As anyone who carries a concealed handgun knows, there are different places that you can keep your holster, and they all offer different advantages and disadvantages.
For example, many people choose to carry their concealed handgun with a chest holster or an inside-the-waistband holster. Some even choose to use an ankle holster.
However, one type of concealed carry that many people overlook is the appendix holster. Appendix carry is very similar to inside-the-waistband carry, but the difference is that with appendix carry, the gun sits in front of you rather than on your side.
It’s a small difference, but one that makes a huge difference in comfort and performance.
First, let’s answer the question “why would you ever want to appendix carry?”
Appendix carry has a huge advantage over all the other areas you can concealed carry, and that’s the fact that you can draw your gun with a completely naturally movement.
All other methods of carrying “give away” the fact that you’re trying to draw your gun, and will cause your attacker to go on the offensive.
Since appendix carry holsters sit on the front, they can be drawn with a natural motion that doesn’t seem suspicious to an attacker.
Plus, if you’re facing away from an attacker, he won’t even be able to see that you’re drawing your weapon.
There is also the benefit of appendix carry being much more protected from someone trying to grab it. All you have to do is lean forward a bit and the gun will be firmly lodged between your waist and your stomach.
This is important because in a close range engagement, there is a significant chance that your attacker will try to take your gun away from you…and the safer you keep your gun, the safer you will be.
Another advantage of using appendix carry is the speed of the draw. Sine the gun sits in front of you, there is less distance to travel in order to take it out and use it.
This increase in speed is the reason that many competitions forbid appendix carry. It gives the shooter who use it such a massive advantage that it’s unfair to the other shooters.
But appendix carry comes with downsides of its own. For starters, re-holstering your gun can be more difficult…especially when you’re doing it while seated.
The other downside is that it can take a lot more experimentation in order to find a holster that’s comfortable for you…and comfort is king when carrying concealed. Otherwise you’ll never want to use it anyway.