Appendix carry is not new, but in the last few years or so there seems to be a lot of rave about it. Like every other topic or debate in gun culture, there are people that love it and there are those that hate it. Me personally, I absolutely love appendix carry and it is my preferred method for 2 main reasons:
- Ease of Concealment
***I purposely left out comfort because it is subjective and dependent on different variables from person to person.***
Before I dive into these, let me preface this by saying that: as of this time, I have only carried appendix and strong side (3 o’clock position). I will update this post or revisit this discussion as I test more holsters and methods of carry.
Ease of Concealment
Concealed carry is all about concealment at all times. This includes reaching up for something on a top shelf at Walmart. When you wear shirts that are your proper size, they tend to be short; which makes reaching up for something without your gun becoming exposed nearly impossible without holding down your shirt. This is why OWB doesn’t work for fashion conscious concealed carriers and certainly a problem if your state has statutes against exposing your concealed handgun. By the very nature of this reaching action, you will likely be facing something that will obstruct the view of your torso; therefore, even if your shirt rises above your gun, no one is likely to see it unless they are staring.
This brings up an interesting thought. Part of carrying a concealed firearm is thinking on a level that most people don’t think psychologically. For example, we know that it is not polite to stare at another persons crotch. Using this information alone, appendix carry is the best place to carry undetected because even if you are printing a little bit, no one will be looking long enough or hard enough at you to wonder what that slight bulge or imprint is on your torso.
While I am not an expert on being tactical or “tacticool”, I do believe I have studied and tried enough things to present some solid points on this topic. Tactics are a huge part of CCW and even if you do not consider yourself to be tactical, you more than likely are because of the way you think in regards to self-defense and protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Ask yourself these questions. How can you quickly and effectively draw your gun:
- While seated?
- If you are pushed down onto your back?
- If your strong side hand is incapacitated?
It should not take you long to realize that, just in these 3 examples, any other method of carry (lets stick to the common methods of hip carry for the purposes of this topic) is inferior to appendix carry. Dont just take my word for it; unload your concealed carry gun, holster it, and go see how quickly and effectively you can draw in these scenarios. Yes I know that training can teach you how to do this, but even with training you will still be slower and you would have to practice those techniques as much if not more than your normal draw practice to make sure you stay fluid.
I will not go as far as to say that drawing from appendix carry is faster than other methods of carry because I believe that to be subjective and dependent on the individual and how much time they have put into training and practicing. But I will say that no matter what the situation, carrying appendix makes the most sense because of the “right there” access it provides you to your gun at all times.
There are other reasons that I could have listed, but when you think about them, they lead you back to these two methods one way or the other. And they are reason enough for me to carry appendix 90% of the time.
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