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    Starting AIWB, and need a few tips!

    Yes, I know - Another AIWB post. It's a little long, sorry, I tried to make it as details as possible, with some really bad attempts at humor. Skip to the conclusion at the bottom to avoid reading all the crap.

    Don't worry, it has nothing to do with me being scared of having a gun up in my business.

    I've been carrying for years, usually at my 4:00, or 4:30. Always using a holster with it canted and the firearm pressed against my body. I'm a smaller guy, about 5'9 and 170 (normally) - but due to some health problems (neuromuscular from a TBI) I'm down to 135
    Since the weight loss, the 4:00-4:30 positions have been printing horribly. Also part of the issue gives me problems bending my arm arm to reach to those positions. AIWB was never really appealing to me, but after trying it, I love it.

    With that being said, I'm having issues figuring out holster wear and etc. I picked up a holster from a local company, who makes good stuff but doesn't offer much as far as customer support. I'll attach pictures although for reference (more may be needed). AIWB is pretty simple for me so far. It is concealable, comfortable, and the best part is I don't have issues with the draw (anything past 3:00 is a little too difficult). Mentally, I feel comfortable AIWB when it comes to a ND near the groin, and practiced dry runs (.......not that kind) of drawing and re holstering before carrying. I know a lot of people have that mental block for appendix carry so it's good to be free of that. I carry a Glock 19 (either a Gen 3 or 4) with no attachments. I have a few, but they are more or less all the same (no modifications to either that would change holster function). Name:  0423160509a-01 (1).jpeg
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    The holster is a kydex gun/mag combo, with two clips for a belt. The clips are attached through it with screws, and rubber spacers. Easy on, easy off, and sitting in the car with it is great. However, I'm having problems getting it adjusted correctly to keep from either 1) having a slight forward lean away from the belt 2) have the grip sticking out of my side or against my side in a way that makes it very noticeable and also to make it more comfortable in transitioning between sitting/standing frequently (the weight shift may just be me, and not a holster problem). There are two vertical holes on the holster to match the (you guessed it) two wholes in the clips. They can be angled left or right, and they do affect the adjustable retention of the weapon. The rubber spacers will compress as you tighten them. I can't seem to figure out how to wear this damn thing right. I haven't had a ton of time to really practice on and off due to my days being crazy, so its been a lot of wearing the holster feeling off and adjusting it at the end of the day. I also, for some reason, have always had a huge problem when it comes to understanding how to match up the clips to adjust cant (with many holsters, not just this one). The higher/lower aspect or tilting with all adjustables has been like trying to fold a bowling ball in half, I have no idea why and I probably need a new brain. I attached pictures. What I'd like this to do is ride so that i can keep the weapon with enough cant to keep the grip against my body, instead of hanging out so that it pokes out of my shirt. As far as the holster goes I think its position is limited, so adjustments on the clips are my only option really. Keeping it canted a bit with have the curve of my body be close enough to not print.

    It's definitely not a mental issue with printing. I ran a few surprise checks on a few friends/fellow shooters and most of them noticed the printing before they knew I was carrying appendix. Wearing a hoodie works, but I can still have issues with it protruding a bit or looking unnatural. Any tips on this? The clips are different lengths, but a few thoughts are belt position, switching screw length, the actual compression of the rubber..etc...

    Tips on ride height? How you might adjust these things if you have them (see picture)? Positioning...Anything. Seems like just swapping clips (left to right) it seems a bit better but still isnt sitting great on the belt.

    I do have several good leather gunbelts, and a 5.11 Velcro-crap belt as well. The 5.11 has been my go-to with this setup. I've been using mostly the 5.11 with this one since it just works better for me - and wearing the buckle on my side and then, with the clips OVER the velcro strap. All are 1 1/2" belts.

    I just need some help with this - I'd rather get pointers from you guys and do it right than keep dismantling it. I do know a thinner weapon would help possibly, but I'm not in the position to grab one currently.

    .....And theres arguably the longest AIWB post ever.

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    I use a BladeTech Klipit holster.It is not adjustable for height/cant,just a kydex belt clip and straight draw.This holster works very well for me and I own two of them,one for my 19 and 43.I do not like the two belt attachments nor the wide spacing to help support weight,I just do not care for this system.Look at the web site for a better description.The holster holds the pistol securely and I do not worry about AD or falling out when bending over.This is not an expensive holster,but very well made.

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    There are other options for holsters, but I was curious as to what people think I can do with this one - I paid for it, so I may as well try to make it work.

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    G17 in a Appalachian Concealment. Just be careful when reholster. I don't do the Look Right Look left and reholster without looking at holster. (Glock and not watching for anything that can depress trigger scares me)
    “There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men.”
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    Have you tried going to a cross draw - gun on your left side? As far as tilting forward (away from your body) the only thing I can think of would be to set the clips so the entire gun rides lower in the belt. You mentioned that you have stiffer gun belts so I assume they don't make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtStream View Post
    Have you tried going to a cross draw - gun on your left side? As far as tilting forward (away from your body) the only thing I can think of would be to set the clips so the entire gun rides lower in the belt. You mentioned that you have stiffer gun belts so I assume they don't make a difference.
    Correct. Since the option for lowering the holster is limited, i'd have to drop the clips down and run with just one screw on each.

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    You need a wedge on the holster. I saw somewhere on the interwebs people using Dr. Scholl's heel cushions to push the bottom of the holster out, and bring the top in. May work.

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