So you’ve just picked up your concealed carry permit. Now you’re looking for a great way to exercise your Second Amendment right to carry a gun with you in situations that you feel necessary. But how are you going to carry your concealed handgun? We’re going to look at a few different types of concealed carry holsters, and hopefully, help you figure out what one is best for your and your unique situation.
Most of the decision process in selecting a concealed carry holster will depend on your situation and personal preference. If you are a woman who usually wears skirts and blouses to work every day, it would be much harder and almost ridiculous to try and wear a shoulder holster that holds a full-size handgun. However, if you are a businessman who wears two or three piece suits to work every day, this might be a much better situation. The woman might find a concealed carry purse or handbag much more convenient to use. You will have to analyze your situation, where you go, what you wear, how big you are, and more to determine what concealed carry holster is the right one for you.
For day-in, day-out use in normal life, my personal preference is the belly band holster, because of its versatility and comfort. It stays very snug on your body, and the elastic does a great job of smoothing out the profile of the gun. That makes it so that you can carry the gun in just about any situation with a high comfort level, all while being able to conceal deep so that no one knows you are carrying.
Here are some of the different types of handgun holsters available for concealed carry:
- Inside Waistband Holsters (IWB)
- Outside Waistband Holsters (OWB)
- Paddle Holsters
- Shoulder Holsters
- Pocket Holsters
- Ankle Holster
- Belly Band
- SmartCarry Holsters
- External Carry (Fanny Packs, Purses, etc.)
Overall, carrying a concealed weapon is an important thing to think about, and can just mean the difference between life and death. How you carry that weapon will be up to you, but we do suggest that you carefully consider it.