Handgun Holsters Options

Handgun Holsters Options

We are going to go off topic a little bit.  I was at the courthouse last week and while I was getting a cup of coffee at the little deli, a plain clothes police officer came up and bought a cup.  I noticed he had this really interesting holster for his 1911.  I struck up a conversation with him and he talked about what he liked and did not like about that holster.  I realized that holsters are much like shoes in that they are very personal and need to be very comfortable.  Plus, each person is different and what they prefer is different.

Most handgun owners that carry their gun concealed on a regular basis will probably have 2-4 different holsters.  Again, kind of like shoes, they have different applications.  Plus, I found that although this one came highly recommended, it is not very comfortable to wear.  If you don’t  have a conceal carry permit or don’t take your pistol out for anything other than target practice, this post may not mean anything to you.  Otherwise read on!

The holster that I use the most is a Blackhawk! Serpa holster.  It is made of a carbon fiber material (like plastic).  It is lightweight, but tough.  It is considered a level 2 retention holster, which means that the handgun will not simply fall out or can not be pulled out with some additional action.  In the Blackhawks!’s design, there is a small flat, rectangle button that is situated right where your trigger finger would normally rest on the handgun in a safety position (along the slide rail).  You grip the pistol, put your finger on the button and pull the gun out.  Your finger automatically goes to the proper safety position on the weapon.

Putting the gun back in the holster is very easy as you simply slide it down and listen for the click.  I know that some people have shot themselves in the foot by keeping their finger on the trigger when re-holstering, but I think the design of the Blackhawk! Serpa would make that difficult (but not impossible). Re-holstering was actually easy even when I was training outside in the winter with several layers on.  This holster has either an old school belt loop, where you take your belt and put it throught he holster (too much work and not tight enough to your body for me).  Or it has a paddle attachment that effectively clamps the holster to your pants with a big piece of plastic on the inside (see the picture).  This cost about $40 and it highly recommended for most first time conceal and carry users.  Despite hanging off your belt, if you where a  loose fitting shirt, you can easily conceal your handgun.

My second holster is an IWB (in the waist band) holster made by Crossbread holsters.  This is a large piece of leather about 9″ long and 6″ high.  The plastic gun holder is attached to this and then some small belt clips are also attached to the leather.  This is then slipped inside your pants at 3:00 to 6:00.  The clips hold the leather in place when you remove the pistol.  A IWB holster takes some getting used to as you can imagine that your pants need to be about 1″ larger to accommodate the gun sticking out of them!  Plus, these leather units need to be worn for at least 30 days to be broken in and molded to your body shape.  That can be an uncomfortable 30 days, but once broken in you can wear this for hours.  I use this mostly during the summer when I have less clothing bulk to conceal my Glock 27.  I do notice that it does get uncomfortable after a day of driving and getting in and out of the car, though.

So, even though we usually talk about pistol safes here and this is not really a handgun guide, I thought I would give you my $.02 on pistol holsters since they are so related!

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