Most law-abiding people who carry handguns regularly, particularly handguns of “serious fighting size,” tend to carry them in hip holsters. Of the vast myriad of holster designs, one primary breakdown is between holsters that carry the handgun inside the waistband (IWB) and those that carry it outside the waistband (OWB).

I began carrying a gun at the age of 12 in my dad’s jewelry store, which was legal at that time and place. That was more than half a century ago. I’ve learned a few things along the way as a full-time instructor in firearms and self-defense, and would like to share them with you now in the matter of inside the waistband (IWB) vis-à-vis outside the waistband (OWB). Let’s look at the attributes of the IWB, and then those of the OWB, and then a couple of similarities they share.



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