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Why Carrying a Firearm IWB a Good Option?

By May 15, 2023June 6th, 2023One Comment
Falco Holster IWB

IWB= Inside the Waist Band

Carrying a firearm for personal defense is a serious responsibility that requires careful consideration of several factors. One popular method of carrying a firearm is in the waistband, or IWB. This method of carry has several advantages over other carry methods and is a popular choice among many firearm owners. In this article, we will discuss why carrying a firearm IWB is a good option, as well as the considerations for carrying IWB.  For those who are new to carrying a firearm, IWB stands for inside the waist band.  

Why is carrying a firearm IWB a good option?

  1. Comfort: Carrying a firearm IWB is often more comfortable than other methods of carry, such as outside the waistband (OWB) or shoulder holsters. The firearm is positioned close to the body, making it less noticeable and reducing the chance of discomfort or irritation from the holster.
  2. Concealment: Carrying a firearm IWB allows for better concealment, as the firearm is positioned inside the waistband and closer to the body. This makes it easier to conceal the firearm under clothing, even with tighter fitting clothing styles.
  3. Accessibility: When carrying a firearm IWB, the firearm is easily accessible, as it is positioned within arm’s reach. This allows for quick and easy access to the firearm in case of an emergency.
  4. Security: Carrying a firearm IWB can provide an additional layer of security, as the firearm is held securely against the body. This reduces the chance of the firearm being accidentally dislodged or taken by an attacker.

Considerations for carrying a firearm IWB.

  1. Holster selection: Choosing the right holster is crucial when carrying a firearm IWB. The holster must be designed specifically for IWB carry and fit the firearm properly. It should also be made of high-quality materials and provide adequate retention to keep the firearm secure.
  2. Comfort: The holster must be comfortable to wear for extended periods. It should be made of materials that won’t cause irritation or discomfort against the skin.
  3. Concealment: The holster must be designed to keep the firearm hidden from view, especially when reaching or bending. The size and shape of the firearm will also impact how well it can be concealed, so choose a firearm that fits your body and clothing style.
  4. Accessibility: The holster must allow for quick and easy access to the firearm in case of an emergency. This means the holster must hold the firearm securely but still allow for a quick draw when needed.
  5. Safety: Carrying a firearm IWB can pose safety risks if not done correctly. The trigger must always be covered to prevent accidental discharge, and the holster must provide adequate protection to prevent the trigger from being accidentally activated.
  6. Training: Finally, carrying a firearm IWB requires training and practice. The user must be familiar with the specific holster and firearm combination and practice drawing and re-holstering the firearm safely.

Carrying a firearm IWB can be a comfortable, concealed, and accessible option for personal defense. However, it requires careful consideration of several factors, including holster selection, comfort, concealment, accessibility, safety, and training. With proper attention to these considerations, carrying a firearm IWB can be a safe and effective way to protect oneself and others.  

Some of our favorite IWB holsters are by Falco Holsters

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