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Your Right 2 Protect

The Your Right 2 Protect initiative provides education and guidance for new and experienced gun owners; to help you and your families feel confident, prepared and protected.

Blackhawk Carry Positions Guide

Need advice on how to carry? Through the Your Right 2 Protect (YR2P) initiative, Blackhawk is educating firearms owners on the various carry positions and helping identify which carry position is right for you. Check out our nine different carry positions below and if you want to learn more about a specific product, click the links in the text to view more. You can also check out our Carry Guide here.

Jeans T-Shirt Casual Carry

Casual carry on the go. Whether you are going on a weekend road trip or just headed to the grocery store, often times you’re going to find yourself in just plain ole’ Jeans and a T-Shirt. To address the need to carry in this environment, Blackhawk has several options to meet your need; including, but not limited to: Blackhawk A.R.C., TecGrip and Junk Drawer holsters.

Athletic Carry

If you’re a Blackhawk customer, there’s a good chance you get your exercise on. Also, there’s a very good chance you’re the type of person trying to carry a gun while you exercise (it’s okay, so do we). To meet your need in this environment, Blackhawk’s Nylon Concealed Weapon Fanny Pack has your back.

Business Casual Carry

Do I carry OWB and just never take my sport coat off? Do I carry with tuckable clips and wrestle with my shirt when I need to draw? Or, do I just do something completely different? Well, Blackhawk has several options to help you cover down here. You could go T-Series L2C if you don’t plan on needing to remove your coat. Or, you could just call an audible and do ankle carry with a Blackhawk ankle holster.

Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Hip Carry

This method of carry leans heavy on speed and light on concealment. Concealment can be achieved by wearing a light jacket or untucked shirt, but a visible outline of the firearm is more noticable.

Popular holsters for the OWB Hip Carry position include the injection molded T-Series L2C, Serpa CQC, and Omnivores. If you're looking for nylon, The Blackhawk Ambidextrous, Hip Holster and Pancake Holsters are the solution.

Ankle Carry

This method of carry is primarily utilized for business casual concealment, when carrying on a belt or wearing a jacket is not practical. This location is best used for smaller handguns. Check out our Nylon Ankle Holster.

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) Hip Carry

This method of carry is considered a balance between speed and concealment. If consistency of draw is desired, OWB and IWB hip carry positions are a good choice.

Blackhawk has a variety of holsters for the IWB position. The A.R.C. and TecGrip holsters are excellent choices as well as the Inside-the-Pants (ISP) or Ambidextrous Holsters. All will offer you that balance between speed and concealability.

OWB Behind-the-Hip Carry

This method of carry is common when carrying concealed under an untucked shirt or light jacket. Being positioned away from the front visible part of your body, lends itself well to concealment.

Popular holsters for the OWB behind the hip carry position include the T-Series L2C, Serpa CQC, and Omnivores. If you're looking for nylon, Hip Holster and Pancake Holsters are the solution as well.

IWB Behind-the-Hip Carry

This method of carry is considered a deep concealment method. When concealment is valued over speed and efficiency of draw, IWB behind-the-hip carry is a good choice.

Blackhawk has several options to meet your need; including, but not limited to: Blackhawk A.R.C. and TecGrip holsters.

Pocket Carry

This method of carry works well with .380 and Micro 9mm caliber handguns. Typically, a good pocket holster will dilute the outline of the handgun to make it appear as a wallet. Check out our TecGrip Pocket Holster if this is the type of carry position you prefer.

Appendix Carry

Dut to its inherent near center location on the body, this method of carry is considered one of the fastest and most efficent positions to draw from. Appendix carry is considered a more advanced technique and needs to be practiced to proficiency.

Our A.R.C., TecGrip and Junk Drawer holsters are ideal for this position.

Shoulder Carry

This method of carry is primarily utilized for cold weather concealment, under a jacket. If your task for the day takes you outside, without the opportunity to wear something on your belt, this is a good choice. Many shoulder rigs also allow you to carry a spare magazine or other reload accessory. Check out our Shoulder Holsters if this is the type of carry position you prefer.

Fanny Pack

This method of carry is primarily utilized when all other methods of carry are no longer an option. The fanny pack carry is a great option for exercising or outdoor activities.

Our Nylon Concealed Weapon Fanny Pack Holster is designed for this position.