If you’ve been following along, you know that we ran a video recently of a carrier whose holstered GLOCK 43 fired when he bent over. He was carrying inside the waistband at 12 o’clock. In other words, AIWB. We took the opportunity yesterday to re-run John Boch’s explainer on why he thinks appendix carry is generally a bad idea.
So in the interest of fairness and equal time, here’s Sara Tipton’s defense of carrying at 11, 12 or 1 o’clock.
I used to live in The People’s Republic of California. If a resident aspiring to exercise their right to bear arms managed to get an elusive concealed carry permit in the gun-averse Golden State, concealed meant CONCEALED. No, zero, zilch, nada, absolutely no printing, please!
Some citizens in California freak out over pictures of guns. If they even think you might be carrying, it can be cause for alarm. Alarm meaning hassle for the law-abiding gun toter, or worse. Believe it or not, that possibility is mentioned in concealed carry classes.
The most effective way for my body type to hide my concealed carry gun (the only one of two guns I was allowed to conceal because California permits are gun-specific): the appendix position.
I spent a lot of time practicing my draw and getting used to the belly band. Once I tucked the Kydex into the waistband of my jeans and secured it with a belt, I could conceal my gun completely.
While more secure, Kydex holsters aren’t anywhere near as comfortable as my appendix carry belly band. If I wear a Kydex holster, when I get home, I move the holstered gun to my hip and don’t bother hiding it.
Several gunnies say, “If you can conceal in appendix carry, you can conceal on your hip.” But for some women, myself included, this simply isn’t true.
Appendix carry isn’t the best carry option for everyone. Those who carry extra weight in the belly can find it inefficient and uncomfortable. Others object to the idea of having a loaded gun pointed at their privates and/or femoral artery. I understand that.
The bottom line? Appendix carry is perfect for those who find it comfortable and practical, taking into account your method of dress and how well you need to conceal the gun. For me, it just works best.