Firstly - my personal opinion is that if you carry in a holster where the mouth collapses, you need a new holster. Either kydex or reinforced leather, and preferably not a hybrid holster (one side provides NO retention/friction, thus the holster overall has hardly any). From a safety perspective, pretty much anybody who has one of these wedges their muzzle of a loaded gun in there, wiggles it around, and forces it in there; they are literally flagging themselves in the pelvic region for a contact shot to exit (hopefully) out the butt. So, get a holster that keeps the mouth open with belt tension without a pistol in it, please. Additionally, I prefer a firearm that is DAO, DA/SA, or has a manual safety for appendix - lots of people carry striker guns safely in them every day. If you want to do so, and carry a Glock, seriously consider the purchase of a Gadget ( https://taudevgroup.myshopify.com/produ ... rol-device
So, I've carried commander 1911's in an appendix holster for a bit now, and frankly would compete in IDPA with it if they'd allow the carry method (helloooooo USPSA!).
I'm a huge fan of it. It's fast, convenient, effecient, easy to guard from attacks, not prone to being touched in a hug, and shockingly comfortable IF you have a good holster and play around with belt positioning and equally importantly, the ride height.
It does come with some problems however - the big one being if you're careless, you're dead. The femoral artery is potentially in the blast zone, and even with it being shown that the odds of the round impacting the femoral is very low, it's still dead. There's a few folks that make REALLY good gear for appendix, and you're unlikely to see them on a facebook or similar ad. JMCustom, DarkStar, Philster, and Keepers Concealment are the ones that come to mind pretty much immediately. They just plain old work - and their products are typically put through ground grappling courses with feedback applied to the production models. A holster's no good if the mounting system fails, or the gun won't stay in if you take a fall and are no longer standing up (where gravity keeps things in the holster). The prices are at first a lot - but honestly for the comfort, concealment, speed, and R&D that went into making them, the price is pretty darn good.
I am a huge, huge, huge fan of the JMCustom Wing Claw 2.0 with discrete carry clips. I get vertical ride height adjustment, the pistol grip tucks into my body, the holster/pistol unit move with my body during the day, and minimal/no printing. I'm 5'11" 195lb at the moment with a bit of a belly.
Detailed review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqYp1s8 ... irk0h00410
Holstering in these, as I said earlier, is a bigger potential deal than a hip holster, and safer by far than a soft holster. If there is a hammer or a gadget installed, place your thumb over the hammer (in-between the slide and hammer if cocked/locked), lean back a bit, visually ensure the holster is cleared during the process, and insert the pistol. There's no prize for fastest to holster a pistol at last check, so be deliberate with it.
An analysis with a Simgun of what will likely happen in the event of a negligent discharge during appendix carry, and safe practices of holstering : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGU7HbgDIvE
What the gadget does for the user, and why another layer of safety isn't a bad thing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t69VcNx-58
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