I often equate a holster to a good pair of underwear! It has to feel good and has to be comfortable to wear. If it is not, it is going to make you miserable! For that reason, I tend to put a lot of effort into finding the best holster for my needs. If you want to find the right holster for your needs, you should take a few things into consideration before doing that.
How To Pick The Best Holster For You
I am not going to go into massive detail here on picking the best holster for your specific needs, but here are the things I think about when shopping for a new holster.
What carry style do you want?
The way you carry your weapon is probably the most important consideration here. You need to choose if you want to carry open, carry concealed, or have the option to carry either. The carry style will determine what type of holster you need to look for. That could be an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster, an outside-the-waistband (OWB) holster, a shoulder holster, ankle holster, and more!
What material should it be?
Most holsters are usually made from either leather, Kydex, Nylon, or a plastic composite. Each has their pros and cons. Leather is beautiful and easy to clean, but usually more expensive and needs breaking in. Kydex is easy to maintain but is usually molded for specific gun models. The same can be said for composite plastics, in that they are easy to clean and maintain, but mostly fit specific gun models. Nylon is durable and inexpensive but can be really uncomfortable if worn for long periods against your skin.
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Holster Per Gun Manufacturer
When you are looking for a holster, you are going to make sure the holster actually fits your specific model of handgun. Some holsters are pretty flexible in the sense that they can fit a wide variety of handguns, but for a holster that fits well and keeps your handgun secure, then you will probably need to find a holster specifically designed to fit your particular model of handgun.
Below I have listed the major handgun manufacturers and link to the holster reviews I have done for those particular gun models.
A lot of folks do not really want to spend much money on their holsters. That is fine, if your need is for just an affordable option for keeping your weapon in. However, if you plan to carry your weapon for long periods, or have specific requirements for how secure your weapon needs to be kept, then I urge you to think very carefully about which holster you choose.