What Are The Best Concealed Carry Positions?
The Best Concealed Carry Positions
The best concealed carry positions are rather subjective, as each has their own pros and cons. There's more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak, and really the best is what's going to work for the individual in question.
The most popular concealed carry positions are on the waistband, because waistband carrying tends to work better than carrying positions like pocket, ankle or shoulder carrying. Hence, most people carry on the waistband and a plethora of carrying implements are made for doing so, including a host of holsters and a bevy of leather ccw belts.
The 3 O'Clock Position
Image: OWB Holster by Alien Gear Holsters
The classic carrying position is on the hip, also called the 3 O'Clock position. It's the most versatile, as it works both for open carry and concealed carry. Concealed carriers can easily conceal by wearing an untucked shirt or some sort of outer garment like a sweater or flannel shirt. Or, if one has an appropriate holster for doing so, a pistol and holster can be tucked under a shirt as well.
Printing generally isn't a problem, though pistols with longer grips can become quite obvious. Carrying a full-size pistol in this position will result in more printing for the thinner or smaller among us; those with a bit more padding can more easily conceal a full-size pistol this way.
Accessing one's pistol is fairly easy, since it's right on the hip.
However, there are a few drawbacks. Some may experience the odd dig of a hammer into one's side while sitting down, some may not; a holster with a hammer guard will counter this problem. A person can sit comfortably with a pistol carried in this manner, but a seated draw is problematic at best. Thus, many who carry on the hip - open or concealed - carry with an FBI cant to counteract the seated draw problem.
Appendix carry, where a person carries close to the 2 O'Clock position (around where the front pocket is located) has a lot of fans as well, and is becoming very popular as a carry position. With appendix carry, one can employ a strong-side or cross-draw. An added benefit is that to draw, the elbow motion required won't "telegraph" as strongly, giving more of a tactical advantage.
However, there are a few drawbacks. Firstly, appendix carry is not the easiest on those carrying a bit of weight, since it puts a pistol on the front of one's belt. Second, it points the pistol directly at one's leg and/or feet; a negative cant will point the barrel at some very sensitive parts. Sitting will also dig the pistol directly into the abdomen, so repositioning before sitting may be required.
Appendix carrying is also not the most conducive to carrying a full-size pistol, as a larger gun will print more easily than a subcompact. A slim, sleek compact pistol will easily conceal in this position however.
Image: IWB Holster by Alien Gear Holsters
Kidney carry locates a pistol on the waistband somewhere between the 4 O'Clock and 5 O'Clock positions, between the hip and the small of the back. As with carrying on the hip, concealment and access are both fairly easy, though a positive cant - such as the FBI carry - can make access easier.
Printing is easily avoided with an untucked shirt or outer garment, and many who carry while wearing professional clothing can easily tuck their shirt over their holster and pistol in this position. However, printing while sitting can occur..
Drawbacks are that the draw is not quite as easy as the hip or appendix positions, though is still very manageable. Drawing while sitting is much more difficult, as one is practically sitting on one's pistol, and seating will cause the holster to follow the waistband while sitting - the grip will be almost parallel to your chair.
Small Of The Back Carry
Small of the back carry is one of the most easily concealed carrying positions. Covering is easy and printing is minimal, as one's pistol lays more or less flat across the back, though a bit of printing will occur if one tucks one's shirt over the pistol and holster when one sits down.
Drawing is slightly more awkward than from the hip but is manageable, especially if the pistol grip is facing the strong side for easier drawing. A negative cant will make drawing even easier - some belt-slide holsters for the small of the back can hold a pistol at a 0-degree angle, with the barrel parallel to the ground.
However, sitting can get a bit weird, as you will sit on your pistol unless you sit on a yoga ball or stool instead of a chair. Drawing while seated is incredibly awkward if not impossible.
Alternative Method - Belly Band Holster
Image: Belly Band Holster by Tactica Defense Fashion
One of the most popular, and most comfortable, alternative concealed carry positions is the belly band holster. These holsters are great because they offer the most comfortable carry and they are extremely versatile. These holsters give you the ability to wear your weapon in a number of positions on your torso. Simply loosen the band to wear it higher, or tighten it for a lower carry position around the waist. With all of the options available and the incredible comfort level, belly bands are quickly securing a place amongst concealed carriers.
So there you have it - the most popular concealed carry positions. Happy carrying.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests and hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible.
The weapon carry position
In the previous blog, we spoke about the importance of carrying a gun in a holster. We compared the three main requirements- safety, effectiveness, and wearing comfort. Following these guidelines, holsters were sorted into basic categories: IWB, OWB, Shoulder Rig, and Leg holster. Today we will be moving further and talk about other criteria for choosing the right holster.
The three important questions:
Let us sum this up. You decided to wear a gun in the holster. You know that holsters are sorted by the style of carrying into categories such as IWB, OWB, Shoulder Rig, and Leg holster. What else should you consider while choosing your favorite holster? It should be the cant of the gun, the weapon carries position about the dominant hand, and finally the design of the holster. Just break this down quickly.
The weapon carry position
The belt position of a holster about the dominant hand. See our clock face for better imagination. The 12 o’clock position stands for a belt buckle, while the 3 o’clock represents the right hip of a righthander and so on. The most common positions for gun carry on a belt are:
1 o’clock (Appendix carry)
2 o’clock (right side front)
3 o’clock (right hip)
6 o’clock (Small of the Back)
11 o’clock (front of the left hip - Cross draw)
Every position of gun carry represents a different combination of factors considering safety, effectiveness, and wearing comfort.
The tilt of a gun
Two factors are affecting the tilt itself. The first is the gun carry position and the second is your biomechanics. This puzzling term stands for the mechanics of your movement- the correct palpation of the gun, that affects the gun draw. The IWB and OWB holsters usually deliver the classic 90° angle (vertical) or a positive/negative 10°° tilt. To assure effectiveness, certain holster types are made with even a 45° tilt. In the case of Shoulder Holsters, it is usually vertical or horizontal carry.
A very individual aspect that is formed by several elements. The first and most important is a material the holster is made from. The most common are nylon, leather, and Kydex. We will go through all of the materials in another blog. Another element is the fact, if you wish to carry just a gun alone, or also some other accessories such as a light or a magazine. This affects the size and the wearing comfort of a holster. As a third element is what occasion do you need your holster for. Are you looking for a holster to use at a shooting range or for your EDC? Do you prefer sportswear or business casual? Naturally, aesthetics plays an important role, everybody has a different taste.
Pros and Cons of the common positions
12 – 1 o’clock
Used mostly with IWB holsters- the so-called appendix carry. Very suitable carry position if you sit or drive a lot. The gun draw is fast. Also, the seat belt does not obstruct while drawing. However, it needs to be said that this carry position is recommended only to those, who mastered the safe gun manipulation- while carrying in this position, the gun is aimed at your legs. In this case, a positive/negative 90° angle gun tilt is ideal.
Very fitting position allowing quick and effective gun draw. Although it might be uncomfortable for people with stronger/bigger body type. The grip of a gun might cause pressure on the abdomen, especially in the sitting position. This discomfort can be diminished by tilting the gun more horizontally. Mainly used with IWB holsters.
The most comfortable position for longer periods of gun carrying, and very suitable in terms of achieving a quick gun draw. This position is the most universal, equally popular with IWB and OWB holsters. The holster is worn on the hip and over time becomes a part of you. The gun tilt is usually 90°, sometimes with small variation to achieve better palpation of the carried gun. This is also a wearing position you get when carrying your gun in a Belly Band.
The major advantage of this position consists in concealing the gun better than the 3 o’clock carry does. The carry is very comfortable while standing, somehow less while sitting. If the holster is from tougher material, this position might cause certain discomfort. While drawing a gun, your movement forms an arc that is not effective and quick. Mainly OWB holsters are carried in this position.
OWB holsters include Small of the back carry. If you need maximal concealment of your gun, this is an option for you. However, it has several disadvantages. Firstly, the gun draw is not effective concerning the speed, also in the case of self-defence. Once you find yourself in a situation that requires defending yourself, you might not be allowed to reach your back and draw the gun. Moreover, the majority of physical conflict ends on the ground level when the gun carried in this position is either out of your reach or might be taken from you. This is not a very comfortable solution for your EDC and might prove very limiting to sitting or driving.
So-called Cross Draw. Primarily used with OWB holsters. With a righthander, the gun is carried in the front of the left hip and the gun draw is done across the body. The draw itself takes a long time and is thus ineffective. This is an alternative for people who need to sit or drive a lot. The gun carry is less concealed but more comfortable.
The outline of a gun can be ideally concealed by layers of clothing.
You should consider well which holster you choose. Take into account your lifestyle, dressing style and when will you carry your gun: daily, or occasionally at a shooting range.
,, The gun carry style is core to effective carry and gun draw“
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A Guide To CCW Positions
There are a number of CCW positions, or the spots on the body where one carries a handgun. There are a few classic positions for concealed carry and they've stayed popular for good reason. Each has benefits and drawbacks and every person's shape is different, so the one that will work best for each individual is something they'll have to discover on their own.
One will have to experiment to find the balance of concealment and comfort when concealed carrying.
Waistband Concealed Carry: On The Hip
The classic carry position is on the hip. It's kind of a default and for good reason: it's easy and it works.
Obviously, the on the hip position puts gun and holster directly on, forward or rearward of the hip. Often, people will refer to the carry position by clock position; directly on the hip is 3 o'clock, between that and the kidneys is 4 o'clock, kidney carry is the 5 o'clock position and the 2 o'clock position is forward of the hip.
The uber-classic among them is the 3 o'clock position. It's the most natural and very easily concealed, especially when carrying with IWB holsters or high-riding OWB holsters. Granted, it's also very popular for open carry as well. Intuitively, it's very easy to carry a gun in that position and train with it.
However, the grip will more easily print at this position, especially when one sits or bends over. Employing a steeper forward cant - say the FBI cant of around 15 to 20 degrees - can mitigate this effect.
Some will find carrying rearward of the 3 o'clock position - say in the 4 o'clock to 5 o'clock (aka kidney carry) position - more comfortable. (This can especially true of those who have a little more of them to love.) Concealability can get a little more complex as well; pistols with long grips print very easily. Steep forward canting of a holster can, just as in the 3 o'clock position, mitigate that effect. Drawing while sitting is difficult with a straight drop, but easier with forward cant.
Sitting with a gun carried in an IWB holster can be less comfortable for those carrying behind the 3 o'clock position, as one can easily sit on their gun carrying in this manner. Drawing while sitting is problematic at best.
Appendix carry is where the pistol is carried on the front of the waistband. Where in this area a person wishes to carry is up to them; some prefer closer to the pocket and others prefer to move it further inward. Some also prefer to appendix carry on the weak side for a cross-draw.
Appendix carry has become somewhat more in fashion in recent years as more holster companies have begun making purpose-built holsters for it. Not everyone is a fan, though. One of the disadvantages is the danger posed by an accidental discharge; the muzzle is pointed at the upper thigh region. Not only is there a danger posed to certain areas that are very sensitive, there is also the chance of wounding the femoral arteries, which can very easily be fatal.
That said, the risk can be drastically mitigated if not obviated entirely by proper handling and employing a holster with sufficient trigger guard coverage.
Despite the above factors making some avoid using an AIWB holster for everyday carry, there are some tangible benefits to the concealed carrier. Appendix carry is one of the best concealment methods; a pistol is often undetectable in anything other than skin-tight clothing.
Additionally, when a concealed carrier draws a pistol, the movement of the elbow can disclose that a pistol is being drawn - except when drawing from the appendix position.
However, appendix carry is not very comfortable for people that have a bit more about the midsection. A gun can easily dig into the flesh, even with a decent sweat guard.
Drawing from a sitting position is also difficult, unless a person happens to wear pants or shorts close to the belly button.
Small Of The Back Carry
The small of the back position, often called the 6 o'clock position, is another wildly popular concealed carry position. It conceals very easily, especially if carried in an IWB holster. However, sitting can get awkward, as one can easily wind up sitting on one's gun. Drawing from sitting can be very difficult indeed, in that instance.
However, this can be gotten around by using a holster with adjustable ride height. Setting such a holster (kind of like an inside the waistband holster) to a more generous ride height can counter this effect.
There are also a number of OWB holsters for small of the back carry, many of which are highly concealable. Some will cant a pistol aggressively for this position, almost to where the slide (or barrel, if a revolver) is parallel to the ground.
Drawing can be slightly more problematic, as drawing from the small of the back may be awkward for some people. A good deal of people will holster a back-up gun in this position, with one's main handgun on the hip. However, a lot of carriers carry at the small of the back for deeper concealment.
These are the most popular of the carry positions. Ankle and shoulder carry also have their devotees, though each presents their own challenges - ankle guns are difficult to get to quickly and many consider shoulder holsters uncomfortable. Also, shoulder holsters are less easily concealed as outerwear is required, without much exception. Ankle holsters likewise can only carry small guns, which is why most people who ankle carry typically holster their backup gun there.
About The Author
Born in southeastern Washington State, Sam Hoober graduated in from Eastern Washington University. He resides in the great Inland Northwest, with his wife and child. His varied interests include camping, hunting, concealed carry, and spending time at the gun range as often as possible..
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Also, the general rule is that the farther you reach behind your own body to draw a weapon, the weaker the draw will be and the easier it will be to restrain your draw, making weapon retention a bigger problem. Also, coming from an extensive martial arts enthusiast, turning your hand to grip the weapon like this (palm rearward) puts your arm at a very large structural disadvantage.
You are also slightly more limited by your cover garments. An un-zipped jacket would do fine, but a t-shirt draped over the weapon that can't be "swept away" and must be lifted by the off hand must now be lifted much higher because of the inability to "sweep" with your draw hand, and your draw must account for this and will be slower because of it.
Weapons do tend to conceal much better the closer you get them to your center core, but to put one completely behind you introduces several disadvantages while exacerbating several others. If you choose to carry this way, then you would do well to heed the advice of TeamSingleStack:
|There's pro's and cons to EVERY carry method, which is fine, as long as YOU are comfortable and capable given the limitations of the method YOU choose.|
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Concealed-Carry Locations for Women
There are multiple “clock positions” where people carry their firearm, and it’s easy to figure out. From a standing position, 12 o’clock is straight ahead, making a straight line from your belly button outward. So 6 o’clock is directly behind you (hence the military phrase “I’ve got your six,” which means being protected from any threats behind you).
As a woman, I’ve found that some carrying positions work better than others due to my body type. In an effort to clarify what might work well for women, I’ve briefly described each position, along with some issues that ladies with various body types may encounter when carrying at each. Hopefully this will help you find which “time” works best for you!
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Basic Beginner Info
- Right-handed shooters will generally carry between 12’oclock and 6 o’clock. Lefties tend to prefer carrying between 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock.
- If you prefer to cross-draw—reaching across your body to draw your gun—you’ll want the opposite positions from above.
- Not all positions work for all body types. Even when you find one that does work, you’ll sometimes have to modify how you move while carrying, so as not to print (allow your firearm to be evident or to show through your clothing). For instance, bending forward can be fine if you’re carrying at 3 o’clock, but if you’re carrying at 6 o’clock, the grip of your firearm will protrude.
is directly in front of your mid-section, below your belly button. When carrying a pistol at , the barrel aligns with the zipper of your pants. This position is the same for both left- and right-handed shooters.
Pros: While it takes a bit to get used to, I find it comfortable because the gun is located so that your legs dont get jabbed by the barrel when you sit.
Cons: If youre wearing lower-rise pants, it may be more difficult to conceal a pistol at Also, if you have a little extra padding, the gun will push into your stomach, creating an odd look.
Be Aware: Bending forward may be an issue depending on your holster and gun size. You may need to get used to squatting if youll often be reaching for something low! I can lean forward when wearing a bellyband holster, but doing so can be uncomfortable with some other holsters.
Also known as “appendix carry,” o’clock carry means the firearm sits where your appendix is located on your body. (A left-handed shooter would carry a gun at the 10 o’clock position.)
Pros: I find this position to be comfortable and concealable, and may be comfortable for ladies with a flatter stomach.
Cons: You have to be check the cant of your pistol when holstered, because an angled position may mean that youll jab yourself in the leg with the barrel of the gun when you sit. The barrel may hit the top of your thigh where your leg creases into your hip, which can be very uncomfortable.
Be Aware: Sometimes bending forward can cause the gun to poke you in the gut. Squatting is your best option should you need to reach something closer to the ground. Be aware that hugging someone while carrying here may also make that person aware of your firearm.
Carrying directly on your hip, under your right arm when hanging straight down, is known as Many outside-the-waistband holsters work well for carry, but there are some inside-the-waistband holsters that can be carried here as well. (If you’re a lefty, the same applies to 9 o’clock carry.)
Pros: The advantage of this location is that it makes for very easy to access your pistol. Theres no reaching around—its right there, safely tucked under your arm. Bending and stretching are generally not an issue.
Cons: I find that carrying at can make your hips look uneven. Carefully choosing your outfit can help mask your pistol, and I highly recommend a printed-pattern top to break up the lack of symmetry.
Be Aware: I have no problems bending or stretching while carrying in this position because the pistol is on the hip, allowing for unhindered movement.
Although is just behind your back, your firearm is still easily accessible. For the southpaws, this position would be )
Pros: What I love about is that the fluffy area in front, which can sometimes afflict ladies, doesnt generally affect the firearm! Although it doesnt sound comfortable, I find I can sit, drive, bend, and stretch upwards with no ill effects.
Cons: If you have limited range of motion, you may have a difficult time reaching your firearm. As with any new carry location, make sure you practice drawing and re-holstering your pistol to ensure you can access it, should you need to!
Be Aware: Bending all the way forward can make the firearm print, because the grip will protrude. To avoid this, youll have to get used to squatting!
Often called Small of Back (SOB for short), 6: 00 carry aligns with your spine. This is the same for left or right-handed shooters. People seem to either love or hate carrying at , and usually have very strong opinions about it.
Pros: I find it easy to conceal at 6 oclock because thats where my pants naturally gap a bit, creating room. If Ill be standing for a long period of time, its a comfortable place to carry, although its never my first choice.
Cons: I dont find it comfortable for sitting or driving, but some who carry at say you get used to it. I also dont think Im flexible enough to draw quickly should I need to access my firearm in an emergency, but thats just me. Some fear spinal damage if involved in an accident such as falling on your back. It would also be impossible to reach your firearm if you were pinned against a wall during a struggle.
Be Aware: Bending forward WILL make the grip of the pistol stick straight out. Once again, youll have to squat to avoid this.
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Make Smart Clothing Choices
Recently, in an online forum, I read that many women have issues concealing because they refuse to buy pants size in a larger size than they would normally wear. Adding to the problem, most women generally don’t wear a belt substantial enough to support the weight of a pistol. While this seems simple, it’s actually spot-on. When you’re trying to hide pounds of steel between your body and your waistband, a larger size just make sense. Getting over the mental block of wearing clothes one size bigger will not only help conceal your pistol, you’ll probably conceal that muffin-top as well!
As for belts, you can have the best holster out there, but if you don’t wear a good belt, you won’t have anything secure for the holster to clip onto, which will cause your holster to move and slide around, leaving your firearm insecure.
Whichever location you decide to carry, make sure you practice drawing and re-holstering often. There are pros and cons to each location, and only you will know what works best for you! I dont always carry in the same location; it depends on my outfit and what my activity level for that day is going to be. Thats why its an advantage to have a few different types of holsters (see a selection of them here).
The laws of your state may also dictate where you can carry, because as in some states it is illegal to open carry, necessitating inside-the-waistband holsters to conceal your pistol.
Work your outfit around your carry preference and you’ll be fine. After all, it’s a great excuse for another pair of cute jeans and a few new holsters, right?
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