If you’re carrying a handgun, then a holster is an essential accessory. It allows you to keep the gun close to your body where it can easily be withdrawn, restricting any undesired movement. The most important factors to consider when choosing the ideal location of your holster are concealment and comfort. The perfect holster location can depend on the person, and size of the gun, but it’s always important to be comfortable and discreet. Certain situations may also encourage you to change the holster location, and there are different advantages of the most common positions. Here are a few examples of convenient holster locations.
Outside the waistband (OWB)
The waistband is considered a comfortable location for the holster. It can either be worn outside or inside the waistband. If you opt for outside the waistband (OWB) you can take advantage of the convenience of the 3-9 o’clock positions. Strong side hip carry is a popular choice for OWB as it makes it quicker and easier to draw the gun with your dominant hand. Carrying your gun at your hip or kidney is comfortable, and if it’s outside the waistband it will also be more accessible.
Inside the waistband (IWB)
Inside the waistband (IWB) positions such as appendix carry can also work as a convenient holster location. The gun is held in front of your waist or over your appendix. This is perhaps more convenient than a hip or side position as you are more able to grab the gun with both hands. It’s also easier to draw the gun in a seated position. One drawback is that you will need a looser shirt or jacket to avoid the gun being visible. It’s also essential to keep the safety on at all times.
Belly bands are another around the waist option and are especially convenient for those not wearing a belt. They are also better for holding smaller guns. This is because you will have your full range of motion as a lightweight gun will be held to your body by a wide elastic belt. The drawbacks of belly bands is that they are tight-fitted and you ideally need to wear an untucked shirt to provide easy access to your gun. It’s a practical holster location, however, if you want your gun at your waist but don’t have a belt to attach it to.
Ankle carry is a popular holster location if you aren’t able to keep the gun at your waist, due to clothing restrictions, for instance. You can instead conceal your holster underneath your trousers. This holster location is often used by law enforcement officials that need to conceal a second backup weapon. It’s easy to reach your gun while sitting down, but might not be the most convenient holster location for your primary weapon, as you’ll need to bend down to grab it. It is a very discreet position, however, making it less likely for your gun to be seen or taken by someone else.
Pocket carry is a holster location that is only suitable for smaller guns. Nowadays, however, most gun manufacturers have a range of pocket-sized pistols to choose from. It’s ideal for .380 semi-autos or .38 snub nose revolvers, for example. It’s a discreet and easy way to carry a small gun. One of the issues with pocket carry is that you can only easily reach it with your dominant hand, or the nearest hand to your pocket. It’s suitable for situations where discretion is important.
Shoulder holster carry
Shoulder holster carry is a method similar to carrying a backpack. The handgun can be positioned in three different ways: vertically pointing up, vertically pointing down, or horizontally. Shoulder holsters distribute the weight across your body so they’re comfortable to wear. They’re easy to conceal under a heavy jacket, so probably better during the cooler months. They’re also suitable for long guns and full-frame caliber revolvers.
In conclusion, the perfect location of the holster depends on the comfort and convenience it provides according to the size of the gun and the preferences of the person. It is advisable, however, to avoid a holster location where your gun could be grabbed by someone else, on the small of your back for instance. Wearing a holster is also a way to prevent your gun being found in an off-body location. If you would like more information about the latest gun accessories and tips on how to use them, check out our blog.