Buyers Guide: Sidecar Holsters
First, we need to know what a sidecar-holster is and its purpose. Sidecar holsters are often carried in the appendix and can be concealed holsters that fit in the waistband (IWB). These holsters come with an extra magazine carrier, which is attached to the holster that is similar to a sidecar on your motorcycle. This allows you to store your gun and spare ammunition in one compact package. To make it easier to reload and to provide greater comfort, the spare magazine is often placed outward. Most sidecar holsters are made from Kydex or boltaron. There are leather options, however.
There are three main types of sidecar-style holsters. Which variation is determined by the attached magazine carrier to the holster. The T.Rex Arms Sidecar is the largest solid piece. The holster has one Kydex piece at the front and one at its rear. They are bolted together. This creates what is commonly known as a "tactical codpiece," which has a rigid, large pouch that sits AIWB.
Models can now be fitted with a removable sidecar. This is originally done using screws. This allows you to swap carriers/holsters and removes the extra magazine. This connection point is usually smaller and more flexible than the T.Rex sidecar.
The sidecar can also be removed from this variant. This is the area where methods of attachment differ. The sides are not attached with bolts or screws, but instead, they are glued with elastic cordage or another material. This allows the mag carrier and holsters to be more flexible.
Sidecar holsters: The Advantages
Sidecar holsters are very fast when it comes time to reload. These holsters put extra magazines in the same spot as the body. Split times are reduced by this. This makes it easier to donning and taking off your rig. This isn't as important, but it can be a relief at the end if you have had a long day.
There are many advantages to carrying an appendix, but the most important ones are convenience and ease of access. The natural drape or even a tee shirt covering the gun makes concealment easier. It is easier to reach a pistol that is located in front of your waistband than one that is behind your hip.
Appendix carrying has many benefits, but the main ones are convenience and easy access. Concealing the gun is easier with the natural drape or even a tee-shirt covering it. A pistol located on the front of your waistband makes it much easier to reach than one that is behind your hip.
Sidecar Style Holsters: The downsides
Sidecar-style holsters are not without their faults. Sidecar-style holsters don't work well for durability, concealment, retention, comfort. Sometimes, concealment can be difficult. To opposing forces, the magazine carrier act as a claw that can pull the gun from the body, which decreases concealment. Solid sidecar holsters, such as the T.Rex Arms Sidecar, can often crack at the center. It is possible. However, it may take some time depending on the manufacturing methods and how much pressure was applied. Sidecar-style holsters can have issues with retention, depending on the design. Retention screws can become loosening over time due to small movements. This problem can be solved with Loctite. It will protect your gear from being lost. You will need more material to connect your magazine carrier and the holster than you would for each piece of equipment. Excess material can restrict our flexibility and take up space on our waistlines.
The T.Rex Arms Sidecar' for concealed carry is still recommendable. Sidecar holsters are far more comfortable than you could imagine. Because the Kydex angles allow the holster to be placed in the "right" spots, it is comfortable to sit down and move about. It is also lightning fast. The holster raises the gun off the beltline, making it easy to grip the gun. The holster's two-clip system prevents it from moving, which makes it even easier to purchase. Sometimes you can just wear a shirt over your concealed holster. The magic lies not only in the angles of your holster but also in the claw that pushes it in when it interfaces to your belt.
It's not to say that appendix carrying isn't practical or comfortable. Appendix carry works differently for different people. Appendix carrying is easier for people with flat stomachs. It won't work well if your pants hang below your waist rather than on your hips, which is sometimes the case with some people. Appendix carry might be the best thing ever. It's not even uncomfortable. Awesome! Bad luck, old sport. It's not for everyone.
As they say, everyone's mileage will differ, and that's fine. It doesn't matter if you are carrying the gun on your hip or behind it. You can be quick, accurate, and efficient. The appendix does not make you a tactical master; it simply places the gun in a new place. It can work out, and you will have a new carry style that thousands are choosing to use for the convenience and ease that traditional IWB carriers don't offer. You'll learn more about concealed carry and its inherent value.
Remember, the purpose of trying new things and finding out what works is important. If you plan to carry something, make sure it works for you.