Over the past half decade, it seems that every instructor on the Internet is promoting appendix carry as their favorite CCW method, and there are good reasons. Appendix carry is extremely fast from which to deploy, and if you appropriately dress around it, it conceals quite well. Our friend Caleb Giddings wrote an excellent article covering some of the pros and cons of appendix carry, and I agree with his assessment that it is measurably faster than standard IWB carry. It also comes with some increased risks, especially during reholstering. As with anything, these risks can be mitigated with proper training.
I never found appendix carry very comfortable, even with Raven Concealment’s low profile Vanguard, but after reading Hilton’s article on the JM Custom Kydex AIWB rig I decided to give it another shot. I carried my G19 in this rig for a few months to really shake it out and found the rig quite comfortable. My thoughts on AIWB now? For walking around, it is extremely easy from which to draw. It is fast and easy to obtain a consistent grip after clearing the garment. The rub is that for me, I could never adjust the rig quite right to get very comfortable when sitting for extended periods of time. Another issue is being seated in a car with a seatbelt. I looked at the way the lap belt sits across the holster and gun, and while drawing from this position is easier than traditional AIWB, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if I was involved in a traffic collision where that lap belt had to do its job. This thought didn’t give me the warm and fuzzies so I avoid AIWB if I am to spend a lot of time sitting in a car, or I would change to standard IWB carry before doing so.
Everyone’s body types are different, so one method of carry may be comfortable for me but not so much for you. What is your preferred method of concealed carry?