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What to look for in the best concealed carry holsters?

By Dan S. Defense

Not All Conceal-Carry Holsters Are Created Equal!

There are several ways to conceal a handgun when you are legally licensed to do so. Some prefer to carry in a fanny pack, others in a shoulder holster. But most folks use a conceal carry holster. And not all conceal carry holsters are created equal. Conceal carry holsters can be broken into two main categories: IWB and OWB. The first acronym, IWB, stands for "Inside the Waist Band", which means that the concealed holster is tucked away into one's pants. IWB conceal carry holsters are great for summer and hot weather.

The second acronym, OWB, stands for "Outside the Waist Band", which means on the belt. I prefer to use OWB during the winter when it's cold, and I am wearing several layers of clothing. The OWB holster offers easier access to the concealed handgun.

In this article we'll look at five key requirements for a great conceal carry holster. These apply equally to both types of holsters and ought to provide a good starting point for your research into the ideal conceal carry holster for you.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters Fits the Belt Snugly

The best conceal carry holsters keep your handgun close to you body, and the holster must ride the belt snugly to offer a solid foundation for your handgun. The conceal carry holster must stay in the same place at all times, to assure that your hand will find the handgun where you expect it to be. A solid and reliable ride is the first trait for a good conceal carry holster.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters Fits the Gun Snugly

The best conceal carry holsters hold your handgun snugly. You want to be sure that your handgun will remain in the holster until you decide to pull it out. If you need to run, dive for cover, or move around tight spaces, the handgun must remain where you expect and need it to be. Some fights may place you on the grown, and, again, the handgun must stay with you in order to save you life. The best conceal carry holsters will never leave you in the lurch.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters Offers Smooth Presentation

The best conceal carry holsters allow a handgun to slide in and out smoothly. A sight channel, for example, will help your handgun sight remain free while going in and out. Good materials, such as high quality leather or good Kydex will keep your holster in the same shape overtime. You want a holster that will remain serviceable for years. And, of course, the best conceal carry holsters will never scratch your gun.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters Withstands Sweat, Heat

The best conceal carry holsters ride close to your body, and so must protect your gun not only from the elements, gun oil, and powder residue, but from your own body. With an additional tab of leather, this is achieved. In addition, the conceal carry holster prevents the gun safety from snagging against your body, or the handgun grip from rubbing against you.

Best Concealed Carry Holsters Must Suit Your Belt Preference

The best conceal carry holsters can be ordered with a custom belt for a perfect fit. Handgun carry belts range from 1.25" to 2.75", and the slots of your holster need to match these. An exact match will offer a more solid ride which will offer a more solid platform for presentation. Therefore, match your conceal carry holster to your belt preference.

Selecting the best conceal carry holster will increase your chances of survival should you find yourself needing to defend yourself.

Until next time, stay safe by staying alert!

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