Three different approaches to single stack 9mm pistols for concealed carry in this photo. From top left we have the Glock 43, set up with Sevigny night sights in a BLACKHAWK Ambidextrous Appendix Reversible Carry. Moving clockwise, we have the current 1911 test gun, a Springfield Armory Range Officer in 9mm. The RO is riding in a Custom Carry Concepts Shaggy, which is honestly the most comfortable AIWB holster for a full-size 1911 I’ve ever owned. Last but not least is the Performance Center M&P Shield, which features high-visibility fiber optic sights and a ported barrel. It’s riding in a first generation Phlster skeleton. I have a later version of the Skeleton for my full-size M&P, and I absolutely love it.
Right now, I’m carrying the 1911, because it’s part of the Great 1911 project I’m working on this year. With the Shaggy, the 1911 rides nice and high allowing for a full grip on the draw. I haven’t used the ARC from Blackhawk much, but Shelley Rae swears by it. The Skeleton is set up for deep concealment; which is where I like to use the Shield anyway. It’s a small gun, and if I’m carrying in an environment where being made could have potentially negative consequences, the Shield and Skeleton combo reduces any “printing” the gun may have down to zero.
Three different guns, three different approaches to AIWB.