The concealed carry world is changing and moving at a constant rate and in fact, is on the rise. There is an overwhelmingly huge amount of concealed carry holsters out there. If you’re like me, you probably have no idea where to start (honestly, I’m looking for a new EDC holster for my pistol, so I’m back to this same conquest). Well, here are a few methods I use to get my head on right and help me decide what holster I need:
1. Carry Method
Pick the best style for you. Decide first how you want to carry. If this is your first time picking out a holster, my advice is to try strong-side carry either an IWB holster, or and OWB kydex holser. IWB (inside the waist-band) is going to be easier to conceal because it’ll hold your gun closer to your body. OWB (outside the waist-band) holds the grip further way. My first holster had almost a duty-pistol holster feel to it. But the holster you need is going to be the one that fits your style of carry the best. If this is your first time, try out a few different styles so that you know what is most comfortable for you.
Decide your carry style, then you can narrow your search.
2. Pick a Manufacturer
You’ll find many of the same kinds of holster made by different companies. However, most companies use different clips, different materials, styles, cuts, and etc. Check online at their reviews before selecting one brand/manufacturer over another. Asking the salesperson at your favorite sporting goods store could also provide some useful insight. Manufacturers also sometimes have different modifications that others don’t provide. This makes customization completely up to you.
My advice is to pick a manufacturer that provides the features and modifications that you need/ want/ or best suits your needs.
3. Trial and Error
In the end, the best way to know what holster is going to fit you the best, is to put your gun in it and carry it. You won’t truly know if it’s the right one until you wear it on your hip and live your life as you normally would (while carrying). No one is going to be able to tell you what’s best for you better than you. You’re going to be the only one to know whether it’s working, or not, for you.
Some holsters may work better with different clothes. (For example, if I’m wearing a suit, shoulder holsters are the most comfortable and it’s also awesome; however, if I’m wearing a sweatshirt, shoulder holsters don’t give me easy access to my pistol). Consider these thing, but remember; you’ve got to decide what’s working and what’s not—what you need and what you don’t. Stay armed, friends.
Do you have a favorite holster? What is it and why?