What is a wedge?
A wedge acts as a fulcrum that rests between your body and your holster, and is usually secured with velcro. The wedge acts as a pivoting point, much like the base of a teeter totter. A wedge can be made out of a number of different materials such as kydex or foam.
Placement plays a key role in how a wedge works, but as a general rule, if we place the wedge on one side of the holster, it’s going to change the concealment effect on the opposite end of the holster. Understanding this idea will help you as you work through wedge placement.
Do I need a wedge?
Some body types may not need a wedge to achieve their ideal level of concealment, but others will find that it plays a crucial role, both in concealment and comfort.
Here are a few concealment problems that might be solved by a properly shaped and placed holster wedge: Slide tipping away from body causing rear sight/optic printing, grip printing even with the presence of pressure and holster wing, and/or hot spot discomfort created by the muzzle end of the holster.
If you identify with any of the concealment problems above, then you might benefit from playing around with a few different kinds of wedges.
If you’re interesting in pursuing wedge use, and want a to try a DIY wedge build, try viewing this guide!
Keep in mind that a wedge may not be your only solution, we would encourage you to consider changing up your holster positioning within 10-2 (between your hip bones, on the front of your torso) to see what works best for you. For a more clear guide on this process you’ll want to visit our blog post about finding your concealment sweet spot!