Common Concealed Carry Positions [INFOGRAPHIC]

One of the most important things I tell my new concealed carry students is to experiment with different Carry Positions if the first thing they try doesn't work for them. In an effort to show the various and most popular positions and discuss the greater benefits of each, we have created the below infographic.

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About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Matthew Maruster on February 3, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Like it!

  2. Wm on February 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    What about the disadvantages or drawbacks to each of those?

    • Jacob Paulsen on February 8, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Tonight we will be recording a podcast in which we discuss both the pros and cons of each of these!

  3. David Allen on February 8, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Carry mine in a modified position at about a 2-2:30 position. Will try the cross draw position.
    Thanks for info.

  4. Dennis on February 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    There is no perfect carry for everyone,the concealed carrier should try different positions

    then decide what works best for him/her

    • Jacob Paulsen on February 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Well said!

  5. James Allen Wyatt, Jr. on February 8, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    AS TO WHERE IT IS BEST TO WEAR A CONCEALED SIDE ARM, THE CROSS DRAW IS MUCH PREFERRED AS THE HANDGUN IS MUCH MORE EASILY AND QUICKLY GRASP WHEN IN A SEATED POSITION BE THAT IN AN AUTO OR ANY OTHER SEATED LOCATION and one of the best examples of the wisdom of this means of wearing is none other than Wild Bill Hickok who, being a gambler and thus frequently seated at a poker table was able to have instant access to one or both of his pair of revolvers.

  6. Mike on February 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    When standing, the Cross Draw presents the weapon to an adversary.

  7. Tom Ballesteros on February 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I think it depends on the occasion, the weather and the appropriate attire for the occasion. There is no single, simple solution. One should have different holsters and practice with all of them.

  8. Dennis on February 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I like to be really prepared so I carry in all 10 positions. I also have a small wagon to carry extra mags and ammo.

    • Kevin on September 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

      lol !!!!

  9. Larry P Beary on March 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

    How about making it so I can print it out like a banner. Then I can save it to my Desktop. I can save it as a .jpeg but then when I open it, it’s so small I can barely
    read it.

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 20, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Larry, sorry about that. Maybe in the future we’ll work on a more print friendly version!

    • mwhals on September 2, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Just do a screen copy and crop it in Microsoft Paint or an Apple equivalent.

  10. John G. on March 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Shirt holsters (Kramer Confidante, Undercover Comfort, Packing T, and others) position the gun under the armpit of the non-dominant side. It is a very comfortable cross draw position. A bit slower to draw than appendix or strong side carry, however, and it is very difficult to use while wearing anything other than a button-down down shirt with velcro quick release buttons. Once you get used to it, you’ll find it to be really comfortable.

  11. JungleCogs on April 5, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    ‘Small of back’ is not so comfortable if pushed or falling backward. Serious injury could result.

  12. Chris Armstrong on May 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Used to carry strong side, Beretta px4 compact, in an Alien gear cloak holster, was very comfortable and minimal print. Then tore my rotator cuff, and couldn’t draw half the time. I now primarily off side pocket carry a Sig p938 in a sticky holster, or appendix carry either gun in sticky holster.
    Love the versatility of the sticky holster.

  13. David vipperman on August 1, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I always carry in the cross draw it keeps your weapon protected by the left arm in close combat situations plus you have a 180 sweep from the holster

  14. Elbert Jones on February 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Unless your job requires you to carry lots of cash or valuables regularly; WHY SHOULD YOU CARRY A CONCEALED PISTOL?
    Many Americans who do it do not have extensive( SEVERAL YEARS) training on how to shoot it. The odds of being in an active shooter situation are POSSIBLY ASTRONOMICAL.

    • Matthew Maruster on March 2, 2020 at 8:31 am

      You realize you are saying someone should carry a firearm to protect ‘lots of cash or valuables’ but fail to realize human life is far more valuable than these things? This is the reason people carry a firearm, not to protect material possessions, but their lives against someone who would want to take their lives. Can you explain what you mean by ‘possibly astronomical?’ If you are saying the odds of being involved in an active shooter are high, this would seem to support the carrying of a firearm for protection. Unless you truly believe that only money, valuables, politicians, and celebrities deserve to be protected by someone with a firearm.

      • Krissy Lopez on February 8, 2021 at 12:25 pm

        Well said! I carry to protect myself and my children!

    • Jeri R. on August 9, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      In some areas it is not safe for women to even walk their dogs without some type of protection.

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