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The AIWB Holster Hack

The AIWB Holster Hack

I’ve been carrying Appendix Inside-the-Waistband (AIWB) for almost six months now. The only holster I’ve used has been the Keeper Errand which I reviewed some time ago. I have found no reason to go away from Keeper’s fine holster.

My much abused foam wedge compared to the gel insert.

My much abused foam wedge compared to the gel insert.

One of the awesome things about Spencer’s holster is the foam wedge that helps pad the holster, cushion it for comfort and support an ideal carry position. For the most part, his foam holster wedges did a really good job of making AIWB carry that much more comfortable and convinced me they were a great addition to the AIWB way of carry.

However, after losing 10 lbs in the last few months I found the foam wedge not doing much to pad the holster. Not to mention the foam wedge only covered the tip of the holster, not the rest of the back where I needed more padding against my pelvic bone. The first wedge wore out (foam does that) and I was just about to change it to the next wedge when I went to the range. That trip changed my AIWB carry forever!

I have awesome ear pro! The muffs aren’t foam padded they are gel padded and even wearing glasses underneath of them is no problem. The gel forms a perfect seal around my ear and doesn’t leave pressure points or hot spots. That got me thinking. Could there be something similar for an AIWB holster?

So, off I went to walmart to look at shoe inserts. And there, descended from the heavens of the AIWB gods, were Dr Scholl’s Massaging Heel Cushions.

At $5.50, there was no reason not to try them.

Men's and women's heel cushions and Industrial strength Velcro. Less than $10 at you're local walmart.

Men’s and women’s heel cushions and Industrial strength Velcro. Less than $10 at you’re local walmart.

Not wanting to whip out my holster to check which size I would need, men’s or women’s, I bought both along with a box of industrial-strength Velcro.

If you carry an AIWB holster, this is pretty much the best thing you can ever do in the way of comfort and cushioning.

The women's size 6-10 is the perfect fit for the Keeper Errand.

The women’s size 6-10 is the perfect fit for the Keeper Errand.

The women’s size 6-10 might as well have been custom fit for the Keeper Errand holster. It fits like a glove.

Not only do they have the wedge shape that is great for AIWB that keeps it in ideal place for carry but they also have a wrap-around support meant for a heel that is perfect for protecting a wearer’s skin from the rough and pinching edges of kydex.

The back of the Keeper Errand is already covered in soft Velcro for the foam wedges so all I needed to do was carefully place the hook-side of the Velcro to the inside of the gel heel cushions and stick it to the holster.

Not only is it far softer and cushier, the increase in surface area of the heel cushions to the holster vs the foam wedge significantly increases the overall comfort all the way up the back of the holster vs one spot.

Men's size 8-10 fits perfect on the JM Custom Kydex.

Men’s size 8-10 fits perfect on the JM Custom Kydex.

That evening, when my husband got home from work, I asked him to try it. He was amazed by how much more comfortable it was and asked me to do the same mod to his JM Custom Kydex AIWB holster. His holster has a larger footprint and, as fate would have it, the men’s heel cushion was the perfect size for his holster.

A quick application of Velcro to the cushion and the holster and he was rocking his own AIWB Lima-mod. another thing he noticed was the stickiness of the gel keeps the holster form shifting and even helps keep undershirts tucked in. Another added benefit.

Because it’s attached with Velcro its easily customizable to your needs to cover any hot spots and being a sturdy gel it will far out-last any other cushions you could hope to add to something so well-used as a holster.

If you carry AIWB, this might be something to check out.

Oh, by the way, you’re welcome!

A little added Velcro and ready to install.

A little added Velcro and ready to install.

Pressure on the holster wraps the gel around the holster for more cushioning around the sides.

Pressure on the holster wraps the gel around the holster for more cushioning around the sides.

Look at all that padding!

Look at all that padding!

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About Melody Lauer aka Limatunes

Melody is an NRA and Rangemaster Certified Pistol instructor, mother of three and advocate of safe gun carry and practices.

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  1. Great article! A wedge feature is quickly becoming almost mandatory for AIWB carry.
    One thing we do at PHLster is to offer two options for our AIWB rigs;
    One is a DIY kit which the user can sculpt and configure to their individual shape and comfort.
    The other is a unique shaped spine which acts like a wedge and a fulcrum to tilt AND pivot the grip inward.
    They can be used with our holsters or with any holster on which you might adhere some Velcro.

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  2. Damn Melody that’s a great idea!

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  3. I’ve carried appendix over 2 years. I use a full size Keeper for my G19 (thanks Mr. Ellifritz). As you know, Spencer is generous with the number of wedges he includes with his holsters, but it doesn’t take long for them to lose their shape. I ran out last night and bought the Dr Scholls heel pad so I could shamelessly copy your idea. Came home and installed it per your instructions. Immediate and dramatic improvement. I now rock the Lima-Keeper mod. Even though you’ve already said “you’re welcome”, I’m still gonna say thanks!

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  4. Thanks! I am going to try this immediately.

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  5. I read this article at noon. Bought stuff at 4pm and just got done at 10pm with something I think I like. OMG this amazing. I am finally wearing my g19 w/light comfortably. Trying this out this weekend.

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  6. FREAKING BRILLIANT!!!

    I’m going to the store tomorrow!!!

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  7. I’ve almost given up on AIWB carry. I am going to try this tonight.

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  8. Note to all the AIWB holster makers…start making this variation standard from your companies!

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  9. I have carried AIWB for many years and not very comfortable either, but I did it. This makes a great difference in comfort. Outstanding idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Just did this mod to my Errand. Next is to nest the second one on the first for added wedge. Still looking for an appropriate glue to bond the insoles to each other.

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  11. Reblogged this on RealDefense and commented:
    Brilliant holster hack from Limatunes.

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  12. Hey Melody, I gave this a shot but the Velcro isn’t sticking to the gel heel cup. Tips?

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  13. Finally got my hands on a pack of the gel heels (all I’d been able to find where full insoles since this initially posted) and tried this out on the Kydex IWB I carry strong side at 4:00. Let me say, this hack is just as fantastic for strong side carry as it is for appendix! SO worth the $5.

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  15. This is an awesome idea, one of those “Why didn’t I think of that.” moments. 🙂

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  16. Hi Melody. Here’s my update after 44 days – 8 all day clssses, 8 additional range sessions with a lot of movement, concealed carry all day every day, 90 degrees during the day, 40 degrees at night, sitting, squatting, bending over – it doesn’t matter – Dr. Scholls is the winner, hands down!. What’s Spencer think about your epiphany?

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  17. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    Great hack. How often do you decide not to carry due to the discomfort? Just like wearing a vest, I’d rather be hot than shot. Not carrying means you cannot defend yourself or others. Are you a sheepdog or not?

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