What classifies as small of back carry?

#1

I was looking at an article for small of back carry to see other pros and cons and it shows that carrying behind the hip is small of back. I thought small of back is where you carry your gun at the base of your spine.
Can someone clear up my confusion?

#2

Small of back is comfortable but also a bad position. It’s at the lower spine. So if you fall and land on your back your firearm is hitting hard at the lower spine.

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#3

That’s what I’ve read @ShawnT . @Tankrachet86 said that as long as you don’t fall flat on your back you’re all good.
Now I also read that it’s also a bad idea to carry small of back because you put yourself at a disadvantage by reaching around your body to draw your gun. I guess it’d take longer too compared to drawing it off your side?

#4

Yeah that was one of the negatives.

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#5

I carry center of low back… but I also blade myself when I go to draw down on my target… not sure if that makes a difference… but truly it’s what your comfortable with

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#6

Why do you blade yourself when you draw from small of back @Tankrachet86?

#7

I’m a wide shoulder guy I walk through most doors and it’s a good chance my shoulders will take up most of a doorway… so I blade to cut my shilloute down

#8

If you look at my profile pic I standing in front of a 28 in door… lol

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#9

Oh. So you blade yourself to make your body a harder target?

#10

Yea… depending on situation and space I can drop my suitable size by 1/4th to maybe even a 1/3

#11

Only time I square off is with my vest on because I have hard plates in place…

#12

I’ve thought of getting body armor but it’s so expensive and I don’t have a job that pays enough to warrant such a purchase.

#13

I think I payed total of like 190… and the plates cover me up to 30-06 armor piercing…

#14

For the plate plus carrier or just the plate? And what company did you buy from?

#15

AR500, I got my vest for 100 and the plates were on sale at the time…

#16

Did you get the square plates or the plates with slants to accommodate for your arms? And is your carrier comfortable?

#17

They are called shooter plates, they are notches on the top to allow more functional use of my arms

#18

Oh I didn’t realize the angles at the top near the shoulders were shooter plates. I just knew they gave you more functional use of your arms without the plate digging in them when you try to shoot.

#19

Well standard plates are a little wider on top, they look the same until you stack a shooter plate on top of a normal plate… then you notice the shooter plates are maybe 1/2 in narrower at top end.

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#20

Great points about blading stance.

I do TKD and we’re taught the blade stance (called something different). When I was in a defensive situation when I knew I’d have to defend myself, I instinctively went into an isosceles stance.

That being said, this is a great article about stance that will make you think… https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/shooting-stance-important/

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