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IWB vs OWB Carry

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) and Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) are certainly the two most common ways to carry a handgun, but the debate on which is better will go on for years to come.  Personally I prefer IWB but there are times when I opt for OWB.  If you are new to concealed carry and still trying to decide which method of carry you want to use, I hope to provide you with a resource to help your decision.

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) Carry

For concealed carry, IWB carry is the easiest way to conceal a handgun.  This is because the slide of the gun is down inside the pants and the only thing left to cover is the grip, which is as easy as throwing on a t-shirt.  Also, inside-the-waistband carry is extremely comfortable, contrary to older beliefs, especially with the current trends of “conceal carry handguns” and the wide range of holsters available.

Printing with IWB carry is relatively minimal compared to OWB depending on the handgun and clothing style.  I am consistently able to wear very fitting clothing without printing.

Appendix carry makes concealment even easier because the average person, man or woman, is not going to be staring into another persons crotch. (Unless they are a flat-out pervert)

Tactically, inside-the-waistband carry gives you better control and access to the firearm at all times, even while driving. (which I do a lot of.)

Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Carry

When a lot of people hear OWB carry they usually think Open Carry, which is not always the case.  Carrying concealed with an outside-the-wiastband holster is very doable, it just requires a little more attention to detail than carrying inside-the-waistband.  Even though, IWB can be extremely comfortable, there is no denying that OWB is much more comfortable because you do not have the cold, hard handgun slide down your pants rubbing against you.

If you are gravely concerned about printing or you gun being seen, I would not recommend OWB carry for you.  This is because it is very likely that throughout the course of your day, someone will see your gun via printing

or because your shirt has raised up enough to reveal the bottom of the slide, or completely exposing your handgun.  As you can see in the above photos, OWB carry with properly fitting clothing makes me look bulky round the waist and if someone looks hard enough, they will likely see the outline of my pistol.  (Adding a jacket to this outfit, would probably get rid of the awkward wideness around the hips)

One major disadvantage to outside-the-waistband carry is driving.  Once you strap on the seatbelt, your access to your firearm is greatly hindered not only by the seatbelt itself, but also your cover garment.  This tactical disadvantage is at the top of my list for why I do not carry this way on a daily basis.  When I do carry this way; however, I often remove the firearm from the holster and wedge it in-between my seat and the center console area.

(I do plan on getting a Grassburr Mountable Holster for this purpose)

Which one is better?

I would not go on record saying one method is better than the other, but I will say that if you are new to concealed carry and are fashion conscious, IWB carry is the way to go because of the ease of concealment and minimal printing even with extremely fitted clothing.  If you can afford it, I would recommend purchasing a holster for both carry methods because there are pros and cons to both and there are times when one method is clearly more desirable and/or appropriate than the other.

No matter which you chose, ALWAYS carry and look dapper while doing it!

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Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier Review

If you have been into concealed carry for awhile or even if you are a new comer to the community, it is very likely that you have heard of Crossbreed Holsters.  If you have not, you should check them out!  They are the original creators of the Hybrid Holster style of Kydex molded holsters attached to leather (or other material) backings.  This review will focus on their Appendix Carry Holster and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.

 

Appendix Carry Holster

The first thing that comes to mind for most men when they hear appendix carry is something along the lines of “you’re going to shoot your man parts off!”.  While this may be a valid concern, anyone who has been around firearms and understands how they work knows that as long as the TRIGGER GUARD IS COVERED and you KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER when holstering and drawing the gun is not going to go off unless it has a serious malfunction.

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Now that we have gotten that out of the way.

The Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster is a great option for anyone considering appendix carry.  With it’s one clip design, it makes it easy to put on and take off easily without even having to undo your belt buckle.  The one clip design also allows you to easily adjust the placement of the holster when sitting, if necessary.  The factory retention is adequate for an IWB (Inside The Waistband) holster because the belt will add even more, but there is a way to tighten it if you would like.

The comfort of this holster is superb!  It is so good that I have actually almost slept through an entire night without realizing that my firearm was strapped to me.  And it actually gets more comfortable over time as the cowhide forms to your body.

The placement of the holster will vary slightly depending on how your belt buckle works (I really like the 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt for Everyday Carry).  I also have a modified Crossbreed Holsters Gun Belt w/ Velcro for when I need to tuck in my shirt.

The sweet spot for me is the space right between my upper thigh and my man parts. But there are times to where the one clip design causes the holster to shift on its own.  Sitting is comfortable as long as you actually wear you pants up on your waist.  But when sitting down in the car I usually hike my pants up a little bit because of the way my seats are.  This allows the gun to sit flat against my stomach and is the perfect tactical position while driving.

Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier

Like the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster, the Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier is extremely comfortable and conforms to your body over time.

Because of its wide, two clip design, this mag carrier’s placement will shift slightly day-to-day depending on where your pant’s belt loops are.  But even so its usually not that noticeable of a shift.  Because of my body shape and the split design of the kydex magazine slots, I had to test out a few different placement options before deciding on my desired spot, which is about the 7 o’clock position.

The only real problem that I had/have with this holster is that occasionally, when I am disarming for the night, I will pull out the magazines and notice that the top round is not properly seated.

After noticing this on several different occasions, I think I discovered the problem.  Because I often carry a backpack over my left shoulder, I believe that while walking the backpack would push down on top of the magazines causing this to happen.  I am still testing this theory and I will be conducting this experiment with other mag carriers to see if I experience the same problem.

Concealment & Clips

Both of these products conceal very well and because they are so comfortable you won’t be shifting them around all day drawing attention to yourself.  Because fashion is a big part of who I am as an individual, I needed to have a deep concealment option for those times when I am wearing tucked shirts.  The tuckability of these holsters is excellent and with the added V-clips (the V is for Velcro), people will really be clueless to the fact that you are carrying.  But there is a flaw to these clips.  The adhesive used to attach the velcro to the plastic clip does not last very long.  It is so bad that within weeks of receiving my holsters and wearing them daily, the velcro was starting to shift, before one finally lost all of its adhesive and will no longer stay on the clip.

The standard metal clips are perfect for Every Day Carry with untucked shirts.  It even works well with thick sweatpants!

Conclusion

The Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry Holster and Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier are two great holster options for anyone looking for a discreet and comfortable carry system. Especially if you are someone who dresses up often.  The ability to tuck in your shirt easily makes this one of my favorite carry setups because of its versatility.  Even with the terrible v-clip adhesive, you can figure out a way to reattach the velcro if it wears out.

I look forward to comparing this system to many of the others out there.

Here is the video review of these holsters and the Crossbreed Holsters Gun Belt:

If you would like to get one of these holsters or any others made by Crossbreed holster, consider using my affiliate link HERE (I do receive a commission from your purchase).

Thank you for reading.

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Chill Out On Gun Safety?………….Excuse You!

This past weekend on Instagram, I ran across a disturbing post from Heckler & Koch (a company that should be promoting gun safety, but instead want to wave their firearms in your face to distract you from gun safety violations).

This picture is a clear violation of two of Col. Jeff Coopers Universal Gun Safety Rules!!! But what is even more upsetting is H&K’s own comment in response to all of the people who pointed out this blatant disrespect for gun safety.

According to H&K, it is okay to violate gun safety rules when there is no magazine in the gun.  Well I think that is extremely careless and horrible advice.  If you are familiar with firearms, then you know that not all guns have magazine disconnects.  Which means that even without a magazine, a gun can still fire if there is a round in the chamber.  After reading their comment and several others (on both sides of this ridiculous argument), I posted this comment:

“Okay here’s the deal.  If you want people to “chill out” about gun SAFETY you are just as delusional as Everytown or any other anti-gun group.  You can’t just turn safe gun handling on and off.  It is something that must be practice and checked at all times.  That’s EXACTLY how NEGLIGENT discharges happen because people getting too relaxed with their safety.  If you have a problem with others checking this guy for a OBVIOUS violation of a gun safety rule I don’t want to be anywhere near you with a firearm because I value my life too much to be around people who do not respect the rules at ALL times.”

Let’s review Col. Jeff Coopers Universal Gun Safety Rules to see where this guy went wrong.

  1. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded.
  2. Never point a firearm at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Last time I checked, 50/100% is a failing grade!

It is our duty as Responsibly Armed Americans to be the beacons of light in this fight of pro-gun vs. anti-gun, and be forever vigilant to make sure that everyone who owns firearms are the safest people on the planet.  If you see someone handling a firearm carelessly BE THE ONE TO CHECK THEM, your life or the lives of others depends on it.

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First Time Carrying Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) and Without a Gun Belt

If you have been following me on Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know my preferred method of carry is Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) in the appendix position with the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and a  Crossbreed Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.  This past Sunday, due to the outfit I decided to wear, I had to alter my carry to Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) using the paddle holster and dual magazine carrier that came with my Springfield Armory XD-S 4.0″.  The reason for the switch was that the pants I chose to wear did not have enough room to comfortably carry IWB without having to wear my pants above my waistline.  Not only did I switch from IWB to OWB, I also carried with a non gun belt!!! *Gasp*

Once I was dressed and before I put on the blazer for concealment, I went through some draw reps to ensure that I had a smooth draw and to embed the new carry position in my mind so that if the need arose, I would know to draw from that position instead of my normal carry position.  After those reps, I put on the blazer and added my Nite Ize S-Biner to the strong-side front pocket to give the jacket more weight to be thrown back then went through another round of reps working on flicking the blazer back prior to the draw.

Ever since I started carrying, I have not carried without wearing a gun belt.  So it is needless to say I was a bit skeptical strapping on a firearm with a less than adequate support system.  This particular belt is actually a very inexpensive one from Walmart and I acquired it before I started carrying to match these shoes.  I am happy to report that I had no issues carrying with this belt and will be trying out more “unconventional” carry equipment.  But I am sure a big reason I was able to comfortably carry with a non gun belt was because of the lightweight firearm I was carrying. (Something we will discuss in a later post)
To my surprise the OWB position was a lot more comfortable than I expected; even in the car.  Though if I had bucket seats in my car, my experience might have been different.  I must say, there is a much different feeling that comes with having a firearm strapped to your side only being concealed by a blazer rather than concealed under a shirt.  But unless you do not mind looking like a detective when you remove your blazer, be sure your blazers material and thickness will keep you at a comfortable temperature with it on all day.

One of the problems I had with this position was not have easy access to firearm while driving because of the blazer and the seatbelt.  Another thing to watch out for when wearing blazers is the side vents when sitting or reaching into pockets.  On several occasions I found myself having to lift the blazer back over the magazine carrier while sitting because the magazines had become exposed.  This problem can probably be fixed by a tailor, but depending on the style you are going for, the length of the jacket might always be short.

Another thing to be conscious of is the taper of the blazer when buttoning.  While this is not as big of an issue unless you are going to be standing in front of people staring at you, no one will probably even think twice about the slight bulges or imprints at your sides.

The blazer and slacks is a great dapper look and a great way to conceal.  Send me your takes on this look via Email, Twitter, or tag me in a picture on Instagram (Be sure to also tag your photos with #dapperccw and #dapperconcealedcarry).

My Journey To Concealed Carry

In the winter of 2013, without reason, something clicked and I realized that I needed to start taking steps towards being able to effectively defend my life and the lives of those I love. Even-though my father has carried a pistol my entire life, I did not really grow up around firearms. He always kept it on his person or hidden away. Up until now, my only experience with firearms was through Boy Scouts shooting rifles at our annual Jamboree.

Because I do not like to go into anything completely dumbfounded, I first began to search the web for information on the different types of handguns and concealed carry. My research led me to the 4 Universal Safety Rules as well as opened my eyes to the world of gun owners and concealed carriers that I frankly did not know existed. I also found my way to the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association), which after reading their FREE Concealed Carry Guide and a complimentary copy of Concealed Carry Magazine I was hooked. So I subscribed to the magazine and purchased their Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals book written by Michael Martin.

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals by Michael Martin

 

Because my father is a security instructor, he has a ASP Glock 19 Training Orange Gun at the house that I was able to stick inside my waistband around the house to get a feel for what it was possibly like to have a firearm on my person during normal everyday activities.

 

This also helped me in determining the size firearms I wanted to consider. After months of self-education, I began to develop a list of the firearms I was interested in based on criteria I set forth for myself (which I will share in a later post). Once my list was compiled, I quickly narrowed it down to the top 3 firearms I was interested in, but I knew that I first had to shoot them before making the decision. But before shooting, I wanted to ensure that I was prepared to be a responsible gun owner; therefore, I attended a NRA Basic Pistol Course and a course dealing with the laws of self-defense.

Once I was confident that I was mentally prepared to be a gun owner, I began to shop for my handgun. By now I had narrowed my list down to the top two: Springfield Armory XDS 3.3” 9mm or the newer 4.0″ model. I left the gun store with the XDS 4.0; which at the time was the same price as the 3.3” model and I remembered reading about Rob Pincus creating the G26L for the benefits of the longer slide.

By this time I was already convinced that I wanted to appendix carry, but I still was a little concerned so I purchased a 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt and a Desantis Pro Stealth IWB holster that was actually designed for the 3.3” model, but I knew the only difference was the slide length and just wanted to get a feel for the appendix carry with this gun while waiting on my Crossbreed Appendix Carry and Gun Belt, which I will review in another post. In order to get comfortable before going out in public, I first wore the holster with the gun, unloaded of course, around the house. Next I decided I would actually carry the gun to work, but I was still a little weary of the appendix carry so I opted to carry the gun without a chambered round. After going through an entire day out of the house with the gun and noticing that the trigger had not pulled itself, I was comfortable with carrying the firearm with a live round in the chamber. I have now been appendix carrying a loaded firearm, and 2 additional extended magazines, comfortably for 7 months without any problems.

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