Holsters for courses…
BLUF- You are the one that has to be satisfied with what you’re carrying your weapon in!!!
Ian and I did a live stream yesterday on FB about holsters, so I thought I’d follow up with some clearer pictures.
First, I AM NOT an expert on holsters, but I know what I like and have found to work over the years…
The obligatory box-o-holsters… sigh (they didn’t work after I bought them)
Yes, I prefer leather holsters over Kydex, given the choice, I also prefer outside the waistband (OWB). I have a number of paddle holsters because I was in and out of .gov buildings where I couldn’t carry. From upper left to lower right, Dennis Badurina (Dragon Leatherworks), Bulldog custom, an old Ross (sadly out of business), Don Hume, and a Safariland Level 1. There are probably 100 different custom makers, holster companies, etc. out there.
What works for me may not work for you, or you may prefer different styles or a different custom maker or manufacturer… The bottom line, is IT IS YOUR CHOICE.
Just don’t buy SERPA holsters or nylon holsters (also known as gun sacks because they are so floppy)…
This old JC inside the waistband (IWB) holster was one that my mother carried the little Colt Agent in, stuffed inside a side pocket of her purse. I’ve carried it IWB with shorts and a Hawaiian shirt!
For you ladies, go to my friend Kathy Jackson’s page Cornered Cat, HERE. Go down the page to holsters and read through that section. Kathy has been shooting and teaching for almost 20 years! She knows of which she speaks!!!
There are other types of holsters, including shoulder holsters. Sorry for the lousy pics. This is a S&W Model 29 in an early 1970s clamshell holster.
As you can see, it hangs close to the body and has a strap for the belt on the back side. The issue with these is that you are muzzling yourself (brachial artery), and others standing behind you when you draw. The old Miami Vice semi-auto holsters are even worse for muzzling people!!!
There are also chest holsters in both leather and Kydex/nylon for a variety of pistols. Those are good for field carry when hunting, or on ATVs, motorcycles, or horses.
There are also custom rigs that you can buy. These would qualify as BBQ rigs, although I don’t have BBQ guns to go in them. Both of these rigs were done by Kenny Rowe out of Hope, AR. His website is HERE.
One last note- Practice dry firing and drawing/reholstering your pistol with no ammunition in the room!!! And don’t buy into the tacbubba’s that say you need to blindly reholster your gun. LOOK your gun back into your holster, that way you don’t end up with a racing stripe down your leg!!!
Now go to the range and practice, since they are opening back up!!!
Comments welcome and I’m sure I’ll get a few correcting me… 😀
I bought everything you see in these pictures, nothing was given to me.