There are a number of things that need to be done before you can begin carrying a concealed weapon. Once you have obtained the permits you need, a secure gun safe to store it when not in use, and the weapon you wish to carry, it is time to consider the holster you will use to carry. There are many different options. Much of what you will choose will be based on personal preference, and the handgun you carry. Take these factors into consideration before making your decision.
The holster you choose needs to not only be comfortable, but easy to use. One of the main reasons for carrying a concealed weapon is to be prepared at a moment’s notice. For most people a belt or shoulder holster would be easier to reach than a thigh or ankle holster. Examine the holster you are considering investing in. Make sure that a portion covers the trigger to protect it from accidentally being hit. Choose one that will stay put and keep your firearm in the same position until you are ready to use it.
Holsters that keep the firearm out of view are more popular for many reasons. Because of this, choose one that can be easily covered by the clothes you already wear. Are your shirts baggy or are they tighter fitting? Do you often wear jackets? Is it more likely that you will be wearing shorts or pants? All these questions and more will have an impact on the holster you select. For some, altering their wardrobe may be necessary to fit in with the CCW holster they choose.
There are two main groups of holsters, those on body and those off. On the body carriers will be belt, ankle, shoulder, bellyband, or a few other options. These have many advantages, and allow your firearm to be secured to you, and available in case of an emergency situation. For those who don’t want the bulk on them, there are bag, purse, and briefcase holsters. These are specially designed to keep the firearm protected without making it obvious. Assess the advantages and disadvantages of each model and determine which will be the best choice for your situation.
Above all else, it is important to remember that, as with many things in life, you get what you pay for with a CCW holster. Although you don’t need to invest in the most expensive option, you also shouldn’t purchase the cheapest thing you can find. Try to spend about ten percent of what you spent on the firearm on the holster to hold it. This will be the best way to keep it secure.
In addition to a secure gun safe, invest in a CCW holster that will fit your needs. This will make it easier to manage a concealed weapon, keeping it safe from those around you. Be sure the holster you select will fit in with your style and be comfortable to you.