Obviously, concealed carry is a big topic of discussion today. And within that catagory, no method of ccw is more controversial than appendix carry.
Appendix carry is that unique positioning of an inside the waistband holster in which the muzzle of your gun is pointed at your crotch/femeral artery area.
Neither of those aim points presents a comforting mental picture.
Yes, I'm one of those people who can't stand appendix carry. But I'm ....... wait, I'm about to get ahead of myself.
Many appendix carry enthusiasts believe they carry some kind of superiority.
At this point, some appendix carry enthusiasts with puffed out chests will be throwing insults at their screen.
"He don't know good pistol safety. If he did, he wouldn't be afraid to carry appendix."
"He's a sissy."
"He don't know how to appendix carry."
"If he knew how to handle a pistol, he'd be able to appendix carry."
Yeah, well, I know how
I just don't like it. And not liking it, is a long way from all the nonsense thrown at me or anybody who doesn't like it.
Interesting thing is, I don't object to anybody else doing it. I don't insult their intelligence for doing it. I don't assume they are going to shoot their .... well, you know.
I've worked on it. I've done it. I've carried multiple compact pistols this way.
I don't like it.
The mental image of what a gun being appendix carried is pointed at, with the possibility of the gun being negligently fired in that area, just has never left the frontal lobe of my brain.
But I WILL Appendix Carry Like This
Now, we come to the good part.
The part where I talk about scenarios where I now WILL appendix carry, even though it's not my favorite way.
Because I do have to acknowledge that for inside the waistband carry, there is no faster position to access a handgun from. Yeah, see, I admit it.
So, while in acknowledging my errant humanity, and my inescapable mental images, I have found a way to carry a handgun in the appendix position, without the inherent risk of doing it with a semi-automatic handgun.
This is a narrow method of carry and gear, that is for when I am not going to be in very crowded locations, and in which my main concern would be for personal, up close self defense.
There it is.
A small revolver that can pack a serious punch in .357 magnum, or less powerful, but still effective, .38 special +p, will give you serious close range protection.
And put it in a position to access it fast, if the unthinkable took place. A revolver can be appendix carried in a leather holster, kydex, belly band, or sticky holster.
It's in a sticky holster in the picture below.
So, I'm all for people who are comfortable, and proficient with appendix carry with a semi-auto pistol. I want them (you) to keep showing the rest of us how it's done, and keep getting better and better with it.
For those, like me, who can't stand it with a semi-auto, a small revolver for a.c. is a very real, and workable solution, that shouldn't leave you with the mental image of lost ..... well....
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