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We all start somewhere, and as we learn, adapt, and overcome, we evolve. This evolution manifests itself in many different ways,  from simple changes in theory, to a thirst for training, to changing how you do things, the list goes on and on.

I am no exception…

To this point, I have and do carry my pistol at the 4-5 O’Clock position on my belt. I have done this for many years, and it has been comfortable. That said, training, theory, and some good’ol speculation has me re-thinking this going forward, and it appears as though appendix carry may be a better and more capable alternative.

Image borrowed from JM Custom Kydex

“Why?” you might ask.

Well, as I get older and more in tune with my limitations and capabilities, coupled with my testing of my setup / kit, I have found that my ability to utilize my carry with my off hand is less than ideal. It’s as simple as I’m not quite limber enough to easily reach across my body and pull my pistol in the event that something happens causing me to be unable to use my dominant hand.

Of course, if you’ve spent any time on youtube, training, or talking guns with others, you’ve undoubtedly come across a plethora other reasons why you might want to appendix carry. Things like it being easier to pull your pistol when on your back or sitting, better ability to conceal the weapon, and some would argue speed. Let’s not forget my personal reason for looking at it, accessibility.

Some of the reasons I have been apprehensive about making the switch have been physical conditioning, training philosophy, and ergonomics…

Physical conditioning is pretty self-explanatory, I’m concerned that my mid-section may prohibit me from carrying comfortably. I may need to lose a couple more pounds, but it seems as though it isn’t a problem for some people with more girth than I have.

Training philosophy revolves around my, arguably inaccurate, belief that I should always have my sidearm in the same location regardless of my level of dress. I will be talking about my “end of the world” load out in a future article, but suffice it to say that I have a few different levels of dress depending on the situation. So, I tried to keep my pistol in that 4-5 o’clock position in all levels of dress. At this point, I think that the pro’s may outweigh the cons as long as the different training encompasses some level of pistol manipulation.

Ergonomic’s are the biggest unknown at the moment. How will sitting, bending over, using the restroom, etc. be impacted by moving to appendix carry? Most reveal a small adjustment period in which you re-train yourself into small re-positioning as you move from one position to another. Sitting being the primary source of my apprehension.

And the process begins…

  1. Photo by ComptacFind a holster
  2. Get comfortable
  3. Train

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
― Leon C. Megginson


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