Comp-Tac produces the Cavalry holster specifically for pocket guns. A hybrid holster combining Kydex with a leather backing, it is ideally sized for IWB carry. Adjustments can be made for cant and retention as well as ride height. MSRP: $41.
Crossfire is known for producing a number of holsters, including the Undercover, which is designed for revolvers. All of the holsters are made in the U.S. and carry a limited lifetime warranty. One new rig is the EDC, a hybrid inside-the-waistband holster designed for extreme comfort and easy concealability. It is small, low-profile, and contains a comfort panel for extended wear. MSRP: $41.
Founded in 1972, DeSantis Gunhide is one of the largest holster manufacturers in the world. Recently, the company expanded its extensive lineup to include the Mini-Scabbard, which is made of ballistic nylon and thermos-formable materials. It features an adjustable tension device and accommodates belts up to 1.75-inches wide. MSRP: $22-$40.
El Paso Saddlery has been making holsters in Texas since 1889, and it’s known for its beautiful Western rigs. The company also produces modern variants, including the new Summer Cruiser IWB holster in rough-out cowhide for natural adhesion to clothing. A metal reinforced rim at the mouth keeps it open for easy reholstering. With a forward cant and a polished interior for easy draws, it is available for several small pistol designs. MSRP: $99.
New in the Galco lineup is the Scout IWB Gen 2. The rough-out steerhide “grabs” clothing and stays put while the polished interior helps ensure a smooth draw. It is an open-top holster with no cant, and right- and left-hand models are available for both semi-autos and revolvers. MSRP: $58-$80.
Pistol Wear makes innovative holsters for use with all styles of clothing. The company’s holsters are soft but incorporate the favorable properties of rigid holsters. Breathable and lightweight, they work very well when you’re jogging or otherwise active in loose-fitting clothing. Pistol Wear’s latest patent-pending design is the PT-2. Designed for small semi-autos and revolvers, it has an outer pouch wall insert to prevent the gun from printing. It provides noise-free access and is hand washable. MSRP: $48.
Tagua makes 100-percent cowhide holsters with lifetime warranties. But this year the company has stepped into the polymer world with the CZY-APP, which fits multiple small pistols. Another introduction is the IPH 3, an ambidextrous leather holster adjustable for three different carry styles. MSRP: $15-56.
Telor Tactical utilizes knowledge from the medical industry—specifically the wheelchair cushion industry—to build holsters and carry systems that are comfortable and stay in place. A breathable layer of Sil-Air silicone foam is placed between the inner and outer layers of each holster. This construction is durable and does not hold in body heat. Telor’s newest offering is the Comfort-Air IWB holster, with two sizes to fit many of the compact and subcompact guns on the market. MSRP: $50.
The G2, the second generation of the original Urban Carry IWB holster, is made of 100-percent saddle-grade leather in Tennessee. Developed with user input, the G2 rides below the waistband for comfort and requires a lift-and-draw technique. It also has a custom steel clip to withstand pulling in stressful situations. Two styles for different guns/mounting options and a laser-compatible version are also available. MSRP: $65
The Protector S2 from Versacarry is a leather OWB/IWB holster for right-hand carry. Users can choose between black or distressed water buffalo leather. The holsters are hand-crafted in Texas from the highest-quality materials. The Protector S3, also an OWB/IWB rig, is a versatile design that can be adjusted to fit most handguns. MSRP: $35-40.
The shoppers at your local mall can resemble the walkers of “The Walking Dead” fame by the end of the holiday season. Luckily they don’t have the same taste for flesh as those on-screen monsters, but other predators may be lying in wait to catch you off-guard with your arms full of Christmas loot. As the saying goes, it’s better to have one and not need it than need one and not have it. Because you carry concealed, you’ll need a good holster to safely—and comfortably—carry the firearm. An amazing array of affordable holsters are available, constructed of Kydex, other thermoplastics, and traditional leather. Here are some of the best holsters and carry systems we found. Ask Santa nicely and you might just end up with one of these new affordable holsters under the tree.
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For more information about the 10 affordable holsters featured in the gallery above, please visit the following sites.
Crossfire Elite EDC
DeSantis Nylon Mini-Scabbard
El Paso Summer Cruiser
Galco Scout IWB Gen 2
Pistol Wear PT-2
Tagua Gunleather CZY-APP
Urban Carry G2
Versacarry Protector S2
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by Personal Defense World / Nov 29, 2017