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Suitable for appendix carry

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Reviewing some pistols I own that are safer for appendix carry I came up with this list:
HK P 2000 ( DA SA pistol )
S&W M&P compact 2.0 with safety
Sig 320 compact with safety
HK P 30 compact ( 10 round limit though )
I would be a bit anxious trying to carry a Glock, PPQ, PDP etc as they have short trigger pulls on them. I imagine there are some more; but those I have.
The Walther P 99 is one sweet pistol and it is too bad Walther dropped it. I understand everyone wants optics and the P 99 does not fit that desire. I still like the P 99 though.
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I carry Glock during certain times of the year and I do not have much concern about appendix carry. I holster the gun before positioning it on my person and I go about my day.

However, I do feel an extra layer of safety when I’m carrying the P99 knowing it is decocked.

In regards to P320s I tested the trigger at a LGS by dry firing and the take up to me was very short and very light before firing. I am not sure how much truth is behind all of the accidental discharges or negligent discharges, but I can say that I could see how a trigger like that could go off from poor discipline.
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Does anyone else get nervous when they appendix carry? I tend to not, or have it further off to the side, there's just lots of important stuff in that general area and if I ever actually needed to draw it'd probably be the one time I screw up and pull the trigger as I pull the gun out.
Based on my experience, it is the most accessible, convenient, and easy to use/ conceal, so I had to learn how to get comfortable with it. The first time getting into a car with a loaded handgun pointing in that direction was an interesting moment but I’ve learned to live with it.

All things considered though, I don’t think I would prefer carrying any other way.
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The entire premise of appendix carry completely contradicts the non-negotiable 2nd rule of firearm safety: "NEVER point a firearm at ANYTHING that you're not willing to destroy or kill." We spend hours of training learning how not to sweep the muzzle of our weapons past any part of our body during firearm presentation and/or re-holstering.

However, AIWB carry with a chambered-round firearm (typically with a cocked striker/hammer) pointing directly at some VERY precious body parts is totally contrary to proper firearms safety. I'm sorry, but I don't understand how the risk of severe injury or death is worth the few advantages of appendix carry.
I guess I live dangerously. One could argue the point about “pointing” when I holster my weapon in the appendix position the muzzle is not flagging any of my body parts. When I sit down, it is definitely facing my lower body but there is no “pointing” involved. Meaning no hand is in control of the gun, guiding/ directing it to be towards my lower body.

Do what you feel best with/ safest with. The most comfortable/ accessible/ concealable/ practical is appendix for me.
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