As the number of states allowing concealed carry permits grows, so does the need for good concealed carry holsters for men and women. Even though concealed carry holsters are not required, they are recommended for safety reasons.
Types of Concealed Carry Holsters
The five most common types of concealed carry holsters are the outside the waistband holsters or OWB, inside the waistband holsters or IWB, pocket holsters, shoulder holsters, and ankle holsters. Then add to that all the many specialty and designer holsters and you can see that picking the right one can be a never-ending task. Serious gun owners will likely have an array of concealed carry holsters they use for different situations, and finding the best holster is near impossible.
Selecting the Right Holster
In selecting a holster, the first rule is to buy a holster that fits your gun. An internet search of your gun’s make and model followed by concealed carry holsters will likely bring up a number of options.
Next, you need to determine what features are important to you based on your use, daily activity, and method of carrying. Some common features include:
- Concealability. Does the holster offer the level of concealment you need during your normal daily routine?
- Comfort and fit. Since you’re likely to be wearing the holster throughout the day, will it interfere with your daily activities? Does it have proper padding and support to avoid irritating your body? Are you able to remove and put on the holster easily?
- Retention and safety. Does the holster retain the gun adequately? Does it provide trigger protection?
- Ease of drawing and reholstering. Are you able to reach your gun easily and quickly in an emergency?
Affordability, quality, and type of material are more factors that might play a role in your selection. Just remember, there is no perfect holster for all situations.