AIWB Skills Class

Spencer Keepers, of Keepers Concealment, has been on my radar for a few years now. My friend, Ian Strimbeck from Freedom Hill Gear, told me about this great appendix holster. He showed me photos and I really didn’t see how something like that with a foam wedge would make it easier to conceal. So I held off getting one. Fast forward to May 2016, Spencer invited me to take his inaugural AIWB Skills Class. He let me use his Errand and Keeper Lite during the class, which I know own both . As soon as I put on the Errand, I immediately fell in love with it.

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Spencer going into one of his many lectures.

The class began with Spencer introducing himself with his background and then had the students do the same. After that, his first lecture was on the appendix holster use and design. This lecture is worth of the price of the class alone. Yes, you read that right. I was completely blown away on how he promotes his competition. Spencer thinks his holsters are the best, but he wants you to find the right gear for you if his doesn’t fit you. He goes in detail of why he designed Keepers the way he did, and what makes a good holsters. Spencer also discussed other holsters designs during this lecture, the pros and cons of each in his eyes.

Spencer used Chuck Haggard to discuss shooting with retention. (Yes, their ADD kicked in for this photo.)

Spencer used Chuck Haggard to discuss shooting with retention. (Yes, their ADD kicked in for this photo.)

We went over the safety rules, how to present the handgun from the holster, and how to re-holster safely with our handguns unloaded. I’m not a big dry fire guy, but I understand why we did it. The appendix position is widely miss understood and can be regarded as the most dangerous way to carry, depending on who you ask. For many of the students, this was their first time to train with the gun in this position. Spencer showed a really great way to mitigate of pointing the gun into you when re-holstering.

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After lunch, we started shooting. We were just getting reps with 2 to 4 rounds at 7 yards in the A Zone on an IDPA target. We did this for around 100 rounds or so. Spencer walked up and down the line making corrections with the shooters. He also went into to discuss what he believes is the best for hand placement, sight alinement, mag changes, and more. Again, this was a class to safely get used to the AIWB position. Spencer quotes Tom Givens of Rangemasters’ data about self-defense shootings. So this class is better suited for a person looking for training for personal defense.

Spencer is a solid guy and really humble. Look into his holsters and training.

Spencer is a solid guy and really humble. Look into his holsters and training.

If you follow me, you know I’m a Combat Focus Shooting instructor. By me saying that, I enjoyed the class and Spencer was able to fix an issue I generally had when I would present my handgun from the holster. I do recommend this class for anyone who wants to become more efficient with carrying in the AIWB position.