Choosing The Right Holster For You
With all of the choices out there, new gun owners will inevitably ask themselves, ‘Which holster is right for me?
So let’s go through the next questions you should ask yourself as you are looking to invest in your next holster.
Are you looking to carry every day?
For the occasional day spent at the range, your options are wide open. However, if you want to carry every day, you’ll want to check if the areas in which you live or travel to most frequently prohibit or allow Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) or Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) carry.
And if this is your first time carrying, you’ll want to ensure that you obtain any special permits or training your state may require.
Where on your body does it make sense to carry a holster?
This is a personal preference, but there are pros and cons to each of these placements.
Pro: This is the most popular carry method, and the holster can be positioned at the 3-, 4- or 5-o’clock position on the body, making it very versatile for adjustments. This position is comfortable for most barrel lengths and is the safest in the event of an accidental discharge. Shop Stealth Operator IWB and OWB Holsters
Con: Could more easily be grabbed by someone other than you and reaction times are said to be slower for retrieving the gun depending how far back it is on the body.
Pro: Less printing meaning your firearm will not show through your clothing. Most people say that reaction times for drawing their firearms are better.
Con: Some barrel lengths make this form of carry uncomfortable while seated, so it might not be right for your model of firearm. Additionally, the firearm is much closer to vital organs where a misfire during holstering or unholstering would be lethal.
Belly Band Carry
Pro: Very concealable and comfortable for small framed firearms. Sitting, standing even running is made convenient with this type of carry.
Con: Difficult to un-holster if needed for self defense.
Pro: Best to conceal. Less worry about printing and a great option for a secondary holster.
Con: Reaction times are bad. Not convenient for larger firearms.
For even more carry methods, check out 13 Concealed Carry Handgun Methods of Carry, USA Carry.
Will You Be Drawing With Your Right Or Left Hand?
Most people think that just because they are left handed they will shoot left handed. This is not always true! You will want to know what side is most comfortable for you and buy the correct holster. Left and right holsters will typically vary the cant for easy weapon draw from the appropriate side.
The holster market has a variety of options for whether you want something built to just fit one gun or something designed to fit all of your guns. If you are a first time gun owner, consider if you’ll be buying other models in the future. If so, getting a holster made to fit only that model will represent additional investment.
After you have decided the type of holster, (IWB or OWB, right or left and how you will be carrying) you will need to make sure the holster securely fits your firearm. The best way to make sure you are getting the right holster is to give it a try, but in the world of ecommerce, here are the things you’ll want to look for in a holsters description:
- Body Contoured For Low Print
- Designed for Comfort
- Made In USA
- Forward Cant
- Lifetime Warranty