It is such a relief when you have passed your CCW course and are ready to take the next steps. Now it’s time to get your handgun and decide how you are going to carry it. This decision will now lead to a change in either the way you dress, a change in the size of gun you want to carry, a change in how you carry the gun or you will assign a new addition to the holster graveyard. You know what I mean, right? We all have that junk drawer where miscellaneous items go to die. Don’t use it anymore? It goes in ‘the drawer’!
Unless you really take the time research your carry method and the types of holsters that are available, it’s likely that you will find yourself with a holster graveyard of your own. It will be filled with the rejects that you tried and were not happy with as carry methods. First, you’ve got to take a look at the different carry options and decide which is best to suit your lifestyle. As discussed in an article by Phillip L. Smith on USConcealedCarry.com, there are varying degrees of concealment. Start here and you will soon be able to make an informed decision about the way you’d like to carry your gun.
Avoid the Holster Graveyard
“Base-dress means the FIRST layer of outer clothing (shirt of any type, long pants of any type) and does not include inner clothing (underwear). Shallow concealment means the firearm can be seen if the CCW is viewed in Base-dress. Deep-concealment means the firearm cannot be seen if the CCW is viewed in Base-dress. Under-concealment is worn under Base-dress. For example, an Inside-the-Waistband holster can be seen in Base-dress so it is a shallow concealment method—an Inside-the-Waistband holster, which allows the shirt to be tucked over the holster, cannot be seen in Base-dress so it is a deep concealment method. A belly-band style holster is worn under Base-dress so it is under-concealment.” (Additional holster info here)
Now that you understand the different options, you can begin to look at holsters. There are only four items to really consider when evaluating the different kinds of holster. Ask yourself: Am I able to achieve a full combat grip on the gun when the holster is in position? As I am grabbing the grip as I am walking, sitting or standing, is the holster snug and secure or does it move around? When I jump or if I try to roll on the ground, does the gun tend to become loose or fall out? Is the trigger guard fully covered by the holster or is a section of the trigger showing?
If you can’t find a holster you like that fits the above four requirements, then it is highly likely that you will just end up contributing that particular one to the holster graveyard. It will be put away and forgotten and you will have wasted your money. Take a good look at the full article using the above link, as Smith shares some very valuable charts to help you determine which holster is right for you.