I’ve experimented with Appendix Inside the Waist Band (AIWB) carry for about a year now. I’ve tried a few different options and my latest acquisition really stands out from the pack for this carry method.
The INCOG is a Inside the Waist Band (IWB) holster from G Code that was developed as a joint venture with Haley Strategic Partners. I picked my INCOG holster up from our friends at 3 Rivers Precision.
The holster incorporates several forward thinking features such as offering a negative angle on the belt clips which helps to keep the handgun and magazine tight against the body. The clips themselves are adjustable to allow the user to position the handgun higher or lower in relation to the belt line. The clips are sized well to fit most size carry belts and have a lower lip that grabs onto the bottom of the belt to assure the holster stays in place.
I have found the stock position from the factory to suit me well, it places my handgun high enough to get a full firing grip without fighting my belt or having to dig my fingers between the belt and grip of the handgun as well as keeping it high enough not to dig into my leg when I’m seated. The standard clips have three holes each for adjusting both the height as well as any cant you may prefer if carrying in a standard IWB position. You can also order 4 and 5 hole clip variants if you need them.
My INCOG features a “Tactical Fuzz”, a non absorbent coating over the kydex that provides a very thin but effective layer to offer some comfort between the holster and your body. In the summer I carry without an undershirt between my skin and the firearm and holster. Having raw kydex directly against your skin for an extended period of time can become uncomfortable, the plastic being in constant contact with your skin increases heat and moisture. While any holster carried up against the body can have issues relating to heat build up and moisture, the simple addition of a light weight undershirt or tank top can do wonders for comfort, likewise the ‘tactical fuzz’ can help in the same fashion.
The holster offers a passive retention feature and the handgun is easily removed with a positive draw stroke. Passive retention refers to the holster holding onto your handgun until you are ready to remove it, simply put the handgun won’t come out on it’s own. You can adjust the passive retention easily and the holster firmly holds my G19 in and allows for a smooth, clean draw. There is no slop or rattle when my G19 is in the holster, no matter what sort of physical activity you are engaging in.
The ability to add a magazine pouch to the holster makes the setup ideal for AIWB carry, it positions the magazine right at your center line and offers no real additional bulk to the set up. You can also carry the holster and mag pouch IWB on your side and it does work but I find the addition of the mag pouch, when carried on the side, increases the footprint to something that really isn’t conducive to concealment or comfort, at least not for my preferences.
Setup on your side with the spare mag holder you could also introduce an issue of ‘catching’ the lip of the spare magazine as you draw if you don’t bring the handgun up high enough out of the holster as you present. This would fall more on the user/operator error side of the equation but it’s worth noting either way. For IWB carry on the dominant side, you can remove the spare magazine holder and the INCOG carries tight and comfortably up against your side.
You have the option of choosing the half guard or full guard if you order one. The difference being the full guard covers more of the top rear of the slide on your handgun than the half guard. If I was going to carry one of my Glocks that have the scalloped or “fish gill” serrations on the rear of the slide I’d probably opt for the full guard because those type of serrations are much more aggressive and irritate my side if I don’t have a undershirt between them and my body. As it stands with a standard Glock, XD or M&P the half guard should be fine for most people, including myself.
The INCOG bills itself as “a minimum bulk, multi-positional, deep concealment holster” and I would agree. If you are looking for a solid option for carrying IWB, especially AIWB, you should give the INCOG some serious consideration.
If you have any questions please let me know and check out my video review to see the INCOG in action-