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Appendix (A-IWB) holster review

Postby jeep45238 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:48 pm

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 ).

Now, onward....

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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Re: Appendix (A-IWB) holster review

Postby Brian D. » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:36 pm

As someone who slowly switched to Appendix Carry over a period of--gee, probably 15-16 months--I can't take issue with your review. It did require some (sigh) further consideration of clothing choices. Instead of sweeping back an unfastened coat/jacket in cold weather, now I have to lift any cover garment straight up. That works best if there's nothing in the front pockets, or they're shut, anyway. No sense having my car keys fly out and go into the nearest storm sewer, or snow bank.

Many of the AIWB trainers seem to own a LOT of hooded sweatshirts for that reason. (One frequent blogger says they all look like tactical hobos! :lol: ) Much easier to do that upward tug when there's just fabric, no buttons, snaps etc. making the garment front stiffer. Or at least that's been my experience so far.
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Re: Appendix (A-IWB) holster review

Postby carmen fovozzo » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:28 pm

About 2 months for me..Shield...haven't tried my G19 yet..
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Re: Appendix (A-IWB) holster review

Postby jeep45238 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:58 pm

Brian D. wrote:As someone who slowly switched to Appendix Carry over a period of--gee, probably 15-16 months--I can't take issue with your review. It did require some (sigh) further consideration of clothing choices. Instead of sweeping back an unfastened coat/jacket in cold weather, now I have to lift any cover garment straight up. That works best if there's nothing in the front pockets, or they're shut, anyway. No sense having my car keys fly out and go into the nearest storm sewer, or snow bank.

Many of the AIWB trainers seem to own a LOT of hooded sweatshirts for that reason. (One frequent blogger says they all look like tactical hobos! :lol: ) Much easier to do that upward tug when there's just fabric, no buttons, snaps etc. making the garment front stiffer. Or at least that's been my experience so far.


Great point on pockets.

A lot of trainers like that look like tactical hobos - 5.11 this, sheepdog that, nothing clear about them besides wanting to make a statement and not knowing what that statement is (in my opinion).

I just wear a t-shirt. Zip sweatshirt/barn jacket is my preference until a winter coat is needed. It helps with regulating your temperature, and it's an easy draw no matter.
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