Appendix Carry is becoming increasingly popular. It's fast, easily accessible and when you've got the right holster- appendix carry can be more comfortable than traditional strong side carry. We'll let you in on some tips & tricks that make appendix carry easier and more comfortable.
Tip #1: Wear Your Pants Higher
I'm not saying that you should be that guy at the range who wears his pants super high at his belly button, but wear them properly around the hip bone area or slightly above, so that when you bend over or sit, the muzzle doesn't jab at your leg and groin area constantly.
When the gun is placed at a slightly higher level, the holster is able to bend with you, instead of jabbing you in all the wrong places.
Tip #2: Ensure there is Enough Room to Access Your Grip
Many believe that a lower ride height or "deep concealment" holster will make carrying easier- all it will do is bury your grip and make drawing more difficult. Give yourself enough space to get a solid grip on the gun.
If ordering a Custom AIWB Holster, you should be able to select your own ride height. A Mid to High Ride Height is ideal for this position. If you're having difficulty deciding between the two, take your hand size into consideration as well. If your hands are larger, don't hesitate to go High Ride.
Don't worry about the ride height being too high either- a good holster maker, who knows what they're doing, won't make your holster sit too high on the belt. We always strive to create a holster exactly to match the Customer's specifications on the order form, but not if the integrity of the holster will be compromised. That usually necessitates a phone call to the Customer, explaining an issue if any should arise.
The Higher Ride Height also helps with muzzle jabbing. As the holster would sit higher on the belt, the muzzle also sits higher enabling you an easier time sitting and bending.
Tip #3: Opt for an AIWB Holster with Claw
The Grip Concealment Claw is the best thing to ever happen to AIWB Holsters.
For those that don't yet know- the Grip Concealment Claw works in conjunction with the clip to push against the belt and pull the grip into the body, preventing the grip from printing.
Most Appendix Carry Holsters will come with an optional claw attachment, usually you cannot purchase one aftermarket to put on your holster.
Sometimes the Claw is too aggressive or you'll find that it's not needed with the set up that you have. Most of the time the claw is easily removable and removal won't effect the fit or retention of the holster. Double check with the manufacturer before removing it yourself.
If you are having trouble printing, try shifting the holster around a bit. You may find that a small shift to the left or right will help tremendously.
Tip #4: Hike Up Your Pants Before Driving
Men tend to do this anyways, but hiking up your pants before sitting is a must. This re-positions the holstered firearm in a higher position, allowing you more room for bending comfortably.
We get asked fairly often how to position the seat belt when carrying appendix. Positioning the seat belt over your actual belt helps keep the grip easily accessible and also keeps the gun in a comfortable position.
These tips should help anyone trying to appendix carry who may be having trouble. If there are any issues that you are running into that aren't mentioned above, don't hesitate to reach out to us! We are happy to troubleshoot with you and find solutions that work best for you.