If this is going to be your first time carrying concealed, you’re probably pretty excited and want to jump right into it. However, there’s a fine line between a good and bad experience when carrying concealed, and most of it comes down to one piece of gear…your holster.
Here are five things you’ll want to know before you start carrying concealed.
1. Make Sure You Get the Right Fit
Arguably the most important thing to consider when getting a holster for concealed carry is that it fits just right so it’s comfortable to carry for long periods of time.
The tricky part is that your holster needs to fit two different things…your gun and your body. If it doesn’t match even one of those, you’re going to be uncomfortable.
Try to get a holster that’s as small as possible. That way you’ll have more room and it’ll also stay concealed more easily. It also helps if the gun you’re carrying is small too.
2. Don’t Let it Lose Form
There’s not much reason to use a leather holster anymore when Kydex is better and more affordable in nearly every way, but if you choose to use a leather holster anyway, don’t use any softening agent on it. Your holster needs to maintain it’s rigid shape in order to do its job, and a softening agent ruins it.
3. You’ll Have More Holsters Than You’ll Know What to Do With
There are more holsters available on the market than I can count…and if you’re carrying concealed, you’re going to end up owning a lot of them. It just comes with the territory.
You’ll have holsters that are used for different places of the body such as the shoulder, waist, or ankle. Plus, you’ll naturally want to keep experimenting with new holsters to find ones that are more comfortable.
4. Don’t Cheap Out. Buy Quality
I know what you’re thinking…you’re going to buy a cheapo holster because “it’s just a holster”. Do yourself a huge favor and resist that urge. Save up a little more money and treat yourself to a more expensive holster.
If you try to save a few bucks on a cheap holster you’re going to regret it every time you put it on. Remember that comfort is king, and that comes at a price.
A higher-end holster will also keep its form better and it will be easier to re-holster again and again when a cheap holster would have failed.
I’m going to save you a lot of frustration with this tip…make sure your holster has some kind of sweat shield that goes between the gun and your skin. This will go a long way to prevent chafing and will make your concealed carry experience a good one.
Plus, a sweat shield helps guide the gun back into the holster when you re-holster it.