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 Post subject: 2" v. 3" For IWB Carry
PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:01 am 
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I have a 2" SP101 (two actually) which I like to carry iwb with my Simply Rugged Pancake holster and I am very happy with that combination. However, I am thinking of getting a 3" in .357. It is not even an entire inch longer. Will it be noticeably less comfortable to carry IWB than the 2"?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:40 am 
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Only way to know is for YOU to try it. That said, I'd much prefer a 3" barrel to 2" and would put up with a slight bit more inconvenience/discomfort for the extra inch. Not a major amount, but some. :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:01 pm 
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Yeah, that makes sense. Guess I have no choice but to buy one and find out.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:58 pm 
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A 2 3/4" Speed Six is very comfortable and concealable in s good iwb.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:05 pm 
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I can speak only from my own personal experience. I craft gun belts and holsters, and thankfully, have been able to experiment and craft several different styles of AIWB and pocket holsters for both my 3 inch and 2 inch hammerless SP101's, settling on what works best for me. My AIWB holsters all use spring steel clips to secure them to my belts. In 20 years I've learned that for me, the 3 inch serves better AIWB than the 2 inch. My 2 inch version carried AIWB tends to rotate with movement when carried that way, while the 3 inch barrel just seems to anchor the longer SP101 in position when AIWB. The 2 inch hammerless SP101 is hands down my best choice though when carrying in CAN and have experimented carrying my 3 inch in a pocket holster but some pockets aren't deep enough to conceal the grip butt.
Your selection will depend of course on your build ad lifestyle.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:06 am 
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Tallbald, I am not familiar with CAN. What type of carry is that?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:40 am 
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It all depends on the body type of the person. Long torso vs short torso makes a huge difference.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:14 pm 
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Shorter barrels clear leather faster! I prefer the 3 inch barrel of my SP. length of barrel carrying has never been an issue. The composition of the grip makes a lot of difference.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:52 am 
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2 or 3 in. makes little difference. Carry what you like the main thing is you are carrying! ps

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:31 am 
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I can’t notice one bit of difference between the two lengths. You might notice it for a couple of minutes. The life will toss something else at you that draws your attention.

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