The options for carrying or concealing their weapon are seemingly endless. Even for seasoned carriers, the choice can be difficult, but for those new to it, choosing the right holster option can feel impossible.
Here is a short guide to holsters for new gun owners to help you make the right choice.
Think Safety First
As with every other step in responsible firearm ownership, safety must be at the forefront of your mind. When it comes to safety, not all holsters are created equal.
When shopping for your holster, make sure you choose an option that can keep your weapon secure not only when you’re standing still, but when you are running, jumping, or rolling on the ground. It is also paramount that your holster covers and protects the trigger to avoid accidental discharge while carry or drawing your weapon.
Know the Law
While all 50 states allow concealed carry in one form or another, only some allow for open carrying of a firearm. It is your responsibility to know what the law is not only in your state but also in your county and city, as these may vary even within a state.
If you are not permitted open carry, there are a number of concealment options available to you that will help you maintain compliance. A traditional hip holster may not be for you.
Choose a Style
Whether you end up with a shoulder, belt, or ankle holster; or whether you opt for designer custom clothing options is ultimately up to you. The options are ever-expanding and no two gun owners have the exact same set of needs when it comes to carrying their weapon. You should explore all of these options and how they might best fit your lifestyle, your body, and your unique needs before settling on your holstering method.
Test the Goods
Whatever style you choose, test it out before committing to it. Many brick-and-mortar retailers will help you through some common tests before making a purchase. If you’re buying online, there are a few things you should test for when your product arrives.
Test for comfort and fit. You should not be hampered by your holster whether standing or sitting. Test for safety. Your weapon should be secure even in a struggle situation. Test for ease of use. You should be able to easily, quickly, and discreetly draw your weapon should the need arise.
While carrying a weapon is your right, it is also your responsibility to do it the right way. Choosing a holstering option is an important step that you should not take lightly.