Holsters: So many types, too many variables.

So you’ve bought your first gun, and now you are looking to get a holster. Prepare yourself. You’re about to be hit with a thousand different choices and they all have their pros and cons. It’s a bit overwhelming when you first get into the sport. By the end of this article however, you’ll hopefully have a better understanding of what you’ll be looking for to help narrow down the choices.

Thankfully the firearms industry has exploded with innovation and the relative cost has gone down as more and more people get into the industry.

First things first: Let’s check out a few of the different types of holsters out there.

The most basic type of pistol holster is a sleeve type that likely has a retention strap to secure the gun. Sleeve holsters are the oldest type of holster that we will discuss. They’re great acting as a base level carrier. There are still components within the U.S. military that use something similar to this and at very affordable price points.

A con for this type of holster is that they are a bit slower to access than some of the other examples we’ll discuss, and depending on the type of material will break down over time and must be closely monitored for safety purposes.

Another type is a Kydex pressure retention type holster. They’re individually molded for each type of firearm out there, and they’re relatively inexpensive. The thermoform is what holds the gun in place, and these types are becoming more and more popular as the industry continues to innovate.

The rigidity of these holsters is one thing to take into account. They can be uncomfortable in specific carry configurations, specifically appendix carry, if one is like the author and carries a few extra pounds around the midsection. This can be mitigated when in the seated position by pulling the gun/holster up past the natural bend in the torso. Something to keep in mind if you find yourself in the car a lot.