What is Appendix Carry Holster?

A Comprehensive Guide

A holster is a device used to hold and protect your firearm. A belt can be used as a holster if the loop or slot keeps the firearm in place. Some people also use pouches or other devices specially designed to be worn on the belt. In this blog post, we will learn that what is appendix carry holster?

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Holsters are made of different materials, including leather, nylon, plastic, and Kydex. Leather holsters are common because they can be re-sized to fit many types of firearms while still looking stylish. The downside is that leather cannot withstand harsh environments and takes a long time to break in. Different types of firearms have different size requirements, so people often own several holsters in various sizes. Smaller handguns do not always fit comfortably in a holster made for a larger gun.

Appendix Carry Holster

Appendix carry is a holster style where the gun is worn at the front of the body, typically around the waistline, with the grip pointing inward toward the stomach and the muzzle pointing at your hip. This method can be done by clipping a small holster inside the waistband or wearing a cover garment over an outside-the-waistband holster.

Appendix Carry Holster

Advantages and Disadvantages

There are several benefits to appendix carry: for one, this style does not interfere with the ability to conceal the firearm as effectively as other styles do. In addition, drawing from a forward position makes it easier to maintain a firing grip on your gun while you draw, which helps prevent fumbling. The grip can also be easily brought to bear on a target, making it easy to hit vital areas from any angle. However, this method does have some drawbacks: drawing from the hip requires you to rotate your arm at an awkward angle, and putting the gun in a forward position reduces your ability to jump, run, climb or sit quickly while maintaining your gun. There is also a risk of the muzzle sweeping your body or legs during the draw stroke.

Alternatives To Appendix Carry

There are several alternatives to carrying your firearm in front of your body. Consider these options before deciding on an appendix carry method.

Hip carry  

Drawing from behind the hip, where the gun is held at waist level. This method allows for easy access if you need to draw your weapon quickly (e.g., in an emergency). You can also move other items between your hands and hips without interfering with the firearm’s position.

Hip Carry

Cross draw

Drawing from the front of your hip, with the pistol held at stomach level. This method can make it difficult to access your firearm unless you are sitting down, but it’s easy to pull the gun behind your back if needed.

Shoulder Carry

Drawing from above or below the shoulder on either side. There will be no interference with belts or jackets while wearing a shoulder holster, making it easy to access your weapon quickly. It also makes it easy to draw even when you’re seated. However, this method can interfere with moving other objects between your hands and sides because there are two points of contact instead of one. Further, if someone grabs for your gun, they have an easier time grabbing underarm than in the middle of your back.

Belly Band 

Worn around the waist, usually inside clothing. This method makes it easy to keep a gun close at hand but still concealed (e.g., you can lift your shirt if needed). You can also access your firearm when seated.

Thigh Carry

Drawing from the front of the thigh on either side is an option for people wearing long coats or capes, which prevents them from drawing guns from hip carry positions.

Ankle Carry

Drawing from the side or back of the ankle is a low-profile way to carry a weapon that’s easy to access while seated. It can also be used with thigh, shoulder, and belly band carrying positions for increased flexibility. This method has pros and cons: it’s difficult to draw quickly when standing because both hands are needed, but you can easily reach your firearm if seated or lying down. This method is best utilized by people who are comfortable wearing boots regularly due to their specific placement on the leg. 

Ankle Carry

How To Appendix Carry?

1) Consider wearing looser clothing to provide easier access. You can also use a holster with a thumb break that will allow you to quickly draw your firearm while still holding it securely in place. If using this method, be sure to wear sturdy belts for additional support.


2) Draw the weapon by leading with the opposite hand of which you are carrying your firearm. If you are right-handed and have an appendix carrying a firearm on your left hip, pull with your right hand. Doing this will keep your gun from flailing around as you draw it.


3) Be aware of the location of your trigger finger at all times to prevent an accidental discharge. This is particularly important if you are carrying a firearm on your dominant side; for example, right-handed people should carry their firearms on their left hip and use their right hand to draw them.


4) Practice using your firearm to ensure you know how the safety mechanism works and that you are proficient in its use. Going through mock draws with an unloaded weapon can help you get used to drawing quickly without accidentally shooting yourself, others around you, or causing intentional harm.

Tips For Appendix Carry

1) Use a holster specially designed for appendix carry. These are often equipped with features that prevent the gun from being dislodged or getting in the way of your draw stroke.


2) Don’t “print” (e.g., don’t let your firearm protrude where people can see it). To help reduce printing, you can use a shirt or jacket with a looser fit.


3) Practice drawing your weapon before wearing the holster in public when you’re unsure how to use something; practice often so that you don’t get caught off-guard during an emergency.


4) Make sure your clothing fits correctly. If you’re struggling with access, try moving your holster to the front of your hip, where it’s easier to reach.


5) Be aware that some holsters aren’t designed for people with bigger waists or smaller legs.


6) If you’re shopping for a holster, research each design to determine if it’s the best option for you.

Appendix Carry


Yes, if you are in a state where open carry is legal. If not, it’s best to refer to your local laws before carrying your firearm.

A firearm should be holstered in a manner that is least likely to cause an accidental discharge. Generally, when using this draw from appendix carry, the firearm is drawn from the opposite side of where your hand naturally falls. For example, if you are right-handed, you would draw your weapon with your left hand.

Appendix carry is best with pants with longer hems, making it possible to tuck them around, so they don’t show under clothing.

Generally, appendix carry holsters are designed so you can access your wallet and your cell phone without removing the holster. It is safer because there is only one point of contact instead of two. Also, it’s more comfortable than other styles because it hugs around the waist rather than lying flat against the body.

There are many reasons why appendix carry is not the best idea. First, it’s difficult to draw while standing up because you need both hands for this movement. It takes too much time and can be dangerous if something has happened unexpectedly; consequently, it does not make us safer.


Carrying a firearm on one’s hip is the most common style. However, several types of carrying, such as concealed, open, and appendix, allow for more flexibility in carrying a gun. Appendix carry is good for some people but not others; it all depends on the individual. This article has described an appendix carry holster and why it’s not advisable to be carried in that manner. Furthermore, this piece identified how to correctly wear a firearm with the correct clothing to ensure concealed capabilities.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

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