Understanding the Three Basic Holster Types

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Are you trying to choose a holster type for your concealed-carry handgun? Take a look at the three common types to see which one may be right for you.

Waistband Holster

The waistband holster is likely the most common of all concealed-carry holster types. With a waistband holster, you have the option of three different positions. You can choose the appendix position, where the firearms rests in front by your stomach, the side position, with the gun at the hip, or the back position, with the gun resting near your lower back. You can also choose inside and outside the waistband, making it a very versatile holster option.

Shoulder Holster

The shoulder holster or shoulder sling offers comfort and accessibility, and can be good in colder weather, when you have a jacket for concealing the firearm. However, shoulder holsters do require a covering garment, which limits conceal options in warm weather. The are also concerns with drawing the weapon, which is pointed backwards, and sweeping the barrel across roughly 180 degrees before coming to target.

Ankle Holster

Some people choose the ankle holster option as a way to conceal a backup firearm. However, it can be used for your primary weapon. With ankle holsters, you have to wear long pant legs, but they can be more comfortable, as you don’t have the firearm around your waist. However, if you have trouble bending over or squatting, you may not be able to reach your firearm.

Bottomline: Choose Comfortable, Concealable, Accessible Holsters

No one holster type is right for everyone. Depending on the gun you carry, your body type, and the clothes you wear, you may prefer waist, shoulder, or ankle. Be sure to try the various options to see which one gives you the best comfort, concealment, and accessibility.

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