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How to Choose Your First CCW Holster

by B. Gil Horman   |  April 30th, 2012 77

concealed carryThe shooting community places a good deal of emphasis on buying the “right” handgun for self-defense. As important as it is to select an effective firearm, all of its positive qualities are worthless if it’s locked away in a strong box somewhere when you need it. After going through all of the time and expense to obtain a carry permit and pistol, folks often choose to leave their personal protection handguns at home. The No. 1 reason given is that the handgun feels uncomfortable to carry.

Buying a defensive handgun is a pricey proposition. Hundreds of dollars are spent in acquiring the items needed. It’s a real temptation to save a few bucks by spending less money on the little details, like the holster. But don’t forget what a “detail” is. I heard a film director say it like this: “A detail is something that goes unnoticed when it is present but it is greatly missed when absent.” Having the properly fitted holster for your handgun is exactly that kind of important detail.

One way to look at a concealed carry holster is to think of it as a shock absorber. Ever ride in a vehicle with bad shocks? It only takes a few minutes for your body to start complaining about every bump and pothole in the road. The hard, heavy, angular shape of a handgun moves against the soft tissues of the body in much the same way. No matter where you place the gun against yourself, the nerve endings in that area are going to complain to the brain if a protective barrier is not in place to provide some relief. A pistol in a poor-fitting holster will wobble, sag, and shift around just like a rock caught in your shoe. The irritation is maddening until you remove the source, which in this case is the gun.

Too often the handgun is blamed for the discomfort. It’s judged to be too large or heavy for the job. This expensive firearm is left at home, sold at a loss, or replaced with a smaller and weaker defensive handgun. This is unfortunate; far too often, a simple and relatively inexpensive holster upgrade would have solved the problem. Since the variety of concealment holsters on the market is almost as diverse as the defensive handguns they carry, it’s helpful to have some guidelines when shopping for one. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Form & Function
Aside from being comfortable, a good concealed carry holster will exhibit a few more important qualities. A portion of the holster will completely cover and protect the trigger from contact with outside objects, including a trigger finger. A properly designed holster will retain the handgun until you intentionally draw it. Both the handgun and holster will stay where you place them until you purposefully change their position. This staying-put quality will increase carry comfort and ensure the grip is oriented properly when you need to draw the gun.

Dress for Success
In most states, for both legal and practical reasons, a holster system needs to keep a concealed firearm out of sight at all times. Two schools of thought come into play when dealing with the issue of handgun “printing,” or identification by other people. One approach is to pick a gun and holster combination that fits the wardrobe you already have. This is the strategy “pocket pistols” were designed for. The other option is to change what you wear to fit the gun. For example, a duty-sized pistol can be concealed, but it will probably take an in-the-waist-band holster, a heavy belt, and a tactical vest to do so. Both approaches are valid. Usually the size of the gun will help to clarify which support wardrobe and holster will serve best.

On-the-Body vs. Off-the-Body Carry
Most carry systems can be divided into these two categories. On-the-body carry holsters include belt holsters, in-the-waistband, ankle, shoulder and bellyband models. The primary advantages of literally having a gun on your person include gun security and accessibility. You’re in control of the gun at all times and you can access it very quickly. The disadvantages of on-the-body carry include the physical discomfort the gun can cause. In addition, there is a greater possibility the gun will be seen by someone else due to a “wardrobe malfunction.”

Off-the-body carry allows the gun to be with you without being against you. These holster systems include specially designed purses, backpacks, messenger bags and even day planners. The advantage of this arrangement is the freedom to dress how you like and the ability to divest yourself of your firearm without exposing it. When the gun is in a bag, the chances of the gun being spotted are much lower and the person carrying it can enjoy a much greater range of motion. The downside of an off-the-body carry system is that it is likely to increase the amount of time needed to access the gun in an emergency. Remember, if an off-the-body rig leaves your body completely, it must be secured in a locking container to prevent unauthorized access.

There is no “correct” carry configuration because people conduct their daily lives in such different ways. The perfect holster for someone who walks a warehouse floor may be downright painful for someone who types at a computer for 10-hour stretches. An ideal carry arrangement for someone who works indoors may be next to useless for someone who pulls a paycheck in the great outdoors. Taking the time to examine how you spend most of your waking hours each day can help in deciding which system is the best fit for you.

You Get What You Pay For
Please, don’t expect a $10 holster on sale for just $4.99 to provide a practical and comfortable carry solution for an $800 defensive handgun. A good rule of thumb is planning to spend around 10-15 percent of what you paid for the handgun to purchase a trustworthy everyday carry holster. Look for a quality manufacturer who provides holsters made specifically for that gun. A well-fitted holster will provide years of comfortable use. If the pistol you have is feeling like it’s the wrong gun for you, take another look at the holster you have and try at least two more models before you give up.

Take a look at some of our favorite companies leading the way in producing excellent holsters for CCW and other uses.

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  • Shadow

    You must be joking. A Serpa for CCW?

    • Alan_T

      I'm right there with you Shadow ! I have two Sherpa's and while they make a great versatile holster , but unless you're wearing a winter coat , they're no good for concealed carry .

      • Gunner

        I'm with you on that. Kinda negates the validity of the rest of the choices if that's number #1 !

        • Ben_OBrien

          "Take a look at some of our favorite companies leading the way in producing excellent holsters for CCW and other uses."

          This wasn't a ranking or a list of the best CCW holsters. It was some suggestions for beginners for reputable companies that offer affordable options. Would you guys be interested in reading our CCW holster rankings?

          • Alan_T

            I'd be interested in reading your rankings Ben .

          • peter furman


      • kevin

        Serpa type holsters have an inherent safety issue….unless you train lots with it.
        You are suppose to slap the release mechanism with the pad of your finger…if that turns into the tip of your finger, when you draw the gun, your finger will go inside the trigger guard resulting in a possible AD.
        violation of the rule,….. on target, on trigger/ off target, off trigger

    • Alan_T

      Of course different people can encounter different problems but I've never had any safety issues with Serpa's . Whenever I draw the pistols from the two that I own , my index finger is along the side of the slide . My objection to Serpa's for concealed carry stems from my experience with them printing .

    • joe

      yeah, and the 15%? look at the ones. they are only $40. he is all over youtube and has vids. great holster cheap.

  • JiminGA

    I carry a Glock 17 in an OWB Don Hume paddle holster. Since I have a "prosperous" midsection I was continuously pulling up my pants that slip below my "prosperity". I learned a great tip from another blog that solves the problem. Wear a t-shirt under your outside shirt and use suspenders over the t-shirt (the t-shirt keeps the suspenders away from your skin). This system keeps both the pants and the gun where they're supposed to be and makes carrying a full size gun very comfortable.

    • Alan_T

      Thanks for the tip Jim .

    • Joe -ret. cop.

      Ditto, I do the same, if you buy a cenceal vest its even better. I've had woman bump into me at the check out counter. No, not because UI'm thatr hansome, but because my gun ( 92 f Beretta ) has printed , guess they want to feel what a real gun feels like or that they want to confirm, they or significant other should not try an arm robbery, cause there are armed customers about.!!

  • The reverend

    I would say they left out N82 those are fine and very comfortable inside the pants holsters made by hand in the USA

    • Alan_T

      I haven't tried the N82 Tuckable or the Pro so I can't say about them , but the original N82 is the most comfortable IWB holster I've used , reverend .

  • Alan_T

    While I have a couple of Serpa's , I have difficulty warming up to kydex / synthetic holsters . One of the best for deep cover though ( which wasn't mentioned ) is the belly – band . Granted it can get pretty warm durring the sumer but with a good quaility belly – band and a commader sized 1911 or smaller pistol , the gun just disapears . PLUS , you can carry it crossdraw or appendix , if you like .

  • Randango

    Looks like a "paid advertisement" list.

    • Ben_OBrien

      Really, why would you suggest that it's a paid list? Any evidence? Is it because we didn't include every single holster maker out there?

  • Gunner

    I go with Erik Little's holsters that he makes by hand. He's at
    About $150 or so for the leather holster and mag pouch. I have three different ones for assorted 1911's.

  • Gunner

    Out of the seven only the Comp-Tac and Crossbreed I would consider concealed carry holsters.

  • Retired70

    I have 2 Crossbreed holsters, and found them the most comfortable for me. Like others, I made the mistake of trying cheaper models that just didn't work. They were not comfortable and were difficult to deal with. I wear mine all day long every day. The horse leather ones I bought fitted to my waist well after a couple of months, and now are molded to my body shape.

  • jimbocat

    Doesn't anyone carry a small wheel gun anymore??????

    • john

      yes.. ive found the 357 sw stainless 5 shot hammerless works just fine… no malfunctions… no hammer to dig into your side.. stainless.. a lil heavy sure but with the inside the waistband clips to the belt… cow hide.. no plastic or polymer for me.. works for me,,,

  • Otter

    That's what's nice about living in Ohio. You don't have to worry about printing or your coat blowing open. Ohio is an open-carry State. Too bad all States aren't this way.

  • Ken

    Crossbreed Supertuck is the most comfortable in the waistband holster out there especially if you carry a full size semi auto

  • Jim

    Fobus paddle holsters are hard to beat for concealed carry. Secure while carrying, yet quick to don or remove. Lightweight, yet hold a full-sized, compact or sub-compact Glock close to your body at an affordable price.

    • JRH

      I also like some of the Fobus holsters. I would like to see fobus make a decent IWB holster. They came out with one a few years ago that looked like a big holster made out of a softball of kydex, sliced down the center. Why not their regular holster with a clip to hold it inside the waistband. What's so hard about that? A leftie with a clip instead of a belt loop? DUH!

    • Joe ret-cop

      I'll second that !!

  • Jason

    I have a Comp-Tac M Tac and have been using it for four years. It is very comfortable and well built.

  • Matt B.

    Good list. Obviously all holsters can't be on the list, but Crossbreed is my go to.

  • nealgc

    I have a drawer full of so called ccw holsters. Inside the waist band, too bulky. Buy pants 2 inches bigger than normal. Outside the pants, you need a jacket or shirt with long tail to conceal Still imprints if you bend over or twist around. This goes for semi-auto or revolver. .380 to .45, I've carried them all. The best I've ever found is the "clip draw". Not a holster at all. It's a clip like the one that holds a pencil in you pocket. A few are made for specific guns and attach with screws, but a universal model attaches with 3M adhesive tape. Tested to 25 lbs. and I've never had one come loose. I have one on all of my pistols. They sell for $19.95 or less. I have yet to find a conceal holster that is better or more comfortable.

  • Steve

    Im a small person and I use a Belly Band to carry my Kel Tec
    PF-9. Works very well and cannot be seen at all.

  • j bob

    The best CCW holster is the one that works best for you!!!

  • Chuck

    I love my Crossbreed- also have a Fobus paddle, convenient but no my idea of every-day-carry. Really love my Mitch Rosen leather belt holster, but OWB so need a long shirt-tail etc. Gotta say I use the belly-band pretty frequently in summer, when I wear shorts that don't have belt loops. Very practical, not VERY comfortable but really fills a need.

  • Scottie

    I'll stick with my Crossbreed. Horse hide took a little while to form but is great now. Adjustable height and cant.

  • T.J.

    I tried several different makes, most of which are now in the top of the closet, but the horse hide Crossbreed is by far the most comfortable. Fits the Kimber Ultra perfectly and securely, for an all day wear.

  • Andrew

    I have and do use several types of holsters and the only time I felt uncomfortable is when I didn't have my weapon on me..

    • jOE RET-COP

      Ditto, hate to go " naked " out of the house. I carry 24/7, as it should be if you carry, practice "GUN CONTROL", be in CONTROL of your firearm at all times.

  • John

    I have just about every style of CCW holster made. I am very active indoors and out. The hoster that works for me is is the Fobus paddle holster, if I'm carring my Taurus 651 or Para 1911. I find my self mentaly checking to make sure that I still have my weapon on. The only time I have a problem is if I need to get down on my right side.

  • Bruce

    I like my Galco Hawk IWB. It took a while to break in but conceals well with my Sig 229. I like the NRA belt holster for my 1911. Seriously the outside the waist holsters are hard for the regular guy to conceal. Unless you wear a suit or it is winter most holsters print. I won't carry a 3 inch gun but then that would solve the problem, I recently pruchased the crossbreed and I think this will be my permanent choice. Very little printing, it carries and draws well with plenty of skin protection. Nicely done holster

  • JC

    All fine suggestions for autos, but nothing for those of us who don't carry an auto. In my opinion there has never been made an auto that is as reliable as a wheel gun. They only will allow you to throw more bullets around, if they work. Yes I do have an auto, a fine M&P 9L that usually works just fine, with good ammo, but never as reliable as my J frame. Just learn to shoot and hit with five, it can be done.

    • Alan

      I cuurently use Fobus to conceal my .38 and .357 both with a 2" barrel 5 shot. What would you recommend?

  • Jeepers Creepers

    Since when I carry CCW I always carry more than one gun at a time. Sometimes up to four. So I would have to say any holster that can conceal your firearm and be comfortable to the person wearing it. That is a good holster. My first gun of choice for CCW work is a U.L. 44 mag 4 inch raging bull.. It weighs 28 oz. But since I'm almost 300 pounds I can hide it easily.


    I use the N82 you mentioned and you can wear that all day long IWB and I use it for an M9A1. I use Hidden Hybrid Holsters again for IWB (I live in CT, IWB is a must if you want to keep that CCW) Hidden Hybrid also makes holsters that will accommodate viridian X5L GEN2 on the rail while in the holster. Same with the viridian C5L. They recently added some model firearms with streamlight L/L on the rail. These holsters are custom made for the firearm and L/L on the rail if you have one. I have to say though I still like the Crossbreed. Seems they keep getting better and better. I'm trying my first White Hat Holster this time. I'll have to let you know. It's a true statement though you can't go cheap if you've bought some nice firepower. I would agree that about 15% of the cost of the firearm is not overdoing it.

  • Mr. Gun

    I can't believe they said Uncle Mike 's made some of the finest holsters. I guess they USED TO. Seems their quality when way downhill when they started producing in Vietnam…………..just saying…………..

  • LC Pearse

    For almost a decade I've carried my Glock 30 in a Glock combat holster (+-$15) it keeps it comfortably close to my body, and it has no problem with the humidity and heat (sweat) of where I live. In milder weather I use a Galco SS II shoulder hoslter.

  • shannon_f

    I have a CrossBreed SuperTuck for my Sig p238, its very comfortable and I can carry in shorts and a tshirt pretty easily, without worrying about printing. Glad to see my holster on this list! But yea, SERPA for CCW??

  • Joe

    This article overlooked the most important foundation of any concealed carry system, the BELT. You can by the best holster in the world, but if you put it on a $20 Walmart belt, it's going to wok poorly. Please don't go cheap on your carry system; holster mag pouch, and belt

  • John

    High Noon holsters anyone? I have a High Noon Slide guard hoster and a Rock steady belt also from High Noon for my PX4 storm sub compact in .40 cal. Best carry system I have ever had. Holds my gun tight to my body and I don't even know it's there. Also all their products are made right here in the good old USA in Florida. I must agree with Joe that the belt is a key part of any carry holster. If you have a belt that's not made for carry then you can buy the best holster in the world and still have poor results. Good point Joe. I agree 100%!!!

  • Bobby Lewis

    I use the Remora holsters. It allows me to put it anywhere around the waist and it sticks. I have used it with draw string shorts and worked in the yard in 80 degree heat and it never moved and it was very comfortable.

    • Chris

      Yup Remora here as well, no need to spend the 10-15% as stated in this article. The Remora is more comfortable than my expensive holsters at a fraction of the cost ($25). Check them out at

  • Ross

    I've made holsters for a variety of guns. It's not too difficult with a few supplies and a bag of leather from Hobby Lobby.
    I'll admit my first couple tries were not very good nor useable.
    But I got better and fashioned a snap-on IWB for my .380 that is totally functional. Sweat-shield. Perfect cant. Thin but not too thin leather and stays open for re-holstering. Not a showpiece but who sees your IWB holster?
    It's the one I carry 70% of the time.
    Then I got daring and made an IWB w/sweatshield for my S&W Snub. It is all-day comfortable and I use it or my $20 desantis pocket holster depending on the weather. IWB for a snub is just not comfy in my opinion.
    Finally I made a belt-slide w/sweatshield for my Millenium Pro 9mm and it rides tight to the body and looks nice too.
    I don't carry that gun very often without suspenders because it weighs about two pounds loaded and my pants tend to fall down.
    Try making your own after researching on the internet. If you want that 'perfect' holster this may be the way to go.

  • Scott

    I'm from South Florida and it is warm during the winter and hot the rest of the year. I am a pastor so I need to keep my shirt tucked in and my gun out of sight. That has meant that my 1911 and XD9 are used on the range but no longer carried. Instead I carry either an S&W mod 38 Airweight or a Kel-Tec PF-9 in a DeSantis pocket holsters. They do not print whether I wear shirt and dress slacks, t-shirt and jeans or polo and shorts. My wife is an RN and carries a Kel-tec P3AT in a DeSantis pocket tuck holster under her scrubs. We have learned we have to adapt to our climate.

    • John

      I got a "Vedder Holster" it's a belly band holster but is awesome. i have to tuck my shirt in at work and always wear it. no one's ever noticed it. hope this helps

  • Will Carry

    I have a garbage bag full of concealed carry holsters, fanny packs and T-shirts. I finally found the holsters that work for me and the many that don't. When you get a bag full of holsters I hope you too will have found the ones that work.

  • larryc213

    I live in NC and I do have a CCW. I have tried a couple of the IWB holsters with a smaller Glock such as the models 19 and 26. My problem is that they are fine while standing or walking, but absolutely horrible when sitting. Because of this I usually just carry an Airweight S&W J-Frame .38 in a front pocket holster. I'd like to be able to carry the Glocks, but I just haven't found a way to do that yet.


      Try carrying in different positions. We have a large number of customers carrying VP9s inside the waistband, or other larger firearms even with light/laser attachments. Check us out at

  • JoeG19

    I carry a compact Glock in a Raven Phantom kydex holster. I prefer it to others as it molds well to my body and hides my handgun; whether I am wearing a t-shirt, polo, or button-down. I also like the fact that for a few dollars more, I can convert this holster from an "outside the waistband" to an "inside the waistband" holster. I'm not a little guy and even I can wear this one comfortably inside the waistband. Also, belt choice is also a HUGE factor. If you buy a crap belt and expect any holster to perform as advertised; you need to do some homework!

  • Treephrog

    I have a Beretta PX-4 Storm Subcompact with a Lasermax Micro on the rail. It's much smaller and much more rounded and smoothed than my previous, a S&W 915, which I frequently left in the truck as too difiicult to conceal on my small frame (I'm a 5'8" guy, who weighs about 170). However, I had the S&W in a padded nylon holster which added a lot of bulk.

    My 915 was stolen out of my truck over a year ago near Orlando, which taught me the big lesson: carry the damn thing, and both you and it are safer! I now use a very simple Uncle Mike's Size 15 IWB that's little more that a thin, suede-like sleeve with a clip. I can wear it under anything but a tight-fitting t-shirt, with just a little care. However, I've got a great solution: I live in Florida, so heavy clothes are out, but my 'uniform' has become a t-shirt with an open button-up shirt over it. I tuck neither in, and it's a great casual look. The double layer of cloth totally breaks up any outline, even bending over. It works so well, I can carry it SOB or on my hip, and nobody EVER has seen it.

    I'm a volunteer fire fighter, and I stopped to help at a wreck I witnessed on I-75 while traveling, and, I kid you not, an ATF agent stopped to help out, and he and I stood face to face talking for 20 mins before the local EMS and FD showed up, and then talked to the FHP who showed up, also. Neither one noticed in the least. I've got a lot of confidence in my current system, and hope others can find one that works well for them, too.

    Epilogue: I just received my S&W back from the police department which recovered it from a felon, and since it shoots so much more accurately than my 3" Beretta, I'm thinking I can carry it with my new system, too, but just with a holster similar to my other one, not the bulky ballistic nylon one I used to have (and which was not recovered with it). Best regards.

  • Gunslinger

    My weapon of choice for CC is the Glock 27. I also carry G23(too big) and S & W 642(not enough rounds). I started CC two years ago and have been through many holsters including Crossbreed ST, Galco TnG. After two years and hundreds of dollars worth of holsters, hands down the best all around holster is made by N82, Nate Squared. Light years ahead of the pack in terms of comfort. It holds the weapon very close to the body. It is a breeze to put on and take off in any situation. Weapon rides perfectly. Sitting, standing, upside down, this holster is comfortable and secure. I wear this holster against the skin and it's soft as a babies bottom. There is only one characteristic of this holster that is less than ideal. It rides so close to the body that it's a little tight getting your thumb behind the gun grip for a quick draw. Dry practice is helping me work that out though. It's not a pretty holster, in fact it's pretty ugly, but it does the job like none other that I've come across. At under a hundred bucks I suggest you try this one out first.

  • JP Hammond

    I carry everyday. I use a Blade Tech IWB for my 1911 and a King Tut IWB for my Glock 21. Both conceal very well (just under a t shirt) and are very confortable. The Blade Tech does move a little bit the Tut is very stable. Use OWB holsters and long shirts for the other guns.

  • Jonathan

    I recently got a belly band holster from Vedder Holsters… i have gone through a dozen different CCW holsters and found this one the best. Holds my Beretta 92FS which is huge down to my small Sig P238 perfectly

  • Steven

    I have been using the PPH-007 CCW Ultra-Compact Pocket Pistol Holster for years and find it to be the most comfortable pocket concealment holster available. This holster is compatible with many micro pocket pistols including the Ruger LCP, Kel Tec P-3AT, S&W Bodyguard, Taurus PT738, Rohrbaugh R9 and others due to its tensioning binder screws. It is flexible yet ridged due to the multiple plied layers of various thin select materials. This simple design simply works extremely well and is a superior USA built product.

  • Steven

    Happy 2013!

    I have a YouTube video at:

    One of my design principles is KISS for the customer through better thought out complex design ideas.

    The CCW Ultra-Compact Pistol Holster model PPH-007 by is a culmination of three years of use from seven prototypes. I am very satisfied with its outcome.

    If you see this holster in person you will may notice the materials incorporated into this holster serve to provide the customer with confidence, and most importantly this is a holster you will not get that post-purchase ripped-off feeling as you will use this holster everyday because it is so comfortable; and it will last for years with nominal wear.

  • Arthur Rouse

    Hey cool post! which inspired me to comment over here. The post has included almost every aspect in detail to select CCW Holsters. I have one similar to this topic hope you like it

  • dan

    10-15 % of the gun price? This is nonsense advice. How does the price of the gun affect what kind of holster you need? Price isn’t even necessarily correlated with the value of the holster. Good holsters can be had for less than 50 dollars and a crappy one which doesn’t work for you can be had for a couple hundred. Leather costs more than nylon, but isn’t necessarily more practical. What about engraving, does cost for engraving add to the value of the holster? I would never pay more than 50 dollars (and preferably less) for a first holster because you will probably go through several. Once you choose the exact style you want, you can buy more expensive holsters, but it’s not necessary even then.

    I carried a SP-101 daily for years in a $10 “fruit of a loom” IWB holster and it never showed signs of wear or excessive use despite what arm chair enthusiasts will tell you. In fact, I just passed it down to my brother to try out. What it wouldn’t do was one handed reholster, but many more expensive ones don’t either. I have a Galco Summer Comfort IWB for my GP-100 which I would recommend hands down for any full sized handgun no matter what the price, and it cost me a little over $50 free shipping. I have a Simply Rugged Silver Dollar Pancake for my SP which is probably one of the best OWB holsters for this gun (highly recommended by all) with a base price in the 40’s. I’m awaiting a Don Hume IWB which I paid $23 for this gun and it’s in the 30’s new, yet this holster supports everything you would want an IWB holster to do and some people have worn this holster daily for over a decade. Choose for yourself.

  • Robert Messier

    I’m looking for an IWB for both Beretta Nano and Springfield XD9. Any recommendations?

    • William Jayson

      Try “Winthrop Holsters”. I have one for each of my carry weapons. They are both well built and comfortable. The IWB is around $55 and is as good as any $150 holster on the market.

  • George Winkler

    After looking and trying many types of concealed carry holsters the Versacarry holster is my top pick.

  • RA Smyth

    Either IWB or paddle holster from Discrete Defense Solutions. By far the most comfortable holster I’ve ever worn. Have IWB for Sig P250, P938 and HK P30. Have paddle for HK P30. I know never say never, but I will never buy another brand holster.

  • Dan

    This is a great article but I have no idea how the author decided that a holster should cost 10-15% of the cost of the gun?! Take a look at this resource for a different perspective on selecting the right holster

  • Trent

    I think most holster owners have gone through a number of holsters over the years, trying to find the perfect one – a combination of comfort, good retention, minimal printing, easy to draw, and type of material. It’s not easy, but there are a number of good ones out there. I don’t think a higher price means higher quality or more comfort. There are a number of great ones

  • Dean

    I noticed the first holster in your list of photos was a Blackhawk. They make my favorite Glock 23 holster. I literally wear it everywhere I go, and I love the retention features on it.

  • Derek Lane

    Yeah that 10-15 % rule makes no sense to me. I carry an $1100 Kimber CDP in a $30 Don Hume IWB holster I bought from Gunner’s Alley here:

    Works great and had served me exceptionally well for 2 plus years now. Personally, the cost of the gun plays no role in the holster selection or what to spend on it.

  • KM

    Daily carrier of a full sized Glock 22, and I have very little meat on the bones to help conceal. If you take the time to properly break in a Crossbreed Super Tuck Deluxe, I doubt you’ll continue looking, it just seriously takes dedicated daily wear to get it where it needs to be. I’d also suggest springing for their gun belt, which is a perfect complement. Not cheap, but the quality warrants the extra bucks.

  • Decklin

    This article wasn’t too bad but there were a couple of odd statement. Some have already been covered.
    Maybe you could explain why you say most states require the firearm to be concealed at all times.
    How does that work when 44/50 states have open carry?
    If you’re against open carry just say so. Don’t hide behind false statements like Bloomberg and his ilk.

  • chris

    Does anyone know of any good cc holsters for a hi point 45 just starting to carry so any info would be helpful

  • LouannO

    11/25/2014 I am the office manager for Winthrop Holsters. We hand make Vegetable tanned leather gun holsters. The positioning of the holster is mostly the issue for comfort. Our holsters are wet molded for each firearm they are intended for. Our IWB dual snap and our OWB with the dual slots all have a 10% FBI cant; Our recommended wearing position is 3:30 – 4:00; positioning the front of the holder with the side seam of your pants, the back of the holster towards your back pocket.

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