Survivalist Forum banner

1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Ding... Thanks for playin
Joined
·
4,922 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Someone in every class asks, "Where can I buy a good holster?" There are several things to consider when purchasing a holster for concealed carry purposes. First things first. The old saying that 'you get what you pay for' certainly applies here. I realize that it may be difficult to plunk down upwards of $75-$100 for a holster. Relax, there are lots of good quality holsters on the market for less than $50.00.

By saying, 'you get what you pay for' I mean to say stay away from those nylon all purpose one size fits all things you can buy for under $20.00 They are unfit for concealed carry purposes. Just ask anyone who has a box full of holsters they have accumulated through trial and error. I suppose nylon holsters have a purpose, the only thing I can think of is you can hang you handgun in them at the range so you don't have to lay it on the ground!

Four cardinal rules for purchasing a holster:
Rule #1 is.......the trigger must not be exposed while the gun is holstered. (for obvious reasons I hope)
Rule #2 is .........your gun MUST fit the holster. Your gun must fit snugly in a holster made for your particular gun. A good rule of thumb is WHEN you turn you holster upside down you gun doesn't fall out.
Rule #3 is ........ the holster must be of such style and quality that it doesn't 'print' under your concealed carry garments. That's why we call it 'concealed' carry.
Rule #4 is ........ your belt is just as important as your choice of holsters. It needs to be STIFF. ....made for concealed carry. They ain't cheap. Price range is from $39.95 to over $100.00.

This is where the work comes in to play or is it that the play comes into work? You need to shop around. There are several things to consider when it comes to concealment of a gun/holster. The first thing is this..... what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Everyone's body shape is different. certain holsters lend themselves to thin folks while others lend themselves to more robust types (like me). There are open top holsters, thumb break holsters, inside the waist band holsters, behind the back holsters, ankle holsters, shoulder holsters, concealed carry purses, fanny pack holsters and a few more.

My suggestion is to pay attention in class, observe the various types, their pros and cons, visit a local gun show, go to a gun shop etc. If you are serious about concealed carry you will study the options, ask questions, try different types then settle on the one you want to invest in. Even at that, over time, like most of the instructors you will have a box full of them! Play or work?.......depends on your attitude.

A word on belts. A limp sagging belt will allow the holster to sag away from your body and thus affect the concealability of your rig. You are better off with as wide a belt that your belt loops can handle. Most concealed carry belts are double thickness leather and some of the better ones are reinforced with a plastic, nylon or steel insert. Well worth the expense if you are serious about concealed carry.

There are two companies that have seen fit to donate holsters to us for demonstration purposes. They are both top quality top notch companies. I highly recommend their products. They are USGALCO and DON HUME holsters. You can purchase their products from reputable gun shops and at the gun shows or directly from their web sites.
:thumb:
 

·
ole punk from podunk
Joined
·
158 Posts
gunner, do you have any experience with either the brigade m-11 or the crossbreed supertuck. as of now those are the 2 i'm looking at for conceald carry. as for the 2 you mentioned i know galco made the shoulder holster that don jhonson wore in miami vice, but not sure that i would ever use a shoulder holster. thanks for any an all info...pk
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
653 Posts
For ankle carry I wear a DeSantis Apache Ankle Rig,(one or the G26 and the S&W 642) keeps the gun tight against my leg, no print, no flop at all and I wear it all day w/o any problems and it keeps the gun very secure considering the holster is made out of high strength thick elastic. Also it doesn't need the calf strap and you can cut the strap off for quicker access and you don't have to worry about the gun falling out even if you have to run.

For IWB carry I use a Galco ultra deep cover, I can tuck my shirt in over it and you'll never see it.

The "Pager Pal" is crap IMHO, if you're carrying a Glock, when you sit down it makes you look like you have a square hard on and its uncomfortable.
 

·
AFDQ
Joined
·
1,026 Posts
Thank you for the advice. I found it to be very helpful....

Is there a preferrence to belt conceal over shoulder? (with a Baretta 9 ml I would think belt would be better but I would like a shoulder. What do you think?)
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
486 Posts
For ankle carry I wear a DeSantis Apache Ankle Rig,(one or the G26 and the S&W 642) keeps the gun tight against my leg, no print, no flop at all and I wear it all day w/o any problems and it keeps the gun very secure considering the holster is made out of high strength thick elastic. Also it doesn't need the calf strap and you can cut the strap off for quicker access and you don't have to worry about the gun falling out even if you have to run.

For IWB carry I use a Galco ultra deep cover, I can tuck my shirt in over it and you'll never see it.

The "Pager Pal" is crap IMHO, if you're carrying a Glock, when you sit down it makes you look like you have a square hard on and its uncomfortable.
Galco and DeSantis are some of the best holsters on the market for CCW. I use them both Good post!
 

·
Ding... Thanks for playin
Joined
·
4,922 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
thewall... To answer your question, it depends on what you carry and your body size. You can hide a bigger pistol with a shoulder holster and throw a jacket over that you are set...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
What are your thoughts on having the magazine release exposed when the firearm is holstered? I have finally found a comfortable holster for daily carry (Glock 23 in one of these http://www.desantisholster.com/038.html) but when holstered, the magazine release is exposed and pressed against the body, which makes me feel a tad uneasy. I'm no hard body who's going to pop the magazine out simply by flexing, but I can certainly see how the firearm could be pressed into the body hard enough to potentially cause the magazine to eject.
 

·
Watchin tha world go by
Joined
·
8,151 Posts
carry a 1911, exposed trigger is not a problem as grip tang must be depressed to fire.

carry it either in shoulder holster or in belt holster stuck down back of pants.
i find the rear (no pun intended) carry is easier to access but a bit uncomfortable in a restaurant, or while driving. carry both holsters in vehicle and switch before gittin out depending on where im going and what ill be doing.
 

·
Ding... Thanks for playin
Joined
·
4,922 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
I like the new Blackhawk's with the release lever
 

·
Ding... Thanks for playin
Joined
·
4,922 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
gunner, do you have any experience with either the brigade m-11 or the crossbreed supertuck. as of now those are the 2 i'm looking at for conceald carry. as for the 2 you mentioned i know galco made the shoulder holster that don jhonson wore in miami vice, but not sure that i would ever use a shoulder holster. thanks for any an all info...pk
I used to carry with a shoulder holster all the time for years... I had the issue old tan leather one and then I went with a nylon style.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,092 Posts
blade tech holster are good holster makers and along with sidearmor company they make good kydex holster for pistol carrie
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top