When it comes to appendix carry, one size doesn't necessarily fit all. But the beauty of this style of carry is that adjustments and modifications can be made to suit pretty much any type of shooter.
Welcome to "Worlds Collide," bringing together the perspectives of two of the shooting world's top minds, Rob Pincus (Personal Defense Network®) and Rob Leatham (Team Springfield™).
Don't Shoot Yourself in the Foot (Literally)
A lot of the negativity surrounding appendix carry seems to revolve around safety issues, such as pointing the gun directly at your body. But the beauty of this type of carry is that when it's done correctly, this isn't a concern. In fact, by the Robs' estimation, when carried and presented correctly, appendix-style can be one of the safer carry methods.
When drawing, push your hips forward so that when the gun is removed from the holster vertically, the muzzle isn't pointed inward towards the body or straight down at the thighs. The same thing applies when holstering.
Big or Small: Making it Work
It's a common misconception that appendix carry won't work for heavier-set people or people with a larger belly. As with any other concealed carry position, your body shape, clothing style and climate will influence the best choice for holster and the exact angle at which you carry the gun. With the right holster and set-up, appendix carry is not just a thin person's game. Generally, the flatter your stomach, the closer to center-line you can carry.
Of course, the size of the gun that you can carry comfortably will also vary from person to person. A larger person might be able to carry a gun with a larger grip and a thinner person might actually find that a gun with a slightly longer barrel is more comfortable, especially when sitting.
Inside the waistband carry is really the only practical option for appendix carry, take the time to find the right gun, holster and angle combination and be sure to practice your presentation and holstering in a controlled environment with a dry gun before going live!