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High-Riding Appendix IWB Holster?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by dekova, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. dekova

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    Recently I've discovered that I prefer appendix carry over the standard 3-5 carry.

    The holster I've got kinda works... it's comfortable and all but it causes the gun's grip to ride flush against the top of the belt. It's a problem quickly getting my fingers between the gun and belt and causes issues with achieving a firm/fast grip.

    I'm looking for recommendations on an AIWB holster that rides a bit higher.
    The Ehud looks nice. Archangel looks nice but rides a bit lower?
    This one looks nice but I have no idea which holster it is.
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    Can someone name the holster in the picture?
    Are there other AIWB holsters I should be looking at?
     
  2. xmanhockey7

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    Maybe look into a Remora holster. They allow you to set the holster however you want and it does not move. http://www.remoraholsters.net/ Take a look at some youtube videos. tnoutdoors9 literally jumps up and down in it and it does not move.
     

  3. sandworm40

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    I have the Dale Fricke Archangel. It rides high enough to allow a full firing grip upon drawing and has adjustable weapon retention. In carrying a Glock 27 at this position, I've found that the Archangel's higher ride is slightly less concealable on me but allows the better grip and is quite secure with the dual belt loops. The Remora can be set lower to improve concealability but in doing so I lose the better grip and it relies on sufficient friction/tension to maintain the holster in position at all times. AIWB is not a carry position I use often, but when I do either of these holsters meets my needs.
     
  4. huggytree

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    i just got a Galco King Tuk

    check it out...it rides high
     
  5. up1911fan

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    The Fricke Archangel and Comp Tac 2 o'clock both ride high enough to get a good grip.
     
  6. It seems like Dale Fricke's rig is the go to for appendix these days.
     
  7. bilkay

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    I think I'm going to give the Comtac Minotaur appendix carry holster a try. I have a MIC but I'm still on the fence about that one.
     
  8. NMGlocker

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    CCC Shaggy
    Cane&Derby Pardus
    Fricke Archangel

    Just to name a few.
     
  9. MLittle

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    Looks like you have a FIST holster on now..... I also carry aiwb and prefer the Dale Fricke Archangel. I like it so much, I have 4 of them for each of my carry pistols. I tried a Remora and I's just ok for me. I don't like the feel of it and much prefer the positive control of the two links over my belt that the Archangel has.
     
  10. dwalker84

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    I've tried using the MTAC for Appendix and while comfortable standing, there's just too much holster for that spot. Sitting for more than 10 minutes is just plain uncomfortable - Also I don't trust the clips on an MTAC at ALL especially after I almost lost my pistol on my motorcycle because the clips jiggled loose, the holster was held in my pants with the last 1.5 inches before I realized it. Note: I use a wilderness tactical belt - so it's not the belt.

    I recently got an Arch Angel holster and it makes AIWB comfortable, secure, and conceals great - I feel it rides high as I've got plenty of space between my belt and the grip of the gun. Amazing for AIWB!

    You can't go wrong with the Arch Angel - best holster I've ever had, period, and I've owned the vm2, mtac, RCS Phantom, other Kydex holster makers here on the board, etc - and nothing comes close. Get one and don't look back.
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    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  11. unit1069

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    Remora works for me too.
     
  12. alven

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    I carry a new design, Stealth Defense Strut Holster, cross draw, IWB that rides above the belt to provide great access and comfort.
     
  13. dekova

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    Those pictures are worth a thousand words. It looks like the Archangel gives plenty of space for quick aquisition of grip, thanks for taking the time to take the pics and post
     
  14. dekova

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    I just want to say I appreciate all the replies, now I've got more holsters to go check out.

    Thanks guys!
     
  15. dekova

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    I've got the Remora. It's actually what prompted this thread.

    I think it's a great holster, holds well, etc. But when I try to use it for appendix carry it sits too low for me to get a grip and draw reliably. If I inch it it up, it just doesn't feel secure. Maybe it's because I'm carrying a G26 and after inching it up, there's just not enough left inside the waistband for a good hold.
     
  16. xmanhockey7

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    I have a question for those of you who carry appendix. Isn't it uncomfortable? Especially when sitting down. I once tired to carry a Ruger LCP there and flat out couldn't do it. I know everyone has their own thing but I'm just wondering if it sitting down bothers you guys like it does me.
     
  17. yesitsloaded

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    I've been carrying AIWB every day for 5-years now - I've tried just about every holster out there. Most mentioned here are good for AIWB, but the one thing I have learned is that the holster must be adjustable ... for ride-height and cant.

    REASON: I bet you and I don't have the same body style and most likely we have different preferences when it comes to where the rig sits.

    Two years ago I 'thought' I'd found my perfect AIWB: Raven Concealment Systems AIWB - but hard kydex 'in the crease' never sold me completely.

    Then, I stumbled onto a long-running thread here on GT showcasing a holster maker with not 1 complaint in 150 purchases. He makes a rig similar to the Crossbreed, but costs only $50 and ships in 2-days. I called him and emailed him a template for my perfect AIWB. I know own 3 of his rigs for 6 of my carry guns and haven't needed to use any other holster for AIWB since.

    Kurt is the holster maker and Shielded Holsters is the brand: http://shieldedholsters.com/

    BTW: I am right handed and prefer to carry my G36/23/30/39 in the 11:30 position, in a semi-crossdraw (with the barrel going down the left side of the weapon I was born with) - the grip just disappears under a t-shirt going across the top of my belt buckle. Snubs and belly guns ride at around 1:00 or 2:00 depending on dress.

    All in all, just my opinion - YMMV.

    Best.
     
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  18. dwalker84

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    At first yes, it's uncomfortable. I spend 2+ hours a day driving to work, and as an office manager I sit half the day at a desk. Sitting IS uncomfortable - but my body has gotten used to it - it rarely bothers me now. The benefits far outway the comfort level in my opinion. Dale Fricke's AA holster made appendix carry very comfortable actually. Try appendix carry in a raven concealment ... OUCH.

    One thing that helps is when I know I will be sitting for a long period, I kind of hike up my pants/holster so it's higher on my waist, it prevents it from digging into my stomach or leg.
     
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  19. High Noon

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  20. NMGlocker

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    An LCP was too uncomfortable... seriously?
    That should be the first clue that you're doing it wrong.
    I've carried a H&K P30 AIWB for 8 hour car trips with no problems, you should be able to carry a LCP in your underwear with no discomfort.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011