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I have noticed now much more folks are moving to IWB or even AIWB lately. I guess where I struggle specifically with AIWB (while not having tried it) is in and out of the car. Figure that must be pretty close to "no cigar" using AIWB. So if one was going to go IWB and not AIWB, would you guys think 2:30 to 3:00 to maybe 3:30 to 4:00 makes the most sense, maybe with some cant particularly if 3:30 to 4:00 if you are in and out of a car?
I find it hard to believe anyone is in and out of a car more than I am. I drive about a 1000 miles a week on average for work. It's actually the opposite for me. I used to carry exclusively at the 4:00 position. I had carried there for several years. I started having pains in my lower back on that side about a year ago. Come to find out it was because it was putting my back in a slight bind. Once I stopped carrying in that position my back quit hurting almost immediately.

If you will find the right holster and position for you, AIWB is great. I can actually draw very fast while seated in a car carrying that way. Drawing seated in a car from the 3-4:00 is pretty difficult. You have to lean very far forward to draw from either and there is no easy way I have found to get around the seatbelt.

I think 2:00 AIWB would be great provided your barrel/slide was very short and didn't poke you in the leg. I don't own any subcompacts. I think it would be hard to do that with anything else.

I have tried many OWB holsters. I finally gave up and decided that I just hate them. The best I have tried is a Raven Concealment. But honestly I rarely ever carry in one. Also some people talk about buying bigger pants for IWB carry. I never have, but I don't wear my pants skin tight anyway. If you carry at the 3:00 position it will at the least pull all the slack out of your pants. 4:00 seems to me to take up slightly less room in your pants. AIWB takes up no room, atleast for me. I can tighten my pants normally and still get the gun/holster in there. I think rather than pushing my pants out it's pushing my gut in.
 

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The other day I wore my Smartcarry holster to work. It is comfortable, but I thought it was going to cook my nuts. It cuts off all air circulation.

When I got home that evening I was thinking how comfortable it was carrying that low. I took out my Silent Thunder Slim and the longest clip I had ordered. I ended up attaching the clip where the tension adjustment screws are. It works great! If you use that long of a clip and mount it in the usual place, you can't draw except with your last two fingers on the grip. By moving the clip to the tension screws, it now rides where my Smartcarry does but I can still get a full grip on the gun when drawing. I will take some pictures when I have time to demonstrate the difference.
 

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I decided on the standard Garrett IWB since I figured it would give me the most options to try. I am going to try it with the tuckable loops and I got one of their HD clips as well. It can even be converted to AIWB if I am not mistaken so even that option would remain open with that model. Just going to have to try a few different things and work it out.

I really like the design of the Garrett as it seems about as practical a design as there could be. Besides I simply do not find the idea of waiting 6, 12 and 24 months for a holster attractive. If I can get the same or better practical usage out of something I can get in a couple of weeks, the artistry of some of these holsters sort of goes out the window for me when the time element is so extended.
 

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I decided on the standard Garrett IWB since I figured it would give me the most options to try. I am going to try it with the tuckable loops and I got one of their HD clips as well. It can even be converted to AIWB if I am not mistaken so even that option would remain open with that model. Just going to have to try a few different things and work it out.

I really like the design of the Garrett as it seems about as practical a design as there could be. Besides I simply do not find the idea of waiting 6, 12 and 24 months for a holster attractive. If I can get the same or better practical usage out of something I can get in a couple of weeks, the artistry of some of these holsters sort of goes out the window for me when the time element is so extended.
I hear you. In the time it takes to get some holsters, I may change carry weapons two or three times.
 

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Got to hand it to Garrett. They seem to have used a technologically advanced approach to solve a number of the issues in holster design and production. It is often double costly to get a holster that is lined with the smooth side facing the pistol. Granted their holster looks utilitarian as heck but I sort of like things that look utilitarian. To me they have an aesthetic appeal all their own. Now I can well see somebody that looks at holsters from a different perspective thinkin' I am a few sandwiches short of a full picnic but hey, it takes all kinds.
 

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Sorry to take a while to get back to your question (in Phoenix for training all last week, ugh). Cotton's pancake is the standard Tex45 pancake for an sk, plain brown holster, nice fit & finish as usual. I've posted it to the gallery, so look at the last page and you can see his holster and the Garrett I just got, as well. I think the 1:00 AIWB is a nice way to carry and is much easier to draw and conceal in some instances (car). Takes a bit of getting used to compared to my usual carry style, but I like it and Ron's work is first rate.

I'm really enjoying the sk now. Nice, small, simple and a pleasure to shoot, considering the 40 is a fairly hefty cartridge with 180 grain Ranger loads. Life is good.
 
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