For concealed carry, the inside-the-waistband holster has been popular for decades.
By moving the holster inside the pants, we no longer need a long covering garment.
We only need a sport shirt, polo shirt or in some cases, a heavy T-shirt. For some, a popular choice is the tuckable holster.
The tuckable is an inside-the-waistband holster with the shirt tucked into the trousers. Tuckable holsters attach to the belt by use of a belt clip.
One example of a shooter carrying the tuckable tells me ‘look good, feel good.’ He likes the trim look of a tucked-in shirt.
His job demands he wear a tucked-in shirt, sometimes a suit. The tuckable holster rides over his side pocket and conceals a slim-line 9mm.
While this works and the application is ideal for him, we need to look over the pros and cons of tuckable holsters and carry.
I obtained some of the best tuckable holsters and took a hard look at the concept.
The good news is that these are well-designed holsters that offer good quality, fit and attachment to the belt.
They work fine as standard IWB holsters, which is how I will use mine. As tuckable designs they make the best of the concept. Let’s look at the concept.
Wearing Tuckable Holsters
When wearing an IWB holster, I usually strap on the gun and holster as a unit, instead of the holster and then holstering.
First, you holster the gun and then place the holster in the pants and secure the holster to the belt using the clips.
Sometimes the holster uses one belt clip, sometimes two. Then the shirt is tucked in around the holster.
So, the tuckable rides like an IWB, but with the shirt tucked over the holster between the belt clips and the holster.
Thin shirts don’t do as well. During movement, shirts tend to come untucked a bit.
It is aggravated by a tuckable and you must pay attention to the holster and sometimes tuck the shirt back in — which may require a trip to the facilities in order to do so without being exposed for carrying a handgun.
Drawbacks of Tuckable Holsters
A drawback is exposed belt clips. While some folks won’t immediately think “gun,” they will wonder what purpose the clip serves. It is noticeable.
A holster for concealed carry is designed to conceal the handgun from casual observers.
Working in close proximity and around trained people is another matter.
J-Clips were developed to run under the belt and clip on from underneath and may be superior to standard belt clips, provided they are properly designed.
For a properly-designed tuckable, that is the key. The better examples work well. There are alternatives as well.
Specific Options To Consider
A holster I have enjoyed quite a bit is the light but useful DeSantis Slim-Tuk.
I ordered one for the GLOCK 43 with Streamlight combat light. This is my maximum concealment summer wear pistol.
I feel pretty confident in the accuracy of the pistol, reliability is a given with GLOCK, and Federal HST loads are proven to have a good balance of expansion and penetration.
With the Slim-Tuk, I am able to tuck the holster in close. Another DeSantis holster is the Sof-Tuck.
This leather holster offers excellent quality and a good value.
I prefer the comfort level of leather, but there are things you can do with kydex that cannot be done with leather. Either is a fine choice.
A holster that offers a good fit for all three — but was ordered for the MAX-9 — is the Galco QuickTuk Cloud.
Useful as a tuckable or an IWB, the holster features soft cushioning behind the leather and kydex hybrid.
This backing makes for less sweating, no chafing and excellent comfort. The kydex holster offers a sharp draw once the shirt is ripped away.
Crossbreed Holsters offers several options. A larger handgun probably needs two belt loops to attach securely and prevent rotation.
A light gun is served with a single loop. The SuperTuck and Freedom series from Crossbreed offers excellent utility.
A supple leather backing attached to a hard kydex holster allows for both comfort and a sharp draw.
Drawing from Tuckable Holsters
I have mentioned the draw several times. The hard kydex holsters or well-designed leather tuckable holsters have a good draw angle.
The problem is the draw. The holster is under a tucked-in shirt. The shirt must be long enough to not come up and out of the pants during movement.
This means a dress shirt for the most part. Some types of fabric tends to cling to the gun butt more so than others.
When the draw is executed, the first move is to rip the shirt away from the gun. Yes, pull out the shirt you have carefully tucked over the gun!
The weak hand may be able to reach the holster, and perhaps not. The strong-side hand may be forced to un-tuck the pistol, then draw.
This is slow, very slow. The draw to a hit at a seven-yard man-sized target for me, with some practice behind the effort, is around 2.5 to 3.0 seconds.
This is versus 1.6 to 2.0 seconds with a standard IWB holster and 1.6 seconds on average with a quality OWB under a light jacket.
This isn’t a draw speed I am comfortable with. The tuckable falls nearly into the ankle holster lack-of-speed trap. However, the tuckable has its place.
Some Final Thoughts
I think the tuckable fits into those areas in which it is good to be armed, but essential no one knows you are armed.
As an example, a certified armed teach would be well-served with a tuckable holster.
There is usually some warning of an active shooting and the teacher, in this case, would be able to draw the gun before advancing toward the threat.
In an office environment, I can see the holster working well. An alternative is the belly-band holster. There are many cheap ones, so purchase quality.
The reinforced Galco illustrated will accommodate two handguns, spare magazines, and act as a money belt.
The draw is slower, as the gun is snubbed closer to the body than either a tuckable or an IWB holster.
An advantage is that there is no belt clip to give the gun away, and the belly band may be worn both lower and higher than most holsters.
It isn’t as rigid and may shift, but it takes some effort to do so. This is simply another option to explore.
What do you think of tuckable holsters? Let us know in the comments section below!