Apendix carry with a gut advice needed

Apendix carry with a gut advice needed

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    Apendix carry with a gut advice needed

    I am going to get my CC with in the next month and I have some comfort issues. I have a Bersa Thunder 380 cc with a compact leather holster that uses a single clip. This will be my EDC. It's a fairly compact gun but I have a couple issues with carrying in the front. I really want appendix to be comfortable because that feels to me like it's the best location to quickly access.

    I have a bit of a gut (but it's getting smaller) and when I am able to recline when sitting appendix is comfortable. However if I have to sit straight up or leaning a bit forward (common in certain group areas at work) it really digs in, both in the crotch or my gut, if I move it towards the 1 o'clock position It digs into my thigh and I can't lean forward at all. I wear my pants 2" larger than the actual size I need and only cinch my belt as tight as I need to keep everything up with the weight of the gun in place.


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    I have a beer belly even though I do not drink beer. :) I cannot appendix carry. I either pocket carry a .357 snub nose or 9mm semi auto. Very comfortable. When I do belt carry I find 4:30 to be the best position. There is a hollow in-between your back and hip that can hide a full sized 1911 if you want. I also suggest that you try a hybrid holster like the Galco King Tuk or Crossbreed. Very comfortable. I just do not see appendix carry being more comfortable when you have a belly than at the 4:30 or so position.
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    I'm 6'2'' and 300 lbs I carry a Shield 9mm appendix carry in a Phlster Access. I love this holster. Sometimes on long drives it does dig in the crotch a little. I would have never thought I could appendix carry, but after getting used to it I couldn't swap back. I just finished an Armed Dynamics defensive pistol class using the Shield and the Access. I shot about 700 rounds and both performed flawlessly.
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    I'm a big fan of appendix carry myself. The Bersa? Comfort? Depends on the holster and where exactly you want to carry. Sometimes we have to deal with discomfort at first testing things out as it were. Lot of work, discomfort, and learning goes into carrying concealed. That goes for everyone no matter what their physical attributes are. Comfort tops the list of course, if you can't carry comfortably you likely won't carry at all. If you're really serious about carrying concealed and saving your life, maybe you'll take things to the next level thinking on that simple premise alone. Pain lets you know that you're still among the living. In order to remain among the living, you do what you need to do. I'd rather feel pain than be six feet under. The gut? Most males over 40? Advice needed? I'm adapting to changes myself. Matter of fact...never quit adapting. I've got scars on my body from carrying concealed and living with the pain associated with it, but I've adapted. It's still the mindset that makes it or breaks it just like being able to kill another human being in your own defense. Concealed carry will change your life forever in many ways. While the thought of protecting yourself or family legally is is an attractive ordeal. IMHO not many actually have what it takes to be decisive in their decisions.
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    I've been carrying appendix from day one. Of course, I'm skinny and can pull it off. I have a Theis single clip holster and carry about the 1:00 position with a slight forward cant. I have no problem drawing or reholstering with the cant.
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    I am 6'2" and no longer a thin guy. I prefer AIWB carry with a fighting sized gun and do so at all times. Like any other method of carrying a concealed firearm it requires some experimentation with holsters, guns, and clothing.
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    Loosen your belt a little and let the holster ride up when you sit.

    I'm by no means over weight, and still have to adjust the holster when carrying appendix, sometimes :)

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    I don't even bother trying appendix carry. It just won't work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I don't even bother trying appendix carry. It just won't work for me.
    Same here!

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    Can't do it....usually 3:30 - 4:30 ish.....
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    I have tried appendix carry and it just doesn't work for me.

    I disagree somewhat with the statement that "if it isn't comfortable you won't carry". In my experience if you want to carry bad enough then you will carry regardless of the comfort level.

    CCW is a mindset about carrying for protection not about comfort. If you are serious then you will carry regardless. If you worry to much about comfort then you are focusing on the wrong thing. But comfort is good to have.

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    Appendix carry with a gut? There is no such thing. Try something else.
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    I hate appendix carry. Even with a smaller Glock 26 I couldn't do it. Sometimes I'm able to stick my G26 with Remora at 1:30 - 2 o clock position but after a while it just becomes painful to my hip and only good if I stand straight up. When I'm out with kids, having to get strollers down, car seats, bend down to pick them up etc etc. its just not practical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drgnfly View Post
    Loosen your belt a little and let the holster ride up when you sit.
    I think this is the key. Don't tighten your belt so much and do as said above. Give the belt and holster a bit of a "shock absorber" play so it gives and I think you will see some benefit. I have a bit (less since 2010 with help from Nutrisystem) of a gut but I can carry a Glock G-26 or a small Taurus SS .357 revolver without discomfort.
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