For many firearm owners, carrying their concealed handguns in a well-made holster is a priority. But with so many options available, such as pocket holsters, garment holsters, belt holsters and more, how do you choose the right one for your personal needs? It all comes down to safe, effective concealment that also allows for quick access. Let’s review some of the most important qualities of a good concealed carry holster, such as durability, ease of drawing speed, and retention options.
Comfort is key when it comes to choosing a holster. Oftentimes, concealed carry handguns themselves are blamed for irritation due to wobbling, sagging and shifting around in the holster. However, the holster is often the problem and is an inexpensive solution to the discomfort of carrying a large or heavy handgun.
Your holster should last for years, which means it should be made of a durable material. Don’t expect to pay $5 for a practical carrying solution for your $600 handgun. To ensure you get the highest quality holsters for concealed carry handguns, follow the rule of spending roughly 10-15 percent of the handgun’s cost. A quality manufacturer may even create holsters specific to the handgun you purchased, providing years of comfortable use. Such a holster should be impervious to adverse weather to provide the best protection for your investment.
You should be able to draw a handgun quickly and safely with the proper holster. It should not impede you from gaining a full grip on your concealed handgun, and should provide easy release of any retention devices. Place the holster on your dominant side to allow your dominant hand to easily withdraw the handgun with a straight-line draw that points toward the target. A good holster will never endanger the handgun owner while drawing.
A good retention device is a safety feature that should never be compromised. The holster itself may have a simple strap thumb break or other device that will keep the handgun in place during a hand-to-hand struggle or other physical confrontation. Regardless of type, a retention device is extremely important.
Other Safety Considerations
Your holster should always cover the trigger guard. If your holster material protrudes into the trigger guard, you will run the risk of setting off the trigger. The holster should also not interfere with the safeties on the handgun.