We personally recommend IWB for most concealed carry applications. As the bulk of the handgun is carried inside the waistband, only the butt of the gun needs to be concealed. This can be done by simply wearing an un-tucked T-shirt over the top. Outside the waistband holsters not only have to contend with what is above the belt line, but what is below as well. This usually necessitates a suit jacket or garment long enough to cover the muzzle of the holstered weapon. All our IWB holsters are constructed with a muzzle to the rear cant (FBI cant). Best performance can be assured if positioned on the strong-side, in the natural curvature behind the hipbone.
All models of our IWB holsters feature a metal reinforced mouth (with the exception of the Nexus). This keeps the holster from collapsing once the weapon is withdrawn, resulting in an effortless one handed re-holster.
Smooth side out or rough side out? The single biggest concern of those considering purchasing an IWB holster for the first time is uncertainty on whether or not it will be comfortable. Holsters with a smooth side out construction generally tend to be more comfortable than their rough side out counterparts.
The rough side out holster as conceptualized by the late Bruce Nelson was to allow the leather to adhere to clothing for better position stability. His Summer Special as he produced it came with a narrow single loop, and the rough side out finish helped to anchor everything in place. We have personally found that as long as a proper holster loop to belt width relationship is adhered to, then position stability will be assured regardless of finish.