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Old February 23, 2006, 12:04 AM   #1
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pancake belt holster or inside the pants holster for concealed carry

hey guy's, I'll be getting my CCW soon. My carry gun will be my Taurus Mil-Pro 40. My question is this, which is better for concealment, a pancake belt holster, or an inside the pants holster. The inside the pants seems like it would be uncomfortable, with the leather or cordura chafing your leg all day.
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Old February 23, 2006, 12:20 AM   #2
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holster choice

It depends on your build. I've always found IWB works better with a gun with a tapered slide contour. For full size guns, I always liked IWB carry with a Browning HP.

I have a Milt Sparks Summer Special holster that fits my Sig 230/Walther PPK/Kahr P9 and I carry that way in the summer sometimes. I also have a DeSantis IWB holster for the Kahr that a buddy gave me -- he originally used it for a Detonics he carried as an off duty gun 20 years ago, and we discovered that it also fit the P9.

I prefer a pancake type holster, even though I just lost 18 lbs . . . . I also really like some of the Kydex holsters that are available now. I have a bunch of Kydex holsters from Ky-tac and one from Mach2 Tactical and one from Comp-Tac for different guns, and they all work pretty well.

If you go IWB, be sure to order a couple of pairs of pants specifically dedicated to IWB carry, and get them with a waist size an inch or two bigger to accomodate the gun and holster.
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Old February 23, 2006, 02:07 AM   #3
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I use IWB. I like FAT and THICK pancake holsters in leather. The newer formed holsters I do NOT like. Older pancake holsters did not print or show the form of the weapon. They were more lie a rounded pouch for OWB concealment and included a heavy thumbbreak and three belt loops and a stabilization tunnel behind as well as being made of heavy saddle leather. The new pancakes are closer to being crepes. LOL
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Old February 23, 2006, 09:34 AM   #4
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The problem with Iwb and the mil pro is it's length. It's short and most of it's weight is behind the trigger guard. If you get one, get one with a thumb break. I don't have one for my mil pro, but it works great for my snub, is the Bianchi blackwidow. I think it would work well given the weight distribution of the mil pro.
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Old February 23, 2006, 09:57 AM   #5
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Which is better?

I prefer IWB. I have both and I used to carry exclusively in a Galco Combat Master. Problem was I was always fidgiting with my cover garment to ensure the muzzle end of the holster wasn't expose especially if i was sitting down in a restaurant or reaching to higher shelves in a store.

I'm sure no one in our unobservant society even noticed, but I got tired of worrying about it and bought a DeSantis Cozy Partner. I haven't looked back since. The IWB is much more comfortable than the Galco and I don't have to worry about exposing it.

I still wear the Galco sometimes, but ony when I'm not concerned about exposing the gun.
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