How to Wear an IWB Holster?

The IWB holster design is very easy to conceal. It is also very comfortable, thanks to its unique design and quality construction. You won’t find anything more comfortable than the IWB holster.

It’s not shocking to know that this is one of the best-selling products in the holster market. Even at that, wearing an inside the waistband holster is easier said than done. Like some will say, “slide in the holster inside the waistband, and you’re done.” But that is not the whole story. There are a few tips you should know before going ahead to use this holster.

In this article, we will focus on information that will help you wear your IWB holster the best way, how to adjust the holster to improve how comfortable you are with concealing. We will also consider how to effectively dial your holster in, to help you carry whatever you want to carry. These are the essential information we will be touching in this article.

If you need a holster before your belly then pick a good belly band holster will be a good choice.

How to put on the IWB concealed carry holster

You need to understand how to wear the IWB concealed carry holster if you will get the best out of the holster. How you will install the holster will depend on the holder you are carrying. The good news is, most holsters you will find are very easy to install.

While the main idea is to slide the holster inside the waistband and continue with your other activities, many have found out that the holster design they use does not retain the gun as much as they want. For such people, they have realized that only their belt helps them keep the gun in place, and they become more uncomfortable when the gun is big.

The winged design is excellent and works better. It allows the spreading of the weight of the pistol over a large area, while the holster helps in holding the gun in place due to its retention power. Although it is hard to install, it works well. When putting the holster on for the first time, it is best to practice without inserting your gun into the holster for your safety and to help feel how it works.

How to Wear an IWB Holster

Here are some steps you should follow in wearing your IWB holster:

  • Undo your belt
  • Remove the waist button or the waist tab.
  • Carefully slide the holster behind the waistband until it reaches the right carry position.
  • Try to slide the belt clip over your belt.
  • Carefully fasten your belt and waistband

While you may commit few errors when trying to wear the holster, continually wear it in front of a mirror to spot your error and wear it in the right way.

When you eventually understand how to wear the holster, then you can start practicing with your pistol in your hand. While it is not compulsory to do this, you may wear the holster and then insert the pistol afterward if that’s easier for you. Remember, you need to adjust your waistband and belt until it comes to the right position for you.

What is the best position for the IWB conceal carry?

Where are the best positions for wearing the IWB holster?

It is best worn at the spot around the waistline. That is where guns and holsters are normally kept. There are some essential and easy points to note about wearing the holster, and it’s positioning.

Essential points to note about Holster positioning

Shape effect

Many people have round shapes; as such, the best way to wear your conceal is to make use of hour marking. On your hips, you will have the 3 and 9 o’clock. The belly and the middle of your back will also be on the 6 and 12 o’clock.

If you are carrying an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck and those related to it, you will need to reduce and adjust the sleeve before you insert your firearm. Below are the steps to follow in doing that.

Adjusting the inside of the waistband Holster retention

Before inserting your firearm, you may realize that you should make adjustments to the holster retention case on the inside of your holster. 

On some IWB Holsters, you will find in the market, the default setting of the hardware feature may be really tight or loose. This may depend on the make and type of holster you are using.

How can you tell when you get it?

The first thing to do is to unload and clear the pistol. When you insert it without having any trouble, and you remove it without any hindrance, and without feeling that it comes out too easily, then you can conclude that the holster is effectively worn. If, on the other hand, you realize that the pistol comes out too easily, or you encounter serious hindrance when removing the pistol, you then need to make a small and instant adjustment.

For instance, if you are carrying the Cloak Tuck 3.0, and you need to adjust it, then you need to use the Allen wrench in slowly loosening the hex bolts, which anchors the retention shell. Carefully remove the bolt or tighten the bolt slowly, depending on what is required. Both for bolting and unbolting don’t use more than half turn for each turning. After every small turn, try the new setting by drawing your pistol from the holster and adjust until it reaches the desired level.

There are some models that come with twist lock nuts, use this for adjusting the Adjustable Retention Unit until it reaches the desired level or settings.

How to Adjust the Cant Inside the Waistband Holster

Upon determining the best position, the perfect amount of tension, the next thing is to adjust the cant. This you can do by merely adjusting the two clasps. The clasp can be by using a wrench for unscrewing the clasps, and putting them up or down depending on where you want your pistol grip to face.

Depending on the type of holster you are using, you may have to deal with hex bolts, T-nuts, or locking cam. The locking cam is on the Holster clip, while the shaft inserts in the Holster backer. You can adjust the cant by rotating the clip till it faces down and pries out of the camshaft. Then let it seat in its desired shaft and keep rotating till the cam locks in place.

The height adjustment and grip cant are very important when finding the perfect carry position for your pistol. You can opt for higher ride height, lower, forward tilt, among others.

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