Here are the most common types of concealed carry holsters we’ll cover:
Safety Hack: Most experts say you should never concealed carry without a holster. A quality concealed gun holster keeps your gun secure and positioned exactly where you expect it to be, and it prevents anything from getting in the trigger well and discharging the firearm.
If you’re looking for the best concealed carry holster, especially if this is your first time buying one, start by getting familiar with these terms:
A shoulder holster lets you carry your firearm on your side, beneath your armpit. These types of holsters usually carry a spare magazine on the opposite side of the gun, and you can easily conceal them under a jacket or coat. You can also buy a V-neck holster shirt or sleeveless holster shirt that lets you carry concealed in a casual or off-duty environment.
An inside the waistband holster – commonly called an IWB holster – clips to your belt. The gun’s grip rides above your waistband, while the rest of the gun stays concealed in your pants. A good example of an IWB holster is the ThumbDrive® Holster for Glock 17 and 22 models.
An inside-the-pocket holster is typically a holster pouch that has adjustable locking straps. Pocket holsters are designed for small guns, and their primary purpose is to cover the trigger and keep your gun from printing.
Ankle holsters wrap around your ankle with elastic or hook-and-loop fasteners. They can be tough to conceal if your pants are snug, and they can be difficult to reach in a sticky situation. It’s also tough to run safely when you’re wearing an ankle holster. Usually, an ankle holster is best used as a backup.
You have a range of concealed carry holster options and finding the right one is mostly about personal preference. Head over to your local 5.11 to test out a few and see what feels right. Whatever type of CCW holster you ultimately choose, it’s incredibly important to practice, practice, and then practice some more so you get comfortable wearing it and can be as effective as possible in an emergency.