Advantages of appendix Holster
Appendage holsters were developed in order to conceal concealed firearms. The name "appendage" comes from the fact that the firearm is "attached" or "fitted" to this holster. The device itself doesn't get inserted into the user's waistband, but rather is secured by a quick clip. A small metal clip attaches the holster to the belt. This type of holster is ideally suited for pistols (as its name suggests), as well as for semi automatics and shotguns. This type of concealment holster is extremely discreet, which makes it perfect for users who may wish to own several guns (even one's gun and a pistol), or for those who live in small places (such as apartments, condos or dorms).
There are two main types of appendix holsters. The first is a belt-mounted holster, with a rigid belt hanger that attaches to the belt through the use of a foam wedge. Once the holster has been secured to the belt, the user can take his gun out without removing the attachment, making it ideal for users who frequently carry guns for self protection, as well as for people who work in or around offices where they may be required to remain "hot" throughout the day. This type of holster also allows a quick transfer of the gun to a shooting position, making it an excellent choice when emergency situations require rapid firing. On the other hand, for those who prefer carrying their gun in a low-profile, closeable manner, a stand-alone appendix holster allows the user to place his gun at a convenient angle relative to his body, while still providing for an equally effective measure of concealment. This type of holster is favored by many.
An appendix holster is useful in other instances as well. For instance, a gun can be worn with an appendix holster instead of a regular belt holster, allowing the user to change his hands at any time during the day. This can allow a person who changes jobs to easily carry his firearm while on break, or during the commute to and from work, allowing him to carry a firearm even when his hands are not in use. In addition, a separate clip may be used to transport a handgun between positions, allowing it to be carried in a separate, easy to reach location, making it easier to store.
As a result of many shooters having difficulty reaching high-quality holsters, an appendix holster must have a trigger guard. The trigger guard is a piece of metal attached to the side of the appendix, behind the magazine, to prevent a gun from being pulled back rapidly. The drawback to using a trigger guard is that it restricts a shooter's ability to cock the gun. A trigger guard may be useful if you only want to quickly remove your firearm during an active threat situation, or if you are in a situation where you will not be holding the gun long enough to have time to work the slide, or to have time to work out the slide after pulling the gun. Otherwise, it will simply restrict your ability to use the firearm. However, for rapid firing, or for multiple shots, you may find that the lack of a trigger makes the appendix holster much more convenient.
Another option for an appendix holster is the kydex holster wedge. The kydex holster wedge is similar to the appendix holster in that it restricts movement but provides more comfort. It is designed so that the user can take it right out of the box. This eliminates the need for the bulky storage compartments that come with some gun holsters, and thus allows the user to be able to get a holster quickly and easily, without having to deal with storage issues. The kydex holster wedge is made with tough, wear-resistant, high impact vinyl material, and features a comfortably contoured fit. It also includes a comfortable carrying handle and a durable kydex flap, allowing it to be easily carried in or out of a car or other vehicle.
An ideal appendix IWB holster would also allow the shooter to change the ride height of his gun. Many shooters like to use a lower ride height when shooting in prone position, to replicate what happens when one is actually being shot at. By putting a heavy attachment like an IWB holster on the side of the gun, the user can control the amount of "dipping" that occurs during the firing process. This greatly reduces recoil and any possible injuries caused by "jumping" back in the shooting process.
There are many advantages to using an appendix IWB holster. One of the most noticeable benefits is the fact that it provides a more comfortable and stable carrying position. There is less movement in this area than with traditional handgun canteen/pistol grips, and there is also less shifting of the weight from the hip to the shoulder, resulting in a more comfortable transfer of force from the handgun to the shooter's body. If the user is going to be carrying this gun for a long period of time (such as an hour or longer), then comfort is the most important factor. Having a canteen or pistol grip on a long gun isn't always practical or comfortable.
Some other advantages to using an appendix carry position is the fact that there is less movement during the firing process, which reduces the chance of any sudden, unwanted movements affecting the firearm. Also, the gun can be held closer to the body, which decreases the possibility of accidental firing when the gun is still in hand. The appendix holsters are also more secure than traditional handgun carrying positions because of their location on the side of the body, away from the waist. Finally, it has been proven that appendix carry positions minimize the possibility of losing control of the firearm by minimizing movement in these areas. This makes carrying a concealed firearm much more safe and reliable.