I primarily carry two types of holsters.
The TrexArms Sidecar (appendix, all kydex) and my TacCraft Leather/kydex hybrid 4 o’clock.
The TrexArms Kydex Sidecar:
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I first started carrying from the appendix position in April of 2015. My good friend Lucas (owner of TrexArms Kydex) introduced it to me and I was immediately skeptical. He claimed it was faster than 4 o’clock and I scoffed at him because I was smoking’ 10 yard targets from the 4 o’clock with 2 rounds in under a second. So my natural response was “Well Lucas, can you do 2 rounds in under a second in your holster?” His response: “Well, no – but that doesn’t mean you can’t.”
Good response Lucas! Because form there on out, after carrying 4 o’clock for 8 years, I decided to give it my best shot. Immediately… and when I say immediately, I mean, instantaneously – became faster. After I had worked on how the gun orients itself out of the holster and spend a few hours going slow, I noticed that it was purely effortless for me to now do 2 rounds consistently under a second without having to give much thought to it at all.
But not only is appendix faster, it’s more accessible whilst sitting in a vehicle or in a car. The holster rides the gun higher so there is not much contact between the bottom of the holster and the pubic area. Lucas wrote and entire review on appendix carry and it is exhaustive. Instead of doing my own, I will simply refer you to the Lucas’ article which can only be described as the Bible for appendix carry.
You can find that here: https://trex-arms.com/why-appendix-carry/
Take some time, grab a cup of coffee, lean back, and have your wife/girlfriend read it to you aloud because its well worth it!
But there may be certain situations in which I’m wearing a t-shirt and wish to print less. Printing is the outline your gun leaves over your shirt. Based off of the shirts material and tightness, it may leave a noticeable bulge that can have many people staring awkwardly at places our society has deemed it inappropriate to stare.
This is when I prefer the 4 o’clock holster from TacCraft. My good friend Gregg Hardy made this for me and it can only be described as the ugliest, most comfortable holster I’ve worn. It can be easily compared to the CrossBreed holsters (that began flooding the market in earlier 2008). 4 o’clock carry isn’t as fast, but it has many advantages over appendix carry. One of the advantages is that its easier to access with one hand. During a deadly force encounter you may have a support hand occupied with a flashlight, a loved one, or using it to ward off an attacker. So your ability to get the gun out with only your strong hand is paramount. The 4 o’clock option makes this very easy to do.
But there are many other advantages: it’s easier to draw discretely while facing an attacker and it’s easier to draw safety from a bladed position while fighting an attacker. There are a myriad of pros and cons to both appendix and 4 o’clock carry and I choose to be proficient at both.