Today I had the pleasure of running a private training class for a couple. It was obvious that they took training seriously, had put in work on pistol shooting, and invested in quality pistols. It definitely showed. We accomplished a lot in a brief amount of time. It’s people like this that made me start this business and it’s people of this caliber that keep me motivated.
One interesting issue that arose during class was holster selection. There are a huge variety of holster manufacturers in the market; some good, some…..not so much. A general rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. Having said that, you don’t need to spend $120 on a holster to get good quality. Expect to spend about $60 for something that will not fail you.
So, what are some qualities to look for in a holster? Here’s a short list to get started. Keep in mind that body types vary and finding a holster is a trial and error process. Online forums are typically a poor choice for information, but they can serve as a place to purchase a used holster until you find the style that works best for you and your lifestyle. The more you wear your holster, the more it will become natural to you.
Holds the pistol close to your body
The “mouth” will stay open to allow reholstering
Stays in one place on your belt, will not shift forward or backwards
An inside the waistband holster that holds the pistol high allows for a better initial grip, one that sits lower on the pants is better concealment but needs more work to be able to draw it
Avoid ones with a flimsy clip
It must cover the trigger and trigger guard
You should be able to get a solid firing grip on the pistol when it is in the holster