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Small of the Back Holsters

Small of the Back Holsters

The best concealed carry holsters allow for versatility as well as function. While the MaxTuck and MicroTuck IWB holsters are versatile with adjustable carry depth and cant for different carry positions. We get a question here at White Hat Holsters pretty regularly regarding carrying you gun in the small of the back.

Typically the question goes something like this... "If I am right handed and want to carry in the small of the back, do I need a left handed holster?" The short answer is NO! The long answer is below.

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There are several very good reasons that you do not want to carry in what I call the "Reverse Configuration" for small of the back concealment.

This is a process whereby the shooter has the gun in the waistband in such a way as to allow them to draw the weapon with their palm facing away from the body. While this works well in TV and movies, in real life there are some serious problems with this style of carry.

1. It is nearly impossible to get a proper firing grip drawing your gun this way. With the gun and holster pressed against your body, it is difficult enough just to get a few fingers behind the gun, let alone properly index your trigger finger. If you have to substantially adjust your grip in the heat of the moment, you are going to be in serious trouble. 

There is just not enough time to do that when you only have 1 or 2 seconds to fire back at an attacker. 

2. If you could get a grip and draw the gun with any reliability, the mechanics of your shoulder position force you to sweep the muzzle of your gun directly at your side. There is no good way to avoid this.

When you are trying to present your gun quickly, your natural inclination will be to draw, then push the gun forward as fast as you can. When you draw in reverse from the small of the back you are pushing the gun forward while it is pointing at your side.

The only way to avoid this is to swing your arm completely out away from you. This just adds time to your presentation and opens up your body for a close up strike or counter attack if they are within 6 feet of you.

So... what to do then?

Well, if you are right handed, get yourself a MaxTuck or MicroTuck holster for the right hand. If you are left handed, get a left hand holster. Adjust the cant by moving the clip on the slide side up to the 3rd or 4th hole, and move the clip on the trigger side down to the bottom hole.

This will give a more aggressive cant and increase comfort in the small of the back. Then simply rotate your shoulder to the direction of your draw. For instance if you are right handed, turn your upper body to the right, and place your hand on the grip with your palm facing TOWARD your body as you would normally draw.

The key to making this effective is the rotation. 

By rotating your shoulders toward the draw, you are accomplishing 2 things:

  • You are making yourself a smaller target. By turning your body, you have now made it much harder for an attacker to shoot you in the upper body. The target area is from the side now instead of from the front. 
  • You are able to get a proper firing grip and draw quickly. And as far as sweeping the body... that just doesn't happen when you draw the right way. As you draw with your palm facing in and push out to present your gun, the muzzle naturally tilts away from you. So now, in the heat of the moment, you're not in danger of shooting yourself in the leg, hip, or lung. 

So just to recap, we NEVER recommend that anyone carry in a reverse configuration for small of the back. 

The only time we have made a holster like this was for an ex LEO who carried like this for 30 years. He trained on it constantly and was aware of the dangers. Outside of that, I always make a point to help educate customers on the dangers of carrying this way.

Its just a matter of learning and training the right way. It seems logical to carry in reverse on the face of it, but when you stop to think about the mechanics, hopefully you will steer clear. 

If you have any additional questions related to carry styles, positions, and products, feel free to call or email us any time!

Also, check out the video below where I show this in action for a visual representation of what we are talking about here.

Be safe out there! May God Bless you!

15th Jul 2015 Tony Farah

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