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What are the best holsters for everyday carry?

In this post, we’ll discuss the various types of holsters, their advantages, and disadvantages and look at some of the best holsters available.

Having purchased and used more holsters than most people would ever want to admit to owning, I can honestly recommend these as some of the best.

If you’re ready, let’s look at the options and review the basics.

Holster basics

Carry Position

Holsters can be attached inside or outside the waistband (IWB or OWB) and positioned anywhere around the waist. OWB will require that you wear a shirt or jacket to concealment, while most IWC would allow even tucked shirts. To explain further, appendix carry is essentially a 12 o’clock position, while left-handed individuals will typically position their holster at the 9 or 8 o’clock position, and right-handed individuals will opt for a 3 or 4 o’clock position. There is also a 6 o’clock position, the small of the back, available to either right or left-handed gun owners. Some, particularly those who feel the need for a backup, may utilize an ankle gun holster, while a typical FBI configuration could be a shoulder holster arrangement.

Holster Specifics

Most holsters are specific to the make and model of the handgun and will include options for lights and red dots if utilized. Of course, left and right-handed models will also be specified. Very few holsters are universal fit.

There are some specialty holsters such as the “Sneaky Peat” and pocket carry. These options have their place but most would still recommend a more conventional IWC or OWC holster as the primary holster.

Another specialty holster, which Mountain Rescuers use is the “Safepacker Holster.” This is only available from Wilderness Tactical in Arizona but comes in a few sizes which will fit multiple different firearms. This is really a special holster and maybe an adjunct to your other holster arsenal.

Materials

Holsters come in a variety of materials. 

Few really believe that Kydex is particularly good-looking.  It is, however, extremely lightweight and robust for storing and securing your handgun and can accommodate a number of clipping systems to attach to your belt. The construction of Kydex allows for tension adjustments that can secure your handgun and offers infinite adjustments as well as cant adjustments which simply allows you to position the angle of the holster forward, backward or straight up and down as you wish.

Leather, on the other hand, is much more romantic looking but doesn’t accommodate the various clipping systems and tends to loosen over time, and doesn’t provide tension adjustments.

You can see the differences in the following two options.

Gun Belts

Gun belts are absolutely necessary for both IWB and OWB as well as pocket carry. What’s important with gun belts is that they are stiff and supportive but still comfortable and have a variable adjustment mechanism. Some of the best belts that I have found are the Original Instructor nylon belts available at The Wilderness store in Arizona. You can check out their other belts but the Original Instructor really ticks off all the boxes. I have another post dedicated to some of the many gun belts available.

Conclusion

All of the holsters discussed above are holsters that I’ve owned and used. You can find hundreds on the web but the basics remain the same and the suggestions above can easily fit your needs.

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