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Guns without holsters invite tragedy.
They lead to accidental shots. They lead to people getting harmed…
And in worst case scenarios, your gun might get snatched from you.
So you’ve got to pick an effective holster. And we’ll help you with that, by listing 4 factors below!
#1 – Material.
Holsters come as plastic or leather. And each has its own advantages.
It can mold itself to your gun. So when buying a leather holster, you don’t worry much about gun size.
However, the stretch reduces the holster’s life. So leather holsters are replaced more than plastic ones.
Buy leather holsters if you have a gun collection, and like to carry different ones often.
More modern than leather. And they’re more durable. However, they’re less flexible.
So sometimes, you’re picking a holster that fits “specific guns.”
However, plastic comes with a strong advantage over leather, this being security.
They can grip your gun well, keeping the trigger-guard tightly snug.
We recommend Kydex for public use. This includes concealed carry or security work (policing, guard duties, etc.).
Nylon is a type of thermoplastic – which means it can be custom formed and shaped for almost any application.
They come in universal shapes and sizes. Nylon holsters can be durable and usually are the cheapest in price.
One of the cons it’s that they typically require both hands to re-holster and have no retention.
They work great for carrying your gun when out hunting, in either a belt holster or a shoulder holster. Nylon also work well when you want a holster that it’s not affected by sweat or water.
#2 – Holster Types.
Holsters can go anywhere.
You can have one around your waist, clipped to a belt at many angles.
Others are shoulder rigs. Those are used often by law enforcement, and especially patrollers.
You then have pocket holsters. You can install those into your pants, where you put your gun there.
Which Should You Pick?
Pick what suits your gun needs.
Concealed carry is obvious. You’ll need to hide the gun, so you’re getting a belt or pocket version.
For law enforcement, that’s up to you. However, pick a holster that’s easy to draw from, in case of an altercation.
#3 – Holster Angles.
Generally, holsters are placed at a variety of positions…
Some holsters go right by your side. So that would be 3 or 9 O’clock.
Others are carried more towards the back. So that would be 5 or 7 O’clock.
Pick a holster that suits your drawing style. Make sure the holster is quickly accessible with your dominant hand.
Pick a holster that allows for multiple positioning.
Because sometimes, you’ll have to adjust for walking, sitting, or running.
So the more positioning options you have, the better.
#4 – Open/Closed Tops.
Worried about having your gun snatched from you?
If so, try a closed-top. It keeps your gun properly sheathed.
It’s also excellent for carrying while being fast on your feet.
That way, running, jumping, or any explosive motion doesn’t jolt your gun out of the holster.
However, you can try an open top for shooting ranges. There, your security fears are minimal. And you want easy access to your gun there…
Seems Like a Lot to Consider…
Of course it is!
Picking a holster takes time and research. And doing that means finding the best manufacturers.
For that, you can try a specialist like Vega Holster USA.
They sell different holster types.