If you have carried a handgun for any significant portion of you life, then you probably have the ubiquitous shoebox in the closet full of holsters that you spent hard-earned money for, used for short time, and then vanquished to the shoebox.
After years of carrying I have found that a good pocket holster for my J-frame S&W .38 special, and in-the-waistband (IWB) holsters for the same J-frame and for a small or mid-size Glock will fulfill 99% of my carry needs. Occasionally I might carry a handgun outside the waistband on a belt type holster, such as when camping and hiking, but most of the time I want the deep concealment of a IWB type holster.
Several followers of this blog are shopping for IWB holsters at the same time. “J²” was generous enough to share his research into many of the IWB offerings from the major manufacturers, as well as some cottage industry companies.
Shown below are his findings, showing holster names, prices, and photos. Click on the name of the holster to take you to their website. Click on photos to enlarge.
Research by J²
What is the best holster for concealed carry?
That’s kind of like hashing out what the best calibre, brand of firearm, or which of your children you love the most.
While some are better than others (holsters, not your kids) the only truly “right answer” to this question is “the one you use.”
Like most concealed carriers, you probably have a drawer full of holsters. Some are better than others, a few may be complete junk, and others may be stellar in some roles and impractical at others. Concealed carry (CC) is a huge component of every day carry (EDC) for the prepared and responsible citizen, and a good carry system is the foundation of that. For newbies to concealed carrying, the choices available are mind numbing. While you will likely end up with several, you have to start somewhere, and the MIC holster (or equivalent) is a good a place as any. Continue Reading