Hey everybody Steve here and today, we’re going to go over how to draw and reholster using an inside-the-waistband holster. Let’s take a look and I’ll show you the steps so you can practice and become proficient in drawing and reholstering your firearm.
Now, this is an inside-the-waistband holster. This one is made of leather and has a clip on the outside. Usually what happens is you would stick this in between your clothing and your body. In other words, you have your body, you have your inside-the-waistband holster. Then the outside of your pants or your shorts will go up underneath this clip. Then we’ll take a look at how to do that a little bit later on.
Basically these can be made from many types of different materials. This one just happens to be leather. Now if you’re shopping for an inside-the-waistband holster, you might want to ask the gun store owner if you can fit your weapon into that holster to make sure it fits. Or they might even have your type of firearm in the store there and assist you that way. Before you take your firearm anywhere, make sure whatever you’re doing is legal and you don’t get in trouble.
I’ll let you know what an inside-the-waistband holster looks like. What we’re going to do now is go over the basic steps, so you can draw your firearm, engage a target and reholster your firearm in a safe manner. Now, for an inside-the-waistband holster, there is one extra step, but the basics remain the same.
The first thing we want to do is the firearm is in the holster, is get a good, solid grip. The next thing we want to is, we want to clear the firearm from the holster as we pull it out. What we’re going to do once we’ve cleared the holsters is, we’re going to turn the firearm in the direction of the threat or the target.
Then what we’re going to do after we’ve turned, we’re going to bring the weapon up the center of our body to the ready position and support it with our left hand. Then the next thing we’re going to is, we’re going to extent the weapon out in front of us in the direction of the target, get the good sight picture, and then we’ll go on to the final step.
The very last step is that after you’ve extend, you engage the target. Then after you engage the target, you just go through these steps in reverse to holster your firearm.
During this demonstration, I’m going to use my Springfield XD(M) 9MM. We want to make sure it’s safe. So the first thing we’re going to do is pull the magazine, check the chamber to make sure that there’s no rounds, and we’re good to go.
Now, I’m going to take the inside-the-waistband holster and show you how I use it in regards to the concealed carry. There’s a lot of different options, and we’ll just run over a couple of them. When you get yours, you can experiment to find what’s comfortable for you.
Personally, I like using my IWB in the front, and I like it not in the center, but off to the side just above the right pocket. Let me reholster. First thing that we’re going to do is we’re going to lift up the shirt. We’re going to pull the pants up a little bit above the pocket, insert the IWB holster. Have clips that secure around the belt, and we’re good to go.
As I said, I’m using my Springfield XD(M) 9MM. We’re going to put it inside our holster. Basically, you’re just going to reach down, lift up your shirt, take the weapon, put it inside the holster, and you’re good to go.
Again if you look, there is not too much of a print. When I say “a print”, something that outlines your weapon. You don’t want that when you’re concealed carry. In other words, you might want to get a little bit of loose clothing to help get rid of the prints of the firearm. Looks pretty good.
Now we’re going to through the steps, so you can draw your firearm from your IWB, engage your target and reholster your firearm. As I said, we’re going to use the basic foundation of drawing your firearm, but there’s an extra added step that we have to add when we’re talking about concealed carry.
It looks at something like this firearm. Since our shirt’s in the way, we’re going to use our left hand to reach down, lift up our shirt so we can have access to the firearm. Then we’re going to grip the firearm, and then we’ll just follow the rest of the steps.
We’ll clear the holster, we’ll turn the weapon in the direction of the threat, we’ll go to the ready position in the center our body. We’ll extend to the target or threat, we’ll get a good sight picture. Put our finger on the trigger. We’ll press, engage the enemy or target. Take our finger off the trigger. Then to reholster, we’re just going to go in the reverse order.
The first step is, we go back to the ready position. Then what we’re going to do is take our left hand, and as we secure our shirt and bring it up to our sternum area, our right hand is going to reverse-turn the weapon back to holster. As we reholster it, we’ll go ahead and let the shirt go, and then we’re back to normal. Pretty easy.
In normal speed, using your IWB and drawing and engaging your target and reholstering, would something like this. It’s as simple as that.
There is another technique that you can use with your IWB. That involves taking the holster and putting it back behind you. Personally, I don’t really like that technique, because as you bend over or something like that or you sit down against body weight, it really prints the firearm out.
I prefer the front carry method. But again do what’s comfortable for you. Use the proper practice and get proficient at using your IWB holster. Basically, we’re going to use our IWB holster. We’re going to use it here behind the back. It’ll look like this underneath our shirt.
What we’re going to do is raise up our shirt. We’re going to take the holster slightly between the our body and our pants. Make sure that the clip is latched onto the belt so it’s inside the waistband, and it looks something like that.
Now we’re going to take our firearm. We’re going to insert it into the holster like that. As you can see if you’re wearing loose clothing, you don’t see the prints of the fire arm. But if you bend down, it can stick out and tell others that you are carrying a firearm.
Now drawing from the back concealed carry method takes a little bit more practice, and it’s a little bit more uncomfortable, because, like I said, when you sit down or you bend over, it can show the print of the firearm. That’s why I prefer the front carry method. Again it’s something that you need to find what’s comfortable and works for you.
When you draw your firearm from this rear carry position, it’s going to take a little bit more practice. First thing you’re going to do is you’re going to reach back, raise up your shirt. You’re going to grip the firearm, clear it from the holster, turn it in the direction of the enemy or the threat. You’re going to go to the ready position, you’re going to extend, engage your target.
Once you’ve done that, you’re going to return to the ready position. Now you’re just going to go in reverse. You’re going to reach and grab that clothing and pull it up. Do the reverse turn. Take your fire arm, just put it back into the holster. Then you should be good to go.
When you’re using the IWB holster in the rear carry configuration, when you drawing and reholster, it looks something like this. There are two techniques using the inside-the-waistband holster when you’re doing concealed carry. Now, remember be safe with firearms, follow the rules, and you won’t get hurt. Take care. God bless. Peace.