Carry Methods – Appendix

The AR-t of War

Appendix carry is probably one of the fastest growing and most “in vogue” methods of carry today. Gabe Suarez of Suarez International has been one of the primary forces behind this modern carry trend. I’ve recently noticed a lot of dudes around the internet proclaiming the values of this method so I figured I’d give it a try… in the name of science!

The Rig

For this trial run I decided to run my EDC gun, a Glock 19, in a Bravo Concealment DOS holster. The DOS stands for Drop Out of Sight, and is purpose built just for appendix carry. Although it can be used in other positions, it definitely is best employed in the appendix position. It’s a simple kydex system that Bravo Concealment is famous for. It has tuckable “quick clips” that can be slid over the pants and belt. This is an awesome feature simply because it…

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Male Shooters, Unsolicited Advice for You

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Black Friday Brings Surge Of Gun Sales, Testing The Limits Of Background Check System

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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

At no time of year is this problem more urgent. This Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks speed up to nearly two a second, testing the limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

The stakes are high: In the U.S., there are already nine guns for every 10 people, and someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. Mass shootings are happening every few weeks.

“We have a perfect storm coming,” FBI manager Kimberly Del Greco told The Associated Press during a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the system.


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Responsibly Armed

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What is the value of training?

Thanks for writing this!


Firearms instructors are periodically asked the question “Why should I take training?” The answer often comes in the form of a list of skills that are taught or the reasoning behind using a certain technique. However, these do not address the underlying fundamental reasons for taking firearms training at all.

  1. You don’t know what you don’t know.
  2. Much of what you know is wrong.
  3. It’s good to have some of the answers to the test before taking it.

These issues relate to both technical competency with using a firearm (gun safety and marksmanship) and the ability to use the firearm correctly in a personal protection situation (legal and tactical).

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Shooters who only take their gun to an indoor range once a year “to sight it in” generally have a highly ‘cocooned’ knowledge of firearms. They know how to operate a firearm in a…

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Review: Winchester’s “W Train & Defend™” Ammunition

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Negative Outcomes: Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wounds (Part I)

I completely agree, and think most gun owners don’t read the manual or learn the mechanics of their gun.


This is the second installment of my Negative Outcomes series. I’ve already been taken to task for commenting about imprecise language and I understand where he’s coming from. The fact of the matter is, however, that we, in the instructional community, take a lot of our subject matter knowledge for granted.

Frequently, I hear comments to the effect that NRA courses go too much into depth about things like the individual components of ammunition, etc. I disagree with that completely. The influx of new gunowners requires that we educate them thoroughly. Many of the new owners have never operated any hand held device more complicated than an electric toothbrush.

As I commented to a student last night, I previously had a student in a class who was using a Sig pistol. He had owned and been shooting it regularly for almost two years. When I told him to ‘decock,’ he…

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Brownells Lady 3-Gun Challenge – Day One

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Train Hard. Stay Safe.

Concealed Carry News & Some Real Estate Tips Too!


WE ALL KNOW THAT WE FIGHT like we train.

But do we really train effectively? Think about your last session at the range. First of all, let’s hope it was recent enough that you remember it. Next, did you simply just load up a few magazines and put a few rounds downrange as you focused on the front sight and worked the single- action trigger pull? That is shooting and while we need a foundation in marksmanship, that is not training.

Did you draw from concealment, racing against a timer to add some stress? That’s better, but think about what you are doing. You could be imprinting a training scar in your efforts to improve your skills. You are teaching yourself to draw and shoot; draw and shoot; draw and shoot. Good skills, yes, but that is not the correct sequence for a deadly force encounter. Here is the sequence you should engrain in your…

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9mm and the Short Barrel

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Since 2003 there has been an explosion of new designs targeted at concealed carry and the sub 4″ single stack 9mm.  As of this writing there are many options to choose from, including some rumors of more options to be introduced at 2015 SHOT.

Starting with the introduction of the AMT Backup in 1991, which was arguably the first “pocket nine” or “slimline nine” made in all steel, then by arguably the first polymer “slimline nine” or “pocket nine” in 1999, the Kahr P9.  These two pioneering models have since been followed by:


  • Ruger LC9S
  • Smith & Wesson Shield No Safety
  • Remington R51


  • Boberg XR9-S
  • Springfield XDS


  • Sig Sauer P938
  • Smith and Wesson Shield
  • Sig Sauer P290RS
  • Bersa BP9CC


  • Beretta Nano
  • Sig Sauer P290
  • Kimber Solo
  • Kahr CM9
  • Diamondback DB9


  • Ruger LC9


  • Taurus PT709


  • Walther PPS


  • Keltec PF9
  • Kahr CW9

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