by Ben Jimenez 4 min read
A concealed holster allows you to safely carry a handgun on your body, keeping it out of sight until you need it. Those new to concealed carry may be surprised to learn there are several different types of holsters available, and each has its pros and cons. The key tochoosing the best concealed holster is finding the type that suits your needs.
There are several different types of holsters available for those who want to conceal a small firearm on their person. The designs vary primarily by the part of the body you wear them on, although they do differ in terms of their functionality as well. We’re going to examine the most popular types of holster and break down the pros and cons of each.
All the concealed carry methods on this list have their pros and cons, and some are more popular than others. However, one style has them all beat— “inside-the-waistband” or IWB.
The biggest difference between an OWB and IWB holster is the level of concealment it provides. Because it is worn inside the waistband, closer to the wearer’s body, an IWB holster creates less visible outline compared to an OWB holster. With an IWB holster, garments can also ride higher while continuing to keep the weapon hidden.
While IWB holsters provide increased concealment, you may need to purchase slightly larger pants to fit over them. Many IWB holsters require about two additional inches of space to avoid uncomfortable tightness around the wearer’s midsection.
IWB holsters are slightly slower to draw from, and you’ll typically need the free use of both hands to re-holster your weapon, but, for an all-round combination of concealment, comfort, and accessibility, IWB is the best option by far.
If you choose an IWB holster, you’ll need to determine which style suits you best. Available styles include standard, tuckable, and hybrid tuckable holsters. The key to finding the best IWB holster for your needs is reviewing the differences between them.
Standard IWB holsters provide a range of carry options, including appendix carry, hip carry, back carry, and cross draw. They also offer adjustable retention and carry angle for optimal comfort and usability. Meanwhile, tuckable IWB holsters provide symmetrical mounting holes on each side with an added option for customizing the holster depth.
Hybrid tuckable IWB holsters provide a great mix of comfort and durability. With a full polymer backer coupled with a durable Kydex shell, these holsters are versatile, lightweight, and comfortable. With a similar range of adjustable options for carry angle and ride height, these holsters also offer all-day ventilation.
Our best IWB holster style in terms of popularity is our standard IWB Kydex range. These holsters are available for handguns of all sizes, including our best-selling Smith & Wesson M&P Shield holster. All our IWB holsters also come with a lifetime warranty.
There are numerous ways for gun owners to personalize their firearms, but many don’t realize they can alsopurchase custom Kydex holsters with a variety of color and pattern options that allow buyers to create a near-infinite number of different looks.
When it comes to carrying a concealed weapon, safety is of paramount importance. The next priority should be the holster’s ability to conceal the weapon. IWB holsters provide all the necessary features to check both these boxes and more.
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