BWB Holsters: Below the Waistband Advantage
For many, it’s not uncommon to think “Appendix Carry” means you have to have your appendix removed in order to carry. The firearm has to go somewhere when you sit and more often then not the firearms digs into the front and side, pinching the skin and digging into the organs. While Inside-the-WaistBand (IWB) appendix carry is a great option, it is often overlooked because of its wearability (or lack thereof). That is where the BWB holster comes in...
BWB allows for quick access, little to no footprint of the firearm in almost any outfit, the ability to easily tuck-in your shirt (for real, no faux tuck), and comfortability for all day long wear even while seated. Also, because the BWB is a deep concealment appendix carry it is very difficult for an attacker to take your holstered firearm from you during a struggle.
In fact, Urban Carry is seeking Level III retention certification. We mention it because it’s important to remember that while concealed carrying it is possible to be in a CQB (close combat) situation which may warrant some hand to hand fighting. While in deep concealment your firearm is securely out the assailants reach which could be a tactical advantage until lethal force is warranted where you are in control if escilation is needed..
Drawing while seated is another drawback of any BWB holster and often requires the "lean back” approach. In testing we did find the firearm could still be accessed even with a seatbelt on with some effort and practice. In a seated draw the firearm is below the waistline so if you are seated at a ninety-degree angle you'll typically need to arch your back to lessen the angle and draw the firearm.
It's a little like getting your phone out of your pocket while you're in the car. You are still able to get to your firearm while seated, it's just not as quick. There is generally a trade-off between styles of holsters, and that is the one for a BWB.