Movies can often be deceiving and give people the wrong idea about how things actually work in real life. Firearms and their portrayal are often grossly misrepresented and give rise to all kinds of unrealistic ideas.
However, one thing that is commonly portrayed in the movies is also seen in real life.
This is the habit of characters ranging from gang members to good guys stuffing pistols down the front of their pants inside the waistband. This may seem like it’s done to be “cool,” but the reality is this style of carry, often called appendix carry, has several benefits that led to it being popular.
For one, the appendix placement of the weapon assists in concealment. With the addition of loose clothing, the weapon becomes practically invisible. It’s much harder to conceal a gun carried on the hip. Drawing a firearm from the appendix position is also faster and more natural due to the way the human body is put together. It’s much easier to reach down in front of you and draw a gun than it is to reach over to your side.
This minimalist approach to appendix carry also can be applied to concealed carry with a few improvements. To begin with, it’s both unnecessary and unsafe to stuff a gun down the front of your pants. It’s not very secure and can become dislodged. If that happens, it might either fall to the ground or accidentally discharge.
Using some type of clip or holstering system for appendix carry makes the experience much better in terms of safety, but also in knowing the gun is where you put it.
Author Tim Schmidt talks about a clip carry system he tried in his article “Covert Carrier®” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“The instructions told me to slide the clip over my pants and then behind my belt. Then I was supposed to push the clip forward until the little notch in the steel slips right into the belt loop. After doing this, the gun practically disappeared! It was pretty cool.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Keep in mind that there are many different ways to carry a concealed firearm and that appendix carry may not be for everyone. However, no matter what carry style you adopt, you should always be sure that your system holds the firearm securely. Make sure that the trigger is protected while performing a safe and smooth draw.