Great, you have selected your Concealed Carry (CC) gun and decided on your method of carry. Recognizing that your carry method is very much personal preference, let’s assume you have recently lost some weight and have decided that In-the-Waistband (IWB) carry is the one you now prefer. Okay, I admit that this example represents the case of someone I intimately know. First, put away that $20. Harriet Tubman bill and keep in mind that this very important accessory may very well be directly linked to your survival or your life. You should not skimp on the the quality and price of your holster, as with your carry gun and belt. Quality and price are inexplicably linked for a holster and you usually get what you pay for. Accept that you will have to fork over probably at least $50. to $100. for this life-enhancing supplemental tool. So now what specifically do you want in your IWB holster? What are your preferred features and the key factors to consider? There are very many types of IWB holsters (hundreds)  available in the market now, including kydex, kydex and leather hybrids, injection-molded plastics, suede, carbon fiber, nylon, etc. So I want to share with you a summary of some of the criteria and factors I discuss in my new Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials book for assessing holsters. Then for this article, I will apply them to my review and evaluation of two different IWB holsters, provided by Tactical Intent Group, a nationwide retailer of holsters and other tactical and survival equipment out of Lexington, KY. They offer CrossBreed,Gearcraft, and several other holster brands. I want to thank them for providing the two different IWB holsters made by the separate manufacturers and I will strive to be objective and unbiased in my analysis and comparison. My genuine intent is to help you with your IWB or any carry holster decision.


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