Appendix Carry Wildly Popular Despite Critics Objections

Up until the past few years, the practice of “appendix carry” was formerly dismissed as being too dangerous. You’ll shoot yourself, detractors say, and you may be covering something with the muzzle that you really don’t want to destroy, or something along those lines.

Appendix carry is not any more dangerous than any other carry method. In fact, it can be safer than some methods of carrying.  

The Supposed Dangers Of Appendix Carry

This Is How NOT To Appendix Carry.

This Is How NOT To Appendix Carry

The reason why some believe that appendix carry is dangerous is mostly due to where the pistol is located, rather than any inherent danger. This carry manner is named due to the gun being worn in the front of the waistband, which on the right side is close to the appendix.

Granted, it’s also close to the liver, large intestine, small intestine AND the bladder, but “bladder carry” just doesn’t sound good.

Anyway, deploying a pistol in this area angles the barrel so that it points at one’s legs or at one’s genitals, though the muzzle only truly points to these areas whilst sitting. Granted, that is not a good place for an ND to take place.

Naturally, it’s a sensitive area of the body and there are a number of major blood vessels and arteries that, if ruptured by gunshot, could pose significant – if not mortal – danger in case of an accidental discharge…but one is not very likely to happen if you carry correctly.

You Just Need An Appendix Carry Holster

Appendix carry is totally safe so long as a person is wearing an appendix carry holster. In fact, any method of carry is safe (or at least safer) with a carry holster.

The reason why appendix carriers may have suffered injury due to negligent discharge is the same reason that anyone has suffered an injury due to negligent discharge – the operator pulled the trigger or something was allowed to get inside the trigger guard and pull the trigger, discharging the weapon.

One explanation could be that a number of people were carrying without a holster, and sticking their firearm into their waistband. Any handgun that has no mechanical safety or only a passive trigger safety, that could lead to the trigger being snagged and the pistol discharging.

Accidental or negligent discharged have occurred that way in multiple other carry locations, such as people who are pocket carrying without a pocket holster or purse carry without a holster.

However, a holster with sufficient trigger guard coverage will prevent this from happening, along with safe handling practices.

Carry In Appendix Position Growing In Popularity

Today, more people than ever conceal their firearm in the appendix position, and far more companies are now producing appendix carry holsters to facilitate market demand. Have a look at a few concealed carry forums around the interwebs and you’ll get an idea just how commonplace it’s become.

Why is it so popular when some people seem to think it’s dangerous? First and foremost, appendix carry is arguably the most conducive to concealment. While it isn’t impossible to conceal a full-size firearm in the appendix carry position, many people are already carrying compact firearms for everyday carry, and as a result it doesn’t take much to conceal a pistol in this location with very little cover needed.

It is also one of the easiest and fastest locations to draw from. The appendix position allows fast purchase on one’s pistol and a quicker draw than almost any other carry position. Furthermore, one of the tactical advantages is that drawing from the hip involves a certain amount of telegraphing the draw, as the gun hand has to move back to the grip. An appendix draw doesn’t telegraph the draw to nearly the same degree.

An appendix carry rig is certainly not a bad addition to the holster drawer. While you may find that it isn’t for you, some people refuse to carry any other way.

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  • VGER61

    Yes, I agree with appendix carry but if you are overweight like myself it can be cumbersome at best but doable in some situations. I prefer OWB appendix carry with my M&P Shield 9. It works great in the winter time and in summer I use a leather IWB pull-up pouch that rests near the appendix. It takes some getting used to but virtually nobody can see that I am carrying. It is crucial that we carry every day as I have made it a life-style change. With lawlessness still the rule under the present administration this has become a necessity.

    • nicholsda

      I appendix carry a 1911 ( full or Commander size ) and am a little ( maybe a bit more than 🙁 ) overweight. Safe, you bet. The 1911 has two safeties to start with. The holster adds a third with the retention strap going over the back of the slide and under the hammer. Unlike unsafe firearms like ones where the “safety” is in where the trigger is, it takes far more to negligently fire a 1911. Many cases of people with Glock leg comes not from withdrawing the firearm from the holster but from shoving it in. Safeties should never be in the same location where the trigger is if both operate in the same direction to allow the firearm to fire.

  • Bill

    Are statistics available regarding actual shootings that resulted from 1) appendix carry; 2) other concealed or open carry; and 3) “Glock leg”? Yes potential injuries COULD result from any careless carry or careless handling of a weapon. Personally, I have yet to witness or have first hand knowledge of any such incidents. P.S. I am a 70 year old veteran, a son of a career police officer and retired after 21 years with a federal law enforcement agency.

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    • Glock Appendix carry, not charged, makes no sense to keep it condition red when not in LEO/SWAT or Military active action.

  • I use a pancake holster, a bianchi model 7 for my commander. It’s fine when I can wear something over it, but since moving to AZ, that’s not so practical. Being big, a IWB is pretty much out and I think wearing holsters that can be much bigger than the gun that’s being holstered is a little ridiculous. Holsters I’d be interested in are crossdraws. They are the most overlooked holster, yet work great for when driving or riding a motorcycle.

    • You can open carry in AZ, get a leg strap holster. Use a small backup for concealed.

      • Jim L

        I’m down almost 100lbs since then, so I have more options. 🙂 I feel weird about open carry. Just not used to it. Same with wearing a helmet when I ride. I had to in NY, so it’s habit. I feel naked without it. plus it’s way louder in a bad way. If I was going to open carry, I think I’d use the same holster, although I am considering a Fobus.

        • I never owned a motorcycle but I guess the helmet is like a seatbelt in the car, common sense.

  • Ted

    I use an Urban carry in the appendix position. Works for me.

  • Pandaz3

    I have Blade-Tech Klipit holsters for a Springfield XDS and a Ruger LC9 (any version) and while I don’t carry appendix all that often, these are comfortable even though they are all Kydex

  • burns

    You have just as much of a chance of having an accident handling your gun doing anything, as using any type of holster. All it takes is a second of not paying attention to what you are doing. We do it all the time while cooking or pouring a drink, only this time it could kill you if you get distracted, so I really don’t blame a holster or metod of carry as much as the ability to focus on the task at hand, no matter how repititious. The guy who sticks the pins in grenades must not blame the grenade or the pin, if he accidently slips up.PS I know it’s not really a guy that dos that, but the analogy goes for everything that can bite you.

  • disqus_409GNN3AvA

    appendix carry is not fofr us heavier guys with more of a spare tire. I still go for the strong side “kidney carry”

  • Jeff Pauly

    For me it’s not so much about safety as it is about comfort. I don’t like any IWB type holsters in any location. Just uncomfortable, you need larger pant size etc. Yes, not as many clothing options, but I can work with that, I want to CC and be comfortable.

    • Mikial

      Agreed! If you have a good holster that covers the trigger then it doesn’t matter where you carry it in terms of safety, but for me appendix carry just isn’t comfortable. I prefer to carry at 4 o-clock in a good Crossbreed IWB holster.

      • Jeff Pauly

        Whatever works. Important to be comfortable so I will carry, and even with my OWB, I recently got a Your 6 design that really stays in close. I always check in a mirror to be sure I am not printing.

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  • G50AE

    Most of the sheepdogs I know don’t like appendix carry for their pistols because that’s where they typically have their CCW Badge. I tell them to get one of those neck chain CCW Badge holder thingies, if that is an issue.

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    • JamesWWIII

      Most of the sheepdogs I know wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one of those silly CCW badges anywhere on their person.

      • G50AE

        Then they are not “tactical” enough to be real sheepdogs. Typically the CCW Badge is worn on one of those belt clip CCW Badge holder thingies at the appendix position.

  • Bob Long

    It don’t work for me as I suffer from the Dunlop syndrome. That’s where my belly has done lopped over my waistline. I’d have to pull up the gut to get to the gun

  • Bob Long

    Lack of training is what I see as the biggest problem to any type carry.

  • Two Guns

    After reading the comments it looks like there’s a lot of fat guys lol. Myself included.

  • Some Rabbit

    I might add that it’s nearly impossible for someone to snatch the gun away. Guns carried on the side or behind the hip are vulnerable to anyone coming up from behind.

  • Some Rabbit

    It’s also next to impossible for someone to snatch the gun away as can (and has) happened when carried on the side or back. Someone can sneak up from behind, reach under your shirt and take your gun before you can react.

  • The critics are the idiots who always carry “on red”, aka round in the chamber & ready to fire.
    Even the police don’t need to carry on red, most of them that do get to the scene with an ongoing shooting, they come alert and aware of a shooting going on and can charge their gun before stepping out of their vehicle.

    If you don’t have 1 second to charge your gun, you will not get first shot anyways, you better use your time to duck behind cover or concealment while charging it.
    You want to play quick draw cowboy ? Put on leg strapped holsters and open carry in states that you won’t be harassed for it.

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