12 o'clock vs the 4 o'clock in concealment

12 o'clock vs the 4 o'clock in concealment

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    12 o'clock vs the 4 o'clock in concealment

    Just a little background, I received my CCP a few weeks ago and it was a very exciting time. It has taken awhile to get used to having a firearm on me but I am getting used to it and it is a comforting feeling. In the course of that time I have changed a couple of things like getting a COM safe in the car for when I need to store it when I cannot carry and just thinking about where I am carrying to in the day. The reason I am posting is that when I was practicing carrying around my home in the 4-4:30 position IWB it was fine, but the first time I went to work carrying (which is the majority I am carrying now) I immediately put my firearm in the 12-1oclock position just because I felt that I can conceal it better when I am bending over and getting items. I am not sure if this makes any rational sense but has anyone else had this happen to them? I like the 4-4:30 position when I am not at work though. My carry gun is a ruger LCR


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    I am a strictly 4:30/5:00 guy. Anything further to the front, and I feel like its in the way. My biggest contribution to my position to carry is sitting down, whether driving or not. This also contributes to my choice of holster. A DeSantis IWB with no belt clip is very easy to remove for driving, and reinsert when I get out, as a nice leather clipped is not.

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    I started carrying at the 4 but once I found AIWB I've never looked back. I found it to be more comfortable and a faster draw. It has proven to allow better access while in the drivers seat. Think you are less likely to have someone else bump it while being around others.

    For me it's the best way to carry.
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    9 o'clock here, 2 mags at 3 o'clock.
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    J-frames 10-11 o'clock. Rohrbaugh LH front pocket. EMP and bigger 8:30. All carries very comfortable.

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    I moved to AIWB ~ 1:30 a few years ago, but still on occasion carry a Govt. Mod. 1911 at 4-4:30. That is the one pistol that doesn't work well in the Appendix position for me due to the slide/Bbl. length and beaver tail/cocked hammer.
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    I greatly prefer AIWB, 4:00 prints for me way too bad. I sometimes carry at 4:00, but rarely.

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    4:00 for me. If an accident occurred I would shoot myself in the rear, if an accident occurred at 12:00 I would be a Soprano.
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    12:00? You're walking around with a loaded gun pointed at your.... stuff?

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    I don't base my pistol wear on where I plan on shooting myself. I wear it at 3:00 because it offers fast access, concealability, and works with my movement.
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    I have carried for years IWB at the 3:30-4:00 position. To me it is comfortable and feels natural. Due to medical issues I amnow looking at changing how ands where I carry. It basically comes down to doing what you need to do to feel comfortable.
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    AD happen more often when re holstering or drawing from a holster. I prefer 8-9 Oclock area. When Iwb. It's comfortable and I CCW a small gun. If I go larger then it's OWB . For me it's about comfort and my "felt" safety level. JMO

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    My uncle, a retired LEO once showed me a convenience store surveillance video that assured me that 12:00 carry wasn't for me. It showed the clerk leave the cash register, lock the door and disappear from view. A few seconds later you hear a gun shot and a scream. The clerk then reappears, slumped over he makes a call to 911 and declares "I need an amubulance at the Jet Market, I shot my d**k off."
    Definitely not for me.
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    ...I've carried at 12,1, and 2 o'clock since 1964...revolvers and SA/DA autos, and my 1911 Combat Commander and a Hi-Power...a quality handgun of good design carried in a proper holster by someone who knows how to handle it well isn't going to shoot his anything off...AIWB carrys comfortably for me, hides better than any other position...and for me is always preferred...I won't carry a Glock, XD, or any other "safe action trigger" weapon that way...or any other way...but it's personal preference...

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