There are many different holster options on the market. Finding one that fits comfortably, works in the scenarios you are likely to face, and suits your firearm can be challenging.
The right holster should protect the trigger guard, fit snugly and allow a consistent good draw. It should also be durable and easy to maintain.
When purchasing a holster, it’s essential to consider what material the holster is made from. Different fabrics offer a variety of advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation.
Rigid plastic holsters such as Kydex are some of the most popular materials. They’re tough, can be molded to fit weapons precisely and provide good retention. However, they’re less comfortable for concealed carry and are more challenging to clean than leather holsters.
Leather is the oldest holster material. It’s pretty comfortable and can be seasoned to conform to the user. However, it can also become warped, posing a safety hazard. It can also be a bit bulky for some users. It’s also not as durable as other holster materials. It can also chafe against the skin and cause snags or catch on clothing.
Everyone’s body shape is different. For example, a strong-side hip holster might not be a comfortable fit for someone who spends much of their day strapped into the driver’s seat.
The holster should fit snugly and securely to keep the gun in place without snagging or flagging. It should also be comfortable enough to wear all day long.
A holster that comes apart while you’re drawing could distract you or allow an assailant to dislodge your firearm and arm them with it. Finding a holster that fits your gun well, your body type and your lifestyle is worth some extra research. Ideally, it will be easy to draw and reholster with minimal effort. The holster must also cover the trigger guard, allowing you to gain a consistent, reliable grip and draw.
A good holster should conceal the trigger so it is not bumped or snagged, causing the firearm to fire accidentally. This is a serious safety concern, and you should avoid any holsters that leave the trigger exposed or prevent it from sliding completely into the holster.
Choosing a holster that fits comfortably against your body would be best. This will allow you to move freely without scuffing your gun or yourself. For instance, a shoulder holster should fit snugly into your armpit or chest. You should also find one that allows you to bend, jump, crouch, sit, twist, and run while wearing it.
A holster made of leather will naturally conform to your weapon and provide you with a quiet draw. Kydex and nylon or Desantis holsters will also give you a calm appeal but may not last as long as leather.
Whether you carry on your strong side or cross-draw, your holster should allow for a consistent, smooth grip and draw. It should also allow you to reholster your weapon with one hand without snagging, catching, or flagging.
A holster should also keep your firearm secure until you release it. This will depend on your needs, such as whether you are a law enforcement officer who may need to engage suspects in close quarters or a civilian who wants to protect themselves in the event of an armed encounter.
Modern holsters are usually rated for retention level, with higher levels indicating more security against unauthorized access to the gun. However, a too-tight holster can slow your draw time, so more isn’t always better.
Whether in the duty context or while on a plainclothes detail, holster maintenance is vital to proper firearm retention and concealment. A holster that has not been properly maintained can cause your weapon to become loose and can even expose the trigger guard, which would allow for a negligent discharge.
A poorly made holster can also slip, stick or interfere with your draw in an emergency. A quality holster may cost more upfront, but the right one will pay for itself in time.
It is also essential to look for a company with a solid track record and, ideally, American manufacturing and quality control. There may be better options than a one-person shop with little experience with a holster. This is particularly true for a holster that uses leather or nylon.