TRIGGERED: The Cape Gun Works Blog
By A.K. Arbalest
May 20, 2021
My Body, My Choice: The first in an occasional series on holsters and defensive firearm carry.
One of the most personal choices a gun owner has to make, is what method of on-body carry to employ. Today, we will examine some of the choices for inside-the-waistband carry, or IWB holsters.
Inside-the-waistband means just that. The firearm is held safely in a holster designed specifically to be worn inside the belt. Some people find this the most reliable and safe way to carry. Others disagree, and resort to different methods.
The first question to ask is, where? At what position on my body should I carry my defensive firearm? Many IWB carriers choose “appendix”, meaning to the right (or left) of centerline, but not as far to the side. Others prefer the 4 or 5 o’clock position, above the hip. This is a matter of personal preference. For instance, someone who spends a lot of time driving a car may not like appendix carry. Others may not like the 5 O’clock because it bumps against an office chair. The choice is strictly personal, as long as the firearm is readily accessible.
Now let’s look at some choices for IWB carry. The prices range widely depending on materials.
First, we have the Sticky brand Muti-Use holster. This product is made of a clingy synthetic material that adheres slightly to clothing. It is worn tucked into the waistband of any type of pants. When the pistol is drawn, the holster sticks to the pants allowing a clear draw. These are very cost effective, and offer good trigger protection, for under $30.
Next is the 1791 brand Smooth Concealment Holster. This is a classic-type holster made of 100% American leather. There is a belt clip for security. On the draw, the clip holds the holster in place securely. This type of holster will last for years, and is generally under $50.
Third: 508 Holsters’ Custom Kydex IWB. Kydex is a newer material that can be molded specifically to fit a particular firearm. This allows for excellent coverage of the trigger housing, as well as variable retention, adjusted by a screw. This allows for a very secure carry. A strong belt clip holds everything where it needs to be. Prices vary due to the particular firearm, but are generally under $70.
There are many more options when it comes to IWB carry, but these offer a choice of good quality at a variety of price points. There are plenty to choose from in the Cape Gun Works Pro Shop!