Those who use concealed carry know there are many places to carry your holster. It’s extremely versatile, and there are many options to choose from. As such, it’s important to remember that each location offers its own distinct benefits and costs.
One of the most common ways people carry concealed is by using a chest holster. Another is through the use of an inside-the-waistband holster.
Many other carriers go in a completely different direction, opting for an ankle holster. This way, their handgun can remain hidden under the carrier’s pants until it’s ready to use.
All of the above options are fairly prevalent in the concealed carry community. However, there’s one type of carry that many people overlook. And that’s carrying with an appendix holster.
Appendix carry is very similar to that of utilizing inside-the-waistband carry. However, there’s one big difference. Appendix carry involves resting the gun in front of you, rather than at your side.
This may seem like a small difference. After all, the gun is only moving a few inches over. However, this can play a big role in both the shooter’s comfort level and ability to perform.
First, it’s important to address why someone would choose to appendix carry. Especially since there are so many other effective carrying options.
As it turns out, appendix carry has a lot of advantages over other carrying styles. And one of the most significant of these is that the shooter can draw their gun with one natural, fluid movement.
This is a welcome change from other carrying methods. After all, almost every other option force you to “give away” the fact that you’re attempting to get to your gun. And, once this happens, the attacker will quickly go on the offensive.
However, when you draw from the front of your body, this seems much less suspicious. Not to mention, if you aren’t facing the attacker head-on, they likely won’t even see you draw your gun.
Another major advantage to appendix carry is it offers more protection from gun grabbers. So, if someone tries to grab the gun, all the carrier needs to do is lean forward. This will lodge the gun between the stomach and waist, making it nearly impossible to steal.
This is especially important in close-range encounters. That’s because the odds are much higher the attacker will try to take your gun. And the safer your gun is with you, the safer the carrier will be by default.
Appendix carry also has the distinct advantage of a speedy draw. Since it sits directly in front of you, there’s less distance for your hand to travel in order to grab your gun in a flash.
It’s for this reason that a variety of competitions ban appendix carry. Because it offers a lightening-quick draw, it gives a huge advantage over other shooters that aren’t using it.
However, like anything, it’s important to consider the downsides of appendix carry. For instance re-holstering is more difficult with this method. And that goes double for when you’re sitting down.
It can also be more difficult to find an appendix holster that’s comfortable for you. After all, this is a much more sensitive area than, say, the hip.
However, when push comes to shove, it seems the pros far outweigh the cons of this style of concealed carry.