Self-Defense Tip: The Key to a Comfy OWB Everyday Carry System by Robert Farago | Oct 16, 2012 | 31 comments facebook twitter linkedin email comments BB says: October 16, 2012 at 11:15 Great idea with the sewn pocket and keys! I’m also a lefty. Do you have any more videos or seen any articles that addresses issues left-handed carry? (IWB or OWB). Reply Aharon says: October 16, 2012 at 11:19 I was about to suggest not sitting with your back vulnerable to a window or a glass door, and then I realized I am currently doing the same thing yet worse since my back is to a street. What’s your dog’s name? Reply Robert Farago says: October 16, 2012 at 12:48 Maggie is the grey, Rosie the black and white. Reply Aharon says: October 16, 2012 at 13:42 Which super models are they named after? Reply Moonshine says: October 16, 2012 at 13:52 LOL nice play. David says: October 16, 2012 at 11:28 NEVER SHAKE HANDS WITH A LEFT-HANDED DRAW! 😉 (Nice doggy!) Reply jwm says: October 16, 2012 at 11:30 Carry a j frame hammerless in your winter coat’s outside pocket. Eliminates the contortions to get your gun out. And get some sun. Reply jkp says: October 16, 2012 at 11:37 What happened to the Caracal? Reply Robert Farago says: October 16, 2012 at 12:46 It’s a 15+1 gun. If you sneeze in RI you end up in MA and they’ll put you away for a year for even thinking about a magazine with more than 10 cartridges. I’m waiting for the low-capacity magazines. Reply Rich says: October 16, 2012 at 14:15 It’s my understanding that Massachusetts hasn’t had any luck prosecuting high cap Glock magazines because Glock refuses to cooperate. Their official position is that they have no idea when a magazine was made because they are not dated. Sorry can’t help you. This information comes from someone I trust who is in a position to know. Sorry I can’t be more specific. Reply Eric says: October 16, 2012 at 11:41 Practice looking behind you before reholstering. The side to side glance is great but a sneak attack will come behind and you need to clear 360 degrees. Reply Matt in FL says: October 16, 2012 at 12:00 Did I hear the sound of a bottle of wine opening at 6:05? Reply Robert Farago says: October 16, 2012 at 12:47 It’s the schnauzer(s) rattling the window shades. Reply Bryan P says: October 16, 2012 at 12:06 I carry OWB with button up shirts covering. I definitely have a problem with the wind wanting to blow open my cover garment. I am going to have to try the sewn in pocket. Thank you for the idea. Reply ChuckN says: October 16, 2012 at 12:36 I’ve found that a crossdraw works pretty well for winter clothing. Just reach in once your unzipped. Great idea with the keys. Reply dan says: October 16, 2012 at 12:45 Im going to be that guy for a moment. There is a simpler technique for geting clothing out of the way when drawing, use your thumb, open your hand up lock your thumb strait and then get your tumb below your shirt line (so you are tuching your pants but not your shirt) and then poke yourself with the thumb drag up until you clear the holster and then grab your gun. Reply Robert Farago says: October 16, 2012 at 12:48 Doesn’t work as well for me. The shirt material can get caught-up with the gun. Reply Greg Camp says: October 16, 2012 at 12:48 RF, you’re left-eye and left-hand dominant? Huzzah for us sinister people. Reply Robert Farago says: October 16, 2012 at 12:50 Holy photobooth Batman! It reverse everything. AND there’s lag. That cuts it. I’m going to re-record it with the Nikon. Reply Taurus609 says: October 16, 2012 at 16:55 After watching both videos, are you ambidextrous????? Reply mp says: October 16, 2012 at 13:26 I was convinced I could only carry OWB comfortably- i.e. comfortable enough that I would do it 24/7, and was resigned to living with the attendant inconvienences you illustrate- mostly always needing a cover garment which just bites in the summer. Then I picked up a ‘nate squared tactical’ IWBholster (reviewed on this site once I think) recently at a gun show. I was totally blown away. As comfy if not more so than my fancy leather pancake holster, so shorts and tee or snowsuit I am good to go. Reply Ben Eli says: October 16, 2012 at 13:52 Comment removed. Please send all comments about TTAG’s editorial choices to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reply Rich says: October 16, 2012 at 14:20 Like everyone else, I have a box full of holsters that I’ve tried and discarded. The least bad holster that I’ve found so far is from Nate Squared Tactical (http://n82tactical.com). It’s IWB and tuckable. Reply Mark N. says: October 16, 2012 at 15:01 Do you get extra revenue for the product placement advertising? Reply JeffD says: October 16, 2012 at 15:13 Excellent video and neat trick with the key pocket. I finally purchased a Ruger LC9 for concealed carry and have decided to used a deSantis mini scabbard holster for when I wear a belt. However, in Florida, the daily dress is mainly shorts (sans belt) and t-shirts. I’m still researching how to conceal carry without a belt. Again, excellent video, but next time could you wear an undershirt? Having to see your umbilicus has scarred me for life. (j/k) Reply C. Walther says: October 16, 2012 at 16:38 Honestly, I can only think of three ways: belly band, shoulder holster, or (if you’re feeling up to wearing an undershirt), something like this: http://www.kramerleather.com/productDetail.cfm?productID=65&categoryID=21 Honestly, though, if it were me (and at one time it was), I’d just bite the bullet and get a belt. Nobody’s gonna see it anyway if the shirt is untucked, and they don’t all have to be leathery goodness. Something like this has served me very well (not that exact model, but similar ones that retain their shape and won’t flex sideways). Reply C. Walther says: October 18, 2012 at 00:26 Oh. There’s also ThunderWear, if you’re, ah, feeling confident with your draw. Reply Alex says: October 17, 2012 at 14:29 I don’t work for the company or anything but take a look at Remora Holsters (http://remoraholsters.com/Home_Page.html) for no belt carry. They use a really sticky lining on the outside of their holsters so it holds iwb without a belt and can also work as a pocket holster. I bought one about 3 months ago for my PPS and works great with shorts when I want to carry w/o the hassle of grabbing a belt and holster. Anyways there are a bunch of reviews on various forums where people have tried the holster while jogging, sleeping while only wearing boxers, etc ( I’ve read most of them while doing the research 🙂 )and people rave about them. They’re cheap, you have nothing to lose trying one out. Reply C. Walther says: October 18, 2012 at 00:24 Every pistol I have owned (with the exception of two) has or will have a Remora holster. They are fantastic holsters that are fantastically sticky, and I can tell you from firsthand experience those boxer claims are true. That said, I would never feel secure using one IWB without some sort of belt (even if that “belt” is just a drawstring). On a J-frame airweight, it might not matter. With a fully-loaded Glock 30 in a Remora wearing just sweatpants (no drawstring), anything faster than a brisk walk means you’re rolling dice on whether it stays in place or not. Again, I speak from experience. For pocket carry, I still wear a belt. If I don’t, my pants sag disproportionately. Again, metal Kahr makes it painfully obvious which side it is. Reply Jerry says: October 17, 2012 at 01:03 Here in Arizona I carry 90% of the time and I use a Comp-tac minotaur, or Sparks VM-2 while wearing a T-shirt( usually something geeky, comic book, Avengers, Sci-Fi) and a slightly over sized work or Dickies style shirt, or bowling shirt ie Charlie Sheen, or a eye searingly loud hawiian shirt. All with the only the top three buttons used making it easy to knife the flap back to access my H K compact. This suffices well until December when I can add a windbreaker or fleece jacket. As for the key idea you can also have sewn a lead button or galvanized washer to do the same thing. Reply Rob says: October 17, 2012 at 11:14 RF, I like how you pulled out the pocket pistol in the end that was concealed the whole time. Good stuff. Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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