The Springfield Armory XD-S Single Stack is available in a 3.3-inch length that is even better for concealed carry than the 4-inch model. And it comes in the attractive Tactical Gray color. If you like the XD-S, you’ll like this 3.3-inch model too. Springfield touts it as having the most available capacity in the most concealable package.
In this video, Rob Pincus is carrying the Springfield Armory XD-S® 3.3″ Single Stack in the centerline or appendix position, which is his preferred carry position. He takes this opportunity to address the question of whether appendix carry can be done responsibly and safely.
Many people feel that when holstering and reholstering in the appendix carry position, the gun dangerously indexes the concealed carrier’s body.
First Rob explains about the grip safety on the Springfield XD-S 3.3” and how even if he did inadvertently press the trigger, the gun would not fire if the grip safety is not pressed. And for reholstering in the appendix carry position, the thumb has to come off the grip safety.
Safe Draw From Centerline
For those who don’t have an XD-S with its grip safety, Rob teaches a technique for safely drawing the gun from concealed carry in the appendix position. Start by driving the hips forward, then reach down, get a good grip on the gun, come up (at which point the gun is already pointed in front of the body), orient the gun toward the threat, and drive out in a rotating way so you can get into a good shooting position.
Be sure to watch the video to see this technique in action, with camerawork that makes each body position, and gun position, clear.
Rob has been carrying appendix for years and believes that if you have a good holster and can draw the gun properly, you should be able to safely come in and out of appendix carry and carry the gun centerline all day without any additional risk over other carry positions.