Why AIWB Carry? & The Top 3 AIWB Holsters

AIWB Dark Star Gear holster for M&P 2.0 with Dark Wing and belt loops.

 

The purpose of this article is for the everyday urban civilian concealed carry. Not for duty police, open carry, military of any sorts. This is a specific topic for those who are new to concealed carry, looking to start carrying and those who’ve been carry on the hip but being eying AIWB for some time now.

Holsters, in almost every town there is someone making holsters. It doesn’t mean they are good quality, safe and efficient. What are the main key items to look for when purchasing your holster?
1) It should have a good trigger guard. Kydex holsters are phenomenal, where no matter how hard you press on the trigger guard it would not flex inward. That’s why the sloppy dangerous nylon holsters are the worse of the holster lineup, follow by leather and hybrid holstes. Leather holsters are marginally acceptable as long as they are not worn out.

2) It must hold the gun securely. The right amount of tightness where if you perform a somersault the gun won’t come flying out, or if you get thrown to the ground the gun won’t come out. It should not be too tight or too loose. I good nice audible click when reholstering.

3 Enough space to get a good grip, when you go to draw your gun, you should get a full draw grip. I see many holsters where the grip of the gun touches or rest on top of the pants and belt, there is no space to get your fingers to get a good draw stroke. The holsters listed below in this article all have a perfect ride height where you can get a good grip for a fast and nice draw stroke.

Hybrid holsters such as the Alien Gear holsters are dangerous and here is why https://defensivepopulace.net/why-your-hybrid-holster-is-dangerous/
The infamous OWB (outside the waistband) holster Blackhawk Serpa retention holsters are extremely dangerous and has been proven over and over in real life and in Craig Douglas ECQC class , multiple discussion and articles on that already which I’m not going to go over here. Many quality defensive pistol classes throughout the country do not allow this holster or strong advise against using it in their classes. For OWB retention holsters the Safariland ALS line is the way go to!

Why carry AIWB? This type of carry  are for those wanting to carry around the front of their waistband, the A standing for appendix. AKA the appendix carry. This style of carry wasn’t popular, and was even deemed unsafe back in the days. However, its popularity has grown, especially over the past decade. It has also been found to be a perfectly safe way to carry. With quality holsters along with modern striker fire pistols such as the Smith & Wesson M&Ps line and Glocks have several safeties built in to them. Examples are, the trigger safety. In the M&P line, the trigger safety prevents movement until the pivoting trigger is pulled while a spring loaded plunger prevents firing pin movement until the rearward movement of the trigger bar deactivates it. Continue reading “Why AIWB Carry? & The Top 3 AIWB Holsters” »

Fashion Mall Shooting Incident in Murray, UT

A summery of my take on the Fashion Place Mall shooting incident and what should a trained concealed carrier do if one were near or around where a similar incident.
I prefer to wait 24 to 48 hours before saying anything and making any comments after a larger scale shooting incident. This morning, more information is out, which agrees with my theory based on the initial information I received from one of my local news outlet, KSL LIVE: Continuing coverage on the shooting at Fashion Place Mall in Murray on Sunday afternoon.

KSL news article on the afternoon of the shooting Police hunting for 3 suspects after shooting sparks ‘panic’ at Fashion Place mall in Utah

Sunday around 3:30 pm local time, I was having brunch at a restaurant in South Jordan which is about 15-20 minutes drive from where I was at to the mall. While eating, I saw my local news feeds live stream on FB that a “shooting” at the Fashion Place Mall in Murray. It resulted in two people being injured. Wow it’s a shooting, the media make it look big, like always. Then an hour later, I saw the video along with photos of people being escorted in a line with their hands up (typical escorted evacuate setup we seen in many school and other shootings that occurred indoors)  out of the mall. Local LEO and SWAT members were all around with their AR-15 carbines. Local media reported that there were three suspects (shooters?) that fled the area and are at “large.” Continue reading “Fashion Mall Shooting Incident in Murray, UT” »

Why Your Hybrid Holster is Dangerous

What could possible go wrong with my hybrid holster? More hybrid holster hate and why…

Wearing such holster al day is comfortable on the waist. Until a mishap 😳 occurs due to;

1) The sweat shield starts to snag after wear.

2) Upon resholster, the trigger guard collapses. Most people will have to use their second hand to assist in reholster. Some folks even to point the muzzle towards their waste to snake it in. Seen this in one of the classes I attended. All of this struggle and you’re playing with your safety! 😥

3) Makes it cumbersome to reholster countless times during an 8 hour defensive concealed carry class, at the same time it increases the risk by tenfold. Many known instructors will strongly advise against such holster in their classes beside the infamous Black Hawk Serpa.

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Center of Face More Important Than Center Mass

Like it or not, we are at war with lone wolf terrorist that are rising at an alarming rate. In the past two years we seen a rise of lone wolf gunman jihadist in France and the US. These death loving barbarians recently added an additional weapon, a vehicle in to the mix of their weapons of choice.

The New Paradigm

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Typical Kevlar body armor.

When you got a terrorist gunman out in the loose, you must assume that he is wearing body armor or a bomb vest. Recall the Aurora, Colorado shooter? He was wearing tactical gear, a ballistic helmet and a vest.
The Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen tried to buy bulk ammunition and heavy-duty body armor from a gun shop. Armor plates are design to defeat most rifle caliber with some exceptions. Even jihadist wearing kevlar (assuming is rated quality and in new condition) will stop all common handgun rounds. Concealed carries carry handguns, not rifles, that tells us we definitely need to aim for the ocular window, side of the head and neck to stop the threat from racking up more body counts.

In an FBI study on Active Shooter events (up to 2012) showed that in 5% of events, the terrorists brought crude bomb vests. It’s very common for terrorist overseas to use bomb vest. What stops them from making home made explosive devices and using it here in the US? Continue reading “Center of Face More Important Than Center Mass” »

Take The Terrorist Gun? – From The First Respondents Perspective

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It’s the go-to idea that if you are able take down the terror gunman with your handgun from an obscure vantage point, or you in an unarmed group ambushes the attacker with bear hands neutralizing him, why not take his gun and shoot him, then move on to go after the next gunman? Maybe the law enforcement first responders are not on scene yet and you could have save move lives with that long gun and a fair fight with the terrorist. But what happens when the SWAT CT team sees you with the rifle during the height of the horrific chaotic scene?
Remember that is not your job to play police and chase down the assailant. You use your gun if you’re in imminent danger such as if the terrorist is within range, firing rounds at him will definitely disrupt and bring the body count down. You might also risk getting shot back.
If the terrorists are not within close proximity, it’s probably safe to find your best escape route and get the hell out ASAP!

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It appears to be two armed civilians directing people to safety during the Nairobi mall terror attack.

Gabe Suarez takes a look from the LEO first responder’s perspective and how it might not go so well for you after the moment you take that dead beard mujahideen’s AK-47.
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2016/07/pick-up-the-terrorist-rifle-or-use-your-handgun-.html

Helpful hints To Drivers When Carrying Concealed & Interacting With LEOs

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Loudoun County Sheriff in Virginia puts up some really useful tips on their Facebook page for drivers interacting with the police when pulled over. Most all Loudoun county cops are pro gun and also very open carry friendly based on my experience and many people I know in the area. This is a general guideline, most states don’t have duty to inform.

LCSO provides helpful hints to drivers when carrying concealed handguns.

Tip #1: Know your local and state laws Continue reading “Helpful hints To Drivers When Carrying Concealed & Interacting With LEOs” »

What Happens to your Concealed Carry Gun When You’re Taken into the ER?

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While going about carrying your firearm, ever thought about what would happen if you get taken in to the ambulance and in route to the hospital? A good example will be a vehicle related accident. Most people don’t bring this up or talk about it.
One day you might be in this situation.
The Greg from Active Response Training has some advice about what you should do and need to know. Make sure to check with your local fire/EMS.
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/what-happens-to-my-ccw-gun-if-i-am-taken-to-the-hospital

Planning On Open Carrying? – Educate Yourself First

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There are those who make the rest of us look bad. Such as the following recent incident where a customer at a McDonald’s in Phoenix got robbed of his OC pistol. I’m all for open carry just as much for concealed carry. But it all depends on several factors. If you’re in an urban area, and places such as grocery stores, 7-11’s, fast food chains, Walmarts, shady neighborhoods and large crowd gatherings. You’re better off carrying concealed. Tactical advantage wins here. This are just some examples.

Open carry is more practical if you’re hiking in the woods, at state parks, national parks, in rule areas, small towns, open carry gatherings, groups and meetings. Also for political purposes, a right not practice is a right lost. That being said, it doesn’t mean you should never open carry. Get proper training and practice, even some basic hand-to-hand combat skills will greatly help you out here.
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Buying Your First Gun User Guide

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At a gun show

Before you go out and buy your first gun, there are a few things you need to considered.
Why do law abiding people buy guns in the US? Having a home gun for a personal protection self-defense, and maybe conceal carry. How about recreational shooting and competition shooting? Owning and carrying a gun is your constitutional right, why not practice it? Here are some key points before making that first purchase and the after. Continue reading “Buying Your First Gun User Guide” »