The outside waistband holster (OWB) is worn externally on your belt. Not many people use OWB holsters for concealed carry because they are difficult to conceal when compared to other methods. That’s not to say it isn’t possible to conceal carry with an OWB holster especially with heavy winter clothing. In any case, OWB holsters are much more common for open carry purposes.
- Most comfortable. OWB is generally considered as comfortable as it gets when carrying a gun.
- Easy accessibility when drawing.
- Hard to conceal, may draw unwanted attention. Extremely hard to not print when wearing less than Siberian clothing.
- Thumb break. Many OWB holsters come with a thumb break to protect the gun when worn externally.
I don’t do OWB carry often unless out in the woods. For that purpose I carry a S&W 629, .44 Magnum.