Have you decided to pursue a concealed carry license? Whether you have had a pistol for quite some time or you have recently purchased your first, you probably spent hours researching and testing weapons to determine which one or two were right for you. The same research and time should be applied to finding the holsters you will use to conceal your weapon. Therefore, consider these guidelines as you research your carry method.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Your goal is to ensure that your weapon remains hidden. If you move and jump around a lot, you need something that holds your firearm secure to your body, such as a belly band holster. If you work, primarily sitting, in an office and wear a lot of long dresses or long pants, you may consider an ankle holster. If you wear a suit jacket every day, you may consider a shoulder or waist holster. Think about your regular activities and clothing, and select your carrying location based on these factors.

Choose Your Material

Your goal is to find a concealed carry holster that is comfortable to wear. Leather and Kydex materials are the most popular, but their level of comfort is largely based on your carry position. Leather is a rigid material that will mold to your weapon’s shape, so it holds it securely. Leather does require maintenance, however, so it doesn’t stretch out and maintains proper retention over time. Kydex is sturdy and will never stretch. It will retain its shape over time. You may also choose holsters made from textiles, which are especially popular in holster clothing, such as underwear, tank tops or belly bands.

Try Different Options

Some holsters, such as those worn in the waistband, can be moved and adjusted. However, others, such as shoulder holsters, are mostly stationary. You may also find some that can be drawn with either your right or left hand. Your weapon’s positioning should be based on comfort, dominant hand and natural draw stroke. It should be easily accessible if not all the time, most of the time.

Spend some time choosing and testing holsters before you make your purchase. Then, practice drawing your weapon.

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