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I've read/heard alot lately about appendix carry. I've tried it and it seems quite concelable, but is very uncomfortable when sitting or driving. What is the most comfortable position? 4 oclock maybe?
 

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That depends, my most comfortable IWB is 2:00 with a 2" .357 wheel gun. 2:00 doesn't work though with a 1911 unless you don't mind the beaver tail stabbing you in the appendix and the barrel smashing your jewels when you sit down...

IWB comfort depends a lot on the gun and your build.
 

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There is a pretty good article in the newest Handgun's Mag (Apr/May).
 

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3:30-4:00 seems to be the best for me. Still jabs you in the kidney a little when you are driving, but it's not uncomfortable unless you are driving for a long period of time. In that case I stash my XD45 in the plastic slide holster it came with in the center console of my truck. That is the only value I have found for that holster.
 

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I also carry IWB at about the 4:00 position and it is comfortable for me. It can depend on what type of holster you're using, the size and width of the gun, and your size as to whether or not it will be comfortable for you. One thing I see a lot of is people spending several hundreds of dollars on their gun, but then just a few bucks on a holster. When you decide where you are going to carry, get a good quality holster. They really can make all the difference.
 

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I also carry IWB at about the 4:00 position and it is comfortable for me. It can depend on what type of holster you're using, the size and width of the gun, and your size as to whether or not it will be comfortable for you. One thing I see a lot of is people spending several hundreds of dollars on their gun, but then just a few bucks on a holster. When you decide where you are going to carry, get a good quality holster. They really can make all the difference.
:agree:

$1200 on a new colt 1911, $6 on an uncle mikes holster... doesn't make much sense to me. $50-$100 even for penny pinchers is not bad to spend on a holster. Means one less trip to the range, but worth it.

New gun... $300-$1200
Good belt... $40-$200
Holster... $30-150
Finding that perfect fit allowing you to carry anywhere... PRICELESS
 

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Hunter said:
I also carry IWB at about the 4:00 position and it is comfortable for me. It can depend on what type of holster you're using, the size and width of the gun, and your size as to whether or not it will be comfortable for you. One thing I see a lot of is people spending several hundreds of dollars on their gun, but then just a few bucks on a holster. When you decide where you are going to carry, get a good quality holster. They really can make all the difference.
:agree:

$1200 on a new colt 1911, $6 on an uncle mikes holster... doesn't make much sense to me. $50-$100 even for penny pinchers is not bad to spend on a holster. Means one less trip to the range, but worth it.
I agree that $100 is not that bad in the long run. I can however understand the reluctance to plop it down on something that you've never had a chance to see or try out.

I have a box of holsters I never use, some cheap and some in the $50-$100 range... none are right for me! The problem is that there is often no way to try anything out before you buy, especially if you can't find a holster for your model without going online.

So... $100 holster for your $1200 gun, not a problem. $600 spent finding the right one... maybe a problem!
 

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Hey, good info. Thanks for the replys.
 

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I think everyone has one of those boxes. Another bonus to buying a quality holster is they last. I have been carrying an XD in the same holster for almost 4 years. I use a Sidearmor IWB holster at 4:00 & have no problems concealing & it is as comfortable as it could be. A good belt is also a must I carried with a walmart special for a couple years & recently switched to a 5.11 belt & the difference is unreal.
 

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For me, 4:00 IWB carry is the best I've found. Been doing this for a long time and it's the most comfortable position with the best access. Plus, a t-shirt will cover the gun and doesn't print.
As to holsters, I've tried a bunch and finally combined the features of several into the ones I make. That's the only way I've gotten exactly what I want, but it still took several tries.
 

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I see the type of holster I use as a functional accessory, like what belt I'll wear that day. I like to have a selection to choose from so I am not restricted in what clothes I wear.

Please note: I have been called a clothes horse by several ex-girlfriends. 8)
 
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