Concealed carry holsters are very important to gun owners. Even those that live in open-carry states often times prefer to conceal their weapon. When considering which holster to buy, it is a good idea to go to a gun shop that has an eclectic mix of holsters, because in this way you can find out which holsters work best for you. The most important factor is to be able to quickly and easily gain access to your gun. This is a factor that is going to be different for everyone, and it is also something that you have to experience to know what works for you. Having a great holster, yet not being able to draw your gun quickly enough is the epitome of ineffective. That being said, there are some holsters that are perfectly popular across the board.
The N82 Tactical holster is a popular holster for a number of reasons. One of the most popular features is the 3-layers of different materials that are found on the inside of the holster, or that which is against your skin. The layer that is closest to your skin is a suede-like layer designed to prevent friction and for maximum comfort. This layer of material is also designed to keep the holster in place, so in the event you sweat, it is not sliding around as it might if this layer was made of a different material. After the suede layer, one will find a neoprene layer. Back to the discussion about sweat, we all know water and metal do not mix well. Neoprene is the material that wet suits are made of, and it is no accident there is a layer of this in the N82 holster. It is designed to keep your body sweat away from your gun, completely avoiding the deleterious rust factor. The next layer of material, or that which is what your gun is closest to, is leather. This keeps your gun in place, while also providing some protection and cushioning. This leather layer is very important for securely keeping your gun in place while concealed-carrying.
The “Blackhawk Leather Speed Classic” is a very popular holster mainly because it is small and easy to use. It is a holster designed to be worn outside the waistband of your pants, and it is designed to carry a J-Frame revolver. It is made from leather with an accompanying elastic panel to make sure your gun is adequately held in place. The reason this holster is very popular is the design makes it very easy to do a quick draw. Simply rocking the revolver forward against the elastic strap will have you protecting yourself in seconds. It is a smartly-designed holster that will help you carry your gun both securely and discreetly.
“The Braveheart,” or the William Wallace, is a SmartCarry holster design that was originally worn as a sporran with kilts. The sporran was designed as a pouch to be worn with the pocket-less kilt and provided a place to put a few personal items. Everything from a .22 to a .45 can be carried in the Braveheart. This holster is designed with a leather strap that goes around your waist, and this snag-free pouch is suspended under your pants, right in the front, and is securely held in place with a adjustable strap. The draw is as simple as reaching in one’s pants and removing the gun.
A very popular pocket holster is the “Recluse.” Many pocket holsters, although they succeed at holding your gun in place and protecting the trigger, they fail to conceal the outline of your gun, which is highly ineffective for those wishing to conceal the fact that they are carrying. The Recluse was designed with a thick layer of leather that serves to both hold your gun in place as well as conceal the fact that you are carrying a gun. The leather panel on the Recluse is hinged making it particularly easy for you to quickly draw your gun from its holster when needed. Having thought of everything, the Recluse also comes in a design that is perfect for cargo pants pockets.
Not everyone wants to concealed-carry at their waist, and for those that prefer an ankle or calf holster, Galco makes the “Ankle Glove.” The reason so many who like an ankle-carry holster like the Ankle Glove is because the ankle strap is made from wide and thick neoprene, which affords the user both security of knowing your gun is going to stay in place, and providing comfort by sparing the user from having uncomfortable materials rubbing against their skin. This holster can also be worn higher up on the calf, as it has an adjustable strap.
Galco has another concealed-carry holster for those that prefer to carry their gun at their waist. This is a flexible way to adequately conceal your gun while being able to access it very quickly. The design of the “Underwrap Belly Band” allows users to either wear it high up under a shirt, at their waist, or wear it even lower, as your personal comfort dictates. There are, however, several options which many might take advantage of depending on what they are wearing.
These are some of the top concealed-carry holsters as reported by users in their reviews. They are all popular because they keep guns safely holstered, in comfortable materials, and all provide quick access. Concealed-carry, even in open carry states, is very popular. This list should help you arrive at a holster that meets your needs and helps you feel that are safely carrying your gun.