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Springfield XDs Appendix Carry & Grip Safety

There is so much about this gun that I like as a concealed carry weapon.
A note on appendix carry and holstering.

On the draw, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re on target.

While holstering, with a striker fired handgun with a grip safety.
Move your trigger finger off the trigger and your thumb over the back of the slide to prevent the slide from moving back as you holster.
This sometimes happens with tight holsters.
Follow this rule even if your gun fits perfect. It’s about the grip safety.

Triggers get caught in stuff with horrible results.
Once you move your thumb to the slide, the grip safety is disengaged and the trigger won’t depress if caught.

A holster that covers the trigger guard is a must for concealed carry.
 

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I agree with all your comments.
I selected the XDs Mod 2 with the grip safety specifically for its advantages with Appendix Carry.
I also think the XDs the best physical size, adequate grip size compared to some other smaller handguns.
 

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Thanks for the reply.
I got one in a 4 inch barrel. I ordered my AIWB Dara holster to ride high so I don't feel the extra length.
I also train and do some competition with it. Great gun.
 

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Prefit your holsters with an unloaded gun in a ziplock bag, eliminates the dragging and rearward slide motion


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I have the XDs Mod 2 with the 3.3 inch barrel; had it since January once it was on the Mass Roster of approved handguns.
I ordered an AIWB also from Dara with the mid ride but have not received it as yet.
I have a Veridian Reactor R5 Gen 3 green laser installed on the XDs Mod 2 and had the Dara AIWB holster configured with the magnet that shuts off the laser when holstered.
 

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I love my Dara holsters. OWB with double mag holder and an AIWB with single mag holster.
On the AIWB I opted for the high ride giving me a full grip on the gun.
Nice touch with the magnet.
I use Burris Fast Fire 3 Red Dot sights my XDs and Ruger MK111.
 

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Springfield XDs Appendix Carry & Grip Safety

There is so much about this gun that I like as a concealed carry weapon.
A note on appendix carry and holstering.

On the draw, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re on target.

While holstering, with a striker fired handgun with a grip safety.
Move your trigger finger off the trigger and your thumb over the back of the slide to prevent the slide from moving back as you holster.
This sometimes happens with tight holsters.
Follow this rule even if your gun fits perfect. It’s about the grip safety.

Triggers get caught in stuff with horrible results.
Once you move your thumb to the slide, the grip safety is disengaged and the trigger won’t depress if caught.

A holster that covers the trigger guard is a must for concealed carry.
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Springfield XDs Appendix Carry & Grip Safety

There is so much about this gun that I like as a concealed carry weapon.
A note on appendix carry and holstering.

On the draw, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re on target.

While holstering, with a striker fired handgun with a grip safety.
Move your trigger finger off the trigger and your thumb over the back of the slide to prevent the slide from moving back as you holster.
This sometimes happens with tight holsters.
Follow this rule even if your gun fits perfect. It’s about the grip safety.

Triggers get caught in stuff with horrible results.
Once you move your thumb to the slide, the grip safety is disengaged and the trigger won’t depress if caught.

A holster that covers the trigger guard is a must for concealed carry.
I agree and do all the things that you mention above, with the exception of the holster covering the trigger guard. I recently had a holster made that did cover the whole trigger guard completely. As a result I could not get a good grip on the pistol grip for a good draw. Had to return the holster and hope they can modify it.
 

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There’s a better way of holstering.

Put the gun in the holster before you put the holster inside your pants.

If it’s a proper holster, and not a flimsy POS, and the trigger is properly protected by it, there is no way the trigger can get pressed.
 

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I agree and do all the things that you mention above, with the exception of the holster covering the trigger guard. I recently had a holster made that did cover the whole trigger guard completely. As a result I could not get a good grip on the pistol grip for a good draw. Had to return the holster and hope they can modify it.
What does a fully covered trigger guard have to do with drawing the gun from the holster?
 

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I carry mine appendix. I do all the above . IF. I can’t take my holster off and put it in.

Draw quickly and holster reluctantly.


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I agree and do all the things that you mention above, with the exception of the holster covering the trigger guard. I recently had a holster made that did cover the whole trigger guard completely. As a result I could not get a good grip on the pistol grip for a good draw. Had to return the holster and hope they can modify it.
Hope it works out for you. See if you can change the ride height, more of the grip will be exposed.
 

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Prefit your holsters with an unloaded gun in a ziplock bag, eliminates the dragging and rearward slide motion


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Yes, that works. I have a nice set of Galco holster and mag carriers. Worked out great.
 

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For those that appendix carry their XDS (mine is a 3.3. inch) what holster do you have?

I have recently been very interested in trying appendix carry but I understand you need a dedicated holster.
 

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I Have a Dara AIWB Kydex holster with a single AIWB mag carrier. It was a package deal for about $80 with coupon.
Completely customizable. Ordered it with Tuckable belt clips so you can tuck your shirt in over it.
 

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What does a fully covered trigger guard have to do with drawing the gun from the holster?
My index finger will not fit between the COMPLETLY leather covered trigger guard and the pistols grip enough to get 3 fingers on the grip. No, I do not have big or fat fingers. 0.9" diameter. In other words the leather comes too close to the pistol grip to get my finger between the the leather and the grip.
 

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I may just be dense but I still see no relevance to the covered trigger guard and drawing the pistol from the holster. Could you possibly post a picture of the gun in the holster?
 

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I may just be dense but I still see no relevance to the covered trigger guard and drawing the pistol from the holster. Could you possibly post a picture of the gun in the holster?

I Have a Dara AIWB Kydex holster with a single AIWB mag carrier. It was a package deal for about $80 with coupon.
Completely customizable. Ordered it with Tuckable belt clips so you can tuck your shirt in over it.
Ordered it with a high ride to allow a full grip access. The belt is about a half inch below the grip.
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For those that appendix carry their XDS (mine is a 3.3. inch) what holster do you have?

I have recently been very interested in trying appendix carry but I understand you need a dedicated holster.
I use a Detroit Holster model “8 Mile”.
It can be also be ordered to cover lights or lasers if needed.
 
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