Choosing the right holster is a very personal decision. There are some general guidelines, however, that can help you make the best choice. First up is the question of how you plan to carry. Your two primary choices are inside the waistband (IWB) and outside the waistband (OWB). This decision will largely be driven by the garment you wear. An IWB holster is easier to conceal because a large portion of the holster is actually tucked into your pants. An OWB holster can be a little more comfortable, but requires more clothing in order to conceal it.

The composition of the holster is your next consideration. In this arena it is truly a personal choice. While advocates of Kydex or leather can tout their superior benefits, both materials must still be maintained and fit correctly. Comfort is the driving factor here. Understand, though, that the chance of finding a holster that is 100-percent comfortable and “invisible” is a bit of a unicorn hunt. As the great Col. Cooper stated, “Concealed carry is designed to be comforting, not comfortable.” There is no reason for the holster to be a pain, though. There are many rigs available that can be worn for extended periods of time with little issue at all.

Construction is the last point we need to look at. Whether the holster has belt clips or a sewn-in loop, it must be unquestionably strong. Many a holster has hit the ground because belt-loop screws came loose over time. This goes back to maintenance on your holster as well. A well-made holster has no harsh edges and sealed screws and attachment points. If you are going to trust your life to this rig, it needs to stand up to daily wear and abuse. To better understand some of your options, let’s take a look at some of the best concealed carry holsters in today’s market.


5.11 Tactical

Alien Gear Holsters

Comfort Holsters

CrossBreed Holsters (Appendix Carry)

CrossBreed Holsters (SuperTuck Deluxe)

Crossfire Shooting Gear

Galco Gunleather

Kirkpatrick Leather Company

Mernickle Holsters

MTR Custom Leather

Q-Series Holsters

Tagua Gunleather



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