Clothing-supported holsters use parts of your clothing to attach the handgun to your body. They include belt holsters and pocket holsters.
The belt holster is the most common clothing-supported holster. This type of holster is commonly divided into two categories: inside the waistband and outside the waistband.
- Inside the Waistband (IWB)
- An IWB holster can rest anywhere inside the belt line from in front of where your appendix would be to the small of your back.
- The holster offers maximum concealment but can be uncomfortable to wear.
- Outside the Waistband (OWB)
- An OWB holster is typically worn at the three o’clock position to the six o’clock position.
- The holster can be worn as a cross draw if you are seated. In this position, the handgun’s butt is toward the potential threat.
- Most holsters worn on a person’s strong side will come with a slightly forward tilt to aid in concealment. This tilt is often called the FBI cant.
The pocket holster enables you to carry a handgun in your pocket when other holsters may be too conspicuous. It keeps the gun in a steady position in the pocket.
- The holster can provide excellent concealment.
- Some pocket holsters have a feature such as a specific shape or a little tab that prevents the holster from being removed from the pocket when the gun is drawn.
- Some limitations of the pocket holster include the following.
- Items such as keys or a wallet cannot be placed in the same pocket as the gun.
- Handgun choices are limited to guns with smaller frames.
- Drawing a gun from a seated position may be difficult.