What should I look for in a gun holster

August 14, 2021, Crawford and O brein

What should I look for in a gun holster
What should I look for in a gun holster
What should I look for in a gun holster? Gun holsters are an essential item to carry around your waist or in your bag. When you have a gun around, you need to ensure the weapon is very secure.


Choosing a proper Gun Holster is extremely important because too loose a holster can cause you to slide forward and drop the gun, resulting in an accidental injury. At the same time, a holster that's too tight can interfere with the belt and cause pain during your shooting process.

First thing to examine

The first thing you should examine when looking for a holster is the retention characteristics of the product. You should ensure the holsters you consider are designed for the specific location you plan to wear them. For instance, if you're going to wear them while wearing a waistband, then the belt should easily accommodate the firearm. If you intend to wear them over a long strap, the belt needs to handle the weight of both the holster and the gun.

Types of concealable holsters

One of the most popular types of concealable holsters is the slip-on variety. This type of holster allows you easy access to the firearm while still providing the ability to conceal it. It slips over the belt (in an inconspicuous location) and fits inside the waistband or across the chest. As soon as you get out of the car, the holster will be there for you to draw and conceal the firearm quickly. In addition, you won't have to worry about losing the holster in a busy parking lot.

Paddle holster

When looking for a good fit and concealment, consider purchasing a paddle holster. These are generally used for tactical situations, such as a competition. They fit around the ankle and come with different straps to go around the ankle and upper leg. There are many different types of paddles to choose from, depending on the purpose and desired appearance. Some are made of leather, while others are made of other materials that are more discreet. Of course, there are times when you may need to carry a handgun even when you're not involved in a combat situation, but this isn't always the case. If you're a hunter, there are various types of holsters available for use while hunting. Typically, they will either be the conventional style that's usually found in a utility belt along with several pockets or an appendix carry style. Either way, they provide the necessary concealment while allowing the hunter to maintain their freedom of movement when needed.

Firearm for protection

On the other hand, if you carry a firearm for protection, there are specific places you should avoid while wearing them. For example, it would be inappropriate to wear them while operating a motorcycle. The same applies when using them to transport an automobile. As a rule of thumb, they should not creep into a person's personal space where they have no place to go, or they will be uncomfortable.

Essential to ensure

Additionally, if you choose to wear a holster while running, it is essential to ensure lightweight. Ideally, the holster should be so light that you can't tell you're wearing anything at all. Keep in mind that if the gun is so small that it becomes difficult to conceal, it won't be effective in the first place. Conversely, if it isn't comfortable to wear, it won't be used as often. Therefore, you must get a product that provides a high level of concealability while allowing you to move freely.


Lastly, it is essential to take a look at the retention of the product you choose. In general, the retention levels on most products fall somewhere between that of a belt holster and a traditional cartridge holster. This mechanical device ensures that the firearm remains securely in place until you have either accessed it or removed it. The automatic machine is designed to keep the gun from moving around inside your body. However, the level of concealment provided by such devices can vary greatly. This means that you should consider how difficult it is to gain access to your firearm before choosing a retention system.


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