What does Mexican Carry really mean, and can it be done safely? Here’s an excellent video on the topic from TheYankeeMarshall.
Mexican Carry is a simple term that means sticking the gun in your waistband and concealed carrying it that way. In most cases this implies no holster whatsoever. Also the term is in no way derogatory, as explained in the video above.
Some people choose this method of concealed carry because it seems easy, or they don’t want to deal with the bulk of a gun holster in their pants, or perhaps they just need to briefly transport their gun and they do not have a holster.
These are the 2 main concerns with “Mexican Carry”:
- No trigger control/safety, so possibility of accidental discharge.
- Risk of the gun falling and dropping to the ground.
The 1st is the most dangerous obviously… while reaching for the gun, it’s possible to accidentally grab the trigger. Or the trigger could snag on clothing while being placed inside the waistband, etc. This is a very real danger and possibly life threatening.
The concern of dropping your gun is far less severe. With the relatively high quality firearms produced these days by companies such as Glock, there’s not much risk of accidental discharge from dropping your gun. That said, carrying a gun in a way that you can accidentally drop it is a very poor idea. And while the risk of it going off accidentally on impact is “very low”, it CAN still happen. So handle your firearms with the utmost care and caution.
The MIC (Minimal Inside Carry) Holster negates both of the above risks. Also the MIC Holster is a great way to keep your gun safe to handle while stored, as it keeps the trigger safely covered and protected at all times.
If you choose to Mexican Carry, don’t attempt it without at least a minimal safety method like the MIC Holster. And don’t carry “hot”, i.e. do not keep a round in the chamber. The risk just isn’t worth it.