In a world where you get what you pay for, a cheap holster isn’t necessarily the best option because having a good one is so very important. But no worries…we’ll clear up what makes a good holster, the types of carry (inside waist band, etc), and personal recommendations for each type.
Necessary to Have a Good Holster?
Absolutely, here are some of the things the holster is supposed to do:
- Protect and hold the firearm.
- Prevent discharge.
- Provide quick access.
- Prevent theft or loss.
You’ve likely heard the safety rules by now, but in case you haven’t, here they are:
- Treat every weapon like it’s loaded.
- Don’t point your gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
- Know your target and what’s beyond it.
Trust me when I say the last thing you’re ever going to want is for your gun to go off unintentionally. And, guns have gone off when being holstered because something got caught and pulled the trigger.
Therefore, it is super important that you learn how to safely re-holster your handgun to make certain you know how to do it. And take your time…believe it or not…nobody has ever won a gunfight by speed-holstering.
The bottom line is to always make sure your gun’s path is clear of any foreign objects (including your own finger) before you put your gun in its holster.
What Makes a Great Concealed Carry Holster
There are a lot of different kinds of holsters and styles on the market. But a lot of them are not ideal for concealed carry.
When you pick out a holster, make sure it has the following:
- Total trigger coverage
- Sturdy material
- Good retention
- Good concealability
- Handgun protection
- Skin/body protection
- Positive grip
Inside the Waist Band, these holsters are great for concealing a gun.
They go in between your pants and your underwear and they are excellent because they keep the gun so very close to your body.
Because it is so close to you, people won’t notice it as much as some of the other options. They also don’t “print” as much as some of the others do.
One of the drawbacks to carrying like this, is that it’s harder to get that positive combat grip from the draw. It’s possible, but you’ll have to practice that much more to get it right.
Outside the Waist Band is when the gun/holster rests on the outside of your pants.
It is usually anchored to you by the belt, though some of them may attach differently.
This method of carry is less concealable and tends to print more often than IWB. It is also a very comfortable method of carry because there generally isn’t anything poking you in the side.
No matter which method of concealed carry you choose, you need to practice your draw and re-holster often to make sure you master it. So…what holster did you end up getting?