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How To Wear, Adjust And Use An Inside the Waistband IWB Holster

Let's break this apart real quick. The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck (or nearly any other inside the waistband holster) will operate in a couple very predictable ways. Some other inside the waistband holsters have one clip which either clasps over your gun belt (any belt of sturdy construction will do) or – in some cases – directly to the side of your pants.

Because obviously we're heavily preferenced to the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 inside the waistband concealed carry holster – let's cover the standard operating procedures for that. You can probably follow along with any other inside the waistband holster you have handy.

Wearing Your Inside The Waistband Concealed Carry Holster

For your first time positioning any inside the waistband concealed carry holster, always do it with the firearm removed. As for Alien Gear's Cloak Tuck, you'd probably be good to go to insert your firearm into its shell and then position it – but we can't speak for everyone. It's always good to give the first round a trial run without a pistol in the holster.

Right out of the package, the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck is ready to wear. To put it on, do the following:

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1. Undo your belt.

2. Unzip your pants.

3. Position the holster along the inside of your trousers until it gets to your ideal draw.

4. Clip the clasps onto your belt.

5. Refasten zipper and pants.

But what about the different draw positions? Well, we hear a lot of “times” get tossed out in conversation.

“I carry at 4 o'clock.” “I like 2:30.”

What the heck are they talking about? Well, for reference:

“What Time Is It? It's Holster Time!”

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(Right Hand Configuration)

• 1 o'clock is also known as “appendix carry”. It's directly inside the waistband next to the zipper.

• 2 o'clock is along the narrow line of your hip – usually above your front pocket. This is sometimes ideal for heavier set guys or people who anticipate they'll be in the car for awhile.

• 3 o'clock is lined up with the outside seam of your trousers. This can also be a good driving configuration.

• 4-5 o'clock is usually lined up with your back pocket.

• 6 o'clock is the small of your back, seated along the spine.

For lefties, just mirror to the opposite face of the clock. So if you were a left-handed concealed carrier with your draw set to appendix, your handgun would be positioned probably around 11 o'clock. If you were carrying along the outside seam of your trousers, it would probably be 9 o'clock.

For the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck (and many others), you may need to loosen or adjust the sleeve prior to inserting the firearm. We'll cover the adjustment portion and walk you through that process.

Adjusting Your Inside The Waistband Holster

For high retention holsters, the factory settings on the grommets may be incredibly tight. Unload and clear your firearm and attempt to insert it into the holster. If it slides in perfectly the first time and you're able to draw it with the right amount of tension – you're probably good to go.

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If the retention is too tight, simply use the Allen wrench that comes with the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck holster to slowly loosen the bolts until you get the draw tension you desire. Remember, your body will also be applying uniform pressure to the backpad and your trousers will be applying isometric force to the shell – so definitely put on the holster and try it out with an unloaded firearm a few times to see if the draw is where you want it to be.

Adjusting The Cant Of The Inside The Waistband Holster

Once you've determined the correct positioning and the right amount of tension, you may want to experiment with adjusting the cant. To do this, for the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck, simply adjust the two clasps. You can use the Allen wrench to unscrew them and then place them up or down respectively depending upon how you want your pistol grip to face.

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Some people love to carry cross-draw. For that, as a right-handed person, you'll probably want to take the left clasp and adjust it up one notch.

If you want the pistol grip to be positioned much higher in the holster, adjust both clasps up one notch. This will seat it well outside of the waistline and keep it very accessible – for those that like to spring from grip to target.

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About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.