is important to be familiar with MCS'
overall doctrine when it comes to combatives in order
to realize the reason for appendix carry and the MCS ACR
MCS concerns itself with open hand, impact, edged weapons
and firearms within seven yards in any environment. The
physical basis of MCS begins with open hand combatives.
We do not teach a specific ready position but rather what
is naturally a comfortable default position.
The hands are most swinging from the pocket seams up to
about the mid torso. Picture swinging your hand up and
down / in and out in this position like you were snapping
your fingers. From this repetitive path of motion is where
we work. It only makes good sense to have our tools positioned
in this path. Making this motion forms a stable triangle
from the base (your pocket seam) to the peak (your chest)
MCS is concerned with continuity of training from open
hand-impact-edged weapons-firearms. What I mean but that
is we know that you will always have your open hands and
usually at least in improvised impact weapon, then depending
on your situation an edged weapon or pistol.
When you train to access,
deploy and use your edged weapons and pistol within
the same triangle you use for open hand combatives two
things happen, one you become faster, and two your transition
between physical and mechanical force becomes seamless.
This builds confidence and reliability. This is where
the appendix carry and the specifically the Appendix Carry
Rig comes in.
In MCS the pistol is not our talisman, not our tactical
woobie. It is simply another mechanical force option that
is also a deadly force option. We don't believe in gunfights.
Only fights that may involve gun fire. Through training
in the other levels of physical and mechanical force we
try to avoid the typical default of the hand to the gun
under any stress.
You don't pick up a Phillips or regular screwdriver before
seeing what type of screw you need to use it on. Pistol
craft is nothing more than another skills set. Made more
important only by it's liability because of increased
range. We don't believe that you are unarmed by not having
one. But if you are in a position of being able to carry
we endorse the appendix carry.
Not only does the appendix carry position the pistol inside
the triangle, but it lends itself to being drawn not matter
if you find yourself standing, crouching, on your back,
on your stomach or on your sides. Why? Because to recover
from any of these positions your hands are going to move
past the appendix position, not to behind your hip, small
of the back, ankle or whatever.
Another place the position shines is while seated behind
the wheel of a car. Traditional holster placement puts
your pistol under a concealment garment, secured over
with a seatbelt. Slow at best. Where do your hands lay
while seated? In your lap, right where your pistol is.
Through working with Raven
Concealment along with the input of other great minds
in the combative (not just gun fighting) industry we have
been able to produce the Appendix Carry Rig, not just
The difference? A rig means just that, a platform that
can be used with or without the use of additional mounting
accessories to "rig" the holster to accommodate
the broadest range of users ever imaginable.
If you view your pistol as just another option in your
overall personal protection plan then the ACR is for you.
If you view your pistol as a hammer and everything looks
like a nail, then by all means, carry your hammer in whatever
way makes you fell good.