According to the U.S. concealed carry legislation, almost anyone is allowed to carry a firearm on one’s own person, in public, as long as that firearm is concealed in order to not unsettle the people passing by, and as long as the wearer has the required carry license. Many weapons which couldn’t normally be carried in the open become allowed in public, but only if their owners wear them in concealed carry holsters. Using these special gun holsters can allow you as well to carry a small firearm for your protection in the public space, depending on your state legislation and your permit. Before browsing for options and deciding on the best holster for concealed carry, this is what you should know about the main factors to look at.
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Concealed Carry Holsters
How easy will it be for you to access your gun through the holster holding it near your waist? In an emergency situation, your gun draw speed may just be essential for the gun to serve its purpose, though it’s not something pleasant to think about. All the good holsters for concealed carry should fulfill this basic condition of easy and comfortable access to the gun in as little time possible. In order to figure out just how fast you could draw your weapon, it’s best if you try out a few different models at your local gun shop, even if you end up browsing for a brand version of the same model online later.
If the gun holsters you decide to invest in for concealed carry don’t really do a good job at concealing, it’s almost as if you bought them for nothing. In order to do a good job of keeping your firearm out of sight, the concealed carry holsters worth considering should be securely kept on your waist or around your mid-section, and allow you to wear your clothes on top without being obvious that you are carrying a gun. If people around you suspect that you are carrying a gun, this is in many cases just as much of a risk as them knowing out right that you are indeed carrying one.
Comfort is important from more than one point of view. The most obvious counts on which comfort should be one of your top priorities when browsing holsters for concealed carry are these: if it’s not comfortable, you will be more likely to leave your gun at home, and, also, if it’s not comfortable, you will be more likely to fidget with it before managing to draw your gun successfully. Both situations are not only less than ideal, but go against the purpose of carrying a weapon as well. You need to be able to access your gun fast, and in a confident manner (secure grip and so on). Comfort plays a key part in this. Our favorite model in terms of comfort is this light weight Ruger holster for the LC9, suitable for most medium gun models as well. This Smith and Wesson holster is also a really good option for extra comfort and easy draw.
How the concealed carry holsters you plan on using look is, of course, just as important. Style and a pleasing look aren’t superficial details, but can actually help with both the shooter’s confidence and with how truly concealed the gun manages to be. If the rest of your clothing options don’t really match the style of the holster, that may cause it to stand out more, and not necessarily in a good way. After all, discretion (and elegance) should be the main attributes of the ideal, best holster for concealed carry.
Our go-to design in terms of style is a 1911 holster, which manages to be a good fit for most firearms (beyond the popular 1911 model) and somehow is also the classiest option. The basic leather look of such a holster makes it both simple and sophisticated enough.
The holster must be able to retain a firm grip on your gun. If it doesn’t manage to do that, you risk it moving about your body and possibly becoming unsafe (the trigger cap being accidentally removed and so on), or simply being not that comfortable and requiring multiple adjustments throughout the day. Retention should also be considered for the possibility that an assailant might attempt to take your gun: the more retentive concealed carry holsters are, the more you should consider them.
On the other hand, too firm of a retention isn’t recommended either: easy access (see top of this post) is also required from a good holster. Therefore, the best holster for concealed carry for you should be able to achieve a balance of the two. In terms of ideal retention features, look into holster models that are kept in place by spring tension; it’s one of the most efficient retention systems to date. Good luck with browsing gun holsters and choosing the right model for your gun!