Several months back, I decided to give appendix carry a try. Many of you have asked how this is going, so I decided to post an update. Since trying and liking appendix carry, it’s been my primary carry position and I honestly don’t see that changing anytime soon. For me, carrying AIWB took some getting used to for sure, but in the end it was worth it.
Here’s a look at the guns and gear that are working for me.
I have two appendix carry holsters for my Walther PPQ – a Bradley Custom Concealment Shield-A, and a previously reviewed PHLster Skeleton. Both are excellent holsters and are designed specifically for appendix carry. Using these holsters, I don’t have any trouble concealing the PPQ with just a t-shirt, but this isn’t ideal for summer carry for a couple reasons.
First is comfort. The PPQ, being a larger gun, has quite a bit of grip that rides above the belt line and up against the skin. For this to be comfortable for me, I have to wear an undershirt, and since it’s been over 100 degrees everyday this week, that’s a tough sell.
The second reason is printing. I can conceal the PPQ with just a t-shirt, and it doesn’t print hardly at all if I’m just standing. But as soon as I bend down, reach up, twist, etc, that t-shirt starts to move and the gun prints. This problem, like the comfort issue, is greatly reduced by wearing an undershirt, but then we’re back to the same heat problem. Why, might you ask, is printing such an issue? Why indeed.
So most summer days I carry the Smith & Wesson Shield.
Smith & Wesson Shield
The Shield, up until it’s recent failure (update coming soon), has been my primary carry gun. I carry it almost exclusively in a PHLster Skeleton holster, and I love it. The Shield gives me a small, thin gun that still holds a decent amount of ammo, and it’s a real shooter. Printing is pretty much nonexistent, which unfortunately is a must here in Texas. I also don’t have any comfort issues, as much less gun rides above the belt line compared to the larger PPQ.
So there you go, that’s what’s working for me. One note on carry position, I actually carry more in the 12:00 position than a true appendix position. Hope that helps.