Why it’s time to ditch small of back carry
By Jacki Billings
Small of Back carry places the gun directly over the spine. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
No topic garners more heated conversations in the concealed carry world than carry position. Every concealer has their specific spot they claim is best. While most locations of carry – be it appendix, strong side hip, inside the waistband or outside the waistband – come down to personal preference and lifestyle, there’s one mode that tends to be less safe than others. Of course, I am talking about good ‘ole small of back.
What exactly is small of back carry?
SoB refers to a carry position in which the pistol is concealed directly over the spine in the 6 o’clock position. Falling under the SoB umbrella are two techniques: palm in or palm out. Just like their names suggest, the palm in variant sees the drawer’s dominant palm facing towards the spine when gripping the gun on the draw, while the palm out version forces the concealer’s palm to face outward away from the body. Though neither position is ideal, palm in is usually considered the safer of the two.
Palm in references the orientation of the gun forcing the drawer’s palm to face inward towards the spine. Palm