So I decided to stick with appendix carry after all. The pros just out-weighed the cons… for me anyway. I still stand by a few things: 1) if you’re not absolutely, positively obsessive about trigger discipline, don’t carry at all, let alone appendix carry and 2) having a double action only or traditional double action (DA-SA) pistol (with a long trigger pull and, preferably, a hammer) makes carry in this manner infinitely more palatable. I’m going to jump the gun here and add a third: buy a Bullseye IWB Tuckable Hybrid Holster.
As you know from my Crossbreed SuperTuck and White Hat Max Tuck reviews, I love hybrid holsters. If you’re carrying concealed, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t carry this way. However, as much as I love – and I do mean love – Crossbreed, their appendix carry setup isn’t right. As I mentioned, the smaller (read: narrower) the better. The width of the Crossbreed Appendix combined with the offset, single clip is, in my very humble opinion, a poor design. It’s too wide to allow you to comfortably bend as you were designed to and having the clip on the opposite side of where the weight sits is just a bad idea. It will allow the heavy side (you know, where the gun is) to sag downward, deeper into the waist band, making a consistent draw difficult. The two people I know with this holster have agreed with my assessment. I won’t buy it. Nothing against Crossbreed as a company – this one is a miss for me. I hope they redesign.
Luckily, there is Bullseye Holsters. I didn’t know this company existed when I wrote my Appendix Carry Outbrief article. Had I, I might have taken a softer approach on comfort. These guys built a holster that has everything I consider mandatory for safe, comfortable appendix carry: a single, center-mounted attachment point, a design as narrow as the gun allows, a fully protected trigger and, perhaps the holy grail, a hybrid design (leather pad paired with a kydex “scabbard”).
I found these guys at a local gun show. I had just purchased a Sig P239 (review forthcoming) at the show for, coincidentally, appendix carry. I wanted something with a hammer and my P220 Compact with my horrible Old Faithful holster was too big, heavy and uncomfortable. I figured I’d pick up the P239 in 9mm and make my own holster. Turns out Bullseye saved me the trouble.
As I was walking proudly away from the table where I had purchased my P239, the guy said, “Oh yeah, I’m supposed to give you one of these. I think these guys are in the back of the hall and, since you bought a gun, they’ll give you a deal on a holster for it” and handed me a Bullseye Holsters coupon. I didn’t think much of it because, as I mentioned in my principles of concealed carry, I hadn’t even shot the gun let alone shot it enough for me to think about carrying it. Last thing on my mind was a holster. But a deal’s a deal so I continued browsing while keeping my eye open for the Bullseye table.
When I finally happened upon their booth I almost jumped for joy: Just looking at their holsters was enough for me to know my search was over. Exactly what I had wanted. Another interesting design feature: they cut the kydex so there’s a long, rectangular tail. As they heat and mold the kydex (which they were doing at the show) that tail becomes the clip. So not only do you have a center-mounted clip, it’s integral to the holster. No hardware to loosen or scratch the gun. Since it’s ALSO made of kydex, theoretically and if you were so inclined, you could remold it to suit your particular application.
I was sold. I bought two. One for my new P239 and one for my trusty Springfield XDS .45 so I could use it while I was breaking in and familiarizing myself with the new gun.
As expected – the holster is a dream. It really is everything I want in an appendix holster: comfortable, secure, stable. The single clip makes it easy to don and doff quickly and the “spring” of the kydex holds it securely where you place it. The guys working the booth were awesome, answered questions and were just generally good representatives of the gun industry. The quickly addressed my only concern (what if the kydex clip breaks?) by telling me a) it won’t (followed by a demonstration as to how strong the stuff actually is and b) if it does (it won’t, he again assured me) that they’ll replace it free of charge.
Sold. I’ll buy one for every gun I carry and then I’ll stop looking for holsters.
Seriously – I’ve been carrying it daily for 3 months and couldn’t be happier.
Cost: $49.95 (or cheaper if you can catch them at a show – they’ll deal with you. And, even if they didn’t, find me a hybrid holster this comfortable for less than $49.95 and I’ll buy it for you.)
Time to deliver: For me, cash and carry. Website says all orders ship within 3 days. Again, that’s head and shoulders above the vast majority of the custom kydex holster industry.
Customer service: Outstanding. I met them at the show and they were awesome. I’ll buy from them again in the future, no questions asked.
Final Verdict: Buy one for every gun you carry. If you don’t want to appendix carry they have regular IWB options or you can rotate this version to any position you want.