Security and comfort are the two most important considerations for daily carry. A belt clip holster can provide you with the ability to carry your pistol securely and with a low profile. It can also help with the question of comfortable positioning.
The Clipdraw holster puts the choice of carry position in your control. Because this handgun belt clip can hold your firearm securely in a number of carry positions, using one opens up options for you to carry your weapon, even concealed, in the position that suits you best.
Using a hip carry, your weapon can be holstered either inside (IWB) or outside (OWB) of your waistband. With your weapon located at either your 3 o’clock or 9 o’clock position, true concealment may be difficult depending on the size of your weapon, your magazine extension, and your clothing.
Drawing from a hip carry can feel very natural, and the carry position itself is very comfortable for some owners. Depending on your body length, you may experience your grip poking you in the ribs.
Small of Back Carry
The small of back – or SoB – carry places your pistol in the center of your back, over the spine, at the 6 o’clock position. There are two palm variants to the SoB carry. Either a draw with your palm facing out to grip the handgun, or with the palm facing your back. How you mount your Clipdraw will be determined by your draw palm position.
Those who carry using this position swear by it. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t risks. Reaching the small of your back isn’t easy, natural, or comfortable, and can slow your ability to draw. Should you be knocked to the ground, your weapon would be directly under you and almost impossible to pull. Owners must also pay special attention to how they draw to avoid sweeping the muzzle toward their own body.
An appendix carry places your pistol in the front of your waistband, ahead of the hip. Dating back to the small revolvers of the 19th century, this carry position was designed to allow for easy concealment combined with easy access.
Appendix carry puts your weapon front and (off) center. The result is a draw that is less likely to telegraph what you’re doing than a hip, kidney, or SoB carry might. If you’re looking for comfort, though, this carry might not be the choice for you. If you sit a lot, or if you’re wide around the middle, this might not be the best option for you.
For those concerned about this position and accidental discharge, common gun safety – keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot – or even a trigger guard can help to alleviate these concerns.
With your pistol at either the 8 o’clock or 4 o’clock position, the kidney carry is considered the safer of the two behind the hip placement options. You’ll have fewer options than in the SoB carry – the only reasonable draw is palm in – but the result is a safer pull with no sweep in toward the body. However, your weapon is more likely to print because of the position of the grip in relation to your body, making concealment more difficult.