Concealed Carry Methods

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing how you’re going to carry your firearm.

Words by Bianchi Leather
Behind the Brand
September 13, 2021

There are a number of methods to effectively carry a concealed firearm, inside the waistband (IWB), outside the waistband (OWB) and alternate carry (which includes inside the pocket, shoulder, and ankle carry). When choosing how you’re going to carry, you’ll want to consider a number of factors including the type of attire you wear, your level of activity, and the typical weather where you live.


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Outside the Waistband (OWB)

This method of concealed carry sits on the outside of the belt, and is a comfortable way to carry. However, users may find it’s not as concealable a method when raising their arms or bending over, and clothing or jackets shift. And, since the firearm sits on the outside of the belt, there is more likelihood of printing.
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Inside the Waistband (IWB)

This method of concealed carry situates the holster on the inside of the waistband, and is highly concealable because they hide most of the gun. Since the firearm is pressed close to the body, there is less printing, or showing the firearm outline through a shirt or other clothing. However, IWB holsters may be less comfortable than OWB holsters. IWB holsters can also be carried Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB). In this method the gun is holstered between the body and pants in the abdomen area between the navel and the hip on the wearer’s dominant hand side. The Professional IWB Holster and Subdue IWB Holster can both be worn in this style.
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Alternate Carry (ALT)

Other concealed carry options include methods like shoulder and ankle which provide an alternate carry to the belt holster. This type of carry is ideal for a backup gun or during long periods of sitting, such as driving.
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