10 thoughts on “Appendix carry 101: Drawing and holstering”

  1. I like the backward lean, but I have two quibbles with it:
    1. When you’re drawing the gun for real, you’re in a fight. Fighting requires you to keep your weight forward. The backward lean will slow down your assuming your fighting stance and maybe prevent you from assuming it altogether. Fights are fast, and going from a weight-back stance (lean) to a weight-forward (fighting) stance is problematic and may be impossible if you’re on bad footing, like a wet tile floor or ice. Also, 1b: One of the advantages touted for AIWB is that it’s harder for an assailant to block your draw. Again, if you lean backward during your draw with your assailant close to or on top of you, you throw away your fighting stance.
    2. The other advantage that the AIWB advocates tout is that it’s easier to draw if you’re seated in a car. Your lean won’t work there. Have you worked something out for that? (I’m not being snotty. You’ve put a lot of thought into this, and the car scenario deserves some attention.)
    Just so you know, I’m not anti-AIWB. If you want to use it, fine. You’ve done everything you can to make AIWB as safe as it can be, and I’m happy to see you sharing your knowledge and techniques to those who also carry AIWB.
    Just as an aside: Do AIWB carriers ever go anywhere where they have to wear a tucked-in shirt?
    (Do I count as a “genius in the comments?”)

    1. I carry AIWB always with a tucked shirt. I use a Stealth Gear holster with the holster riding in the highest position (lowest clip holes) and tuck the shirt over the kydex and firearm and in between the belt clips and kydex. A use a button up shirt that is one size larger and pants one waist size larger. With my pants undone I tuck the shirt down tight around the clips and then button and zip then tighten belt. Blouse the shirt a little on both sides in the front and the gun is invisible other then the two belt clips which no one has ever commented on.

      Just a little practice and it works fine. Even my wife can’t see it 99% of the time. I had to come up with something other then the right back (4 o’clock) due to a sciatica injury while on the job.

      BTW, i carry a full size Walther PPQ 4″ in 9mm. Never an issue driving, sitting, standing or any other way. Obviously I am extra careful due to the location when holstering and unholstering just due to knowing a ND while AIWB carrying is most likely a fatal mistake. But while in the SG kydex i have no concerns of a ND.

      May not work for everyone but works for me.

  2. Watch the video again. Answering your objections will be left as an exercise for the student.

  3. I’d like to say that my favorite part of the increased popularity of AIWB has been the quantity and quality of I for,action regarding best safety practices.

    When I started carrying (early 2000s, 3:30-4:00 IWB) I did not encounter nearly the amount of knowledge currently present or discussed with safe technique as I now do with AIWB.

    Looking forward to the “Rule 4” discussion.

  4. MY CALEBS DON’T DANCE THEY JUST PUT A GUN IN THEIR PANTS AND DO THE ROCKAWAY

    LEAN BACK

    LEAN BACK

      1. WELL THAT SONG WAS POPULAR ENOUGH FOR MIDDLE CLASS SUBURBAN WHITE KIDS TO BE FAMILIAR WITH IT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL SO THERE WE GO

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