See This Before Carrying “Mexican Style”

Time and again, you hear the admonishment- “Don’t point your gun at anything you don’t want to destroy”. This man did not heed that. This is what happened.

John Johnston of Ballistic Radio makes his living by not only talking about self-defense, but by product testing and developing quite a bit of guns and gear for the top names in the firearms industry. He’s also a Rangemaster-certified Advanced Handgun Instructor and one of the Founders and instructors of Citizens’ Defense Research.

John knows a lot about using handguns in self-defense (he fires 30,000-40,000 rounds per year with handguns), and decided to address one of the more common rumors about appendix carry by putting his reproductive parts on the line, intentionally creating “negligent discharges” to see if appendix carry is really as dangerous as “internet experts” claim.

Kids, don’t try this at home.

I get told all the time that by carrying AIWB I’m in danger of “Shooting my junk off” or some such. My contention has always been that by utilizing good gear, with good technique, the risk is minimal. So, what’s the answer?

For the tl;dr crowd the short answer is: Unless you regularly practice incredibly poor technique, while utilizing sub-optimal gear you’re probably fine. Additionally you must make MULTIPLE massive mistakes to have an issue.

The slightly longer answer: A good AIWB holster will naturally force the muzzle of the gun away from your body as part of the mechanism that helps conceal the grip. This, coupled with *minimal* precautions can do quite a bit to reduce your overall risk of fatal injury should you ND in this location. This is going to be either aided or exacerbated by your body type, and overall holster position. I, at 6’2″ and 260 pounds, am going to have somewhat of a more difficult time keeping the muzzle off of me than someone who is 100# lighter would. With good gear and very few precautions, I still managed to not put a round into myself. As always YMMV, but I stand by my statement that AIWB is overall no more dangerous than any other carry position, and may in fact be somewhat safer.

A few points:

1)Barring massive mechanical failure, guns do not go off by themselves in the holster, period.
2)IF you make a mistake while carrying a gun in *ANY* position, you can die or be seriously injured.
3)IF we are assuming someone WILL ND, and are basing our advice to them off of this consideration, perhaps we should instead encourage them not to carry a gun in the first place until this is no longer a fear of ours?
4)If you feel uncomfortable carrying AIWB then DON’T carry that way.
5)There are very few legitimate reasons to be in a hurry to get the gun back to the holster. NONE of them can apply when we are carrying AIWB, period.
6)No matter where you carry, If your reholster TECHNIQUE, or your HOLSTER itself, has you canting the muzzle of the gun towards your body for any reason, it is probably time to reexamine that technique/piece of gear. Shooting yourself transverse from behind the hip through the front of your pelvis can also “blow your dick off”.

For AIWB holsters, I personally use and recommend Dark Star Gear, Keepers Concealment, Raven Concealment Systems, JM Custom Kydex and 5 Shot Leather, LLC. That is not to say there are not other fine options out there but those are what I use currently or have used in the past. While gear and technique can do much to minimize our risk, please know that firearms are by their nature inherently dangerous when used improperly. EVERY time I holster a firearm I am doing so

If you’re going to carry to defend yourself, you must practice the technique that goes along with having a lethal weapon. Whether at the range or in defense of your life, there is no prize for holstering your gun fast and sloppy.

Carrying appendix inside the waistband is a personal choice that can be awkward or uncomfortable. If that’s the case, don’t carry like that. The last thing you want is for a carry position to deter you from carrying.

Don’t forget. You can blow your balls off from other angles too if you’re hasty to win that holstering challenge.

What do you think? Is this guy wrong with his AiWB approach? Is carrying that way dumb anyways? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • Wild pop

    What is Mexican style?

    • supergun

      An example is like: You are in your truck,,,but in your case, the Lexus. Your pistol is in the holster under the seat or between it. You stop at a place,,,lets say the Sports Academy. You get out of your car, but you don’t want to unbuckle your belt and put the pistol and holster on. So you take the pistol out and just stick it in your pants.

    • MyronJPoltroonian

      Click on the red part of the “This is what happened” link just under the photo to see.

  • supergun

    I was thinking about the same thing. That is like being in New York and asking if this subway goes to a certain street. There is a 50/50 chance that it does and does not.

  • supergun

    Hell,,,,just stick the pistol in your waist band. And don’t pull the trigger. Of course you don’t want to pull the trigger in a holster also.

  • supergun

    Mexican style is great when the wife does not want your gun and holster to show in a mexicon restaurant.

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    • DenverKitty

      super….Now, THAT’s funny!!!!!

      • supergun


  • DenverKitty

    Chief…Your Method May Vary?

    • C Herb Hickman

      Your Mileage May Vary — a fairly old expression with obvious meaning — what you find in your experience may not be exactly what I’m reporting.

      • DenverKitty

        C…thanks…it was confusing.

  • carlbradley

    I carry in the small of the back—appropriately called SOB. I had a holster made by a man named Andy Arratoonian in England–it fits my Ruger P-85 perfectly. If I am on a long drive, I carry crossdraw for comfort and access. If you practice, any mode of carry works. So-called Mexican carry is more liable to “print” unless you are dressed up, and of no value to a woman who is carrying. I personally have never had a “negligent discharge” (ND) in 40 years, but I have observed a couple—fortunately, no one was injured, but they could have been. I found the article to be okay, even with all the abbreviations. You can always “Google” an abbreviation to see what it means.

    • ChiefD

      When I was undercover, I carried a 40 S&W in the SOB, covered it with my T shirt outside my pants. I found it very comfortable and easy to draw. I used a Uncle Mikes inside the pants left hand holster, which left my right hand would be able to draw with without any problem.