Main Postions for Carrying a Concealed Firearm

To effectively carry a concealed weapon, you need a carry location that is convenient, easy to draw from and comfortable when not using the firearm. Knowing all of the common concealed carry locations can help you do this.

Appendix Carry

An appendix carry is carrying your firearm in front. This carry method allows you more control than many other types. Those that prefer an appendix carry use a holster called a belly band. This wraps around your waist, keeping the gun secure in front of your body.

Shoulder Carry

Shoulder carrying is what most people see in police dramas and movies. This is accomplished with a shoulder harness or a concealed carry shirt. Your firearm is carried under your arm near the shoulder. This type of carrying is not the most comfortable or easiest to draw from. It takes practice.

Hip Carry

Another classic form of carrying is at your hip. Although extremely popular with cowboys and police alike, it is not always the easiest to conceal your firearm. It is a good form of carrying when close to your attacker but can be awkward to draw from. There are many holsters available for a hip carry, including:

  • Belt holsters
  • In waistband holsters
  • Compression holsters
  • Upper thigh harnesses

Despite being a practical form of carrying, you may face problems if your state’s laws prohibit even a glimpse of a gun.

Other Forms

There are many other ways to carry concealed firearms. You can carry at your back, on your ankle (although it’s awkward) or on your side. You can also use a belly band to shift the gun into whichever position on your waist is most comfortable.

No matter your preference, your carry location should be comfortable for you. There is no right or wrong location. Having a convenient and easy location will give you the confidence that you need to carry a concealed firearm. 

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