I received an interesting comment the other day on my “Five tips for smart concealed carry” video. The commenter said “I’d like to see you drive a car with that rig” which I thought was odd, because I’ve done 8 hour road trips with that rig. But because I understand that this is the internet, and you must show people, I decided to do a fun little video about living with AIWB.
So I drove my car to get coffee and donuts.
But that got me thinking about really “living” with AIWB carry and how hard or easy it is. I mentioned in the video that I ditched AIWB for a while, but as of October of last year I’ve gone back to it full time, and there’s no looking back. The big thing that changed? I finally found the right holster, belt, and gun combination to work for me. When I switched to the CCC Shaggy with a 1911, I finally found a gun that I could conceal under a t-shirt at the appendix position in a holster that I could wear all day and everything would be hunky dory. It changed my entire view on AIWB and is a big part of why I’ll never switch off this mode of carry.
That being said there are certainly drawbacks. AIWB works better if you’re fit, and I still have to remember to put my shoes on before I put my gun on in the morning. Sure, I CAN do a straight bend and touch my toes wearing this holster, but it’s less than comfortable. I also don’t think I’d be comfortable carrying anything other than a DA/SA or a gun with manual safeties at this position. I know loads of people carry Glocks and safety-less M&Ps at the AIWB position, but it’s not just quite for me. I’ll stick to 1911s and DA/SA guns for now.
What do you think? Does AIWB make you uncomfortable? Or are you down with it as a primary mode of carry?