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11 Things to Consider When Choosing a Concealed Carry Holster
usacarry.com ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Matt Schueleter

Posted on 05/17/2012 2:21:08 PM PDT by marktwain

When choosing a concealed carry holster for your pistol, selecting the best holster you can find will add to your overall total self-defense abilities. A holster/pistol combination is part of your concealed carry defensive system. While looking at a quality holster the one factor you should consider last is the cost. Experience has taught me you get what you pay for. There should be no delays to your reactions caused by inappropriate or inadequately fitting equipment. With your life depending on it, you may never get the chance to tell others you should have picked the higher quality model.

Criteria for Selecting Concealed Carry Holsters:

1. Concealment

Concealment allows you to have the element of surprise when responding to an attacker who is threatening you with deadly force. Concealment also helps you avoid unfortunate or uncomfortable circumstances where your handgun may be accidentally exposed to the view of people who may immediately call for law enforcement officers because they see a person with a gun.

2. Drawing

You should be able to quickly draw your handgun with ease from your concealed holster. The holster should lend itself to allowing you to gain a complete grip on your handgun while still allowing you to release any retention devices. The draw stroke should be a fairly straight-line draw, pointing towards the target, and line up your sights. Please note this may vary for some holsters that are carried in cross draw, appendix, small of the back, or ankle positions.

3. Comfort

A holster/pistol combination you are comfortable with is one more likely to carried and less likely to leave at home.

4. Retention

When preparing for the possibility of an assailant attacking you with deadly force, it is important to remember most attacks will be sudden, up close, physical confrontations. For this reason, retention must be addressed when selecting a holster.Retention devices will vary from internal devices in the holster to simple thumb breaks that will help you retain your weapon if you are engaged in hand-to-hand confrontation (that has not yet escalated to the need or allowed for the use of your handgun).Holsters that lack a proper fit and no retention device may not retain the weapon properly under strenuous activity such as hand to hand defensive tactics. A poorly fitting holster will cause problems with every day usage as well, which could dislodge the pistol from the holster.

Below is a list of retention levels for holsters broken out by levels.

Level One consists of a single retention device, such as a strap and thumb break.

Level Two consist of two retention devices, such as a strap and internal retention device.

Level Three is available but generally they are not suitable for concealed carry uses.

5. Exact Fit and Maintains its Form

A good holster is formed to a specific handgun, and maintains this characteristic in the long term. This will have positive effects on retention and access.

6. Quality of Workmanship and Materials

This is where the buyer will see the most variety of differences between manufactures.

7. Re-Holstering/Re-Enforced Throat

The mouth of the holster should remain open and rigid when the gun is removed. This is important when re-holstering the weapon with one hand. This will allow you to have your support hand free to do other activities such as: use defensive tactics, escape, administer first aid to your self or others, or pull someone to safety. All concealed carry holsters should allow rapid one-handed drawing and unassisted re-holstering.

8. Covered trigger guard & Safety

When looking at a perspective holster, it should cover the trigger guard. Make sure none of the holster material protrudes into the trigger guard, which could depress the trigger. The material should be rigid enough to ensure any object the holster may come into contact with can’t depress the trigger.Another area of consideration on the holster is does the holster design disengage the safeties on the pistol? If the design you are considering does this, it is my opinion you should consider another holster design. The reason being, if you were ever involved in a strenuous activity, such as defending yourself from an assailant a sharp blow or fall could cause the weapon to fire while in the holster.The final area of consideration will depend on the individual who carries the pistol, and where they position the holster. When drawing the pistol does the position of the holster endanger the owner during the draw stroke. Here we need to remember anything the pistol is pointed at while it is loaded could be destroyed.

9. Removable

When looking at the holster selected, does it attach and detach from your daily wardrobe easily. If you feel the holster is not easily attached or detached, you may eventually decide to leave it behind.

10. Clothing

There are numerous manufactures that direct their product lines at concealed carry holders. The products range from tactical looking clothing for law enforcement and military to a business/professional look. One point to consider when looking at these items is what is preferred versus what is needed to maintain concealment and access. Understanding these choices will vary from person to person. Remember your local weather will have affects on what clothing will be worn during your daily routine.It is important to note if you are using an inside the pants carry or outside the pants belt carry that you pick a belt suited for this purpose. In my years of experience, I have seen people purchase a good pistol and quality holster to attach it to a belt that was not suited for this purpose. The belt should offer good support when drawing, re-holstering, and carrying your pistol, and yet be comfortable to wear every day.In some cases people may choose to change gun size base on the season and the change in wardrobe. This is acceptable as long as you take care in using handgun systems that are similar or train extensively when switching systems.

11. Women

Women are confronted with anatomical considerations that differ from men when dealing with concealed carry of handguns. It is a fact that most handguns and accessory designs are based around the needs and anatomical priorities of men. For women, several differences must be considered:

1. Hand size

A woman’s hand size is generally smaller than a man’s (Grip size and trigger reach affected and handgun design will be a major consideration)

2. Armpit to Hip Distance

The distance from a woman’s armpit to their hip is generally much shorter than a man’s. Belt holsters may need to ride lower for the female shooter to achieve the proper draw stroke.

3. Hips

Women naturally have wider hips than men. This will affect the rake and cant of the holsters.

4. Physical Strength

Some handgun and holster designs put a less enabled person at a disadvantage. Although training and some techniques can help remedy this there are some designs that are more conducive to the less strong shooters.

Some of the holster manufactures whose holsters I have had good success with are Bianchi, Black Hawk, DeSantis, Galco, and Safariland.

Remember to look for Conceal-Ability, Comfort, Ease and Speed of Access, Retention, and Quality.


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Some good tips. I like the Fobus holsters made in Israel.
1 posted on 05/17/2012 2:21:09 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

We now have open carry in Oklahoma. Size doesn’t matter anymore!


2 posted on 05/17/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: marktwain

My daily carry is a Glock 23, loaded with Speer 165 grain Gold Dot JHPs, in a Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe. Great gun in a great holster.

http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/SuperTuckDeluxe/tabid/90/List/0/ProductID/1/CategoryID/1/Level/1/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName


3 posted on 05/17/2012 2:25:42 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: marktwain

I carry any one of my 3 Kimber 5” 1911.45cal ACPs (each has their own holster) in a Galco FED212 Paddle Holster:

http://www.holsters4guns.com/holsters/product/FED.html


4 posted on 05/17/2012 2:26:32 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain

http://www.epsaddlery.com/


5 posted on 05/17/2012 2:28:46 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: marktwain

Bump!


6 posted on 05/17/2012 2:29:54 PM PDT by G Larry (Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: marktwain
Not as worried yet about the holster as the concealed carry weapon. I love 1911 models but know I'm giving up rounds, love my full size Kimbers and a Dan Wesson. Never felt comfortable with a Glock, and I've owned and sold several. Love Sigs. Like CZ's except for the trigger, Berettas overall, HK overall, S&W wheels, and the list goes on.

Probably going 1911, just don't know how small, or sticking with my Sig 229 for 'small'. Rather shoot the 226 or 220.

There are few bad guns, but I don't 'feel' Glocks.

7 posted on 05/17/2012 2:31:19 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: carriage_hill

That’s what I like the idea of. 5” 1911 in .45ACP. Had good luck with Kimbers and one Dan Wesson I received as a (very nice) gift.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 2:33:11 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: marktwain


9 posted on 05/17/2012 2:37:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security, go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom - Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: carriage_hill

Did you ever consider a Commander Model 1911? I’m in a suit most of the time; jeans and a sport coat otherwise. The 5” is a big handgun to conceal, as is my 226. I don’t have a CCP year, but I’m in a must-issue state.


10 posted on 05/17/2012 2:38:46 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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11 posted on 05/17/2012 2:41:11 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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I like the Fobus holsters made in Israel.

I take it you're comfortable with the molded holster touching only where the trigger guard meets the frame. Doe it feel secure or does it move in the holster?

12 posted on 05/17/2012 2:42:43 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: marktwain

Fobus Holsters are good for IDPA and other related competitions, but there are numerous videos out there of them being ripped off of a persons belt. I perosnally prefer CompTac products, their products are first class, customer service is exemplary, and they support the shooting community in numerous ways throughout the country.
Just my two cents worth.


13 posted on 05/17/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT by Widows Son (Semper Fi!)
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To: FatherofFive

After a number of other trials, I finally settled a year ago on this one for my Ed Brown Cobra Carry 1911. Being totally satisfied, I don’t think I’ll ever need another.

http://garrettindustries.mybigcommerce.com/silent-thunder-iwb-with-tuckable-belt-loops/


14 posted on 05/17/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: marktwain

I like my pocket holster my S&W .380.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 2:51:52 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: marktwain

My Florida Concealed Weapons Permit Gun Course instructor had the best idea I’ve come across.

He wears loose-fitting cargo pants. His cocked Glock goes in his deep right-hand pocket.

It can’t be seen. (The multiple pockets of cargo pants hide the bulge nicely.) It’s a natural move to put your hand in your pocket - the bad guy thinks you’re getting your wallet.

It’s also very comforting to be able to feel your weapon against your thigh.

Most of my casual pants are now cargo pants.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 2:53:45 PM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: marktwain

Fobus is awesome. Check them out.


17 posted on 05/17/2012 2:58:15 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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Bookmarking for home.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 3:04:14 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: marktwain

I’m looking for an under-the-bosom concealed holster for women, so far unsuccessfully.

Any suggestions. And yes, it is a small automatic. (The weapon had to be small as my hands are the size of an average 10-year old.)


19 posted on 05/17/2012 3:10:34 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: marktwain

Anyone ever use a Remora No Clip Holster? I’m looking at that right now.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT by zkbeta51
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