Introduction to Four O’clock Carry
Another very popular method of carrying a pistol is behind the hip. For a right handed shooter this is referred to as 4:00 carry. A “3:00 carry” is generally right on the hip and usually an outside the waistband holster. A “4:00 carry” is behind the hip and generally inside the waistband holster which is much more easily concealable. The 4:00 draw requires a little bit more shoulder mobility and a slightly different method of clearing the garment, but otherwise it is very similar to an appendix carry draw.
A sheath holster such as a “Sticky Holster” (stickyholsters.com) is a useful holster to cover the trigger guard and easily be tucked in the waistband. Instruct students to tuck it behind their hip with their shirt tucked in. They may have to adjust their belt.
With the holster tucked around behind the waist note how they can adjust it slightly with a more forward cant and have them engage in a few reps of just reaching behind and grabbing the pistol, withdrawing the pistol, finger off trigger and quickly getting the index finger of support hand in the set position and present out and hit the target. Do about 5 minutes of reps of this step just so they’re fluidly drawing from 4:00, punching out, establishing their grip, and getting quality shots.
Now progress the drill into defeating the garment where the shirt is now placed over their pistol, and as shown in the video, they reach back with both hands, lift the shirt with both hands, try to continue to raise with the left hand (for right-handed shooter) as they grab the handle of the pistol again with their thumb over sights. Continue the drill with the same skill set of drawing the pistol, removing the finger off the trigger, getting the index finger on the trigger guard at the set point, and punching out and hitting the target.
Video of Sample Class Related to This Block
The sample videos below are to help you see how this instruction is actually taught. Now, this is not the only way to instruct, but it is shown to give you an example.