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Methods of Carrying a Handgun

Outside-the-Waistband (OWB)

A revolver with wooden grips encased in a black leather Outside the Waistband (OWB) holster. The carrier is wearing a black belt, gray dress pants and a white dress shirt.
outside the waistband holdter

Outside-the-waistband refers to a holster that can be worn outside of your pants or waistband. Typically, an OWB holster is worn on the side of the hip at the 3 o’clock position (if you’re right handed). There are plenty of choices when it comes to OWB holsters. But it’s most important to find a holster that will remain tight against your body and flex as you move.

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB)

inside the waistband holster
IWB holster

Inside-the-waistband (IWB) refers to carrying a firearm inside the waistband of your pants. They can be made of various materials including molded hard plastic leather,  and nylon.

Appendix Carry (AIWB)

appendix carry

Appendix carry (AIWB) means to carry a firearm inside the waistband of your pants at the 12 to 1 o’clock position (if you’re right handed).

Strong-Side Carry (IWB)

strong side carry
closeup image of strong side carry

Strong-side carry (IWB) means to carry a firearm inside the waistband of your pants at the 4 or 5 o’clock position (if you’re right handed).

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