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Appendix Carry - questions

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by HKLovingIT, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles

    I took my Comp-TAC Infidel and a cheapo Stow-N-Go and tried them AIWB at the house with a G19. It wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was much easier to conceal. I think for me, with my G26 or P2000sk it would be just fine. For my body the G19 was too long (or the holster rode too low) to sit comfortably. The leather holster was definitely more comfortable.

    I felt access was very fast and to bring up the GT cliche, with just a regular heavy duty black T-shirt (not skin tight) it was totally hidden when standing and walking around. Had to be mindful not to get the shirt stuck between grip and body when bending, sitting, etc.

    Seems you might be better able to defend from a grab and if you fell on you back, front or side, it would be easier to get at than if carried at 4:00 or so. Also was easier to access sitting. I even did the bathroom test. :whistling::rofl: It was no problem.


    In your opinion, what are the practical pros and cons of AIWB, aside from comfort issues and that you might shoot an important part off?:wow::tongueout:

    Is there any type of firearm or action that you would or would not consider for AIWB?

    Those who AIWB, what are you doing and what have you learned?

    If you used to carry appendix, but quit, why?


    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012
  2. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    I carry AIWB quite often. For me it's comfortable, access is quick, and I don't have to worry about bumping stuff or getting my OWB holster snagged on anything.

    I've used the Galco Scout (before they switched to a stupid J-clip), the Don Hume H715, and the Alessi Talon for my G23s and other pistols of similar or smaller size (max 4.25" barrel). Now I use a custom Kydex rig made by a friend that is similar, but superior to the Comp-Tac 2 o'clock.

    Just a method that has worked well for me over the years.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2012

  3. Sharkey


    Nov 21, 2006
    DFW, TX
    The main reason I carry AIWB is because any position other than that for IWB is uncomfortable for me. I find that appendix carry makes it where I can just wear the same size jeans as well and still be comfortable.

    I think the pros are the gun is up front which to me helps in the draw and gun grab prevention which is kind of a non issue since it should be concealed anyway.

    I don't carry SA's simply because I don't currently have any. I have done so in the past and have no issue with shooting my "tool" off. For the most part, the gun doesn't go bang if you don't pull the trigger. :supergrin:

    If I don't AIWB, my other carry mode is strong side using a paddle hoster. The FIST ultra thin kydex makes a great holster for appendix carry IMHO. High Noon leather holster is another holster I use quite frequently.
  4. robhic

    robhic WOLVERINE!!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    I am disabled and always seated. I also wear mostly elastic waistband pants and shorts for ease of getting dressed / undressed. I had a "Smart Carry" because I thought not using a belt most times, it would be good because the SC has its own elastic belt. The pistol being pointed at my "junk" DID have a sort of unsettling effect on me. But I persevered.... :whistling:

    After reading a bit and getting a few recommendations for a Remora holster, I got one and 1) it doesn't point in "that direction":supergrin: and 2) it is amazingly secure using the elastic waistbands and drawstring.

    I wear it about 2:30 / 3:00 canted forward so ND will go back and shoot the floor and not my -- well, you know....

    The Remora is quick to stick IWB when needed, holds well, is pretty comfortable AND I can move it around if needed. Plus it is a lot easier on my mind to have it pointed back and not "down there"....

    I've also started getting partly elastic waistband (I call them my "fat man" pants :supergrin:) pants w/ beltloops so I'll be even MORE secure.
  5. The Retired Sarge

    The Retired Sarge "The Sarge"

    Feb 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I just switched from standard IWB carry to AIWB carry and like it a lot for all the good reasons mentioned. Plus I feel it gives me good and easy access to the pistol when seated in a vehicle. I do prefer to AIWB carry a hammer fired pistol in DA/SA as opposed to striker fired and currently carry a HK P2000. Switched over from the Comp-tac Infidel to their Two O'clock holster. Bill
  6. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    I carry AOWB daily here in VT. My G17 is a real comforting thing to have, and it is loaded with +p+ 115gr JHPs. I should wear hearing protection.
  7. 2afreedom


    May 6, 2007
    The South
    I have appendix carried a G27 for years on and off. IMO, appendix carry hides the weapon better than IWB at 3 o'clock.
  8. 6StringGeek

    6StringGeek full-time n00b

    Apr 5, 2011
    I carry my 642 AIWB. Very comfortable. No cons for me. If you were forced down on your stomach I guess it could get sketchy...but that can be said for any carry position. Not worried about shooting myself down wife keeps those in her purse anyway ;)
  9. Glockworks

    Glockworks Ready/Aim/Fire

    I always carry AIWB, my Glock 26 and 19s. I've found that the best and easiest to carry this way though is a revolver, I have a S&W 65 3" and a GP100 4" and they conceal very well with this method too. I actually think they conceal better than the G26, though with less overall bullets to utilize.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012
  10. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles

    If you're extra macho you do it hammer back, no holster. :rofl: Though that could turn you from a Senor to a Senorita real quick.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012
  11. G19aps


    Aug 2, 2009
    How the heck do you guys sit down with a 4" revolver in appendix carry?
  12. well, ive been carrying a comp-tac minatar straight drop iwb appendix for several years, as well as a kramer iwb straight drop holster , carrying a glock 20, 10mm, with an arredondo mag extention, and a 6in problems ever..absolutely the fastest way to get your piece into action..
  13. also, as for blowing off an important part of your body, or putting a round through your leg, desemating your femoral artery..glocks just dont go bang by would need to pull the trigger in order for that to happen. If this is a concern, there are several safeties out there to put your mind at ease, ranging from trigger blocks, to manual safeties, like the 1911 pistol. I installed on three of my carry guns, this feature..tested, and retested..never a problem.its all in your head.hope this helped you out.
  14. blackwolf your such a theif. nobody is gonna use you or be affilliated with you cause your a bad deal.
  15. JD_19x9


    Apr 23, 2012
    Central Ohio
    Recently I've been carrying AIWB with my Kahr CW9 inside of a DeSantis Sof-Tuk holster. Seems to be comfortable and definitely conceals better.

    I ordered a High Noon Public Secret holster for my G26, which I plan on carrying AIWB.

    For me, I print really bad using a IWB or OWB strong side holster, unless I have a jacket on. With the AIWB I can wear my belt loose and it doesn't print at all.

    I've noticed that I'm restricted to a 6-7" slide. Any longer and it is not comfortable for me. I can't carry my G19 AIWB or at least I haven't found a good holster to do it yet...
  16. valian


    Oct 18, 2003
    I use a Fist clip on holster and carry an FNP-9, a P95, G19, CW9 and a few others from time to time.
    The only time that seems dangerous to me is if holstering the Glock or CW9. As always re-holstering should be done slowly and carefully, especially in AIWB. Generally i put the gun and holster on together and do not put the gun in the holster much when it is already on my person..
  17. CA Escapee

    CA Escapee Finally!

    Feb 15, 2012
    A small package has its advantages. :whistling:

  18. MLittle


    Jun 24, 2010
    I've been carrying my Sig P220 Carry/Glock30sf now for over 2 years aiwb. I use exclusively the Dale Fricke Archangel kydex holster. Some posters wonder how I can carry a pistol with a 4 inch barrel comfortably this way. The design of the holster holds the firearm above the belt line in such a way as to allow a full grip of the pistol. The lower portion of the holster fits neatly into the crease between my leg and my lower stomach area. Very comfortable for me, but I will say it does take getting used to. Another advantage to carrying aiwb is that you can reach your firearm with either hand. That's really can't be said for carrying behind your hip. If you have the right build, the pistol hides very effectively.