Thinking about appendix carry, what are your opinions of it. (a little long)

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    Thinking about appendix carry, what are your opinions of it. (a little long)

    So Iíve been saving for a few months and will still have to save for a few more, but Iím thinking about getting a new EDC gun. My current thoughts are for a Subcompact of some sorts, probably a Springfield XD or a Glock who knows. I currently carry a Ruger LCP in front pocket and thatís all I carry, Iím not saying I have any problem w/ the LCP but I just want some options and who doesnít like to buy a new firearm every now and again. But the reason why Iím thinking a sub compact is b/c I think I would like to give appendix carry a shot and a subcompact seems like it would be easiest to manage. I would like some people opinions on it and what they like or donít like of it, I especially would like to hear from people who thought they would love appendix carry only to find out itís not for them and why. Im not really trying to be talked out of it but I would like to hear some insight on things that maybe I havenít thought of before I buy a new holster and firearm only to have to look into something different. here is what my thought process is w/ appendix carry I can always just glance down and make sure im still concealed and less likely for me to accidentally brandish and I think with the placement of it I will feel I have more control over the firearm. Some of the cons I see are (the big one) sitting down im worried that I will have problems sitting down and it jabbing me in the gut, in a restraint or while driving I guess I can get something w/ a little bit of a cant to ease this, another thing im worried about is moving around and picking things up, bending over and what not.
    For me going from pocket carry to IWB carry is going to be different and a step in EDC but something i would like to try. I am a skinnier guy and live in Florida so my general attire is some cargo shorts and a T-shirt or maybe a collared shirt. I know everyone is different and everyone has to work for them and I fully am willing to except that this may not be for me and I may have to try something different but I am just looking for opinions.

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    I've toyed with appendix carry a bit; using a snub revolver.

    I picked up a Remora no-clip holster and it works great for appendix. But, the nice thing about the Remora is that it's not limited to appendix; you can use it strong side, cross-draw, appendix, and even in your pocket. So, for a few bucks, you can experiment with appendix and not be out anything. If you don't like it, you can re-assign it to a different style using the same holster.

    Then, if you like what you find, you can drop some coin on a nicer holster.
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    As good as any other IWB method. Quicker between drawing and being on target than doing so from 4:00 or 8:00 too. No worries about showing a bulge on side or back if you squat or bend.

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    I infrequently carry appendix when wardrobe demands it, but generally not.
    It conceals well, but tends to jab you, but I don't carry compacts. My biggest complaint is the difficulty of a fast one hand draw.
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    I actually have less of an issue with the gun jabbing me in the stomach and more of it jabbing me in the thigh -- especially if the holster is a little longer than the pistol (PM9) or made of kydex. Sitting also has a tendency to push the holster up so that I have to readjust after standing. It is not comfortable in the car either. For around the house and walking, it's fine. I tend to use SOB for sitting at the desk, though.

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    Welcome 'J0eyg86',
    I too live in a hot region, I wear cargo pants in the summer, and I remain blessed to have a somewhat slim waist. Though I use three methods of holster carry, I prefer the appendix style with my S&W 640 snub.

    You’ll find that with your build and dress code, this method it’s convenient and comfortable. As for bending over or sitting, you’ll simply shift the holster about 30-degrees whereby the muzzle follows the natural crease between your inner thigh and the crotch. There are many holster options that will do, although I prefer the Alessi Deep Cover.

    The patented ‘talon clip’ is very thin but strong and it’s designed to clip onto the pant waistband and not the belt. Likewise, the clip is offset from the cylinder so as to provide a bare minimum of outward projection. Unfortunately, the illustrations on the Alessi website really don't do the holster justice. BTW: As good as the clip is, I found the right angles or corners of the clip to be a bit sharp, so I took a fingernail file and applied a slight radius which took all of five minutes while watching Fox.

    http://shop.alessigunholsters.com/Be...ter/Deep-Cover

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    I appendix carry a lot. If I were a fat guy, I wouldnt do it. I really notice when I'm getting a little to heavy and it keeps me motivated to keep the weight off. Other than that, it works well for me.
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    Appy carry is my favorite. I've been carrying a G27 in a C-Tac with tucked-in shirts for almost two years now. I spend 8-10 hours in my office, sitting down without any problems. IMO, a little belly fat helps for this type of carry method, serving as a cushioning or padding, as well as reducing the "bulge" of the weapon. One thing I would recommend is wearing an undershirt or tank top ("wife-beater" type), somewhat close to the skin for more comfort.
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    Appendix is my personal preferred mode of carry for a snub. It oughta work out ok with a sub-compact. For me, it seems to take up much less room in my pants as well. Much less fussing, adjusting, etc. A little potential discomfort here and there I suppose when comparing it to pocket carry but I find it no problem at all when it comes to sitting, standing, crouching, etc.

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    I switched to Appendix carry (most of the time) a couple months ago. I carry a full size pistol, usually an FNP-9 and have no problems sitting or bending unless I try to touch my toes. I find that in addition to being easier to conceal, it is easier on my lower back. I have tried both clip-on and snap loop IWB holsters, and find that although they do not come off my belt, the clip-ons tend to move back and forth on the belt. I prefer holsters with a pair of loops that I can snap on either side of my first belt loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I appendix carry a lot. If I were a fat guy, I wouldnt do it. I really notice when I'm getting a little to heavy and it keeps me motivated to keep the weight off. Other than that, it works well for me.
    Lol, yes it does help keep the weight off. It tells you when you have gained a few. I carry a PM9 or 642, appendix carry, all the time. That is the way I carry 98% of the time, the other is pocket carry. Very comfortable and no one knows.
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    AIWB is my preferred method of carry. An undershirt is strongly suggested. I use an ArchAngel that fits my Glock 26, 19 and 17. Initially, there was discomfort consistent with the same feeling of IWB at 4:00, like a new pair of shoes. You notice it until you don't. I like having my gun where I can access it with my support hand if necessary. I like having my gun where I can access it easily while driving. I feel like AIWB is much more concealed than anything else. For cargo shorts and "Hawaiian" shirt carry, I carry AIWB for sure. The only time I don't carry AIWB is if I am in a suit or sportcoat that won't conceal it or if I am carrying with the Surefire x300 attached, in which case I have other holsters.

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    Carried a 2" S&W that way for 20 years. When I got my M&P 40C (a semi with no safety) I just could not be comfortable with this thing pointed at my privates. 3 to 4 O'clock IWB or OWB is just fine with me. Ankle carry sometimes too.

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    I carry a Glock 26 AOWB with a $12 Glock sport combat holster.I'm 6ft 200lbs and this is by far the most comfortable to me.I live in NC and the summers here are brutal so khaki shorts and a t-shirt is the normal attire.

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    I have appendix carried a: 1911, BHP, G17, G29, Snubs, and G36. Love appendix carry been doing it for many many years.

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