The Best Concealed Carry Holster

Selecting the proper fitting concealed carry holster is arguably as important as picking a handgun that is comfortable and meets all of your self defense needs.  Selecting the best concealed carry holster is subjective it is all about how it fits your body style and your conceal carry weapon of choice.  Here at our aim is to assist you in picking the best concealed carry holster for your needs, by reviewing some of the options on the market.  On this site we want to bring together both the facts and opinions that come with selecting the best concealed carry holster.  So take a look at some of the reviews we have done on different products, and pic.

When selecting the best concealed carry holster we look at six different criteria.  These are not in any particular order as we recognize that there are many different circumstances in which you will be conceal carrying.  The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to do a lot of research on which conceal carry holster is best for you, and it is very likely you will need to purchase a few different style for various operational conditions.  And don’t forget Practice, Practice, Practice and, then Practice some more.

  1. Clothes and climate have a lot to do with the style of holster you will choose.  If you’re sitting at the beach your going to have fewer options that if you find yourself in Boise, in February.  In many states its also illegal for the concealed pistol to be exposed or visible though your cloths which is known as “printing”.  This is why it is so important to think about the clothing you like to wear and when selecting the best concealed carry holster.  If you purchase a holster that makes carrying your sidearm uncomfortable or impractical then you’re less likely to carry daily, and criminals don’t operate around your fashion needs so always be prepared to defend yourself and your family.
  2. Form and Security considering weapon retention is an important part of selecting the best concealed carry holster, because this topic covers how your concealed firearm is secured on your body and will dictates the condition you will be carrying your sidearm.
    • Condition 0: A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off.
    • Condition 1:  Cocked and locked, a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the manual thumb safety on the side of the frame is applied.
    • Condition 2: A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.
    • Condition 3:  The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a charged magazine in the gun.
    • Condition 4:  The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun.

The posture of your firearm when carrying is a direct function of your preparedness to address a threat.  Selecting a holster that allows you to feel comfortable carrying in condition 1 or 2 is optimal.  If you feel your not ready to carry in condition 1 don’t, continue to train until you are ready and understand your firearm completely.  In order to accomplish this you have to feel comfortable with how your weapon is secured on your body

3.  Holster style is the most subjective topic when attempting to identify the best concealed carry holster and this decision is in most cases based on your other criteria along with overall comfort and fit to your body style along with your ability to properly and quickly reach your firearm.

The three types of retention to be considered when looking for the best concealed carry holster:

    1. Retention Screw:  An adjustable screw that sets the retention pressure of the holster on the firearm which requires you to pinch the holster in order to secure the gun.
    2. Thumb Break:  A strap that covers the trigger guard, holding the firearm securely in place with a strap or button.  You will want to find one that you are comfortable with operating with one hand.
    3. Open Top:  No retention at all, top of firearm is exposed.

4.  There are several different materials that holsters can be made from.  Finding the one that suits your needs for comfort and quality are important factors to consider when identifying the best concealed carry holster.

    • Plastic holsters can be made from different molded plastics.  They are very strong and rigid.  So while they will be molded to fit your gun they may not be as comfortable due to the rigidity of the material.
    • Nylon holsters are a modern flexible material.  They are easy to clean and light weight but are not as durable as plastic or leather.  They typically come in sizes small, medium, and large because they are considered universal fitting.
    • Leather holster are very durable and hold their shape well.  Additionally, an advantage to leather holsters is that they will mold to your body over time.  However leather might not not the best choice if you live in a warm climate and will be carrying against your skin, because they do not breathe as well as other materials

5.  Placement of the pistol on the body is decided by how you decide to carry your firearm in a safe, comfortable and, practical manner.  Make sure you you have an idea of the position you will conceal your weapon prior to trying to identify the best concealed carry holster.

    • Strong side:  Placing the firearm on the same side of our body as shooting hand.
    • High ride:  Gun is visible above pant’s waistline.
    • Ride: how the holster sits relative to the guns trigger.
    • Cant or Rake:  Angle of gun in degrees.
    • Support or weak side:  Placing the firearm on your non-dominant side (non-shooting hand).
    • Crossdraw:  Holster worn on weak side but operator draws with strong hand across body.
    • Small of Back (SOB):  Holster positioned in the small of your back.
    • Appendix carry (AIWB):  Firearm positioned in appendix.

6.  Many people put to much of an emphasis on cost and, incorrectly correlate value with price .  Deals can be found and you can get a holster for $1.00 or you can spend $1,000.00 on a customized leather holster.  The focus needs to be on selecting a holster that meets your needs of comfort and ease of use while staying in whatever budget you have.  Just because a holster in inexpensive does not mean it is junk (I’m ready for you nay sayers in the comments section).  Don’t misunderstand me a $100.00 holster has its place to but don’t let it be the primary factor in deciding the best concealed carry holster for you.


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