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Thread: AIWB: use longer holster than model of gun?

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    The ďriseĒ of the trousers is also part of the equation. Low-rise trousers, and a long holster body, can present an engineering problem.
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    As others have said, I find that a longer holster works better in AIWB for me as well. Also relaxed fit pants work better as well. The fabric being loose in the area of the muzzle won't compress a wedge or pillow as much so the grip won't tip out. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDFA View Post
    ...relaxed fit pants work better as well. The fabric being loose in the area of the muzzle won't compress a wedge or pillow as much so the grip won't tip out.
    That's a great tip. Some "tailored fit" pants still have enough room or stretch in the crochital region.
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    I carry a 26 in a JM AIWB for a G17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2CattleCo View Post
    I carry a 26 in a JM AIWB for a G17.
    Is this your normal EDC? Iím just curious. I have been carrying my 19 in a JM made for it or one made for a 34. There are times I carry my 26 simply because I appreciate the shorter barrel and a different pressure spot. When I carry my 26 itís in a raven Vanguard. I just figure
    If Iím carrying a 19/34 holster I might as well carry at least my 19. Is there a reason you choose the 26 with that set up?

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    I found that it is more comfortable than in a holster for the 26. With a short holster the muzzle wants to dig in and the grip wants to tip out. I tried claws, wedges, pads, and it helped some but was not nearly comfortable and not as concealable as using a 17 length holster.

    I carry a 17 too, but the 26 in the same holster is a lot lighter and the grip doesnít print near as much.

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    I've been finding that with a shorter holster I need a bigger wedge, the reason being that the wedge doesn't have anything firm to push against if it lands above my superior pubic ramus. I think that's the biological version of "longer holster prevents grip tip-out."

    So counterintuitively, I find it easier to conceal a G19.5 in a G17 holster than a P365XL in a P365XL length holster. I mean the 365XL is doable, but requires a bigger wedge... and at some point it just seems weird to have a huge wedge for a small gun.

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