With factors such as accessibility, active-retention, and level of concealment to consider, picking the perfect holster for your needs can be time-consuming and a very individual process.
Depending on what aspects are most important to you and how you use your handgun, finding the right holster is just as important as the firearm itself.
Leather is always a popular option for holster material. Due to the classic look, it appeals to most people with a traditional approach. There is a high demand for leather holsters, and this isn’t surprising when considering their durability and flexibility. Because of these features, a leather holster will adjust to the shape of your gun and your body over time. This benefit does come at a disadvantage for some. Since the shape changes over time, reholstering can get difficult.
On the contrary, a thermoplastic material, Kydex, is also a very popular holster material. It has the ability to retain its shape, and as opposed to a leather holster, it does not make reholstering difficult over time. Moreover, it is sturdy and stays in position. This allows consistent withdrawal and holstering. Depending on your holster-wearing style, there are other materials such as nylon or plastic to consider as well.
Security and Retention
Security of the firearm and its retention in the holster is critical. Besides the comfort level of the holster material, you need to make sure that the holster you carry also suits your lifestyle activities and routines. Picking the wrong holster could result in losing your firearm because it fell out of the holster or the inability to access your firearm in a time of need.
One feature for retention on holsters is a flap. It is a popular method, especially among users with military training. The flap protects the gun from mud, rain, or even sweat. It may take longer to withdraw because you need to open the flap to draw the gun. Nevertheless, it keeps your firearm from falling.
“Friction” holsters allow you to draw out the firearm relatively quickly. Some holsters also allow control of the friction between the firearm and the inside of the holster. You can adjust the friction of the holster according to your draw speed and force.
Comfort and Testing
A final factor contributing to the right choice of the holster is the comfort level. After picking a holster based on the material, retention method, size, and fit of the holster according to your firearm, overall comfort should be considered. After all, it is still important that wearing the holster is comfortable enough for frequent use.
Of course, the right holster often needs to be concealable as well. If you feel uncomfortable wearing the holster inside your clothes, the firearm becomes difficult to carry and draw. Making sure to check that the holster is comfortable enough to wear during daily activities is key.
Testing the holster in different positions (OWB, IWB, Shoulder, Pocket, etc.) and in various activities can help you determine the best type of holster for you.
Ready to Pick Your Holster?
Choosing a holster involves considering many factors, and these factors help make an informed decision. These are just some important tips when selecting a holster for your firearm. Keep these in mind when you head out to get a holster for your favorite firearm.