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I've been carrying IWB at 3:30 for most of the last 25 years. It serves me well enough, and I've learned to dress, and move, around it (button-up shirts and left-handed top shelf reaching, etc.) I can sit/drive for hours with slight adjustmentS, and I've damn near perfected my right-arm-down, left-arm-up hugging entry technique. There've been times where I forgot I was carrying, partly from the excellent gear but some due simply to being numb to the gun pushing into my hip.
Consensus these days is –aebe– appendix carry makes for a quicker draw. Now I have no aspirations to beat Wyatt Earp, but in some things faster actually is always better it seems. So while no one was looking I, like a lot of us, undid the cant on my EDC IWB holster and jammed it up front to see what all the fuss was about. And I, like about as many of us again, thought: "WTF? How does anyone stand having their guts poked at for more than three minutes, let alone sit down, squat, etc?!"
Not to make too long a story of it, I scored a used T1 Axis Slim (thanks u/abacon15!) which rates on most people's shortlist of excellent AIWB holsters. My thought was, if I can't make this one work then appendix just isn't for me.
After some basic fitting and practice draws, I strapped up and left the house with the only options being figure it out, or disarm until I get back for the day. A full week in with this holster has convinced me that it can indeed work for me. I suspect my experience may be useful to others, so here's the long and short.
There is definitely an element of just having to get used to something large and pokey in the front of your pants. [ahem] Yes, there's a gun in your pants, you'll notice it. Of course it's not comfortable, but the same can be said about my 3:30 carry. My break-in period was too far ago to remember, but it was certainly not unnoticeable. But for those of us giving this a try after carrying on the hip, it's useful to remember that you're likely always going to "know there's a gun," and that ain't necessarily bad.
The single biggest learning point for me was placement, both laterally and up and down. I'm impressed by how a minor shift left or right, up or down can radically change your quality of life. Have I been unconsciously doing this while wearing strong side for years? To a degree, you bet. But I don't think the amplitude of difference is anywhere near the same. Where before I might've suffered down the grocery isle and done a subtle butt-scratch belt hike move to lessen the annoyance, here I'm feeling like my appendix is likely to burst and I don't give AF who knows I'm carrying while I grab and shove the rig 1cm to the right to find immediate relief. There was a point while driving where I had to pull over because I'd forgotten to hike the package up over my gut before getting in and belting up to drive. Night and day difference.
I will warn you however that with the T1 at least, changing the ride height is a bear. My uniclip holsters take longer to find the screwdriver than to adjust cant or ride; this took me a full 30 minutes between undoing the Paracord, dealing with screws/nuts/washers/cushions -the mag holder especially - and redoing the Paracord. If you really want to dial in the fit, this is a step you can't skip.
My point here is: don't give up before taking some time to find that sweet spot. My pants are riding higher than usual, and my belt is one hole tighter than I'd like in order to pull the grip in. But once everything settles in, I'm down for all day carry. Sitting on the couch a couple of nights ago watching the tube and patting my belly rig, I had zero urgency to take it off.
I need to drop 10# yet, and this holster really helps me stay mindful of keeping the abs tone. I'm guessing the carry mode will get even more comfortable once my gut isn't fighting my concealment.
Having no experience with any other similar rig, I do like this one enough to keep wearing it for now. For what it's worth. One benefit is that being committed to having something to hide up front, adding the spare mag is not at all "extra"; in fact it seems to balance the rig, versus my usual separate mag carrier on support side that almost never makes it out the door with me.
As for printing, I do feel a bit more limited to heavy untucked button shirts. Even a quite oversized tee seems to beg and scream for me to set a paper plate of hamburger and fries on the nice shelf I brought along. Things are getting colder so I'll have many months to get more into details. For now I dig it. Scored the same set-up for my P-10 C, shouldn't be any surprises there.
If I ever jump on the micro bandwagon, I'm sure this will be my go-to carry mode. Meanwhile I have a few thousand reps of dry fire draw practice to knock out.
Hope this has been a little helpful for those like myself convinced that AIWB is impossibly undoable. I'm certain there are other excellent holsters, and definitely cheaper, but if you just can't waste time and money pouring through the options, the T1 Axis Slim gets a thumbs up from this guy.
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Tier One Concealed Axis Slim Holster Review
Editor's Note: The review was conducted and written by a friend of Tactical Hyve–an active duty Spec Ops member whose identity cannot be revealed.
I’ve been carrying guns for personal and professional use for my entire adult life.
My overt duty carry has predominantly been at the three o’clock position. Over the years, it did vary in some regards to exactly where at three o’clock. On belt, on kit, drop leg, etc.
Crossing over to the concealed carry holster realm, the four o’clock behind the hip position has always been the natural go-to position for me. I have run a dozen or more platforms this way.
I will say that as the weather heats up keeping your carry concealed back at four o’clock becomes more challenging. I’ve often found myself down to a t-shirt having to adjust my IWB carry to one or even six o’clock at times.
I've previously tried on appendix carry type holsters, but never really gave them the time of day. So going into this review a few months ago, I was really starting with no real-world experience of any kind.
Holster Review Details & Criteria
When we review holsters, we evaluate ten areas. They are:
- Trigger Coverage
- Relative Comfort
- Master Grip
- Pistol Protection
- Body Protection
- Durable Material
For the review, the Hyve purchased two Axis Slim holsters off of the Tier One Concealed website for the purposes of this review. We have had no direct contact with the company.
On the site, there are sixteen different options that must be filled in with your preferences, which I thought was really cool.
For both the SIG P365 and the GLOCK 19, I went right-handed with the single mag pouch. Though, on the GLOCK 19, I selected an Inforce APLc light compatible option.
Once they came, my initial impression was pretty straightforward. Both seemed well constructed – similar to other Kydex type holsters I’ve seen.
The Axis Slim is actually two separate pieces; you get the holster itself and the mag pouch, which are bound together with a bungee weave that allows the holster to flex while being worn, which makes them more comfortable. The standard belt clips were easy to use and worked well.
Trigger coverage is excellent, The holster leaves no chance for an accidental discharge due to a snagging or unintended contact to the trigger itself.
I found the retention for both platforms to be quite secure. I was able to hold each holster upside down with a fully loaded pistol magazine and shake the holster without either the pistol or mag falling out. I feel that the Axis Slim will keep my weapon and mag fully retained during a reasonable tussle or fall.
The Axis Slim was very easy to conceal each and every time I went out the door. Using this holster, I had nothing more than a T-shirt on my torso. I was easily able to go about my day in public and at no time did I ever worry about printing or revealing my firearm.
Of course, the SIG P365 outperformed the GLOCK 19 in this area, but that is to be expected. Still, as big as the GLOCK 19 is, it was much easier to conceal in the front appendix position than it ever was at 4 o’clock.
I would have to say that concealability is the Axis Slim's greatest strength in comparison to other holsters I’ve used in the past. I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to my gear. I’ve always believed less is more. I try to keep my every day carry down to the minimum I feel I need to safely conduct my day and this platform works well with that in mind.
As far as the Axis Slim’s comfort is concerned, I didn’t have any issues with the SIG 365. It was very comfortable at all times no matter what I was doing.
It’s only when I switched to the GLOCK 19 that the size began to become an issue.
For me, at 6 foot tall and 200 pounds, I felt like that was a lot of gun pressed up against my stomach, especially when I needed to kneel down or reach down and grab something off of a shelf, etc.
The worst was definitely trying to drive. I mean, it’s just crammed in there and the seatbelt doesn’t help. I couldn’t wait to take the thing off.
But with the SIG P365, I didn’t mind it at all. It was very comfortable. I'm glad that I have the holster in both types because if I feel like I need to carry more gun, then the decrease in comfort is a small price to pay.
The bungee cord, as mentioned earlier, allows the holster to flex and conform to one's body better. In addition, the holster includes a couple of design features to help avoid printing.
A wedge (left arrow below) can be added so that the gun is pushed more towards the body for better concealment. Similarly, the other size of the holster, the magazine pouch, was designed with a ‘built-in' wedge that also pushes the magazine towards the user's body to help avoid printing.
All attachments proved to be very secure. The holster attaches to the mag pouch with the bungee and at no time did I feel it coming undone or loosening. The belt clips are held in place with screws similar to other manufacturers. At no time did they come loose nor did I have any problems with them.
Both holsters and mag pouch were well manufactured. The high-quality molding provided smooth and consistent draws. There is no further retention needed for standard concealed carry weapon (CCW) conditions.
Establishing a grip with either pistol was not an issue. I felt this holster provided me with a clear and unobstructed draw from concealment.
The pistol was well protected. The magazine release is left uncovered as well as the bottom of the holster leaving the muzzle slightly exposed. There are both pluses and minuses to this, which doesn’t bother me at all. Being able to bump mags for reloads while still holstered comes in handy as well as allowing the holster to drain if submerged.
Just as the holster protects the pistol, it also protects the shooter. The holster completely covers the pistol, so that when it gets hot, one will not be affected.
Customers have the option to have a full, mid-size, or short sweat guard. Below, you'll see the holster with a full size sweat guard for a P365 while the holster on the right for Glock 19, uses a mid-size sweat guard.
Again, the holsters were very well-made. I feel confident that they will continue to hold up and perform as well as they have so far. Nothing about them seems cheap, flimsy, or in need of improvement. With all the customizations and the color options, you really get the holster you want and in my opinion, I think they’re going to last a long time.
All in all, I really like these holsters. Again, going into the review and trying them out, I really didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t a big fan of appendix type carry, but I am now and I plan on using these holsters.
The price point is a bit steep, but when you get onto the website, you know you are getting a holster fully customized to your specifications. But, you’ve already spent four to five times that much money on the gun at least. Last I checked, ammo isn’t getting cheaper. I mean, honestly for what you have to gain compared to what you have to lose, I believe it’s worth it.
I feel comfortable recommending these types of holsters offered by Tier One Concealed. They’ve made a believer out of me.
The Final Verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Editor's Note: Like many holsters, guns, and other pieces of gear, one size doesn't fit all. These holsters are commonly referred to as sidecar style holsters, and some people do not find them comfortable and/or challenging to use or wear during hand-to-hand combat. Unfortunately, you will never really know if they work for you until you try them.
Personally, I prefer my mag pouch and holster to be separated for mobility and flexibility.
Filed Under: Gear, ReviewsTagged With: aiwb holster, appendix style holster, tier 1 concealmentSours: https://tacticalhyve.com/tier-one-concealed-axis-slim-review/
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