5 Appendix Carry Holsters That Don't Suck
Concealed carry isn’t comfortable. Appendix carry is definitely uncomfortable. If this is your choice of carry you push through and deal with the pain. I’ve got a box full of concealed carry holsters – and specifically - appendix carry holsters, each with issues. However, I’ve found five holsters that don’t suck when carrying appendix. It’s important to note that I’ve personally carried each of these CCW holster no less than three months.
We all know the issues concealed carry permit holders deal with when carrying front side—comfort and security being at the top of the list. Look, you're carrying around a hunk of plastic and metal, which isn't going to be ideal in any situation. Kydex IWB holsters have no give, nylon holsters give a little too much, and hybrid inside-the-waistband holsters can't seem to make up their mind. It takes time building up confidence with AIWB carry, but once you do, it’ll seem as natural as .22LR plinking with soda cans.
G-Code INCOG IWB Holster
This is an EDC holster for me and the ol’ GLOCK G19. I’ve owned one for the Sig Sauer P320 as well. The INCOG IWB holster is constructed of Kydex and has multiple mounting points for various options for the concealed carry position and depth of carry. The great thing about the INCOG is the customization options available. It takes a few weeks to get one if you plan on customizing your holster from G-Code. I’ve been carrying this one for two years and have had zero issues with comfort. The INCOG minimalizes bulk and maintains dexterity from start to finish. To learn more about the G-Code INCOG IWB holster CLICK HERE.
Bravo Concealment Torsion IWB
When I want to get minimal on the AIWB carry, I switch over to the Bravo Concealment Torsion IWB holster. This polymer holster houses the G43X. I like the familiarity this holster has compared to my G-Code holster. It has the same belt clips and matches the cant and carry depth I get out of the G-Code rig. If there is one thing that I love, it’s consistency across the board. The lightweight, smooth polymer construction doesn’t allow for clothing to get caught or snagged when carrying or drawing the pistol.
A bonus for the Torsion IWB holster is the price. They're running a sale where you can buy one Torsion IWB holster for $52 and get the second one free. It looks like I'll be purchasing a few more holsters. To learn more about the Torsion IWB holster CLICK HERE.
DeSantis Holsters Variable 87
When temperatures heat up, appendix holster options become limited. In the summer, I am a shorts-and-flip-flops kind of guy. I grow tired of carrying rigid holsters in the heat. The DeSantis Variable 87 is a new, nylon IWB holster for me. I've slowly worked it into my daily carry. Usually, I am cautious when it comes to nylon holsters. The Variable 87 is solidly constructed, and the patented Tuckable 360 clip holds tight, keeping your gun in place no matter what position you find yourself.
When carrying the Variable 87, I found the holster very comfortable. I am guessing this is due to the closed-cell foam. The sweat guard on any Kydex constructed holster is rigid and uncomfortable, but the padding with the Variable 87 is exceptionally comfortable even when driving. This is an excellent hot weather concealed carry holster. To purchase a new DeSantis Variable 87, CLICK HERE.
BlackPoint DualPoint AIWB Holster
This one is a relatively new holster to my lineup. When the Sig Sauer P365 first came out, BlackPoint was the recommended holster for me. I took the advice and purchased my first DualPoint AIWB. Fast forward three or so years, and I just picked up my second BlackPoint AIWB holster for the new P320 X Compact.
A highlight for me is the adjustments of the DualPoint. I adjust the cant, ride height, and tension of the DualPoint. Each DualPoint also has the option of running the holster inside the waistband or outside. This is one of those holsters that you’ll use in cold or warmer months, especially running the smaller, concealed carry guns. WARNING: my order is going to take 7-8 weeks to ship. No problem for me. I’m happy to wait a little bit for one of the best concealed carry holsters out there.
If you’re like me, you’ve got a couple holsters for certain occasions. The Galco Stow-N-Go is my run to the Quickie Mart holster or my lounging around the house holster. If you’re looking for a holster that is light and concealable that you just need to grab and go then this is your holster. Galco is known for its fine gun leather and the Stow-N-Go carry holster is no different.
Galco offers this holster for a wide variety of firearms, but I use it for my slim, GLOCK G43X when it’s not in the Bravo Concealment. Unlike other leather holsters, the Stow-N-Go has a metal, reinforced mouth, which keeps the holster fully open. This becomes critical when re-holstering your appendix carry firearm. To purchase the Stow-N-Go, CLICK HERE.
Holsters are a lot like socks. Now, I’m not saying you’ll throw them in the washing machine and lose a couple now and then. What I am saying is you’ll have socks that are on the daily rotation, and you rarely change. We find what we like and stick to it. Appendix carry holsters are no different. You’re going to go through a couple before you find what doesn’t suck. ~ KJ
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Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.
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