We are delighted to introduce our new advice column on shooting, Ask Randi Rogers. This month, Randi breaks down the difference between an inside- and outside-the-waistband holster.
In your opinion do most women wear inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB) holsters? What is the biggest difference other than in or out?
Confused in Canton
In my opinion, most women do neither. Most women actually carry in an off-the-body method, such as a purse or bag. I think that the reasoning behind this is two-fold: 1) most women’s clothing does not lend itself well to concealed carry — as it is tighter and form fitting, which makes carrying a firearm very difficult while still looking and feeling attractive, and 2) another reason women don’t necessarily like to carry on the body is the weight of a firearm. Carrying something all day long even when it is small can make you tired. Most women don’t want to carry the extra weight, especially while they are at home.
If you are looking at choosing a concealed carry firearm, I am a huge proponent of ON body carry. I think it is important because it seems like it’s always when I don’t have my purse that I really want to have my concealed carry gun. Here are a few situations that I know of where I feel better that I carry on the body:
If you are considering either an IWB or OWB holster, these are the 2 big differences when you compare them:
Concealed carry is a big choice, but making sure you have the right holster for you lifestyle, body type and needs will make it much easier.
Randi Rogers is a shooter from the top of her head down to the tips of her toes. Working as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the holster manufacturing company Comp-Tac, Randi dabbles in hunting, fishing and the great outdoors but at the end of the day she wants to have a gun in her hand. For the last 18 years as a Smith & Wesson and Compt-Tac pro competition shooter, Randi has won over 50 world and national titles in action shooting sports such as Cowboy Action Shooting, IDPA, IPSC, USPSA and 3Gun. Randi fills her days concealed carrying in a Comp-Tac Holster, spending time practicing at the range, writing for different outdoor publications and finding new ways to help other women enjoy the recreation and entertainment of target shooting. View all posts by Randi Rogers