I have used an IWB at times,
but never found any to be comfortable all day. The problem, for me, is they require a larger waist size in the trousers. I tried that, then grew to fit the pants. Not good. It seems the biggest advantage to the IWB is to carry your Buntline Special - - -
|Buntline Special that recently sold for $1250.00 at gunauction.com|
- - - so that the barrel doesn't show.
But if you are wearing a long-tailed coat like some of these guys - -
The pancake holster might work for you.
When I had a 1911, I wore it in a pancake from El Paso Saddlery similar to this:
|Dual Duty Holster from El Paso Saddlery|
How effective at concealment are these types of holsters? While at the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in September, I wore an open top pancake style, either under a sport coat or Hawaiian cut print shirt.
Afterwards, I questioned some of my friends who had been at the GRPC:
Were you able to tell whether or not I was carrying? If you saw anything, please describe.
Here are their answers:
- I could not see anything! Your body language seemed a tiny bit stiff ... but I could not tell at all! What were you packing? C.T.
- I didn't notice anything. I wasn't looking but never saw anything that would have suggested it. J.R.
- I wasn't exactly looking but I didn't see any telltale signs or bulges. S.L.
- I don't remember in particular. I guess I just expected that everyone at the conference would be carrying, so if I saw bulges or printing I wouldn't have really paid attention to it. R.M.
High and tight!
NOTE: This non-retention holster is not recommended for open carry.
And here I am, in the red sport coat, with that pistol, at GRPC. On the right side of the photo is John Cushman of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, then Cheryl Todd of Arizona's Gun Freedom Radio. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the gentleman in the bow tie.
|Photo courtesy Dave Workman|
Unless you're packing one of those Buntline Specials!
What do you think? What is your experience? Have you tried it?