Gun Holster Options For Concealed Carry

In the recent years we have seen more and more holster makers storming the gun industry.  The options to carry concealed are now better then ever. I have listed a couple of different options and I will discuss each option in depth and compare the models.

 

Inside The Waistband (Clip-On) – Pro Carry HD

Pro Carry HD Black FrontThe following model is called the Pro Carry HD from The Holster Store. This model is a clip-on inside the waistband leather holster. This model is great for those who need to carry concealed and live in hot climates. The holster is compact and is easy to take on or off. This particular holster is molded exactly to the weapon which is the reason it does not have a strap going over the top. The mold gives the holster enough retention to keep it from falling out of your pants while doing any outside activity.

While this is a great option for those wanting to carry a weapon inside the waistband it can have some disadvantages. When carrying inside the pants you will normally need your pants to be a tad bit larger so that you can have enough room for the gun. Another reason inside the waistband might not be your desired carry option is because of it digging or jabbing into your side. Some manufacturers offer a slide guard feature OR a cant option which protect the person from this happening to them.

The slide guard is a piece of leather that comes up the side of a holster and covers the top portion of the gun. This keeps the features or buttons of the gun from digging into your side.

The cant option comes in forward or reverse. Moving the butt of the pistol forward or backward depending on the carry style you prefer. If carrying right behind the hip, the forward option is normally selected. The reverse cant is usually chosen when the carry style is crossdraw. These two options can eliminate the gun sticking straight up and jabbing into your ribs while giving you a easier draw position.

Outside The Waistband – Belt Slide – Pro Carry 7

ProCarry7The Pro Carry 7 from The Holster Store is a perfect example of a holster worn on the outside of the pants on the belt. For those who live in colder climates and often wear a light jacket or sweater this option is very common.
This style holster can come with or without a thumb snap that locks the pistol inside the holster for better retention. Like the Pro Carry HD this holster is also specifically molded to your weapon to provide superior retention. Tightening of the belt will also keep the pistol sturdy on the waistline and have natural draw position.

Depending on which leather maker you choose the holster can be made in various ways. Some holsters let the barrel be exposed and some completely sew the bottom shut. This is more of a personal preference and is not something to ultimately consider when looking for a functioning outside the pants holster.

Most models of this type come with a built in forward cant. This give the holster a perfect draw and allows for easy one hand reholstering. The cant will vary depending on which manufacturer you choose for your leather holster.

 

Small of Back – Pro Carry SOB

Pro Carry SOB EbayThe following carry method is one of the most controversial styles in the industry. Carrying the weapon in the small of your back is often criticized for two reasons.

The first issue people have with carrying the weapon in the small of the back is how they are carrying it. For example in the picture of the left a person would have to reach behind them with their palm facing away from their back. When drawing the weapon you would have to sweep the gun across your body which many consider dangerous. While this is one of the most comfortable and popular ways to carry in the small of the back, you will most likely hear people argue it is wrong.

Another way to carry the pistol is with the pistol facing the other way with a extreme forward cant. This can be awkward and very hard to draw depending on how flexible your arms are.

When choosing your carry option always go with what is most comfortable and feels right. The worst thing you can do is be uncomfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Concealed Carry Holsters – Which Do You Prefer?

So you have just purchased your brand new firearm for the first time and have already attained a concealed weapons liscense. The next big choice in owning a gun is going to be deciding on how you want to carry that particular firearm. The most common way to carry a weapon is in a holster.  When looking through the millions of holster manufactures you find it very frustrating when deciding which one is going to fit your special needs. There are so many different factors when choosing. For example your weight, clothing, and daily activities are just some. What if you work in a office and have to tuck your shirt in every day?

There are many different variations of concealed carry holsters on the market that will accomodate your needs just fine. We can start off with types of holsters.

 

  • Inside the Waistband Holsters
  • Outside the Waistband Holsters
  • Ankle Holsters
  • Shoulder Holsters
  • Special Womens Purses
  • Thigh holsters

 

This is a short list of holster you might be interested in. You of course want to choose the one that will best fit your needs. Remember what you wear everyday and what you will be doing. For example you do not want to wear a ankle holster if you plan on changing from pants into shorts later in the day. Also if you are wearing a shoulder rig and it gets very hot outside, you might have to take off your jacket. These simple problems might just make you uncomfortable for the rest of the day. This is why it is very important to select the best type of holster that will fit every single need.

The next thing to worry about when purchasing a holster will be the material. There are two different kinds of holsters. You can choose leather or kydex.

Pro Carry HD

The difference between leather holsters and kydex is dramatically different. Kydex is basically a hard plastic that is melted down and forms to your weapon. Some kydex holsters are called a hybrid. This is where the kydex is attached to a piece of leather, making it a more comfortable holster. Kydex holsters are common for those who are choosing to carry there weapon outside the waistband on the belt. You can purchases ankle holsters in kydex but you tend to run into the problem of having to much bulge from your ankle. This is something you do not want to have when carrying a concealed weapon. The pros of purchasing a kydex holster is having something that fits your weapon perfectly. Kydex is also very lightweight and does not drag down your pants like some of the bulky leather holsters. Kydex holsters are are usually less expensive than leather.

If wanting a leather holster you can almost get anything you want. There are hundreds of custom holster makers that will make you exactly what you are looking for. When picking leather over kydex you will see a difference in price. Some leather holsters can cost you up to $300.00. These holsters usually take you over 9 months to receive and are considered the best in the business. Leather holsters come in every different variation listed above. The most common leather holster on the market today is the inside the waistband. This type of holster is very popular because how easy it is to conceal it and how comfortable it is. Unlike kydex leather is very soft when rubbed up against the skin. Kydex will irritate your body and may cause you to get a blister if carry a weapon for long periods of time inside your pants.

One of the newest types of holsters that are coming onto the market is a holster called a shirt tuck. What this holster simply does is allow you to carry a concealed weapon underneath of your shirt while it is tucked in. Many manufactures are coming out with different variations of these type of holsters but I don’t see anyone doing it as well as The Holster Store. They designed a simple holster that allows you to simply attach the holster, tuck it in, and be on your way. You don’t have to fight with the holster to get it on and you wont have a hard time tucking your shirt in.

Choosing the correct holster for you may be one of the most important decision you make. It may be the reason your life is saved, or could be the cause of a serious injury. Make sure when choosing you have went to your local gun store and at least tried a couple on. This will help you get the general idea of holsters and how they work. There are plenty of holsters to choose from so make sure you take your time and pick the best one that accommodates you.