Outside the Waist Band (OWB) Holsters
So what is an OWB holster? OWB stands for Outside the Waist Band. Taken at face value, that can be extracted to mean any holster not being worn…or holsters such as purses and jackets!! In the industry OWB holsters are understood to be any concealable holster worn on the belt not tucked inside the pants. While holsters not intended to be concealed (duty or western holsters) are a grey area, chiefly paddle holsters, pancake holsters, snap on, and 3 slot holsters are what comprise OWB.
These holsters are best secured by a sturdy belt and typically have two slots for the belt to pass through. On some models there are three slots. In these instances, the belt is designed only to go through two of them. The wearer chooses which slots to put the belt, and in turn decides on the amount of cant the holster will have.
The Outside the Waist Band (OWB) holster is best concealed by a long shirt, jacket, sweatshirt, or other over garment. Look for a style of holster that rides closely to the body, is comfortable, and allows for easy movement. Most commonly, the best is used to pull the holster into the wearer and keep it in place.