How to Make Appendix Carry Comfortable Sitting Down

How to Make Appendix Carry Comfortable Sitting Down

Written by Mark Buff, GunZee founder and CEO.

Are you tired of appendix carry gouging you every time you sit? We unveil the secrets to making appendix carry comfortable, even during long periods of sitting.

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What is appendix carry?

What is appendix carry digging?

How to prevent digging?

Best clothes for AIWB carry?

Appendix carry with a gut

AIWB for skinny guys

Say goodbye to those awkward moments of readjustment and hello to a more enjoyable AIWB experience. Get ready to sit comfortably and carry with confidence!

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What is Appendix Carry?

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Appendix carry is an inside-the-waistband (IWB) position. In appendix carry, also known as appendix inside waistband (AIWB) carry, the gun sits at the “one o’clock” position for right-handed folks. 11 o’clock for lefties.

AIWB is popular because it offers a quicker and easier draw for concealment, particularly for those with slimmer body types.

Advantages of Appendix Carry

  • Easy access: appendix carry positions your pistol in front and center of your body, allowing for faster draws and better access in high-stress situations.
  • Better concealment: with the right holster design and clothing, appendix carry can be as quiet as a whisper, reducing the possibility of printing or unintentional exposure.
  • Greater control: by keeping your firearm close to your body's core, you will have a better grip on it, making it more difficult to snag.
  • Standing or walking comfort: for many people, appendix carry feels like a snug fit when they are on their feet, allowing them to move freely. 
  • Sitting draw: while sitting, appendix carry gives you easy access to your firearm without having to take off or remove anything first.

Disadvantages of Appendix Carry

  • Potential discomfort (this applies to all IWB positions, to be fair): appendix carry may be difficult when sitting or bending for extended periods of time, depending on your body shape and size gun. Our memory foam holster pads help with this issue.
  • Potential safety risks: appendix carry, if not done correctly, can pose a risk of accidental discharge, particularly during reholstering. You can mitigate the risk by following safe practices and undergoing extensive training.
  • Limited options for larger firearms: larger firearms are more uncomfortable in the appendix carry position (as well as in all other positions) than their smaller counterparts.
  • Not for everyone: appendix carry may be uncomfortable or impractical for some people due to their body type, personal preferences, or special circumstances.

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What is Appendix Carry Digging?

Appendix carry digging is when the gun digs into you while wearing it AIWB. It’s worse when you sit down. Either the muzzle digs into the lower abdomen and hip flexors, or the pistol grip grinds into the hip bone. Also, the handgun slide or hammer may cause discomfort in the middle abdomen in some people.

How to Prevent Appendix Carry Digging?

To fix appendix carry digging, buy a Gunzee memory foam pad and apply it to your holster.

Also, try adjusting the ride height on your AIWB holster. Loosen the clip screw (which most holsters have), and experiment with different positions. The amount of adjustment varies depending on the holster, but it is usually one or two inches.

Lowering the Ride Height

A slight holster cant will usually prevent the muzzle from digging into the holster, creating an angle that parallels the crease between your hip flexor and the opposing big toe.

Raising the Ride Height

Raising the riding height of your holster may help prevent the pistol grip from pressing directly into your hip bone. The higher the pistol rides, the more likely the grip will bend at the beltline. The gun grip protrudes as a result, causing digging.

What are the Best Clothes for Appendix Carry?

Avoid tight-fitting or restrictive clothing that pushes the holster into your body. Opt for looser-fitting garments made from lightweight and breathable materials that allow for ease of movement. Avoid clothing with excessive seams, buttons, or embellishments that can create pressure points or hinder access to the holster.

When carrying appendix, choose your belt wisely. When mounting an appendix carry rig, use a belt without a large front buckle, as this will limit the positioning options of your rig, or a belt with a buckle that changes from side to side. Leather gun belts are always a great option.

This CCW enthusiast carries his gun “halfway between the first belt loop and my button.”

This reviewer raised the holster's ride, saying “it makes it easier to sit.”

How to Appendix Carry With a Gut

Appendix carry is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and finding the right fit for those carrying extra weight can be like herding an obstinate mule. 

Here are a few quick tips for finding the best IWB holster for a larger person:

  • Holster selection: select a holster with a wing or claw attachment to help tuck the firearm's grip closer to your body. This feature improves concealment and comfort, even for individuals with a little extra around the middle.
  • Ride height: adjusting the riding height of your carry holster might make a big difference. Experiment with various concealed carry positions for the best concealment and comfort while sitting or standing.
  • Belt matters: a strong gun belt that appropriately distributes the weight of your pistol can make appendix carry more comfortable for bigger guys. Look for a belt that offers adequate support without digging into your waist.
  • Positioning: the right location of the holster on your belt can make or break your comfort. To determine the best comfortable position for your body shape, try shifting your holster slightly off-center, either to the left or right.
  • Clothing choice: choose clothing with a little extra room around the waist and hips, such as slacks with an elastic or adjustable waistband and slightly looser shirts. This makes appendix carrying more comfortable and aids in concealment.
  • Patience and practice: finding the right mix of the holster, placement, and clothing for your body shape may take some time. Be patient, try several configurations, and practice drawing your weapon until you discover the sweet spot that works best for you.
  • Holster pads: our memory foam pad makes appendix carry for fat guys more comfortable.

“A good holster with side protection is the best option,” says this AIWB carrier.

Appendix Carry for Skinny Guys

Appendix carry is particularly advantageous for skinny guys when it comes to everyday carry and finding the best holster for sitting. The appendix position offers several benefits for them.

  1. It provides superior concealment due to the natural contours of the body, making it easier to keep the firearm hidden under clothing.
  2. The appendix position allows for quick and easy access to the firearm, especially in a seated position for long periods. This accessibility is crucial in self-defense situations where seconds count.
  3. To ensure a secure and comfortable carry, it's essential to choose a well-designed concealed carry holster with a reliable belt clip. This helps maintain proper positioning and prevents unwanted movement or shifting.
  4. Selecting clothing that accommodates the appendix position, such as pants with a slightly higher rise and a sturdy belt, further enhances comfort and concealment.

By considering these factors and making informed choices, skinny individuals can achieve a comfortably concealed carry setup that meets their specific needs and provides them with the confidence to carry every day.

Appendix Carry Sitting Down FAQ

Can you sit down with appendix carry?

You can sit with a holster when carrying appendix if you have the right setup. Carrying AIWB can be comfortable when seated, even in vehicles, if you choose the right handgun and holster.

Why is appendix carry uncomfortable when sitting?

Appendix carry can sometimes become uncomfortable when sitting due to the proximity of the CCW holster and firearm to the body's sensitive areas. The pressure exerted by the holster against the lower abdomen can cause discomfort or even pain, especially when sitting for long periods. 

The natural bending and flexing of the torso while seated can further exacerbate the discomfort. The discomfort can be heightened if the holster or firearm is not properly positioned or if the clothing worn does not allow for proper concealment and comfort. 

What guns are good for appendix carry?

Here are some of the most popular guns for appendix carry:

  • Sig P365 XL
  • Glock 43x
  • M&P .380 Shield EZ
  • Glock 19
  • FNX-45 Tactical

What holsters are the best holsters for appendix carry?

Some of the most popular IWB holsters among CCW gun owners are:

  • Fierce Defender IWB KYDEX Holster
  • Tenicor CERTUM3 IWB/AIWB Holster
  • DeSantis Slim Tuk
  • Bravo Concealment Torsion 3.0 IWB
  • Alien Gear ShapeShift Appendix Carry Holster
  • Vedder LightTuck Kydex Holster
  • Crossbreed The Reckoning IWB Holster
  • Blackhawk ARC Appendix Carry Holster
  • Concealment Express IWB Holster

What is the best CCW position for sitting?

Appendix carry is a popular sitting concealed carry position. In appendix carry, the gun is worn inside the waistband in the 1-2 o'clock position, or right in front of your hip. 

Does appendix carry hurt?

Appendix carry can hurt if there is excessive pressure or inadequate holster positioning. It's important to find the right holster, position, and clothing that provide proper support, comfort, and safety to minimize any potential discomfort or pain associated with appendix carry. 

Is appendix carry for bigger guys?

Appendix carry is an excellent option for those who have a few extra pounds in the gut area, as it can sometimes help conceal your firearm. Wearing pants with a slightly larger waist size can provide better comfort and concealment, as can using a holster with adjustable ride height and cant.

Is appendix carry faster?

Appendix offers a much faster draw, especially from a seated position, for a face-to-face encounter such as a gas pump robbery or to prevent a carjacking. 

What is the best ride height for appendix carry?

Although it depends on an individual's preferences and body type, a common recommendation is to position the top of the holster's grip at or slightly below the beltline. This allows for a secure and accessible draw while providing adequate concealment and comfort. 

How to make appendix carry for larger guys better?

Appendix carry can be made more comfortable for larger guys by considering a few key factors.

  • Selecting the right holster with proper ride height and adjustable cant allows for optimal positioning and comfort.
  • Sturdy and supportive gun belt is essential to distribute the weight evenly and prevent sagging or discomfort.
  • Wearing looser or slightly larger pants with a higher rise helps accommodate the appendix position. 
  • Experimenting with different placement angles and adjusting the holster position slightly can help find the sweet spot for a secure and comfortable carry.

What is a holster claw?

A concealment claw, holster claw, or holster wing is a device that uses the pressure from your belt or waistband to leverage the grip of a gun closer to the body when you're using an AIWB holster with a claw.

What are appendix carry holster accessories?

There are several holster accessories available to enhance the functionality and comfort of an appendix carry holster. Some common accessories include:

  1. Wedge kit: these are foam wedges that can be attached to the back of the holster to angle it slightly and improve concealment, as well as increase comfort by reducing pressure points.
  2. Claw or wing attachment: these attachments are designed to push against the belt or pants, creating leverage that pulls the grip of the firearm closer to the body for better concealment and reduced printing.
  3. Magazine pouch: a separate magazine carrier can be added to the setup, allowing for easy and convenient access to spare magazines during appendix carry.
  4. Holster struts: these are extended belt attachments that can be used to push the holster away from the body, creating additional space and reducing discomfort caused by the firearm pressing against the torso.
  5. Belt clips: upgrading or replacing the standard belt clip of the holster with a higher-quality clip or a claw-like attachment can enhance stability and retention.

About the Author

Mark Buff is the founder and CEO of GunZee. He is an ardent firearms enthusiast and has been carrying concealed for more than 15 years. He created GunZee to solve his own problem: that of uncomfortable KYDEX holsters. His patented GunZee memory foam holster pad makes inside-the-waistband carry super comfortable.

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