Why AIWB is attracting a new generation of gun owners
By Jacki Billings
AIWB places the gun, in this case a Smith & Wesson Shield in 9mm, around the centerline of the abdomen. (Photo: Jacki Billings)
Appendix inside-the-waistband, commonly referenced as simply AIWB, has been steadily catching the eyes of gun owners committed to the concealed carry lifestyle.
This means of carry, which places the gun on the abdomen — around the 1 o’clock position — has been steadily trending upwards, gaining a stream of followers who swear by the position’s efficiency and draw stroke. It’s not without its naysayers, though. For years AIWB has been lauded as an unsafe means to carry. “You’ll shoot your junk off” are the cries of those vehemently protesting what they term as a fad among youngsters in the gun community. This fad, however, has been going strong for the past few years, according to holster makers, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Dark Star Gear was one of the OG’s — one of the first holster makers who begin crafting gear for AIWB before it was trendy to carry on the abdomen. Tom Kelley, the driving force behind Dark Star Gear, said that though AIWB has been around for years, 2012 was when he and other began noticing