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I'm finally taking my ccw class this Friday. My carry gun is an xds in 9mm. I where a 38 waist and could probably go up in some brands. My question is for those who carry using an IWB, how much bigger do you have to go on the waist when carrying. I'm ordering an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0.

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so many variables!!
like do you wear you pants around your waist, or under your arm pits or down below the beer belly?
also the type (material) of the pants makes a difference, like I wear jeans 90% of the time and once they are on they have a bit of stretch to them, then again now days some pants have a hidden elastic band in them.
the cut of the pants (regular/slim/ husky) also makes a difference.
again just depends, only you can decide.
 
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I wear jeans 90% of the time too and use a good stiff leather belt. I wear my jeans low under the front porch but I don't upsize my pants. I carry either a Glock 23 or my Ruger LCR and don't have any problems with comfort.
 

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I wear the same size pants as I always do.
I always buy the relaxed fit and have no problems with a pistol/holster tucked in.
No one wants to see an old guy wearing tight pants.......:puke:
 
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Thanks Guys. I hadn't even thought about some of those variables. I do wear jeans almost all the time during the winter relaxed boot cut, but I wear cargo shorts when it's 90 degrees outside. One of my concerns is how much it will bind while bending to slide on my boots and things like that.

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Depends on how your pants ride on your body and how loose or tight you wear them. If you wear them loose, then you may not have to go up a size at all. On the other hand, if you wear them tight, you may have to go up a couple or 3 sizes. In general, figure 1 size up as a minimum.
 

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I wear my Alien Gear at 4 o'clock and don't upsize my pants for that.
 
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OWB belt holster under untucked shirt will save you money and so much more comfortable. Might have to step up shirt size, but not pants. YMMV

A good gun belt will also enhance carry experience regardless of how you carry IWB/OWB.
 

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I'm a little over a 36 waist and I buy 38s which are way loose, but that's what a belt is for. :D I don't carry IWB a lot anymore, but occasionally. Since Texas has allowed open carry, I don't worry an about "printing" and "flashing" like I used to.
 

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OWB belt holster under untucked shirt will save you money and so much more comfortable. Might have to step up shirt size, but not pants. YMMV

A good gun belt will also enhance carry experience regardless of how you carry IWB/OWB.

This is huge and I resisted getting a decent belt for quite a while. Bought an "Amish" belt off Ebay which was better, but when I caught a sale on a Hanks Belt I became a total believer in a specific gun belt as a solid foundation for your holster/gun.
 
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I wear a 36" and buy 38's now since I carry inside the waistband. I carry a S&W 9mm shield in a crossbreed supertuck. I also have a PT145 that I also carry in a holster of the same. If you have put off buying some new jeans because your old ones are getting tighter.. then definitly go up a size. If your jeans require a belt to stay up currently, then they will probably get you by even while carrying IWB.
 

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I NEVER carry IWB. I'd rather carry my NAA .22mag in my pocket than anything else I own IWB. Recently I adapted a left hand IWB holster to clip on my belt on the outside right at 3:00.
 

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I forget who told me this but they said stack two decks of cards together and place them in between your pants line and waist line where you want to carry your gun. If you can comfortably button your pants you are good to go, if not go up a size in pants.
 

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Sounds good guys! We do have open carry here in NC. But I prefer to conceal for reasons that would constitute a different thread. I have a Blackhawk serpa that I wear around the farm here.
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so many variables!!
like do you wear you pants around your waist, or under your arm pits or down below the beer belly?
also the type (material) of the pants makes a difference, like I wear jeans 90% of the time and once they are on they have a bit of stretch to them, then again now days some pants have a hidden elastic band in them.
the cut of the pants (regular/slim/ husky) also makes a difference.
again just depends, only you can decide.
Exactly right! I'll add this also. If you have to suck your stomach in to button them and don't need a belt either, you'll need to buy a size up to carry iwb! :D
 
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