How to Wear an IWB Holster

IWB holsters are ideal for safely carrying a concealed gun as they hide the gun from view and keep it safe, nice and close to your body.

How to Wear an IWB Holster

There can be some confusion for those unfamiliar with IWB holsters, so today we’re going to talk about the best way to wear an IWB holster and some additional tips on the subject. Through my own trial and error, I’ve learned what works best for me regarding my EDC, but we’re all different, so it’s wise to explore a variety of ways and tips for carrying your IWB holster.

Let’s start!

Consider the Carry position

The carry position means where exactly the holster and firearm will be kept on your body. There are several ways to wear your IWB holster on your hip, so let’s break down a few of them.

  • Right front hip
  • Left front hip
  • right hip
  • left hip
  • Right rear hip
  • Left rear hip
  • Front
  • Return

These are the main positions that people often hide their IWB holsters in. Each position has different advantages and disadvantages that vary depending on your size, body type, clothing, situation, etc.

Step-by-step instructions on the IWB case

  • Consider the situation, the clothing required and the possible movements required.
  • Choose your transport position.
  • Thread your belt through the holster loop if necessary. Some IWB holsters use buckles and some use clips.
  • Adjust your case as needed for the ideal drawing position.
  • Do some drawing exercises to ensure you can draw your weapon comfortably and quickly when needed in a potential survival situation.
  • Check the imprint or outline of your weapon in the mirror to make sure your concealed weapon is properly concealed.

As you become familiar with your EDC’s gear, you’ll become faster and more efficient with setting up your IWB, and you’ll even begin to choose what works best for you, your wardrobe, and people. types of activities you do on a daily basis. the life.

How can we ensure that our concealed weapons are properly concealed with our IWB holsters?

You can start with the following:

  • Equip the IWB holster in the slot of your choice.
  • Put on the clothes you intend to wear with your IWB holster and a concealed weapon.
  • Look in the mirror and turn around looking for signs of imprinting your weapon.
  • Raise your arms, reach out and move them in different ways to confirm that your weapon won’t be revealed on an inappropriate move due to a minor move you made.
  • Check that your IWB holster is fully seated and does not protrude more than necessary.

As you become more familiar with using your IWB holster for your concealed firearm you will need to perform these checks the less aware you will become of outfits and clothing that work well with your concealed EDC setup.

IWB Case Tips

1. Check for any snags.

Snags occur when a piece of your clothing catches on your gun and prevents or delays your clean draw from your IWB holster. You can prevent this from happening by anticipating the possibility of a snap and performing practice drills to draw your weapon to ensure no snags occur. If something goes wrong, you’ll either have to adjust the carry position of the gun and IWB holster, or rethink your outfit. Every second can count in a potential survival situation, so ensuring you’re able to fire your weapon effectively can have a huge impact. I tend to include my shirt clearance when drawing during my exercises and practice sessions to avoid any snags.

2. Choose the right IWB holster for your wardrobe choices.

As we mentioned before, there is a wide variety of IWB holsters and understand the pros and cons of each and what is best for you and your wardrobe choices. For example, I don’t always wear a belt, so I chose an IWB holster that has a clip instead of a belt loop so it can work with and without belts. Keep in mind that some IWB holsters are higher or lower than others, so choosing the correct shirt length for your IWB holster is another factor to keep in mind. I think it’s worth having a few outfits that you can consider ideal to wear and that you know you can comfortably hide your weapon with.

3. Press the holster with your finger if you are not using a belt.

If you’re like me and want to wear an IWB holster without a belt, you may find that not all of the clips will adhere the way you want them to, so learn how to press down with your finger while removing the gun from the holster will help you draw the weapon while holding the holster in place. In my experience, quickly drawing my gun without wearing a belt on a clip-style IWB holster has caused me to remove the entire holster from my belt, which would not be ideal in a potentially hostile situation. The downward force holds the holster in place so I can safely and cleanly fire my gun.

4. Select the appropriate holster for your weapon and accessories.

There are many IWB holster products on the market that claim to be a one size fits all holster, but I think we should lean towards holsters designed specifically for the chosen concealed carry weapon. Even a holster designed for your model of firearm may not be ideal for your accessories such as protruding grips, sights and more if it was designed for the base model of weapon chosen. It’s worth reading reviews and forums for the specific IWB holsters and accessories that work best if you can’t personally test it with your gun.


IWB holsters are fantastic tools that allow you to carry your concealed weapon without broadcasting its location while allowing you relatively quick access to the weapon in the event of a dangerous situation.

It’s important to keep in mind that properly preparing your EDC setup means proper research, consideration, and regular practice are all factors to consider when choosing your IWB holster. You can’t just pick any IWB holster that you like the look of and expect it to perform as it should. Read reviews, check comments, think about your wardrobe preferences, and practice drawing your weapon so you can select the right holster and maintain an appropriate level of readiness when it comes to your EDC setup with your IWB holster.