First-off, thanks for taking a look at my post. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to carrying a gun, concealed or otherwise. But, I've been shooting for several years now. Recently, I took a defensive pistol course that included the CCW exam. I took it and passed, and would like to get my CCW permit. I'm still on the fence about carrying a concealed weapon, but I'd like the permit just in case I want or need to use it. We sometimes go hiking or camping, and I'd like to have some protection with me against bears or mountain lions. Or any threat on the trail, human or animal. I may also decide to carry around town, if I become comfortable enough with it. While looking at some possible handguns for CCW, I stumbled into the H&K VP9SK. I haven't shot it, yet. But, it just fit my hand like a glove, and I was very happy shooting the USP in 9mm. It was obvious to me that H&K makes quality guns. And so, I'm very much eyeballing one at the shop near me. It seems IWB is the most-common way to carry, though appendix carry is becoming popular, as well. As far as holsters go, I'm looking for some recommendations for IWB/AIWB. And is it possible to adjust a normal IWB holster for appendix carry? (I've seen the removable foam wedges... seems a bit cheap, but it might work just fine.) Which have you found to be the most-comfortable of the two? Any issues or downsides to one or the other as far as comfort and ease of use? A few brands I'm considering that I've run across while looking for holsters, and some impressions, so far: Crossbreed SuperTuck: Seems very popular. Reviews state it's quite comfortable. But over time, it seems the kydex can lose shape, or maybe a compression groove in the leather where the gun is pressed against and slides in and out frequently can create extra clearance. This could cause poor retention as the holster wears. And it doesn't seem the kydex is replaceable, in the case that I crack it or change guns. Black Arch Single or Dual Clip IWB Protos-M: I like the modularity of this design. If I change my carry preferences, I could switch backers for single or double clips, or loops. Whatever I prefer at the time. Reviews seem solid. But, I don't see BA recommended a ton, so maybe they're newer..? Skull Crush: These guys started with motorcycle helmets, I believe. High-end carbon fiber stuff. They now make holsters. They only have a few reviews here and there on their site, but they're all very positive. Correspondence with customer service was good, and they responded quickly. They were quite helpful in answering my questions. Funny, though... they look very similar to the Garrett holsters. In fact, their "appendix" version of the VP9SK holster looks identical to the Garrett Silent Thunder Slim II. I wonder if Garrett makes their holsters... Garrett: They make multiple models, seem to have good reviews, and make leather-lined holsters for a quiet draw. Smaller form factor may result in a little less comfort than something like the SuperTuck. They don't specify models on their holsters, they just have you type in your gun model. But, it seems they make gun-specific holsters. Sounds like customer service is top-notch, as well. Does anyone have experience with Garrett, Black Arch, or Skull Crush? I'm curious to get some more feedback on these holsters. And any additional feedback, or advice on picking out and using holsters is appreciated. Even advice just on carrying for the first time. I've done plenty of reading, but it would be nice to bounce questions off of this fantastic community. Thanks!