How to Use a concealed carry IWB Hip Holster

In this video, I talk to you about how to wear and use a concealed carry inside the waistband hip holster. I also discuss how to draw and shoot from this style of holster.

I’d like to start off by thanking Mr. Massad Ayoob who was generous enough to share some of his knowledge on the subject with me. You can learn a lot at his website at

Now, I’d like to point out that my pistol is unloaded. There is no magazine and the chamber is empty. When you practice, you should take the same precautions. Also, no one is behind the camera.

First we need to understand exactly what a concealed carry inside the waistband hip holster is. It is called an inside the waistband (or IWB) holster, because it stows between your pants and your body so the gun is “inside the waistband”.

One thing to note right off the bat is that the width of the gun will take up some of the room in your pants. If you wear really tight pants, this option may not be right for you. Many people choose to buy some pants that are one size larger than what they normally wear, but most find this unnecessary. If you want to know if an IWB holster is right for you before you spend your money on one, a good test is to unload your gun and stick it in your waistband. If it fits easily, you should be good to go. If your pants are too tight to fit the gun, you probably need to buy some bigger pants first or consider an outside the waistband holster (or OWB).

This holster is typically worn between 3 and 5 o’clock.

If you picture a clock around your body with 12 o’clock at your navel, you can picture where these positions are. 3 o’clock is on the side and 5 o’clock is just about directly over the back pocket.

The exact position where you’ll wear the holster will depend upon your individual body type and preferences. So just play around with it and see what you prefer.

Whether or not your shirt is tucked in won’t make much of a difference with this technique, but you SHOULD practice the same way that you normally carry.

I’m going to explain this for a right-handed person, and a lefty will be exactly the same. Just use the opposite arms.

1. The first thing you need to do when drawing your weapon is to find it. It sounds like common sense, but you really do need to practice finding your gun and getting a good firm grip on it. When you’re in a crisis situation, you’ll have to rely on muscle memory and instinct rather than high level thought processes.

Start off by bringing both of your hands back simultaneously to where your holster is. The right hand needs to come straight back. Massad Ayoob tells me that the biggest mistake he sees is the elbow way out here like a chicken wing. Make sure to keep your elbow in.

Now with your left hand, reach far around as close as you can get to your holster. Grab a big firm handful of your shirt and really yank it loose and out of the way. It won’t matter much if your shirt is tucked in or not. Pull hard and fast. You want to make sure that your shirt is completely out of the way before you reach for your gun.

2. At this point, your hand should be directly above the pistol. Get a good, firm grip. Leave trigger finger off of the trigger. You need to have your firing grip before leaving the holster.

3. Pull pistol straight up. Your holster may be angled forward, but when you pull straight up, the gun will come forward some. You probably can’t actually lift the gun straight up from the 5 o’clock position, but picture in your head bringing the gun straight up as you draw your weapon.

4. Twist your pistol forward while still at the hip. You can actually fire from this position if you need to. It’s best to angle the top of the pistol away from you at about a 30-45 degree angle to make sure the slide doesn’t hit you when it cycles and to keep the empty brass away from your face.

4. Now let go of your shirt with your left hand. Bring it back over and meet your right hand, then bring the pistol forward.

6. Fully extend your arms into a shooting position. You may have figured this out already, but you can actually start firing from the hip and keep firing your weapon all the way through this maneuver’.

Make sure to practice this over and over until you can do it without even thinking about it. When you are swimming in adrenaline, you don’t want to have to think your way through a this. You want to be able to react.

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1 Comment

  1. Tom Krista

    I cannot beleive how comfortable my IWB is to wear. I carry a Springfield XDS 45 ACP and I dont even know that it is there. What a great product, you have me sold

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