How to Wear an IWB Holster?

A Comprehensive Guide

This article, it is briefly explained how to wear an IWB holster? Some of the most common mistakes made by people with their new IWB holster. Although a lot of these mistakes are minor and won’t cause any long-term damage, they can still lead to discomfort or embarrassment if you’re not careful. 

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For example: If your shirt is too thin, it’s possible for anyone who looks at your back to see that you have a gun underneath your shirt. Putting the clip on the wrong side – This mistake can be especially problematic if you have a right-hand draw because then there’s no way to carry the gun besides in an ankle holster. Putting the belt clip that holds your gun to your belt on too high will cause you to lean forward uncomfortably because it will put all of the weight on one side.

What is an IWB Holster?

An IWB holster is a type of holster that allows you to carry your firearm on the inside of your waistband. It offers you several advantages, including:

Concealed Carry

You can carry your firearm with no one knowing. If there are times when you’d like to avoid carrying a firearm, an IWB holster would allow for this.


An IWB holster is worn directly against the body and doesn’t cover up the entire backside of your anatomy. This means that you can carry it comfortably and discreetly.


One huge advantage to an IWB holster is that it’s easily accessible with just one hand. This can be particularly useful in emergencies where there is no time to reach for your firearm.

How to Wear an IWB Holster

How to Wear an IWB Holster?

If you do not know how to wear an IWB holster properly or you are just getting started with IWB holsters a lot of factors can cause your new IWB holster to be uncomfortable, including the type of firearm you wear, if it has a heavy trigger guard or an exposed hammer, and the way that you’ve adjusted and fitted your IWB holster. Here’s what you need to know:


The thing that will most often cause discomfort is your IWB holster not being adjusted to your body correctly. Talk with a company representative about weeding out any aspects that could lead to discomfort and making sure there’s enough room for clothing underneath.


You’ll also want to make sure that you dress appropriately before carrying in an IWB holster. If you’re wearing something too constricting or thick, this can lead to discomfort. In some cases, you may need to check with a company representative about what kind of clothing works best.


If your firearm is too heavy or has an exposed hammer, this can cause discomfort when walking around for long periods of time. It’s generally advised that you choose a gun without these features if possible and/or don’t plan on carrying it for more than a couple of hours.


If you’re exerting yourself, you may notice the firearm digging into your body and causing discomfort. This is another reason why it’s important to choose an IWB holster that fits correctly and has the appropriate features.

First, make sure your belt fits. It’s too hard to tell what size holster you should be wearing if you don’t know the waist measurement of the pants (or skirt) that it will be tucked into. You’ll want a belt that’ll fit snugly enough around your hips, and allow for a good grip on the weapon. Too loose and it may not stay put; too tight and it might pinch or dig in, which can be painful and uncomfortable after a while. It’s best to go to a store where there are many brands and sizes of belts available, so you can test the grip on the weapon in various positions. Once you have your pants picked out, try them on, wearing no underwear or an undershirt if this is how you normally wear it.


The holster should be worn at the 3 o’clock position, or between 3 and 5 depending on how high or low you want the holster to sit. I would recommend going with a slightly lower setting, under your beltline, because if your draw is too slow in a tense situation it could turn deadly. After you have secured the pants around your waist, place the holster into the pants. If the holster doesn’t have belt clips, tuck it into your waistband. Wearing an undershirt is recommended because it will keep the sweat from reaching the weapon, which can cause rust or corrosion. Next slide your weapon into the holster, making sure that the grip of the handle lines up with where you want your draw to be.


For instance, if you want to draw with your right hand, make sure the grip is nearer the front of the holster (or towards your belly button), and that your off-hand can easily reach it when taking it out. If it’s too far back or too high up then you won’t be able to get a good grip for a fast draw. The final step is to adjust the holster and your clothes so that you can easily reach for your weapon and it won’t be visible through your clothing (unless of course, if this is how you want it to look.) You should at least be able to get a decent grip on the handle, which will allow for a quick and effective draw.

Common Mistakes With IWBs

If you’re new to concealed carry, it can be easy to make a few mistakes with your new IWB holster. Here’s how to avoid those common pitfalls. Wearing the holster backward: One of the most common mistakes people make is forgetting to reattach the retention clip on their inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster after reversing it. If you’re ever in doubt about which way is up, double-check by pulling up on the gun and pushing down on the opposite side of your belt. If the weapon pulls out, then its retention clip is on the right and should be worn facing inward against your body.


If it doesn’t come free, then you need to flip the clip over for a more secure hold. Keeping the holster too tight against your skin: The only thing that should be tightly pressed up against your skin is the gun, as a loose-fitting holster won’t protect you from moisture buildup and discomfort. In fact, you shouldn’t be able to even feel it once it’s properly adjusted, but if you do there are a few possible causes. Many cheap holsters don’t come with adjustable retention clips, which is the only thing keeping your weapon securely held to your body. Instead, you have to rely on tightness of fit alone, something that will fail instantly if you ever happen to sit down just right.


A lot of inside-the-waistband holsters also have odd shapes that can cause discomfort when worn tight against your skin, like with an untucked shirt. To solve this you’ll need to either switch to a different holster or get in the habit of wearing an undershirt no matter what. Choosing the wrong style: There are different types of IWB holsters for different types of guns, and using the wrong one can cause problems. For example, if you try to use an IWB holster designed for a revolver with a smaller semi-automatic pistol, it will be too tight and make drawing your weapon difficult.


Many cheap inside-the-waistband holsters are universal in design so they fit almost any standard size gun on the market, but they’re not designed for optimal concealment of your particular firearm. This means you’ll need to adjust your wardrobe if it doesn’t perfectly match the gun to a corresponding holster. Tucking a shirt in behind the weapon: What kind of idiot would do this? You should never tuck a shirt in behind an IWB holster because there’s only one direction for the barrel of your gun to go if you need it in a hurry, and that’s forward.

Tips for Wearing Your New IWB Holster Properly

(1) When you insert the firearm into the holster, it should be touching your body, but not pressing against your body.


(2) You should ensure that the holster is level so that it does not droop towards one side or the other. If worn too low, this can cause difficulty drawing from the holster.


(3) The weapon should be pushed all the way back in so that there are no gaps between the slide and where you are pressing it against your body. This makes sure that both retention and accessibility are maximized for this carry position.


(4) Ensure that there is plenty of room for easily drawing your weapon- ideally an inch or two away from either end of the holster. If your firearm is too close to the ends, it will catch on one of them when you pull out your weapon.


(5) At this point, there should be an easy process for drawing the weapon if necessary- whether that means quickly unclasping your belt and pulling the holster up with it, or using your trigger finger to pull the firearm out of the holster while simultaneously pushing against both sides of the holster.


(6) The best way to ensure that you aren’t printing is by wearing clothing that covers up all low-profile areas where your IWB holster and pistol are located. For example, if you are wearing a t-shirt, ensure that it is not stretched tightly over your weapon. If you are wearing jeans, make sure they hang low enough to cover both the firearm and the holster where it is clipped in.


(7) When practicing drawing or re-holstering your firearm, ensure that you are doing so at safe times and places so as to avoid any embarrassing accidents.


(8) If you are carrying your weapon for protection, ensure that you have a safe way to draw and use it- such as pepper spray or a taser.


(9) Don’t be embarrassed if you feel the need to ask someone how they think your holster looks- sometimes other people can pick up on parts of this carry mode that you haven’t noticed, so it’s important to get an outside perspective.


(10) Most importantly, practice! Practice drawing your firearm at different angles and in different positions until you are confident that you can do it smoothly and quickly.

Wearing Your New IWB Holster

The Advantages of Carrying Concealed

The advantages of carrying concealed are many. Carrying a concealed weapon means that you don’t have to worry about people realizing that you have a firearm on you and then taking it from you. The fact that the holster is out of sight also makes it harder for an attacker to identify your holster as being a place where they could grab the weapon from. The benefits of wearing an IWB holster, or any other type of concealed carry holster, are enormous- so much so that it’s worth doing as long as one is careful to take necessary precautions.


Because of this, it’s important to always take care when you are readying yourself for concealed carry so as to avoid the potentially embarrassing and dangerous mistakes that come from rushing through the process. If you’ve never sewed an IWB holster before, it may also be a good idea to seek help from someone who has experience in carrying firearms and holsters. Having to redo a holster because you made a mistake can be extremely costly if it means having to wait for another one to come in the mail, and possibly even more expensive if it means buying new clothes because your old ones no longer fit properly to cover up the gun.

Why it's Important to be Safe and Smart When Carrying a Firearm in Public?

There are a number of reasons why it is important to be safe and smart when carrying a firearm in public. The main reason has to do with the law. Some states have laws about where you are allowed to open carry, but it is illegal everywhere in the United States to open carry if you are not authorized by law.  You should also always be prepared before carrying your weapon in public so that you avoid accidental discharge and make sure that your firearm is not visible. The next thing you should consider is where you are going to carry your firearm. In order to do so safely and legally, you need to carefully think through the places where it’s okay for you to open carry and try not to go anywhere else with a firearm without checking first.


If you’re ever in doubt about whether it’s safe or legal for you to open carry into a particular location, you should call and check with the local police department before going there. Another thing to keep in mind is that some states give the person carrying the gun rights which others do not. For example, if your state allows concealed carry but doesn’t allow open carry, you still have the right to be armed and hidden from view. That means that even though it is illegal for you to open carry in public, your weapon and holster still have to be concealed and hidden so as not to give away the fact that you are armed. It’s also important to be careful when moving around with a firearm.


IWB holsters are worn inside the pants, but you can still wear dress clothes with an IWB holster.

Yes, IWB holsters are very safe because the trigger guard is completely covered and it protects you from accidentally shooting yourself.

There are several factors to consider when choosing an IWB holster, including how you plan on using it, where you’ll be using it and what type of gun you will be carrying. These holsters come in many different styles and materials depending on the application.


In conclusion, an IWB holster is a great option for concealed carry. In the event that you need to draw your firearm in public, it’s important to be safe and smart about how you do so. It’s also important not to wear your new holster incorrectly if at all possible, as this can lead to lots of discomforts or even injury over time. If you’re looking for more information on what an IWB holster is or how they work, don’t hesitate to read our blog post.


You’ll find everything from tips on choosing the best type of holsters for different situations down below. We hope these articles provide some insight into why carrying concealed is such a popular choice among gun owners today because, with proper training and equipment like an IWB holster, you can feel confident and secure carrying a firearm on you every day.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at .

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