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How do I keep from banging my gun on things while carrying IWB?

Tom in Wake Forest sends in today’s Q&A voicemail asking about carrying his S&W Shield in an IWB holster. He’s a bigger guy, and he finds that when he carries it, he bangs it on all sorts of stuff all the time.

He mentions that the issue specifically happens when he carries it near his hip, which (for me at least) would be the widest part of the body, making it wider when you add the pistol and holster. I suggest sliding it back a little bit to maybe 4 or 5 O’clock and hopefully that will take care of the problem.


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  1. I carry a full-sized service pistol, either a 1911 or Glock 17, IWB every day. I find wearing it further behind the hip than 3 o’clock makes it bang against MORE stuff, especially if I sit down in a wood chair or bench. At 3 o’clock I automatically use my elbow to “cover” the pistol grip when I’m in an environment where it’s likely to bump either stuff or people (e.g, in a crowded elevator). My elbow’s already there, anyway. Works fine. Anyway, that’s my experience.

  2. Also, sorry to hear about you and Ben breaking up. 😉

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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