Posted November 29, 2018 10:00 am by Comments

By Jacki Billings

A simple shoe insert can be outfitted with adhesive hook-and-loop and holster to offer a wedged design. (Photo: Jacki Billings/
Wedge and clawed inside-the-waistband holsters are gaining in popularity as their construction lends itself to better concealment; but what about consumers who already have an IWB rig but not enough funds to spring for an all-new wedged system? There’s an easy do-it-yourself wedged solution from firearms instructor Melody Lauer that involves a basic gel shoe insert and some hook-and-loop — all for under $10.
What is a wedge?
A wedge is a piece of material added to an inside-the-waistband holster to aid in concealment. The wedge is placed so that it angles the muzzle of the gun outwards and away from the concealed carrier which, in turn, forces the grip of the gun to tilt inward towards the users all while conforming to the wearer’s body.
The wedge is traditionally found on AIWB holsters as concealment in this position can often times be tricky; however, wedges can also be placed on traditional IWB holsters with the same effect. The addition of a wedge onto a concealment holster eliminates printing, expands wardrobe options and opens the door for concealed carriers to carry larger pistols.
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