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    New pants and belt

    Howdy,
    In the last couple of years I have been trying out different concealment methods. To that end I really like IWB holsters but am having a problem with trying how much bigger my plant's waist size needs to go and along with the belt. If you have a 36 inch waist how much do you add for a snubby when using a leather/kydex hybrid holster? Probably a weak question but pants and good belts are not cheap.

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    I can't speak for a snubby but I am a 36 waist. I usually car a 709 slim or a G2 9mm. I have even carried a 1911. On those guns, I wear my usual pants size. It snugs them up a bit but not uncomfortably. If I wore 38's they would be too big. A snubby might be wider though I'm not sure.
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    On those rare occasions when I carry my S&W 642 snubby IWB I loosen my belt one hole (1.1 inches).
    Likewise when I carry my XD40 IWB in my CrossBreed holster.

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    I only carry IWB on most Sundays, depending on whether I wear a jacket or not. I wear the same pants size as always, but let the belt out one hole. Same as stated above. It really isn't too complicated.
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    Web belts help for IWB (or owb)....unlimited adjustment.
    Pant's size?....my pants don't fit tight enough for that to be an issue. I'm kinda old school....I keep my britches loose.

    Seriously, think about web belts... you can buy a 3 pack- black, tan, and green on amazon for about $12 shipped. Try them out. If they help?...then you can order one of those more expensive klick belts- whether leather, cotton, or synthetic.

    I used to struggle with belts fitting just right with this gun or that one. It was either too tight or too lose- up a hole or down a hole.....tried a web belt- no more problems.

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    For years I have worn a military style canvas web belt with the brass adjustable buckle (I actually still have a few buckles from my USCG days). Very convenient and infinitely adjustable. I wear them for work as I cannot carry while working. You can get the webbing for cheap at any military surplus store - extra long and cut to length with a metal clasp at the non-buckle end. When I carry its a Kore Essentials Trakline ratchet type belt. Great for carry purposes, best gun belt I have ever owned. I have two in leather that I wear regularly and Santa has promised me a new one this year in the woven nylon. I carry with a Paul Vitigliano custom black leather OWB belt clip holster for both the G2 and Ruger LCPII.
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    Get a cloth taper measure. Place gun in holster. Measure waist with gun in position you plan on wearing it. This will give you a new waist measurement to go by. Of course not all clothes are created equal. Depending on brand I wear my waist size or 1 size bigger.

    Now I must thank you for this thread. I wear a specific brand of cargo shorts that are becoming hard to find. You thread title triggered me to do an online search. I scored 5 pair of cargo shorts on the way in 3 different colors at what I would consider an affordable price. I should be set for many years to come now to the dismay of many critics that don't like the fact that I have been wearing one style of Cargo Shorts now for 19 years. Hey I like them, and the fit my needs. I have a place for everything and it is in the same place every day.
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    What I have found is if you can wear a 36" pair of pants, and still breathe, going to a relaxed fit in the same size will work as long as the weapon you are carrying is not too big. Go to any number of websites on how to measure yourself for a gun belt. If you have a belt you use now, measure from the belt buckle to the hole that you most often use when carrying. That is the length to the middle hole on the gun belt you should order. Typically, a gun belt is 3-5" longer that your britches size, so a 36" waist should be about a 40" gun belt, give or take an inch.
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    I just wear my regular pants (size 34). I use a pancake holster for OWB. It really hold the gun closer than my IWB holsters.

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    I've always had the issue of belly with no butt. Suspenders work rather well for me, with my normal pant size. Otherwise, if I reach for something or start tossing skinny little fellas above my head, my pants will be around my ankles.
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