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G'day everyone...

I'm looking at appendix position IWB carry for my soon to be issued S&W M&P .40. There are no decent holster makers here in Australia, so I have to source it from overseas.

I've tested the appendix position with blue guns in training, but the problem is my dep't requires holsters be fitted with 'visible retention' even for concealment, ie: has to have a thumb break or similar. It also needs to hod itself open for 1 hand re-holstering.

Does anyone know of a manufacturer who produces something suitable? Or wil I have to have it custom made...

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Stay safe

Aidan Lemay
 

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I've seen a female officer wear IWB at the appendix position on duty so I know some folks can pull it off even with a thicker .40 pistol. What kind of attachment point are you looking for? Snaps? Clip? Velcro? I can't think of too many stock IWB neutral cant holsters suitable for AIWB that offer a thumb snap. Don Hume has their H715-MTB (link) or their tuckable IWB Strike (link) both use a metal clip.
 

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Thanks for the replies...I've actually done appendix IWB 'unofficially' with my current M10 and have carried a G17 and SIG 226 in this location in the past, albeit in holsters without thumbreaks (which is very naughty in my current job apparently) with no issues, and the M&P.40 should be more comfy than the M10.

As for attachment, I'm not fussed whether it's J hooks, snaps or slides, as it will be under an untucked tee or a hoodie...I think the IWB strike looks like the best I've seen so far

Much prefer the appendix carry for these reasons...
1. can draw from non open cover garment (hoodie) easily with one hand
2. Easier to re-holster with one hand
3. Less obvious that you are standing ready to draw on a threat than strong side holsters

I am haning for the new pistol, as I have always been a much better shot with semi-autos & find it easy to conceal even a full size one IWB under just a T-Shirt

Thanks again for the replies & stay safe

Aidan Lemay
 

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I have been carrying appendix with a CompTac MTAC and it is very comfortable. I did cut a little leather off the botton so it did not bother me when sitting. Still looking for a good OWB appendix (or crossdraw) holster with enough cant and that holds the gun close to my body. CompTac just came out with an appendix carry version of the MTAC but I am happy with what I am using.
 

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I don't know if they make a Thumb Snap version or not.

I posted this a few weeks ago.

I've been hearing good about these, but not seen or tried one yet.

As far as retention, crank the screw down as tight as you need to.

EHUD APPENDIX CARRY AIWB (Appendix Inside the Waist Band) - DALE-EHUD

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It seems that the link didn't work, so I'll try again.

EHUD APPENDIX CARRY AIWB (Appendix Inside the Waist Band) - DALE-EHUD

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Edited to add:

After responding I had a thought.

Ted Blocker makes the LFI Rig with a Thumb Snap. It attatches via velcro, thus allowing you to raise or lower the height of the weapon. I used one for a 1911 years ago and was very happy with it. I am keeping in mind your requirements for one handed reholstering.

http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/LFIRIGA.php
 

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I have been carrying appendix with a CompTac MTAC and it is very comfortable. I did cut a little leather off the bottom so it did not bother me when sitting. Still looking for a good OWB appendix (or crossdraw) holster with enough cant and that holds the gun close to my body. CompTac just came out with an appendix carry version of the MTAC but I am happy with what I am using.
This will make more sense with pictures.
 

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I'll second the mention of Dale Fricke's Ehud-this is a very well made AIWB (I own one). Dale with also work with you for details, and he's also a heck of nice guy.

That said, I've found that AIWB works much better for me with a smaller firearm, with an AIWB that uses some negative cant (G26 in my case, with a holster designed to fit it).

Along those (reverse cant) lines, another I can reccommend as a quality holster is the Threat Solutions Interchangeable-it too is very well made and I find rock solid and comfortable to wear: Welcome to TSC Interchangeable Holsters Page

Tucker Gunleather also makes some quality holsters (AIWB and otherwise), and the owner is a great guy too: http://rlcompanyusa.stores.yahoo.net/iwbholsters1.html

Regardless, you'll going to get the proverbial "drawer full-o-holsters" like the rest of us however....it'll just take a bit longer logistically for you :yup::wave:

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