How To Choose A Gun Holster?

Choosing a gun holster whether a Pancake Holster or a kydex tuckable holster is nearly as important as choosing the firearm itself. At the very least, holsters should be able to safely conceal the weapon so that it does not catch any unwanted attention. In addition, a gun holster should come with some level of comfort.

You do not want to be walking around with the feeling of an extra baggage around your waist. But aside from comfort and concealing requirements, there are so many other considerations when choosing a gun holster. Some of these shall form the focus of this article.

What Is Your Carrying Type?

As a licensed firearm holder, you should understand your carrying type even before going for the right holster.

For instance, you could either be a Law enforcement officer and/or working in an open-carry state, or you could be from a state that requires you to carry your firearm on concealed-carrying basis. In the latter case, you may need to go for more concealing holsters.

Check On Retention

Retention basically describes how easy or difficult it is to grab your firearm from the holster. Holsters with poor retention could make it easier for someone else to grab the weapon or worse, the weapon could fall off when you are walking.

On the other hand, poor retention could work to your disadvantage, especially when you need to grab the weapon and defend yourself from attack. The general convention is to experiment with the retention of a holster before buying it.


Most holders are made of leather, and rightfully so. Leather is fairly flexible and due to its strength, it offers maximum durability. The material is also lauded for its breathability, which makes it an ideal choice for wearing in different temperature conditions. Leather does not warp, which means it will keep the firearm well concealed for longer. And should it begin to deform, you can always get it back in shape by dunking your holster in warm water, allowing it to sit there for 30 seconds before leaving the holster to dry overnight. Most importantly, most leather holsters are known for their snugly fit, which is great if you are looking for a comfortable holster. Of course, it will need some breaking in to have it fit you perfectly.

Apart from leather, the second most popular material is plastic. Before opting for plastic, insist on thermoplastic varieties as these holsters are made using material with enhanced firmness and durability. The best part about plastic is that there is no break-in time and it is fairly less costly than leather. Even better, plastic holsters offer better grip and do not offer any resistance when wearing them. However, plastic is known to warp under intense heat, so its durability is way lower than that of leather.


Accessibility is one of the most common considerations when buying a holster. In this sense, accessibility refers to the ease with which you can reach the holster and pull out your weapon. So, it goes hand in hand with weapon retention.

However, accessibility is greatly determined by the location where you wear the holster. Common locations include the waist, which could either be outside the waistband or inside the waistband. Apart from the waist, the holster can also go on the chest, the upper thigh or the ankle.


The above are the 4 most common considerations when choosing a gun holster. Needless to mention, always insist in a recognized brand with a long retail experience.

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