What Kind Of Holster Is For Me?

The holster and the handgun go together like peas and carrots. While you don’t always need a holster, it certainly helps to have the right accessories so you can be prepared and put yourself at an advantage. If you’re purchasing a handgun for defensive purposes, chances are, you’re going to want the right holster to match. Here, we’ll look more into the types of holsters and help you select the best one for your needs.  

These are five main types of holsters:

  • Outside the waistband holsters, 
  • Inside the waistband holsters
  • Pocket holsters
  • Shoulder holsters
  • Ankle holsters

The type of holster you select will depend on things like where you want to carry your firearm and whether you choose open or concealed carry. 

Concealed Carry Holsters 

Concealed carry is the preferred type of carry for most states and establishments. It can also put you at an advantage should you need to reach for your handgun.

A concealed carry holster must be as secure as possible, and allow you to keep your firearm hidden. This should give you easy access to your firearm, as well as the element of surprise should you need to use it. A holster shirt can be a good solution for you because you should be able to reach your firearm quickly while minimizing the risk of printing. 

The best holsters for this type of carry are:

  • IWB holsters
  • Pocket holsters
  • Shoulder holsters
  • Ankle holsters

Things To Consider 

  • Which holster placement tends to feel most natural on your body? Test some options in person. 
  • Decide on your material. Each type of material has a number of pros and cons that you will need to take into account. Leather, Polymer (Kydex is a type of polymer) and Nylon are the most popular holster materials. Quality holsters can be found in all materials. 
  • Decide whether you’re going to need level 1, level 2, or level 3 retention. The higher level of retention, the more difficult it can be to draw the gun from the holster. 
  • What is your reason for carrying? If it’s a competition, make sure you check the rules. 
  • Your trigger should be covered completely if you want a holster for defensive use. 

More About Materials

Nylon and polymer tend to be the bulkiest, but the most affordable option. Kydex can become brittle and break with use, but they are cheap to replace. Leather conceals well and is often comfortable, but you may need to break it in – and leather holsters often come with a hefty price tag. That being said, a good leather holster will nearly always stand the test of time if you care for it properly. 

A Note On Retention

Your holster must have the ability to properly retain your firearm. The holster needs to not only cover the trigger, but not allow your firearm to walk itself out of the holster at any point, leaving the trigger exposed. 

Take your time trying on various holsters so you can find the right one for you and your firearm. 

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