Carrying Appendix IWB in drawstring pants?
It’s all about that lace: A random but useful concealed carry discovery
My everyday carry (EDC) method is a clipless Sticky Holster™, usually stuck in my waistband, appendix strong-side. Problem was, until I discovered the drawstring method described here, it was impossible to carry without a belt. That means when I’m working out or running, the gun had to go into a belly band, which is constricting and just plain nasty where sweaty activities are concerned.
In the process of testing a pair of boots, I tried some new methods of lacing footwear and, on a whim, decided to try part of my new bow-tying habit out on the drawstring in a pair of running shorts. The simple process is to do an extra loop (see photo) after crossing the two sides. The effect of this extra loop is an even, steady, and for carrying, strong squeeze around the entire waist. It also prevents the bow from loosening as one does the “rabbit around the tree” part of finishing the knot….which I also do twice, for security.
The gun in this test is a small one—a Kahr CT 380. A later test with the same clothing, and same holster, this time holding a Glock 42 with Streamlight TLR-6, didn’t go as well—the slightest adjustment to my waistband caused the gun to slide down—still holstered, but definitely not acceptable. I do think this drawstring method would still work with a clipped, soft-sided holster, and most any concealment-size handgun.
All photos courtesy of Team HB