Holster Fit Guide

Body type will play a major role in your ability to effectively conceal a pistol inside the waistband. We’ve put together this guide to help you select the right holster to maximize comfort and concealment. All Red 1 USA inside the waistband or IWB holsters feature design enhancements and anti-printing hardware which allows us to accommodate most body types.

Men's Holster Fit Body Type 1

Type 1

Type 1 holster fit

You’re able to comfortably conceal a pistol in front of the hip (AIWB) or behind the hip (IWB). When carrying in the AIWB positions, you’ll likely need enhancements like our concealment wing and multi-axis muzzle pad to maximize concealment. 

Strong Side Carry:

For inside the waistband (IWB) carry at the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions, you’ll want to remove the concealment wing completely. The molded in multi-axis muzzle pad will tuck the pistol and rotate the grip tight against your torso. 

Appendix Carry:

For appendix (AIWB) carry at the 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions, you’ll want to use the tall spacer included with the concealment wing. The tall spacer combined with the molded in multi-axis muzzle pad will provide the maximum amount of grip tuck and rotation against your torso.

Men's Holster Fit Body Type 2

Type 2

Type 2 holster fit

You’re able to comfortably conceal a pistol in front of the hip (AIWB) or behind the hip (IWB). Holster enhancements such as our concealment wing and multi-axis muzzle pad will increase overall comfort and concealment.

Strong Side Carry:

For inside the waistband (IWB) carry at the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions, you’ll want to remove the concealment wing completely. The molded in multi-axis muzzle pad will tuck the pistol and rotate the grip tight against your torso.  

Appendix Carry:

For appendix (AIWB) carry at the 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions, you’ll want to experiment with the tall and short spacers included with the concealment wing. This will allow you to dial in the perfect amount of grip tuck and rotation against your torso.

Men's Holster Fit Body Type 3

Type 3

Type 3 holster fit

Belly size will impact your ability to comfortably conceal a pistol inside the waistband. Strong side carry will likely be the most comfortable.

Strong Side Carry:

For inside the waistband (IWB) carry at the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions, you’ll want to remove the concealment wing completely. The molded in multi-axis muzzle pad will tuck the pistol and rotate the grip tight against your torso. 

Appendix Carry:

Appendix (AIWB) carry may be possible however, it’s not likely to be comfortable for the type 3 body. You’ll have to experiment with the 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock positions to see if they work for you. Consider removing the concealment wing to avoid the pistol grip excessively digging in to your torso.

Female holster fit

Women

Women's holster fit

Natural curves of the female anatomy will have an impact on comfortably concealing a pistol inside the waistband. The curve from the hip to the waist can cause the grip of the pistol to dig in to your torso when carrying strong side. Very petite women may need to carry a sub-compact pistol or carry in the 12 o’clock AIWB position to conceal the grip length of their pistol.

Strong Side Carry:

Inside the waistband (IWB) carry at the 4 o’clock position seems to work for many women. You’ll want to remove the concealment wing completely. The molded in multi-axis muzzle pad will tuck the pistol and rotate the grip tight against your torso.

Appendix Carry:

Appendix (AIWB) carry at the 12 o’clock and 1 o’clock positions can work quite well for women. Be sure to experiment with the tall and short spacers included with the concealment wing. This will allow you to dial in the perfect amount of grip tuck and rotation against your torso.

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