The sheer volume of concealed carry holsters made specifically for women indicates a growing demographic in the firearms industry. Additionally, there are several gender-neutral holster options available for self-defense. This many options can create confusion for the average consumer. Holster options have benefits and drawbacks that may or may not be obvious. Before selecting a concealed-carry holster, it’s important to evaluate your needs and the potential obstacles they might present.

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Before selecting a concealed carry holster, women should heed the following advice. Always follow safe gun handling rules. Only those who can consistently handle a firearm safely should carry concealed. Treat all guns as if they’re loaded, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot, do not point the firearm’s muzzle at anything you are unwilling to destroy, and know the intended target and what is in front of and behind it. Shooters should also always follow manufacturers’ instructions.

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Always ensure your holster selection is designed for the intended firearm. Gun versions change and even holsters made for a specific firearm may not be suitable for newer versions. Fit is important to avoid potential malfunctions or unexpected discharges. You should also always draw from the holster before carrying it to develop muscle memory and to break it in.

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The secret to holster ownership is to own as few holsters as possible that accomplish the greatest amount of versatility when it comes to clothing and apparel options. This is important so the firearm can be safely and consistently drawn from the concealed position subconsciously. One who consistently changes their carry position is likely to fumble the draw under stress. It’s important to note that any concealed-carry position will potentially present problems with firearm access, firearm entanglement and malfunctions. The list above discusses each type of concealed carry holster, its benefits and its drawbacks.

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