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 Post subject: over or under the belt?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:42 am 
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i just got my first iwb holster with a metal clip, its a pro carry hd from the holster store. all my others have had only plastic clips like the sof tuck. i can't figure which way this should go as the clip is extemely stout. it's easier to clip my pants but then the clip mars the side of my belt. i can get it over the belt but it's a pain to do so and then it mars the outside of my belt. how do ya'll wear yours?, and will the clip get easier?. thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:00 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:42 pm 
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No advise from me. I absolutely hate IWB. I'd rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic than carry IWB. Don't much care for the 21st century either.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:53 am 
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Well, we are all different. IWB is how I always carry.

Clips go over the belt. The must have something that the clip can hold onto in order to keep the holster from sliding up when drawing. There is nothing positive to retain the clips on the waistband of your pants. Metal clips will mar your leather belt. Plastic clips will also, although to a much lesser degree. Goes with the territory. I've never had them really mess up the leather, just a few noticeable marks.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:37 pm 
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GunnyGene wrote:
No advise from me. I absolutely hate IWB. I'd rather have teeth pulled without anesthetic than carry IWB. Don't much care for the 21st century either.


Gunny, I think we both may live in the wrong century. If it weren't for the medical care I'd go back. I'm an OWB person myself.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:20 pm 
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Maybe if I lose about 30 pounds I could reconsider IWB. Tried all sorts of holsters in all sorts of positions and never found any that were comfortable enough to wear all day. Scratching up my gun belt was the least of my concerns. For a few years I wore OWB exclusively, which I found much more comfortable and it does not mar the belt at all. Then I switched to pocket carry to allow even faster access, to allow me to put my hand on the gun before drawing so that if the situation required me to draw I could do so much more quickly, was just so much less of a hassle than having to thread the holster onto my belt and make sure my shirt never rode up too high (like when stretching to reach a high shelf). Now I pocket carry most of the time, but still use a stiff gun belt to handle the weight of a gun in my pocket. Switching from pants pocket to coat pocket in the winter also makes me feel better prepared for possible trouble.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:50 pm 
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As long as the thread has already drifted...

I too must have been born in the wrong century. Not only do I generally carry cross draw OWB, I sometimes carry this.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:59 am 
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back to the original thread... I usually wear my ISWB holster outside my pants.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:28 am 
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Some of those clips seem to be meant to fit nylon strap belts and don't have nearly enough "reach" for a good thick leather belt. The result is the hook catches on everything(shirt sleeves, jacket tails, seat belts).
I saw an unfortunate instance of this happening to a guy in a store parking lot. This vehicle wheels into a parking spot, the door flies open, the driver pops his seat belt and wrenches it loose as he's exiting the vehicle. As the seat belt was released, it apparently caught the belt hook of his holster and both holster and pistol are flung out the open door onto the pavement. I had a ringside seat from the next row over as the guy stopped in mid-stride to watch his pistol pop out of the holster in mid-flight, bounce off the cement, and skitter across the empty parking spot beside him.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:52 pm 
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I have "J-hooks" installed on my IWB holster to minimize the printing when I am wearing it with a tucked in shirt.
The only thing visible is a small loop of plastic above and just the end of the hook below my belt.

While I like the concept of the clips that go over the belt I have found that they are just a bit too obtrusive when when IWB/tucked.

As long as the belt you are using has enough support I don't find that my pants get pulled down on the holster side any more than with any other clip mechanism.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:12 am 
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I like the idea of the "j-hooks" that go between belt and waistband with the "hook" under belt from inside out. They still only hang from the pants but don't have that snagging, gouging tab sticking out.
Even the fairly heavy SP101 is easily supported by the waistband of jeans combined with the leather backer of a holster like the "super tuck" or a similar knockoff.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:42 pm 
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You can also buy "C" clips too. Hooks like a "J" clip, but at both the top and bottom of the belt.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:47 pm 
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Why would any gun guy buy LEVIS?? Very rabid antigun.. Tell your shooting buddies.


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