May 01, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment

If you are new to the gun world, you may be wondering what is the best way to carry your pistol.  Most people prefer an inside-the-waistband holster (IWB). This gives you the best concealability, as well as quick access to your pistol in case of an emergency. 

Once you explore the benefits of an inside-the-waistband holster, you are not going to want to carry your firearm any other way. It’s best to experiment with a few positions, but it is ultimately up to the shooter to decide which one works best for them.  Let’s explore the different ways you can wear an inside-the-waistband holster.

Attaching the Holster

First things first: You need to attach the holster properly. It is recommended that you wear an IWB holster with a thick belt to help keep the holster in place.

You must attach the belt clip to the outside of your belt and then you can tighten your belt.  This process helps to lock your holster in place. If you don’t use a clip, the holster can move inside the waistband. With Concealment Express holsters, you’ll be confident that your pistol will remain in place, and you don’t have to worry about it being uncomfortable or shifting positions. 

To ensure the right fit for your belt, follow this one quick tip. Try one in a size up in pants and the gun belt. While the holsters are small, they may take up more room than expected. You will want to have enough space, so it is tight and secure but not uncomfortable. Once you get the right pants and belt, you can focus on which position to carry your pistol.

Carrying Positions

The hip carry, also known as the 3 o’clock position, is most commonly used for concealed carriers. It allows you to have the pistol right next to your dominant hand, so you can draw your pistol with the smallest amount of movement. That is why it is a favorite among those who conceal and carry. There are a few who say it is uncomfortable when the pistol is against the hip, but for most people, this is the best way to carry a pistol.

Another position that many choose to use is the behind the back carry. The pistol is tucked in the small of the back, which allows you to easily conceal your firearm from anyone who may be looking directly at you. It offers one of the easiest ways to conceal a larger pistol like a Colt 1911.

man lifting shirt waistband holster

One of the cons to this carry is your access. While it may be the easiest to conceal, you may find it difficult to get to your pistol in case of an emergency. Also, many find this style of carrying uncomfortable while driving, and it is almost impossible to reach when you are seated in a chair with a back.  However, if you carry a full-sized pistol, this may be the best way to conceal it.

These are two of the most common positions for conceal carry. Some people prefer to use another method, like a shoulder holster, that can be worn discreetly under a jacket.


Once you have found the best position for you, you can dial in your holster to match your needs.  Holsters at Concealment Express offer two key features that can be adjusted to your personal preference – retention and an adjustable cant. Regarding retention, they have posi-click audible retention, but you can also adjust it to whatever retention you need. This makes sure that your pistol is safe in the holster and allow you to pull it quicker depending on your likes and dislikes.

Another great feature is the adjustable cant. This helps you choose exactly how the pistol will sit in the holster. It can go as far as -15 to +15 degrees. This gives the carrier ultimate control over how his pistol is set up. These two options allow you to customize your inside-the-waistband holster to match you.

man hidden holster


Concealment Express is proud to offer the premier concealed and carry experience. Our holsters are designed to assure user comfort and security for every day wear. From the belt clip to adjustable options for retention and cant, you’ll find the perfect holster that matches your style of conceal and carry.

1 Response

Kevin Cussans
Kevin Cussans

August 30, 2018

This is the first holster I every bought.I looked locally but was confused on what to buy.I went online and found a much better price and variety.Then I read reviews and ratings and decided on one from Concealment Express. I received it three days later and found it to be as described. It fit my gun perfect and was well made.I am very pleased with my order and the way Concealment Express processed my order.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

How to Wear an Inside-the-Waistband Holster