When most people start shooting handguns, they don’t always pay much attention to their holsters. At first, they are probably more concerned with their gun and ammo selection. However, experienced shooters will tell you that finding the right holster is a key part of carrying your weapon. Only experience can tell you what you prefer, but you can use a few guidelines to limit your trial and error phase. Here are some tips to help you peruse the selection and pick a suitable holster.
Competition holsters are great if you have fit issues. These fit your firearm as closely as possible to provide the best draw. Most competition grades are tailored to specific make and models of firearms, meaning you can find a great match for your gun. This will work better for exotic guns than the standard universal holsters offered in the concealed carry section.
If you’re looking for comfort, you should try a concealed carry holster. These are often constructed from various materials so you can find the best fit for your preferred carry position. For instance, inside-the-waistband holsters are made partially with leather to provide comfort for the wearer. Other types are made from Kydex to offer maximum support while moving with your firearm.
While many people prefer the anonymity of concealed carry, some are fans of open carry. Cowboy-action holsters look very different from most others, although the main benefit is that they are made strictly from leather. With the right care, the leather will last much longer than Kydex or another synthetic material.
Choosing the right holster is a surprisingly important part of owning a handgun. If you are new to this, there will be some trial and error until you find the best fit for you and your gun. However, following these tips can minimize that time.