs have a very fast draw and offer the benefit of leather for the comfort, with the speed of draw and ease of re-holstering of kydex. To boot, if you buy a rig for your gun, and decide to sell it, you can buy another kydex body for the holster for less than half the cost of replacing the holster all together. I highly recommend their Minotaur MTAC and prefer it as my main carry rig.

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