I`ll take it that last step and say comfortable. I carry in a variety of ways...but even IWB, with my Andrews Mac II is comfortable with a 5 in steel. I truly nearly forget I`m carrying.I carry a 5" 1911 and believe it's the leather that makes the difference. I don't skimp on quality. I have a very sturdy belt, holster, mag pouch that are made of horsehide and wear like iron. These items make carrying a steel 5" 1911 bearable. Note: I did not say comfortable. Wearing a gun is comforting, not necessarily - comfortable.