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31 Responses to Self-Defense Tip: The Key to a Comfy OWB Everyday Carry System

  1. 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).

  2. 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?

  3. Carry a j frame hammerless in your winter coat’s outside pocket. Eliminates the contortions to get your gun out. And get some sun.

    • 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.

      • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I’ve found that a crossdraw works pretty well for winter clothing.
    Just reach in once your unzipped.

    Great idea with the keys.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

    • 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).

    • 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.

      • 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.

  10. 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.

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