Monday, January 16, 2017

A Word or Two on Holsters

And not much more than a word or two.  Blogging will be light for the next couple of days barring anything really interesting coming up in the world.  Not much will happen on the news front until inauguration day.

I'll probably tack up the next Dark Winter chapter.

Anyway about holsters.

One of the biggest rookie mistakes the new pistol owner makes after having spent several hundred dollars on a gun is to buy a super cheap holster.   Cheap isn't good and good isn't cheap.  This thing is going to be rubbing up against your bare skin...a lot.

You are probably already familiar with all of the pro-con arguments about various styles of holster as well where to carry them on your body.   So I'll skip those.  The truth is they all have merit but ultimately it's a matter of trade offs.  And a lot of those trade offs are going to depend on your lifestyle and body shape.  

I have tried out a few of the newer and more off beat alternatives to a traditional scabbard. The bellyband does work but it's definitely a hit or miss thing with the actual user.  It's pretty much a fifty/fifty split on who likes it and who hates it.

Holster tee-shirts by 5-11.  They are advertised as being able to carry a compact (read Glock 19) sized pistol.  They can, however if you bend over, the gun will hit the floor.  This causes talk.  They are however okay for subcompact pistols.  Upside well concealed.  Downside...a very slooooow draw.

There are some new ankle holsters out there and while they are more comfortable to wear, their design does nothing to negate the fundamental problems of the ankle holster.  Namely that your leg moves a lot and consequently bangs into things.  This isn't a good for a weapon.

Last is just some general advice.  Treat your holster and pistol as a unit.  Don't put on your holster and then put your gun into it.   Put your pistol in the holster first and then mount both of them as a unit.  When you take them off, remove them once again as unit.  The goal here is to avoid exposing the trigger as much as possible.  Follow these simple precautions and even appendix carry is safe...enough.

Thats it for now.  Take care.

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