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Appendix Inside the Waistband Carry Skills

Intermediate - AIWB Skills

Duration: 4 hours



Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now April 27 Saturday
4 - 16 Students 9a-1p John "Hsoi" Daub Space Available target icon


An introduction to the fundamentals of Appendix Inside-the-Waistband (AIWB) Carry Method: What it is, what it isn’t, and how to get the most out of it safely.

This course is about the knowledge and skills specific to the Appendix Inside the Waist Band (AIWB) style of carry. Successfully and safely carrying and shooting from AIWB is not as simple as moving your IWB holster from the side of your body to the front. It’s crucial to understand the history, along with the strengths and weaknesses of this mode of carry. Proper equipment goes a lot way towards success, and you will learn about what makes for effective AIWB equipment.

The shooting portions of class are designed to teach and reinforce effective, efficient, and safe techniques for drawing, shooting and holstering. This is not a class on how to shoot: it’s a class focused on skills specific to AIWB (vs. OWB/IWB, pocket, etc.). You don’t need a high-round-count to acquire these skills since shooting itself isn’t unique to AIWB.

This course qualifies as an elective in the KR Training Defensive Pistol Skills Program.

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Topics Covered

AIWB safety, concepts, equipment, two-hand drawstroke, one-hand drawstroke, holstering, seated work, and more!

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Expectations and Outcomes

Students that complete the course should have a basic understanding of how to use an AIWB holster safely and draw from it quickly.

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Intermediate, Concealed Carry Training, Specialty Other

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Gun suitable for daily concealed carry (semi-auto or revolver). AIWB holster for that gun. A proper gun-belt to support the holster.

The ability to shoot at least 10 rounds on the line (semi-auto: 1 magazine of at least 10 rounds, or 2 magazines of at least 5; revolver: at least 2 speedloaders/speedstrips, or moon clips). Minimum 50 rounds of ammo.

Concealment garment. Eye protection, ear protection, brimmed hat. Appropriate attire for a gun range.