Another major factor to consider when picking where you want to carry your concealed weapon is how you will draw the weapon. Speed of your draw is important but arguably more important is the reliability of your draw. If you are quick but you run into problems often, it is better to slow down.

The first thing to think about is how your clothing will affect how you draw the weapon. You want your clothes concealing the gun but you need to be able to get them out of the way. Below we will go over the advantages and disadvantages of drawing from each concealed positions.

Hip Inside Waistband

Inside Waist Band Carry

Speed will depend on your holster, the size of your gun, your clothing, and your body type. You are less likely to snag your garment with this but it is still a factor. The trickiest part of this draw is maneuvering around your body. You may find that there is not a lot of room for your hand so find a draw grip that works well for you.


Appendix Carry

The most difficult part of this draw is manipulating the firearm next to your body. With appendix carry the gun is pointed towards your body so find a way to manipulate it that reduces any chance of an accidental discharge.

Outside Waistband

Hip Carry

Easy and fast to draw from as the gun is sitting free outside of your body. However, this has the highest likelihood for snagging your clothing as the gun is projecting out from you. Make sure to extensively practice clearing the garment.


MIC Carry

One of the quickest methods of draw. By not having a rigid holster, you can pull the gun out and have the holster snap off. Do note that drawing vertically is critical for a clean release. If you draw sideways the trigger guard may not release.

Top Tip: if your weapon is tight on your body, it can be hard to slip your thumb between the gun and your body. Draw with the thumb over the sights and then transition into your typical grip. This has the added benefit of getting a high grip on the gun as well.