Carrying Appendix While Seat Belted 2015 Edition

| August 5, 2015 | 3 Comments

I carry appendix, and always wear my seat belt. Safety first, both in and out of the car.

Before I took my first vehicle gunfighting class last year, I seat belted myself in as normal. The lap belt went over my shirt and across my pistols (I carried a backup G19 up front back then).

I had a very difficult time clearing my shirt and drawing reliably, especially if I had my foot on the brake pedal.

After my first car class, I started blousing my shirt over the lap belt. This allowed me to do the same drawstroke I do while standing — non-shooting¬†hand clears the cover garment and is secured against the body, shooting hand accesses the pistol and deals with the threat.

This was fine, but after this year’s QSI Training vehicle class, I learned a little variation that speeds things up.

Thanks to Scott from Forever Armed for this tip.

There are times when I don’t do this variation. I still blouse my shirt over the lap belt if there are people in the car that don’t know that I carry. This might be my co-workers, or The She-Shepherd’s kids. However, for the most part I now tuck my shirt behind my tools while I’m driving.

I also recommend that you reconceal should you be stopped by law enforcement. Your state should have its own ¬†laws about “duty to inform,” but regardless I think it’s important to start the conversation with law enforcement without a gun visible.

I like the results so far:

How do you manage your seatbelt while carrying?

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

3 Comments on "Carrying Appendix While Seat Belted 2015 Edition"

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  1. Martin Luther says:

    I am glad you shared this. I was shown this by Jon Payne a Suarez International instructor a few years ago. My state has open carry too so driving around like this is legal.

  2. Haj says:

    I wear seatbelt as normal, then remove seatbelt with left hand, tossing it behind left hand and yank shirt up.
    Then draw pistol.
    I figure if ever I needed to stand on the brakes for an engagement, I do not want to be strapped to the car.
    Then again, if I can drive out of situation, that is option #1.
    Great article! Keep on!


  3. CR Williams says:

    Drawing while still belted in is actually pretty easy from either appendix or the 3:00-4:00 position.

    I guess I should stop being lazy and do a video about it. Way past time I put something else on the site.

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